Eric Semler is a public and private market investor in technology and media. His hedge fund, TCS Capital Management, which he founded in 2001, was at its peak among the largest independent technology, media and telecom investment funds. From its inception in 2001 until it became a family office in 2017, the flagship TCS Global Equity Fund generated an annual net return of approximately 15%, more than twice the return of the S&P 500 Index and MSCI World Index over the same time period.
In 2019, Mr. Semler and his wife Tracy founded and developed the Raising Fame podcast franchise, partnering with highly regarded NBA parents Dell and Sonya Curry. Prior to founding TCS, Mr. Semler worked as an analyst from 1998 to 2000 for Georgica Advisors, an investment fund focused on media and communications stocks. From 1997 to 1998, he was an investment banking principal in the media and communications group at Montgomery Securities. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Semler focused on mergers and acquisitions as an associate at James D. Wolfensohn & Co.
Mr. Semler began his career as a journalist working for the New York Times and for the Moscow News in Russia. He is the co-author of two books published by Harper Collins: The Language of Nuclear War and The Businessman’s Guide to Moscow. Mr. Semler is the founder and chairman of the Bronx Baseball Dreams Foundation, which is a charitable organization that helps New York City youth develop baseball and academic skills to earn college baseball scholarships. He also serves on the board of 8th Wall, a Palo Alto start-up focused on creating augmented reality products. Mr. Semler has previously served on two public company boards: Angie’s List and Geeknet.com. He also served as a board member of dealtime.com, Classic Media, Channel 13/WNET TV, WNYC Radio, Wave Hill, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and the Dwight School.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mr. Semler received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1987, and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1994. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and four sons.