Kaleil has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist for nearly 20 years, as both an operator in digital media and real estate development, as well as founding and acting as managing partner of KIT Capital (formerly called Recognition Group).
From late 2007 to 2012, Kaleil served as Chairman and CEO of KIT digital, now called Piksel (www.piksel.com), which provides software for managing video content to companies like AT&T, Liberty Global, Mediaset and Airbus. During Kaleil’s tenure, the company grew revenue by more than 20x, added over 1,000 corporate clients and initiated trading on NASDAQ. Kaleil led KIT digital through a period during which its share price went from $2.80 to $9.20 and market capitalization rose from $6.3 million to $450 million. KIT digital was taken over by JEC Capital in July 2012.
Kaleil previously served as President & COO of KIT Capital portfolio company JumpTV Inc. (2005-2007), then the world’s largest broadcaster of international and sports content over the Internet. JumpTV grew from a few employees to 300+ staff worldwide under Kaleil’s tenure, and went public on Toronto and London stock exchanges. JumpTV was ultimately sold to Neulion, Inc (TSX: NLN)
Kaleil previously served as Chairman & CEO of KPE, Inc., a leading New York-based digital media agency which was sold by KIT Capital to a global media services firm for an 11.3x investor return in 2002. Before taking over KPE, Kaleil co-founded govWorks, a KKR and Mayfield-backed company which was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Startup.com (Artisan Entertainment, Directed by Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim, 2001).
In the 1990s, Kaleil worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. on emerging markets investment banking and risk arbitrage teams based out of New York, where he co-managed one of the largest pools of capital at the time dedicated to active public equity investments in Latin America. At Goldman, Kaleil led the firm’s active investments in firms like Bancolombia (formerly BIC) and Telebras, and was a key member of the investment banking coverage teams for Ecopetrol, Iusacell, PDVSA, the Sindicato Antioqueño, Southern Peru Copper Corp, Telefónica del Perú and other major Latin American corporates.
Kaleil was appointed to U.S. President Barack Obama’s Hispanic Leadership Council in 2009. As a trade representative under U.S. presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, Kaleil was a member of the leadership groups of trade missions to Colombia and Mexico. He was appointed as an advisor to the World Bank’s e-government Gateway Development Project in 2001 and was elected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2003.
Kaleil has been a commentator on digital business trends for CNBC and National Public Radio, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, the LA Times and Fortune Small Business. Kaleil has also been a featured interview guest on ABC’s Nightline UpClose, Charlie Rose and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He was recently named as one of Hispanic Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics and authored The Entrepreneur’s Success Kit: A 5-Step Lesson Plan to Create and Grow Your Own Business (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).
Kaleil graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a degree in Government and a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies. He also studied International Relations at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. Kaleil is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and proficient in Russian.