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Startup Studio Science Hires Digital Veteran Jason Rapp

jason_rappScience, the Los Angeles-based startup “studio,” has a big new slug of funding from Hearst. And now the company has someone to help it spend that money: Digital veteran Jason Rapp has come aboard as the company’s managing director.

Rapp, whose last position was president at how-to video maker Mahalo, is supposed to “find and develop new opportunities for the Science portfolio and offer strategic counsel to the firm.”

Science is best known for funding and launching e-commerce companies like Dollar Shave Club.

Rapp’s e-commerce experience includes a stint running Gifts.com for Barry Diller’s IAC conglomerate. Rapp also worked on M&A at IAC, and had a similar role at the New York Times.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik