Brian VerneCEO at Wave.tv
Since founding WAVE.tv in 2017, Brian has remained true to his initial vision of building a next-generation sports and entertainment network catered to today’s digital sports fans. Today, WAVE.tv is the fastest growing sports and entertainment company on the planet with more than 100 million highly-engaged global subscribers across digital platforms.
Brian led WAVE.tv’s development teams through the creation of more than a dozen sports media brands, including BENCHMOB, BREAK ANKLES DAILY, BUCKETS, DINGERS, FTBL, GYM HEROES, HAYMAKERS, JUKES, RAGEQUIT, SLAPSHOT, SWAY, THE BEST HIGHLIGHTS, THE PUMP, and WAVE.tv. By focusing programming on the coverage, culture, commentary, and community fans crave, WAVE.tv quickly emerged as a top sports media partner to Snap, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
In July 2020, WAVE.tv raised more than $32 million in Series A funding under Brian’s leadership. The round was led by CoVenture and GPS Partners with participation from Golden Ventures and Sweet Capital and others.
Prior to WAVE.tv, Brian was CEO and co-founder of Phenom, a 500 Startups backed community for young athletes to tell their stories and talk about their favorite products and brands.
Brian is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and is a graduate of Oberlin College where he earned four letters as a member of the baseball team, while serving as team Captain for two years.