Business 100 – 2017

Kevin Fortuna/Gramercy Labs

Kevin Fortuna is an entrepreneur, author and filmmaker. Currently, he runs Gramercy Labs, the NYC-based incubator that has launched successful startups such as Lot18, GeistM, GearBrain and Compass Talent. He also serves as founder/CEO of two of those companies: www.Lot18.com and www.GeistM.com. Lot18’s wine subscription service, www.TastingRoom.com, is the fastest-growing wine club in the nation, and Lot18 “powers” the wine offerings of leading media, e-commerce and entertainment brands (i.e. The New York Times, William Sonoma, HelloFresh, The Walking Dead, SNL and Lord of the Rings). GeistM is the fastest-growing MarTech platform in the content marketing space, and is about to complete its fourth straight year of sequential revenue and profit growth. Kevin is also the former president of Quigo, an advertising technology company that was sold to AOL Time Warner in 2007.

Kevin’s family hails from Cobh, County Cork. His mother is an Irish citizen and he serves on the board of Irish-born charity Concern Worldwide U.S. Kevin’s heritage has found its way into his writing: his critically acclaimed debut collection of short stories, The Dunning Man, features an edgy cast of Irish and Irish American characters. His feature film by the same name has been screened internationally at 34 festivals and has garnered 19 awards, including seven awards for best feature. Kevin is currently at work on his second film, which will be a collaboration with celebrated Irish filmmaker and author, Colin Broderick (Emerald City, Orangutan).

Kevin graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and earned an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of New Orleans, where he studied on a full fellowship.