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1776 Hires Veteran Media & Publishing Executive Peter Cherukuri



Washington, D.C. – 1776 announced today that Peter Cherukuri will join its executive team this fall as Chief Innovation Officer and President for Insights and Intelligence. Cherukuri is joining 1776 from POLITICO, where he is Executive Vice President, Audience Solutions and President, POLITICO Focus.

In this new role Cherukuri will lead 1776’s Insights and Intelligence division as the company builds out this offering alongside its flagship Startup Services branch and the growing 1776 Ventures. Under Cherukuri, the Insights and Intelligence team will deliver new products and services, research and market insights to 1776’s strategic partners.

“In the three years since we launched, we’ve helped founders across the globe validate and grow world-changing ideas, provided investment into strong founding teams with exceptional growth prospects, and worked to enable corporations and governments to become a proactive partner to startups in driving the next wave of innovation,” said Donna Harris, 1776 Cofounder and Co-CEO. “These three complementary businesses each need seasoned leadership, and we can think of no one better than Peter to helm our Insights and Intelligence work.”

“With his wealth of experience guiding talented and complex teams, combined with his background in delivering critical intelligence to international influencers, Peter is the consummate leader to drive this key team,” added Evan Burfield, 1776 Cofounder and Co-CEO. “We’ve worked closely with him for years, and we’ve always been impressed with his inventive ideas in the rapidly shifting media landscape that we can’t wait to start applying to the global startup community.”

In his current role, Cherukuri has P&L responsibility for POLITICO’s core news products, as well as its audience revenue streams, including advertising, events and research. He is the founder and President of POLITICO Focus, a subsidiary content studio focused on innovative brand journalism.

Before POLITICO he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Huffington Post’s Washington bureau, managing its operations and revenue following a run as publisher of the original Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call. Prior to Roll Call, Cherukuri led marketing and business development for TMG Custom Content, a DC-based agency that develops targeted print and online content for corporations and nonprofits. Earlier in his career he worked in for the National Journal Group and Congressional Quarterly in product development and branding leadership.

Cherukuri graduated from Colgate University and serves on the boards of the National Press Foundation, the West Virginia University School of Journalism and the Close-Up Foundation. He is an active angel investor through Washington, D.C.-based K Street Capital, which he co-founded.

He starts October 3rd.

About 1776

1776 is a public benefit corporation that scouts and funds high-growth startups around the world focused on solving society’s most fundamental challenges in sectors like education, energy, transportation and financial services. Launched by co-CEOs Donna Harris and Evan Burfield and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with additional campuses in Dubai, New York City and San Francisco, 1776 serves hundreds of startups and institutions worldwide through its innovation curriculum, mentorship, investment and programming. It hosts more than 500 international events per year that attract heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, influential investors and global press. For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.