The fourth installment of our Free Agents series, which highlights prominent business leaders between full-time jobs, comprises a range of executives looking for their next acts. The list has some executives who were shown the door—the latest sign of how unforgiving it can be to run big tech and media companies today.
The list also includes the man responsible for many of the hit TV shows you’ve watched on basic cable, a builder of two “unicorn” companies, a longtime Apple figure known as the “PodFather” and someone who isn’t afraid to be associated with MySpace.
We spoke to most of these people, who will be closely followed wherever they go. One thing they all have in common: they’re often spending their time on the bench investing and advising startups. Unlike top executive roles, there are plenty of those gigs to go around.