Executive Vice President, Business & General Counsel


Craig Malina is Executive Vice President, Business & General Counsel at Small Ax.  As a veteran business development executive and attorney in the media and start-up world for over 20 years, Craig jumped at the chance to join Small Ax and apply his skills to this incredibly creative venture.


Craig began his career as a corporate transactions attorney in NYC, working for clients such as News Corporation and Fox.  In 1998, he left for greener entrepreneurial pastures in Silicon Valley, where he represented several cutting edge new media clients such as eMusic, one of the first streaming music companies.  Craig often found himself stepping in to fill critical business executive needs of small management teams during high-growth periods.  With a greater interest in joining start-up teams and growing businesses, Craig left law firm life and has since worked directly with several social ventures, including: a renewable energy company, a company that has invented a way to rapidly detect pathogens to improve early treatments, and his own company that distributes documentary films on environmental and social justice issues.


Craig grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and now enjoys splitting time between Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Kaua’i.