Startup Grind Washington DC Hosts Jim Bankoff (Vox Media)

  • June 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM

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Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media

Jim is CEO and Chairman of Vox Media, a global internet media company that currently has three major editorial brands, SB Nation, The Verge, and Polygon, a video-gaming site.

Vox Media is the fastest growing publisher company according to comScore with 60 million uniques a month!

SB Nation, its sports brand, boasts over 30mm users per month across 300 individually branded, fan-centric sports communities, each covering a specific professional or college team, league or sport. In November 2011, Vox Media launched The Verge, which has quickly established itself as a category leader and the fastest growing site that covers technology. In October, Vox launched Polygon, a site dedicated to news and community for fans of gaming, anchored by an all-star roster of writers. All Vox Media sites are built upon its world-class proprietary publishing platform. As the former Executive Vice President of Programming and Products at AOL, Bankoff has developed and led many notable websites including Aol.com, Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Music, Netscape and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) . He is also known for establishing websites TMZ, Fanhouse, BloggingStocks and Engadget. The company enjoys support from leading investors including Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital and Khosla Ventures. He is also a Senior Advisor for Providence Equity Partners.


Come hear him talk about how it was like being the president of Netscape when it merged with AOL, how he helped acquire many notable website and grew them at AOL, and how he is now moving Vox Media to become the premiere property on the web.  He will also talk about his insights on the future of digital publishing and the monetization of creative advertisement and how it will impact startups in media.

 

VIDEO of Jim at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013:

Vox Media Steps Up Its Ad Push With The Launch Of Vox Creative, CEO Jim Bankoff Says Company Will Be Profitable This Year

Backstage With Jim Bankoff | Disrupt NY 2013

 

Agenda

6:30 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking

 

Hosted By Brian Park, Director of Startup Grind Washington DC

Over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services.  Has started three previous startups. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
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