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DC Startup Forum: Jim Bankoff, Building A Successful Modern Media Company
Chairman, CEO Vox Media

Monday, March 18, 2013 @7:00pm

About the DC Startup Forum

The DC Startup Forum is an exciting new speaker series for media entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs sponsored by WAMU 88.5, J-Lab, and the American University School of Communication’s MA in Media Entrepreneurship.

Wondering how smart people make smart ideas happen? Come hear how Washington, D.C.’s entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are turning the region into a hotbed of young startups, tech innovations and new media businesses.

Find more at the Twitter hashtag #DCStartUpForum.

About Jim Bankoff

Jim runs all aspects of Vox Media, one of the fastest growing online publishers, focused on the sports, personal technology and gaming categories. 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.

The company enjoys support from leading investors including Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital and Khosla Ventures.

A veteran of the online industry, Jim developed and led dozens of the most popular websites on the internet including AOL, Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Music, TMZ and Engadget as an Executive Vice President at AOL. Jim also oversaw AOL's industry-leading instant messaging services, AIM and ICQ, and social networking and community applications including Blogsmith and Netscape.

His accomplishments have earned him wide recognition, most notably the first Emmy ever awarded to a webcast, for his role as Executive Producer of the Live 8 concerts online. Jim also serves as a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners, the largest private equity firm focused on media and communications.