Alan Marshall Meckler (born 1945) is an American internet pioneer and publishing executive. He was the founder and Chairman of Mecklermedia Corporation until the company was acquired by Penton Media in November 1998, and founded several print magazines including Virtual Reality World, CDrom World, and Internet World. Until August 2014, he had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mediabistro Inc. whose media assets were sold at a huge loss to Prometheus Global Partners, leaving a company renamed MecklerMedia Corporation which is producing trade shows world-wide in such fields as 3D Printing, Bitcoin and Facebook marketing.
Early life and education
Born in New York City in 1945, Meckler was raised in Great Neck, NY, and the son of Lilian Meckler and late Herman Meckler, a well known actor and one of the founders of modern equipment leasing whose Lease Plan International grew to 75,000 trucks in 1967 shortly after which the company was acquired by one of its largest accounts, PepsiCo, on whose board he sat. He is also the brother of director Nancy Meckler.
He received both his BA and PhD from Columbia University. His 1980 doctoral dissertation, Scholarly Micropublishing in America, 1938–1979, was published by Greenwood Press in 1982. He is also the editor of "The Draft and its Enemies" published in 1974 by the University of Illinois Press.
In 2013, Meckler began covering the field of 3D printing with the launch of the trade show "Inside 3D Printing". The first version of the show took place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in April 2013. It was produced in 2013 in Chicago; San Jose, California; and Singapore. In 2014, with his son John, Meckler created a mutual fund devoted to 3D printing and additive manufacturing. 3D Printing and Technology Fund was the first mutual fund worldwide devoted to this investment coverage. On July 10, 2015, the fund changed its name to 3D Printing, Robotics and Technology Fund. The fund trades under the symbol TDPNX.
Meckler also launched a trade show for the virtual currency Bitcoin. The first show was launched in New York City in July 2013. In May 2015, Meckler launched a show "RoboUniverse" in New York City.
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