Bryan Goldberg

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Bryan Goldberg is CEO and Co-founder of Bustle
Bryan Goldberg
Born (1983-06-29) June 29, 1983 (age 35)
United States
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Education Middlebury College
Occupation CEO and Co-founder of Bustle
Known for Founder of Bleacher Report
Founder and CEO of Bustle
Website bustle.com

Bryan Goldberg (born June 29, 1983) is an American entrepreneur and the owner of websites Gawker, Bustle, Elite Daily, and The Zoe Report. Goldberg previously founded Bleacher Report, a sports news website that sold to Turner Broadcasting System in 2012 for $200 million.[1]

Early life[edit]

Goldberg grew up in Los Altos, California. His father was a technology executive who worked at Atari and Quantum and his mother was a homemaker.[1] He earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, where he studied economics and Japanese. He briefly worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse, and later worked as an analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

Career[edit]

Goldberg founded Bleacher Report in 2007 with David Finocchio, Alexander Freund, and David Nemetz, who were friends from middle school. Though not an engineer by training, Goldberg took on most of the technical tasks related to the sports news website. Bleacher Report quickly became a competitor to traditional sports news media such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated and was known for drawing huge audiences with its high volume of content and slideshows.[1] The company also launched the Team Stream app and ultimately surpassed ESPN as the largest sports network for mobile and social media.[2] The site was acquired for $200 million by Turner Broadcasting System in 2012. After the sale, Goldberg and his cofounders took all 160 employees on a trip to Las Vegas.[3]

Goldberg left Bleacher Report in 2013 to found Bustle, a women’s interest website. In preparation, he interviewed hundreds of women about what they thought was missing from traditional publications like Glamour and Cosmopolitan.[4] While the launch was met with critical response, Bustle has grown to 31.2 million readers, nearly half being women under 34.[5]

In April 2017, Goldberg and his company acquired Elite Daily, a millennial-focused site, from the Daily Mail and rebranded as Bustle Digital Group.[6]

In March 2018, Goldberg purchased The Zoe Report from celebrity style icon Rachel Zoe, who subsequently became a partner in his Bustle Digital Group venture.[7]

In July 2018, Goldberg purchased the rights to Gawker at a bankruptcy auction. The site is set to relaunch in early 2019.[8]

To date, the company has raised $50.5 million in venture capital funding and has been valued at just under $200 million.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Widdicombe, Lizzie. "From Mars: A young man's adventures in women's publishing". New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ Shields, Mike. "'Just talk to a 24-year old,' and you'll know why ESPN is getting buried in one critical area by Bleacher Report and Barstool Sports". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  3. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "A founder who sold his startup for $200 million paid for all 160 employees to party with him in Vegas". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  4. ^ Bercovici, Jeff. "What was this bro thinking? Bustle's Bryan Goldberg explains himself". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ a b Alpert, Alyson. "Bustle Turns Political in Latest $12 Million Funding Round". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  6. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "Bustle acquires Elite Daily from Daily Mail and rebrands as Bustle Digital Group". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  7. ^ Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara. "Bustle Digital Group acquires the Zoe Report". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  8. ^ Jarvey, Natalie. "Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg to Revive Gawker". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-10-11.