Chris Richmond (entrepreneur)

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Chris Richmond
Born
Christopher Richmond

(1986-07-29) July 29, 1986 (age 32)
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Las Vegas
OccupationCEO of Proper Media, Owner of TV Tropes
EmployerProper Media
WebsiteProper Media - Chris Richmond

Chris Richmond (born July 29, 1986) is a businessperson and entrepreneur.[2] He founded a television streaming site called ShareTV.com, co-founded an ad network called Proper Media and acquired ownership stakes in popular websites such as TV Tropes and Snopes.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Richmond attended the University of Las Vegas at the age of 16. However, he dropped out after only 3 semesters to start his first business[2]. The first website he built was a search tool called PCNames which helps to find available domain names[5]. Richmond founded his first large website in 2007, called ShareTV.com[6]. This became one of the first online distribution partners of HULU and TheWB[7], and was one of first sites to stream the Oscars online for the first time[8].

In 2014, Richmond, along with his business partner Drew Schoentrup, acquired[9] TV Tropes a wiki geared toward fiction writers[10]. To announce the purchase, Richmond and Schoentrup launched a Kickstarter campaign to ask the members for their help in improving the project. The campaign raised more than $100,000 in donations[11].

In 2015, Richmond helped found Proper Media. Its first official client was Snopes.com, the largest and oldest fact-checking website on the web[12]. After a year, Proper Media purchased[13] a significant stake in Snopes.com. There is currently a legal dispute[14] regarding whether Proper Media purchased 50% or 40% of Snopes.com. Richmond currently serves as a board member of the Snopes Media Group[15].

In 2018, Richmond helped with his 3rd acquisition by acquiring Spoutable.com under Proper Media.[16] This acquisition added eight employees and nearly doubled the reach of Proper Media.[17]

Cyber-squatting Case[edit]

In 2013, Richmond won a lawsuit for ShareTV against a cyber-squatter who owned the domain ShareTV.com. Originally they started out at ShareTV.org and couldn't get the .com no matter what they did. However, the court ruled in favor of ShareTV and they won the domain from the cybersquatter. This case was groundbreaking because the court awarded it to them despite the fact that the cybersquatter owned the .com 7 years before ShareTV began its trademark[18].

Snopes.com Lawsuit[edit]

Richmond is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Snopes over whether he and Drew Schoentrup own 50% or 40% of Snopes.[19][20] As a result of this dispute, ad revenue was withheld from Snopes.com and its founder David Mikkelson launched a Gofundme campaign to keep Snopes.com running[21].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorset, Catlin (29 July 2015). "30(ish) Under 30(ish)". San Diego Union Tribune. The San Diego Union-Tribune. Pacific San Diego. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Weiner, Yitzi (15 February 2018). "How I Hacked HULU to get Warner Brothers to Call, With Chris Richmond". Medium. Thrive Global.
  3. ^ Madrigal, Alexis C. (24 July 2017). "Snopes Faces an Ugly Legal Battle". The Atlantic. The Atlantic.
  4. ^ Funke, Daniel (20 March 2018). "Snopes has its site back. But the legal battle over its ownership will drag on for months". Poynter. Poynter Institute.
  5. ^ "Domain Name Search 2.0 : PCNames - Search Engine Journal". Search Engine Journal. 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  6. ^ "About Us - ShareTV". sharetv.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-02-24). "Oscar Telecast To Be Available Online For The First Time". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-02-24). "Oscar Telecast To Be Available Online For The First Time". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  9. ^ "TV Tropes". Wikipedia. 2018-05-07.
  10. ^ Sterling, Bruce. "TV Tropes, the all-devouring pop-culture wiki". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  11. ^ "The TV Tropes Revitalization Project". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  12. ^ Waddell, Kaveh. "Should Facebook Buy Snopes?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  13. ^ "For Fact-Checking Website Snopes, a Bigger Role Brings More Attacks". The New York Times. 2016-12-25. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  14. ^ "Snopes, the internet's foremost fact-checking website, may die in a messy legal battle". Vox. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  15. ^ "Disclosures". snopes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  16. ^ Bigelow, Bruce (12 March 2018). "Xconomy: Proper Media Acquires Spoutable, Last Piece of Venture Studio". Xconomy. Xconomy.
  17. ^ Media, Proper (27 February 2018). "Proper Media Acquires Spoutable.com". www.prnewswire.com. Proper Media. PRNewswire.
  18. ^ "Troubling: Federal Court Gives ShareTv.com To ShareTv.Org Despite.Com Registered 3 Years Earlier & 7 Years Before TM". TheDomains.com. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  19. ^ Bruno, Bianca (10 May 2017). "Fact-Checker Snopes' Owners Accused of Corporate Subterfuge". Courthouse News Service.
  20. ^ "Snopes, in Heated Legal Battle, Asks Readers for Money to Survive". The New York Times. 2017-07-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  21. ^ "Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-05-28.