Dave Finocchio

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Dave Finocchio
Born
EducationB.A. in economics and history
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
OccupationCo-founder and CEO of Bleacher Report
Spouse(s)Lauren[1]

Dave Finocchio is an American businessman who co-founded the sports news website Bleacher Report, which is the second-largest digital sports publisher with over 45 million monthly readers.[2][3] In 2012, Finocchio led the company through an acquisition by Turner Broadcasting System for approximately $175 million.[4][5] He stepped away from daily operations of Bleacher Report in 2014 but returned to the company as its CEO in 2016.[6]

Career[edit]

Finnochio graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in economics and history.[1]

Bleacher Report was founded in 2005 by David Finocchio, Alexander Freund, Bryan Goldberg, and Dave Nemetz while they were working in Silicon Valley—four friends and sports fans who had been high school classmates at Menlo School in Atherton, California.[7] They saw that sports was not entertaining enough for younger fans, and sports journalists were out of touch with the college demographic.[8] Finocchio found that events such as the NFL draft, the NBA free-agency window and the NBA trade deadline were not fully covered by sports journalism at the time. Using Google Insights, Finocchio discovered the stories people were searching for to build a media company.[9] He mined data based on search traffic to discover what people wanted to see about every sport and team on a daily basis. Rather than focus on individual site views, Finocchio and his team focused on scaling their audience and introduced hundreds of newsletters based on specific teams and leagues. The newsletters showed high engagement rates with over 70 percent open rates. The newsletters, sent three times a week, included relevant stories from both Bleacher Report and other sources. Eventually, the newsletters were converted into a mobile app. The content was later adapted to social platforms as well.[8]

During the first two years of running Bleacher Report, Finocchio worked part-time in private equity before leaving the industry to work with Bleacher Report full-time.[1] In 2012, Turner Media acquired Bleacher Report for $175 million.[4] In 2014, Finocchio stepped away from day-to-day responsibilities in the company. However, in 2016, he returned to the company as its CEO.[10]

Media appearances[edit]

Since the foundation of Bleacher Report, Finocchio has given commentary about what makes media companies successful and the future of the industry. His opinions have been featured in publications such as Business Insider,[11] Digiday,[12] Recode,[13] Reuters,[14] and Wired.[15] In 2013, he spoke at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference sponsored by ESPN.[16] Finocchio was also a speaker at Business Insider's Ignition conference in 2016,[17] as well as GeekWire's Sports Tech Summit in 2017, where he discussed the future of sports media.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Forty Under 40: Dave Finocchio". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Bleacher Report's Changing Lineup, Founder Dave Finocchio Returns as CEO". 2016-01-13. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The Failure Factor: CEO Of Bleacher Report On Founding With Friends And Big Egos". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "How Bleacher Report May Be Digitally Minded Turner's Next Global Conquest". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Meet the Dudes Behind the $180 Million 'Bleacher Report'". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Bleacher Report Co-Founder Dave Finocchio returns As CEO". 2016-01-13. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  7. ^ "The Failure Factor: CEO Of Bleacher Report On Founding With Friends And Big Egos". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Full transcript: Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio on Recode Media". February 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  9. ^ "How Bleacher Report took the sports world by storm while other sites were acting like it was still 1975". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Bleacher Report Co-Founder Dave Finocchio returns As CEO". 2016-01-13. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Bleacher Report's CEO explained why ESPN is in trouble". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Bleacher Report CEO: Sites with a casual audience are 'dead'". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Full transcript: Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio on Recode Media". February 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  14. ^ "In volatile sports media landscape, Bleacher Report sees path to relevance". Reuters. 2017-04-26. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Why Instagram Is Suddenly The Place For Sports Highlights". Wired. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Dave Finocchio". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Bleacher Report CEO will discuss knocking it out of the park in digital media". 2016-08-25. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Bleacher Report CEO to Facebook: Think hard about what you are doing to the publishing industry". 2017-06-24. Retrieved 24 October 2018.