Mode Media

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Mode Media
Privately held
Industry Internet, Media, Fashion
Founded 2003
Founder Ernie Cicogna, Fernando Ruarte, Vic Zauderer, Dianna Mullins, Raj Narayan, Rebecca Bogle Arora, Susan Kare, Emmanuel Job, Samir Arora
Headquarters 2000 Sierra Point Parkway Brisbane, California, U.S.
Products, Mode Video, Glam, Foodie, Brash, Bliss, Tend,
Number of employees
480 (2015)
Website Mode Media

Mode Media, Inc. (formerly Project Y, Glam Media) is a digital lifestyle media company where content can be produced by anyone but is reviewed by professional editors prior to publishing. In 2015, Mode Media had grown to over $100 Million in revenue, primarily from providing native content, branded video and digital advertising to large brands.[1]

In March 2016, Comscore listed Mode Media at #10 in the Top 100 Web properties with 400 million unique visitors worldwide.[2]


Mode Media was founded as Project Y, Inc. in 2003 by Ernie Cicogna, Fernando Ruarte, Vic Zauderer, Dianna Mullins, Raj Narayan, Rebecca Bogle Arora, Susan Kare, Emmanuel Job and Samir Arora.[3] The company originally was founded as a website to offer high quality fashion and beauty content and blog content. [4]The company launched in September 2005 at Fashion Week in New York.[5][6]

As the company grew, it diversified its focus from exclusively targeting a female audience. The company now owns and operates across 20 lifestyle categories and Channels: Glam (Women Style, Fashion, Beauty), Brash (Men's Lifestyle), Bliss (Health & Wellness), Tend (Parenting), Foodie (Food Recipes and Restaurants) and Entertainment, Music and Video. In June, 2007, Mode Media became the #1 women's web property in the US as reported by comScore.[7] In September, 2007, Mode Media launched its first discovery product "Glam Curator" and started to popularize the term "curation" as a new way of filtering content in the social web.[8]

In September 2011, Mode acquired the Ning, a social media platform that allowed users to create custom social networks.[9][10] In 2014, Glam Media was renamed to Mode Media.[11] In 2014, Mode Media launched Mode Studios, to create original video series, branded entertainment and digital films in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.[12] In 2015, Mode Media launched Mode Video streaming platform [13]

In total, the company has raised approximately $186 million from silicon valley venture firms Accel, DFJ, Walden, Information Capital and investors Burda and Dentsu.[14]


  1. ^ "Mode Media Raises Another $30M". 
  2. ^ John Motavalli (May 11, 2016). "Why Is Mode Media In Quiet Mode?". MediaPost Communications. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Leadership - Mode Media". Mode Media. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ " Launches the First Fashion Blog Network". Glam Media Inc. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  5. ^ Miller, Claire Cain (September 17, 2007). "Pretty in Pink". ( LLC). Retrieved November 2, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Glam Media. About Glam. Our Story.". Glam Media. Glam Media. Retrieved October 24, 2007. 
  7. ^ Marshall, Matt. "Glam surges to No. 1 women's property, overtakes iVillage". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Matt. "Glam, the Web's fastest growing network, unveils Digg-like feature". Venturebeat. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
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  10. ^ Parr, Ben. "Glam Media Acquires Ning". Mashable. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Castillo, Michelle. "Glam Media Rebrands as Mode Media and Takes On Netflix". AdWeek. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  12. ^ "Mode Launches Comprehensive Video Service". 
  13. ^ "Mode Launches Video Streaming". 
  14. ^ "Mode Media Raises Another $30M". 

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