Mediapolis (company)

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Mediapolis, Inc.
Industry Web Engineering
Founded January 1995
Founder Carl Pritzkat, Michael Rhodes, Tony Travostino
Headquarters New York, New York

Mediapolis, Inc. is a web engineering company based in New York City. Founded in 1995 the company has built over 300 websites largely utilizing open-source software.

Mediapolis owns and operates the DataLounge a popular LGBT Internet Forum.


The company was founded in January 1995 by Carl Pritzkat, Michael Rhodes, and Tony Travostino.[1] The first headquarters were out of Michael's apartment in the Meatpacking District, Manhattan. In 1998 Alan Emtage, creator of Archie the first Internet search engine, joined the company. Since then it has worked to produce several hundred websites, with clients ranging from small not-for-profits to large multi-national corporations.

For a period the company operated a string of LGBT sites under the moniker 'The Datalounge Network'. These included,,, and[2]

In January 1995 BMG Entertainment launched the Internet's first e-commerce site featuring an entire record label catalog, which Mediapolis engineered and operated until late 2004. Other notable sites created and operated include for Express Scripts,[3], and for Volvo. In early 2010, Mediapolis was part of a team that purchased Publishers Weekly[4] from media conglomerate Reed Elsevier. It built and operates the website.


In 1999 the DataLounge won GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LGBT Interactive Media.[5]


  1. ^ "The History of Mediapolis". Mediapolis, Inc. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "PR NewsWire". 
  3. ^ "Express Scripts and Announce Internet Pharmacy Agreement". Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "A Homecoming". Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "1999 GLAAD Media Award Nominees". Queer Resources Directory. Retrieved October 26, 2011.