Ricky Van Veen
|Ricky Van Veen|
Van Veen speaking at SXSW in 2007
|Born||Richard Rafael Van Veen
December 17, 1980
Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University|
|Occupation||Co-founder of CollegeHumor|
|Partner(s)||Allison Williams (engaged)|
Richard Rafael "Ricky" Van Veen (born December 17, 1980) is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of CollegeHumor, a popular comedy brand/website and CEO of Notional, a television production company born out of CollegeHumor. Van Veen created the site as a student at Wake Forest and it quickly became a mainstay. Van Veen's site was earning between $10-15 million a year before the partners sold a controlling stake to IAC/InterActiveCorp. He is also one of the principal owners and founders of Connected Ventures, a company formed around CollegeHumor that included BustedTees and Vimeo. He also appeared in episode six of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld's podcast "If I Were You" becoming the first guest to do so.
In July 2009 Van Veen was announced to be the CEO of the new production company, Notional, which would be producing material for the traditional media of television. One of Notional's most noteworthy TV shows is "Chopped" on the Food Network. Notional would not be funded by IAC/InterActiveCorp. Van Veen would be mentored by Barry Diller, who is the chairman and senior executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp.
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- Official website
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