Ricky Van Veen
Ricky Van Veen
Van Veen speaking at SXSW in 2007
Richard Rafael Van Veen
December 14, 1980
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University|
|Occupation||Head of Global Creative Strategy at Facebook, Co-founder of CollegeHumor|
(m. 2015; div. 2019)
Richard Rafael Van Veen (born December 14, 1980) is an American entrepreneur. He is currently Head of Global Creative Strategy at Facebook. Van Veen co-founded the popular comedy brand/website CollegeHumor. He was also CEO of Notional, a television production company born out of CollegeHumor.
Van Veen created CollegeHumor as a student at Wake Forest. 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. 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. Van Veen would be mentored by Barry Diller, who is the chairman and senior executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp.
Ricky also co-founded product company Scroll Commerce in 2015, where he would invent products designed to sell online, including the popular "Homesick Candle." The company was later acquired by BuzzFeed to be the foundation of its new Product Labs division.
Van Veen is from Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. He is the son of Helen and Richard Van Veen. Van Veen married actress Allison Williams in September 2015. On June 27, 2019 they issued a joint statement that they will be splitting up.
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