Samir Arora

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Samir Arora
Samir Arora in 2013
Born (1965-11-05) November 5, 1965 (age 50)
Alma mater Harvard Business School, London Business School, BITS.
Occupation Chairman of Information Capital
Former founder and director of Mode Media
Known for Co-founder & CEO NetObjects, Founder & CEO Mode Media.

Samir Arora (born November 5, 1965) is an American businessman and former CEO of Mode Media (formerly Glam Media) from 2003 to April 2016. He was CEO and Chairman of the web design company NetObjects, Inc. from 1995 to 2001.


Samir Arora was born in New Delhi, India. He studied electrical and electronic engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science.[1] Arora has an EMP from INSEAD, attended Executive Education at Harvard Business School, and holds a diploma in Sales and Marketing from the London Business School.[2]


Samir Arora worked at Apple[1] in Software and New Media from 1982 to 1991.[citation needed] Arora wrote a white paper called "Information Navigation: The Future of Computing" in late 1986[1] while working directly for the Chairman & CEO of Apple, John Sculley.[3] He left Apple to found the spin-off Rae Technology from Apple.[4][5]

From 1992 to 1995, Arora was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rae Technology. In 1995 Samir Arora co-founded NetObjects, Inc. and together with a design and development team including David Kleinberg, Clement Mok and his brother, Sal Arora, created NetObjects Fusion, one of the first Web design products that allowed Web sites to be designed, structured and created without programming.[6]

In 1997, after the launch of NetObjects Fusion, IBM invested approximately $100 million in a share exchange to buy 80% of NetObjects, corresponding to a valuation of around $150 million.[7] NetObjects, Inc. went public on NASDAQ in 1999 with IBM staying the majority shareholder.[8] From June 2003 to February 2004, Arora served as Chairman of the Board of Tickle, Inc.,[9] one of the first social networking sites founded in 1999.[10] Tickle was acquired by in May 2004.

In 2003, Mode Media (formerly Project Y and then Glam Media), Inc. was formed by a number of people including Arora.[11] The company originally was founded as a website to offer fashion and beauty content and blog content.[12] Mode 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.[13]

Arora was the interim CEO of Glam Media from 2003 to 2005, and CEO from 2006 to 2016.[14] For his work at Mode Media, Arora was included by MIN Magazine in the The Digital Hot List 2008[15] and was named Web 2.0's Don Draper as one of the 30 men shaping our digital future by GQ Magazine [16] He has been featured and interviewed over the years, including on the cover of MacWeek, MacWorld, AdWeek, Folio, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and several times in the New York Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg TV, and Fortune Magazines.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Davidson, Andrew (June 22, 2008). " Samir Arora boss is in the pink". Times Online (London: Times Newspapers Ltd.). Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ "FACE TO FACE - NET LUMINARY -". 2007-09-30. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  3. ^ Menuez, Doug (2014-06-03). Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000. Page 53. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781476752730. 
  4. ^ Inc, InfoWorld Media Group (1994-01-17). InfoWorld. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. 
  5. ^ Inc, InfoWorld Media Group (1993-02-22). InfoWorld. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. 
  6. ^ "Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) Winners 1995–1999". Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Archived from the original on 1998-05-19. Retrieved June 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ Sreenivas, I. Satya (May 18, 1997). "NetObjects chooses Big Blue fusion". Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  8. ^ "February 5, 1999 Form S-1 Filing". SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. Retrieved June 23, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Emode Names Samir Arora Chairman of the Board, Enters Media Metrix Top 50". ADVFN PLC. Retrieved February 28, 2008. 
  10. ^ Juan Carlos Perez. "Social networking site Emode tickles Ringo". Infoworld. Retrieved February 28, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Leadership - Mode Media". Mode Media. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ " Launches the First Fashion Blog Network". Glam Media Inc. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  13. ^ "Mode Media Raises Another $30M". 
  14. ^ Ha, Anthony. "Samir Arora is stepping down as CEO of Mode Media". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  15. ^ "min magazine 2008 The Digital Hot List: Samir Arora". min Online. Access Intelligence, LLC. Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Digital Top 30". GQ Magazine.