December 13, 2016: TheMaven hosts inaugural Channel Partners conference in Dallas
March 24, 2017 05:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Financial planning analyst, money manager, author and radio talk show host Bob Brooks is moving his online home and quarter-century of money management expertise to the new digital media network, TheMaven (symbol MVEN).
Brooks is one of dozens of award-winning journalists, best-selling authors, top analysts, important causes and foundations who are joining TheMaven’s coalition of elite content channels. Brooks, who is president of Dallas-based Prudent Money Financial Services, has been sharing his money management insights with the world since launching a daily radio talk show in 2002 and then expanding with a weekly newsletter and financially focused online channel, PrudentMoney.com, which is joining TheMaven Network this spring.
“I joined TheMaven’s elite content coalition to expand my audience beyond radio, and teach people about personal finances and stewardship on a much larger, state-of-the-art platform,” Brooks said. “James Heckman and the entire leadership team at TheMaven are proven winners in the world of digital media and information and so I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to be a founding partner in something we believe will be transformational.”
March 16, 2017 3:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mari Smith, a top Facebook and social media marketing evangelist, will provide her expert insight on marketing and social media to businesses, media companies and professional groups via a new channel on TheMaven Network (symbol MVEN), the digital media platform that goes live this spring.
“I love TheMaven’s breakthrough approach in empowering hand-picked, established experts and thought leaders, with a highly effective media platform, to help grow large, loyal communities,” said Smith. “ It’s the next logical step in our digital revolution. We plan to leverage my expertise in social media platforms to partner with Facebook and others to help build the new network.” Smith, who is a perennial pick on Forbes’ list of Top Social Media Power Influencers, plans to launch her channel on TheMaven in May.
Mari Smith, Facebook and social media marketing expert (Photo: Business Wire)
“TheMaven leverages the best of digital publishing and digital marketing, and puts the best tools available in the hands of top journalists and storytellers so that we can all better leverage our social media efforts,” she said.
March 09, 2017 11:50 AM Eastern Standard Time SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Scotty Kilmer, the Emmy Award-winning car care expert so facile with both the wrench and spoken word that he turned The Scotty Kilmer Channel into a YouTube phenomenon, is bringing his wildly successful show to the new digital media network TheMaven (symbol MVEN).
“I joined TheMaven because I saw an opportunity to reach even more people and help them out,” said Kilmer, whose massive following has generated more than 160 million video views. “After meeting with TheMaven team, I was impressed from the top down by the professional grade of all involved.
“TheMaven is a perfect match for me, as part of their expert-only network. Their business model allows me to do my thing, while they handle technology, distribution and advertising - and they bring serious internet executive experience. It's hard enough for me to stay ahead of emerging car technology, so I appreciate them ensuring my media technology is out front as well. This is a perfect Yin/Yang relationship,” he added.
Scotty Kilmer, car care expert and video sensation (Photo: Business Wire)
TheMaven is a growing coalition of elite, independent reporters, analysts, experts and cause leaders across multiple subject categories. Kilmer plans to launch “On The Road With Scotty” on TheMaven this spring.
March 07, 2017 03:01 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TheMaven Network’s growing coalition of independent journalists is expanding into defense, intelligence and foreign affairs with the addition of Bryan Suits, a radio talk-show host, Fox Business regular and decorated combat veteran whose cutting-edge information and analyses offer unparalleled insight into events around the globe.
“TheMaven is the advanced platform I’ve been waiting for,” said Suits, who is a mainstay on Los Angeles’ KFI Radio, the most-listened-to station in America. “I’ll now be able to seamlessly blend my work as a reporter and analyst with my podcast and social media following.”
Bryan Suits: defense and intelligence analyst, KFI Radio/Los Angeles (Photo: Business Wire)
“TheMaven reflects how the world of communication has evolved in the way we use social media and smartphones to consume, share and create. My program on TheMaven will bridge professional analysis with group interaction on a platform for the modern age.” Expanding on the “Dark Secret Place” brand that he has built at KFI Radio, Suits plans to launch his own channel on TheMaven (symbol MVEN) in April.
March 02, 2017 03:01 AM Eastern Standard Time SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Global Lead, an environmental, wildlife conservancy and human rights-focused channel founded by Brigitte Perreault, will launch and build its new home on the TheMaven Network, a coalition of world-class journalists, global causes and foundations and professional group leaders.
The Global Lead is a brand expansion of her global and digital publication Perreault Magazine. “We are extremely honored to be a Founding Channel Partner of TheMaven Network and to benefit from their expertise and technology,” said Perreault, founder and editor-in-chief of Perreault Magazine.
The Global Lead founder, Brigitte Perreault (Photo: Business Wire)
“TheMaven’s team shares our vision to inform and empower and our mission is to inspire advocacy, participation, and the opportunity to have an impact on humanity,” she added. “This partnership will help to attract a wider global audience by allowing us to easily and swiftly publish daily digital content and call-to-action for social change in different corners of the world, offering sustainable information about today’s complex issues.”
February 28, 2017 03:01 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Neale Godfrey, a New York Times No. 1 best-selling author and award-winning financial expert best known as “the financial voice for Baby Boomers, Millennials and their offspring,” will soon launch a channel on TheMaven Network, specifically aimed at empowering families to take charge of their financial lives.
"TheMaven is offering a cutting-edge platform for top-of-their-field experts and so I’m thrilled to join them as a founding partner in this network. I plan to soon launch what will be the trusted, go-to place for real family financial advice. My plan is to be with people every step of the way, as they deal with money issues in their lives,” said Godfrey, who has written 27 books and is considered one of the first senior female banking executives in the nation.
Neale Godfrey (Photo: Business Wire)
Godfrey is the second finance expert to be announced by TheMaven (symbol MVEN) this month, following Brad Thomas, a top REIT investment analyst.
“Neale Godfrey represents exactly what TheMaven stands for,” said James Heckman, CEO and founder of TheMaven Network. “Neale is not only a brilliant communicator of original content, she’s an expert and active participant in her field whose credentials as an advocate for American families are unmatched. In a world of click-bait and commodity news, TheMaven is solely focused on partnering with authentic, passionate, elite experts -- and Neale is all of those things.”
February 17, 2017 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of the non-profit organization Define American and the media start-up #EmergingUS, is bringing his insights about race, immigration, identity and citizenship to the new digital media network TheMaven (symbol MVEN).
“Jose is a bold and compelling journalist, filmmaker and advocate for the underdog,” said James Heckman, CEO of TheMaven. “This is the meeting of his brilliant mind and unique point of view, with our state-of-the-art platform.”
Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American (Photo: Business Wire)
Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and media entrepreneur whose work centers on the changing American identity and elevating the conversation around immigration and citizenship. His channel on TheMaven, launching this spring, will have a similar focus.
February 09, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brad Thomas, a current Forbes financial analyst and leading expert on real estate investment trusts (REITs), is bringing his research newsletter, podcast and premium website, iREITinvestor.com, to TheMaven (Symbol: MVEN).
“Brad is our first publicly announced channel partner and absolutely emblematic of our focused network of elite journalists in each field, bringing their authentic, passionate voices and loyal followers from multiple content segments,” said TheMaven CEO and founder James Heckman, a former News Corp and Yahoo! senior executive.
In addition to Forbes, Thomas is a frequent contributor to Fox Business, is the No. 1 analyst on the stock tips site Seeking Alpha, and recently published two books: “The Intelligent REIT Investor” (with co-author, Stephanie Krewson-Kelly) and “The Trump Factor: Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Trump Empire.” Brad has lectured at Cornell, North Carolina, Clemson and Presbyterian universities and has been featured by Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, CNN, NewsMax, and Fox. He also hosts a weekly online radio show, “The Ground Up,” originating in Greenville, S.C., on 94.5 FM.
February 06, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Elizabeth Thompson, a long-time digital media executive from Glam/Mode Media who headed partner strategy and operations for more than 5,000 independent publishers, has joined TheMaven Network (Symbol: MVEN) as vice president of network development.
“Liz is highly respected within the industry and ideally suited to build our network,” said TheMaven Network founder and CEO James Heckman. “Our strategy is to offer full platform integration, focusing on quality content partners over quantity. Liz will help grow and manage our elite group of channel partners, including many of her hand-picked former partners from Glam/Mode, who we believe will benefit from a more complete and sustainable business model.”
Thompson calls TheMaven's entrance into the market "perfectly timed, given the evolution of how people consume information and the proliferation of highly professional experts, focused on very specific topics.” As distribution, social, video and advertising technology have rapidly advanced, it’s no longer practical for independent content professionals to operate their own platform, she added, noting, “They need an end-to-end business partner with great technology, which is what TheMaven delivers.”
January 30, 2017 08:15 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--theMaven Network Inc. (OTC Pink: MVEN) announced today that the Seattle-based digital media startup has signed agreements with more than two dozen “Founding Channel Partners” to join its network of journalists, causes and independent media channels. The network is targeted to launch later this quarter. Initial channels cover categories such as finance, politics, social issues, automotive, family, lifestyle, food and photography. Over the next several weeks, theMaven will announce details of these channel partner agreements and ongoing signings of new channel partners. theMaven anticipates greatly expanding the number of partners and topic coverage areas over the coming quarters.
CEO James Heckman and fellow co-founders presented theMaven’s new network platform and vision at its first partner conference last month in Dallas, and most of those founding partners will be testing and operating the new platform within a few weeks.
TheMaven is an expert-driven, group media network. The closed-network platform provides value to hand-picked, professional, independent publishers by providing broader distribution, greater engagement for their content with innovative community tools, improved monetization through efficient advertising partnerships and membership programs, and tools to better manage audience and growth. theMaven’s executive team includes senior executives and veteran engineers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, News Corp, Yahoo!, Rivals.com, Scout, the Platform and the NFL, including digital media pioneers James Heckman and Ross Levinsohn, as well as technology innovators Bill Sornsin and Ben Joldersma.
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Ross Levinsohn (theMaven director) delivers keynote address
CEO James Heckman and co-founders Bill Sornsin (COO) and Ben Joldersma (CTO) presented TheMaven’s new network platform and vision at its inaugural channel partner conference last week at the Old Parkland investment campus in Dallas, attended by 33 prestigious publishers, many of whom announced their intention to launch as “Founding Channel Partners.”
Keynote speaker and board member Ross Levinsohn, former Yahoo! CEO, commented:
“TheMaven team has architected a brilliant platform for publishers to scale their message effectively and monetize their content, much as they did previously in sports.”
Thor Halvorssen, president of Human Rights Foundation, offered his reaction: “The vision presented was breathtaking. There in one room were the top leaders from a variety of fields and interests—in some cases from diametrically opposing viewpoints and causes—all standing firm in the need to control their own audience and platform. It was a unique experience and the promised technology has the potential to dramatically expand the level of transparency and integrity for community interaction."
October 18, 2016--SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- James Heckman, former News Corp and Yahoo! senior executive and founder and CEO of two of the most successful professional publisher networks, Rivals.com and Scout.com, in collaboration with his veteran team of executives and engineers are launching an expert-driven, group media platform, TheMaven Network, Inc., which will feature premium, vertical content across multiple content segments. The product launch is planned for the first quarter of 2017.
Heckman will serve as CEO of TheMaven Network and is joined by Rivals.com co-founders and the entire executive team from Scout, including the CTO, COO, senior engineering team and its former chairman, one-time Yahoo! CEO Ross Levinsohn - who is rejoining Heckman as a board member of theMaven company. “The collective knowledge and power of this team puts it in an enviable position day one,” said Levinsohn. “TheMaven team managed to develop a business plan, design a state of the art platform from scratch, secure funding and are on-boarding high quality publishers, all within 100 days of inception – this speaks to their passion, loyalty and commitment as a team.”
TheMaven also announced today that it entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by a public trading acquisition oriented company, Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc. (ISSM), backed by MDB Capital Group. Post-acquisition, the name will change to TheMaven Network, Inc. A formal 8-K was filed by ISSM with the SEC this week. “Moving to become a public company so soon after inception is certainly bold, but it is consistent with our confidence in this team, the platform we are building, and the business plan we have fine-tuned and have dreamed about over the past two decades," Heckman said today. “And the backing of MDB Capital gives us the confidence we will have the necessary resources to execute on our aggressive strategy. We always believed the model will work in other categories and recent events gave us the motivation to pursue this long-held idea. TheMaven will be our sixth venture together for much of this team.”
The acquisition transaction in which ISS will acquire TheMaven company as a subsidiary is being led by MDB Capital and its CEO, Christopher Marlett, a long-time collaborator of Heckman’s. Marlett commented by saying, “We first met James in 2004 while he ran Scout.com and believed that professional publisher networks would be a big part of the future of journalism and the best method for passionate interest groups to collaborate. We feel fortunate to be backing James, who is effectively the father of the industry in this new endeavor to bring the right platform at the right time to these enormous groups that exist but don’t have a great platform for their content.”
Notable executives rejoining the team include CTO Ben Joldersma, recent Google senior engineer and former lead architect at Rivals, Scout and 5to1; COO Bill Sornsin, former head of MSN Core Technology, and co-founder/CTO at Rivals and Scout; and a dozen of the most highly skilled digital engineers in the industry - all based in Seattle.
Seattle--(GeekWire)-- James Heckman is getting the band back together.
The Rivals.com founder and former Yahoo executive today announced the formation of theMaven Network, a new digital media company that will feature premium stories and video “across multiple content segments.” It is set to launch in the first quarter of 2017.
Heckman is well known in entrepreneurial circles, having previously founded the online sports network Rivals.com during the dot-com boom.
Rivals.com — which raised $70 million in venture capital and hit the wall during the dot-com bust — eventually sold to Yahoo in 2007 for a reported purchase price of $100 million. That deal came well after Heckman had left to create Scout.com (founded in 2001), a competitive site to Rivals.com. He then went on to start online advertising startup 5to1.com, selling that company to Yahoo in 2011. After that, he led global media strategy for Yahoo, working closely with Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn.
In fact, Levinsohn and Heckman are reuniting behind theMaven. Heckman is serving as CEO, and Levinsohn is joining the board.
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