John Battelle, 45, is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author who has founded or co-founded scores of online, conference, magazine, and other media businesses. They include:
Wired Magazine and its spinoffs, including HotWired, the first commercial website to run banner ads.
The Industry Standard – An integrated weekly magazine, research, online, and conference business that set records for advertising pages sold in a single year. It didn’t end well.
The Web 2 Conferences Founded in 2003 with partner Tim O’Reilly and later TechWeb, this “grandfather of all Internet conferences” is one of my proudest editorial works.
That Book I Heard He Wrote (The Search) Chronicling not just the history of Google, but the forces that gathered to make Google possible.
Federated Media Publishing Founded in 2005 based on the insight that a new form of media was emerging that needed a new economic and technological platform. Raised $60mm and is profitable and just killing it. Executive Chair now and founder.
That Book I Hear He’s Writing What We Hath Wrought. Sold to Simon & Schuster earlier this year, the biggest book I’ll ever write, I think.
Consulting Don’t really do it.
Etc. Father of three. Drums, mountain biking, yoga, drinking with friends, taking pictures, cursing at closed systems.