About John

John Battelle speaks during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

John Battelle is an entrepreneur, journalist, investor, and author who has founded or co-founded scores of media, tech, conference, and other 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. I decided to stop doing it after 2011, started NewCo shortly thereafter.

That Book I Heard He Wrote (The Search) Chronicling not just the history of Google, but the forces that gathered to make Google possible. I may write another, now that it’s been a good 20 years.

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. Sold in early 2014 to LIN Media, spun out sovrn Holdings at the same time.

NewCo (formerly OpenCo) A new kind of event/media platform launched in 2013, now owned by Vision7.

The Recount. A new approach to news in the world of post-linear streaming and social media. Co-founder and CEO, sold to The News Movement in early 2023.

Board seats: Chair, sovrn Holdings. Director, LiveRamp. Advisory Board, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Various other informal advisory boards.

Investor. I invest in media and tech companies that fit into my general thesis that we need a world where data, intelligence, and control are pushed to the edge of the Internet. If you want to reach me about investing, please drop me a line at jbat at battellemedia dot com.

Consulting Has to be the right client.

Teaching. I taught at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for four years (2002-5) and Columbia’s School for International Public Affairs, also for four years (2018 – 2022), where I also did research on how data flows in our society.



Etc. Father of three. Drums (R&B), mountain biking, yoga, whiteboarding with friends, taking pictures, cursing at closed systems.

16 thoughts on “About John”

  1. May 8 2929
    Hi John.
    The threat to our democracy is greater than it has ever been. DJT will steal election by closing USPS for just a few days in late Oct. Please see my May 4, five-thread tweet- @BWDnow.
    Please forward to John Heilemann.
    Thank you.
    Bart W Daly
    Punta Gorda FL

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