About John

jbathed2John Battelle, 49, 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. 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.

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 late 2012/early 2013, now in 16 cities and growing.

That Book I Hear He’s Writing if/then. Sold to Simon & Schuster in 2011, delayed by work on FM/sovrn, and NewCo. I may not write it, I may change it to something more related to the ideas in this post.

Board seats: Chair, sovrn Holdings. Chair, NewCo. Director, Acxiom. Director, Chute.


Consulting Don’t really do it.



Etc. Father of three. Drums, mountain biking, yoga, drinking with friends, taking pictures, cursing at closed systems.

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