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John Battelle

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Chair, Co-Founder, CCO NewCo/OpenCo and Exec Chair, sovrn Holdings

Chair, Co-Founder, CCO NewCo/OpenCo and Exec Chair, sovrn Holdings

5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Federated Media
Web 2.0 Summit
Health Unwired
Standard Media (The Industry Standard)
NewCo Festivals
Federated Media
Web 2.0 Summit
Standard Media (The Industry Standard)

Side Projects

Various investments


Executive Chairman, Co-Founder, CEO NewCo Festivals May 2012 - present
Chairman sovrn Holdings, Inc. January 2014 - present
Owner, GP Battelle Media January 1999 - present
Member Board of Directors Acxiom August 2012 - present
Author The Search: Business and Culture in the Age of Google January 2003 - present
Co-Chair Co-Founder, IAB Traffic of Good Intent Task Force January 2013 - September 2014
Founder, Chair, CEO Federated Media May 2005 - January 2014
Founder, Program Chair, Web 2.0 Web 2.0 Summit November 2003 - June 2012
Band Mananger, Boing Boing Happy Mutants, LLC March 2004 - December 2010
Visiting Professor, Director Business Reporting Program UC Berkeley July 2001 - June 2004
Founder, CEO, Chair Standard Media (The Industry Standard) August 1997 - September 2001
Co-founding Editor Wired August 1992 - July 1998


University of California, Berkeley Journalism 1990 - 1992

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Events
  • • Media
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Digital Media • Blogging • Entrepreneurship • Publishing • Startups

Key Accomplishments

Involved in the startup ecosytem for a long time.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think John is awesome?
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Jessica Alter
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, FounderDating. Harvard Business School grad. University of Michigan grad.
John is the quintessential entrepreneur. You'd be lucky to work with and learn from him.
Josh Felser
We worked together  •  CoFounder, Freestyle Capital. Previously EVP, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Duke grad.
John has been a pioneer since the 90s and continues to lead our industry with his vision, execution and unsurpassed network
Caitlin Pulleyblank
Founder and CEO, Open Colony.
For many years I have thought of John as the managing editor of the web. Not only is he a leading journalist and intuitive interviewer but h ... e is an entrepreneur who repeatedly envisions the future and builds companies to meet it all in the context of ability to understand and interpret big trends that impact all of us.
Cynde Ahart Wood
Word Wrangler, Copyright Ranch. Previously Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing, Time Inc.. San Francisco State grad.
Dave LaFontaine
Director of Content and UX/UI,
He builds things that people love, and that help the people that create them have sustainable careers.

Melissa Taunton
They're my friends  •  Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures. Previously Director, Schweichler Price Mullarkey & Barry.
Anyone would benefit from Melissa's insights as an advisor.

Perry Simpson
They're my school  •  VP Business Development, Venture Aviator and Marketing Strategy & Business Development Consultant, Flipps Media.
He's already one.

Elissa Hambrecht
They're my current cofounder  •  Chief Partnerships Officer, NewCo and co-Founder, Chispa Productions. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Elissa gets shit done. And she tells a great story. Passionate and engaged.

Taylor McKnight
We worked together  •  Founder, Previously Partner, The Hype Machine. University of Florida grad.
BC he's awesome.