DeMario Phipps-Smith

DeMario Phipps-Smith


DeMario is a writer and journalist from Chicago. He is a former digital editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and has bylines in such publications as Blavity, Eat This Not That, and the National Football Foundation.

After creating a media startup in 2015, DeMario is passionate about entrepreneurship and business. Currently, he is a graduate student at Northwestern studying media innovation.


This company solved a common challenge — choosing a business name — and sold for 8 figures


With $330,000 ARR and 10,000 paid subscribers, fashion app Cladwell is acquired

Content, which helps exam takers prep for LSAT, CPA and Bar, sold to strategic buyer


A marketing company used software to service publishers, then sold to its tech partner