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This founder had only a few employees and grew the site to 300,000 unique monthly visitors — then exited for millions.
When media company Barstool looked to expand beyond its sports roots, finance newsletter The Water Coolest attracted interest with irreverent jokes.
Joe Pulizzi has been building — and selling — content marketing businesses since 2007. His most recent sale of The Tilt and CEX marks his third, and fastest, deal.
Veteran Silicon Valley reporter and TechCrunch editor Connie Loizos sold her newsletter and events business, StrictlyVC.
Hayley Sperling and Sam Hoisington built the local Madison, Wisconsin newsletter they wanted to read — and partnered with a national news brand that eventually acquired them.
Canadian media company ZoomerMedia acquired newsletter and podcast startup The Peak as part of its quest to reach a younger audience.
In 2021, Talia Koren got an unofficial valuation of her meal-prep company, Workweek Lunch. She took it as a challenge to continue to grow — a decision she now regrets.
In 2016, BarBend couldn’t get VC funding. Buzzfeed was all the rage; BarBend was too niche. Seven years later, the website was far beyond niche — and buyers were interested.