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BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed is digital media and technology company delivering news and entertainment content.

BuzzFeed is an independent digital media company that is providing news and entertainment to several millions of people around the world. It is a company that leverages data and innovation to reach out to hundreds of millions of people all around the world.

BuzzFeed's massive cross-platform network includes: BuzzFeed Originals, which creates articles, lists, quizzes, and videos; BuzzFeed Media Brands, which comprises of a portfolio of identity-driven lifestyle brands including Nifty, Goodful, As/Is, and Tasty, the world’s largest social food network; BuzzFeed Studios, which produces original content across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film and digital platforms; and BuzzFeed News and HuffPost, which include world-class reporting and investigative journalism. The company also includes BuzzFeed Commerce, which develops products and experiences, as well as licensing and other strategic partnerships.

BuzzFeed operate a global news organization that is headquartered in New York and an entertainment studio that is based in Los Angeles, with global offices in many countries around the world. Its best work creates authentic audience engagement that fosters real-world impact, like Yanny vs. Laurel, Tasty, the infamous exploding watermelon, award-winning investigations from BuzzFeed News, and its staple lists and quizzes.

Timeline

June 24, 2021
BuzzFeed announces plans to become a publicly traded company through a special purpose acquisition company that could value $1.5B.
November 19, 2020
Verizon Media and BuzzFeed signs a new strategic partnership across content and advertising, including the acquisition of HuffPost, a media platform for news, commentary, entertainment, features, and lifestyle content.

November 19, 2020
BuzzFeed strikes a deal to acquire HuffPost in a stock deal with Verizon Media.

August 18, 2015
BuzzFeed raises a $200,000,000 series E round from NBCUniversal.
January 3, 2013
BuzzFeed raises a $19,300,000 series D round from Hearst Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, RRE Ventures and SoftBank Capital.
January 9, 2012
BuzzFeed raises a $15,500,000 series C round from Hearst Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, RRE Ventures and SoftBank Capital.
May 12, 2010
BuzzFeed raises a $8,000,000 series B round from Founder Collective, RRE Ventures, Ron Conway, SV Angel and SoftBank Capital.
July 9, 2008
BuzzFeed raises a $3,500,000 series A round from SoftBank Capital.

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Abbe Cohen

Employee

Abhi Agarwal

Employee

Abigail Leslie

Employee

Abigail Thompson

Employee

Adam Moerder

Employee

Adrian Pierce

Employee

Adrienne Lahens

Employee

Ahmed Idrees

Investor

Aileen Joa

Employee

Ainsley Sutherland

Employee

Ainslie Forsum

Employee

Alana Massey

Employee

Alana Tabak

Employee

Alejandra Bekerman

Employee

Alex Burton

Employee

Alex Watt

Employee

Alexander Herguth

Employee

Alice Mongkongllite

Employee

Alice Pham

Employee

Alix McAlpine

Employee

Allison Bagg

Employee

Allison Constable

Employee

allyson laquian

Employee

Amal Mgaresh, MBA

Employee

Amanda Howard

Employee

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September 16, 2021
mint
Internal memos show how a big 2018 change rewarded outrage and that CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted proposed fixes
August 18, 2021
mint
Chief Executive Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed signed off on terms that could put more pressure on the company if its shares don't rise. He is confident investors will be pleased with the results.
Edmund Lee and Lauren Hirsch
July 27, 2021
www.nytimes.com
The digital media companies that once seemed to have a lock on the future are making plans to get bigger and pay back their investors.
WIRED
July 25, 2021
Ars Technica
Until it offers privacy by default, it remains a liability for many of its users.
Kashmir Hill
July 21, 2021
www.nytimes.com
The facial-recognition start-up closed a Series B financing round. It faces multiple lawsuits challenging its business model.
Natasha Mascarenhas
June 26, 2021
TechCrunch
Rumor has it, if you whisper mafia to a venture capitalist or tech reporter, a seed investment and headline appears within minutes. That process quickly turns into seconds if the mafia reference includes the letters S, T, R, I, P and E before it. Tech mafias, otherwise known as a group of early employees within [...]
Edmund Lee
June 24, 2021
www.nytimes.com
The digital media company, which will merge with a publicly listed shell company in what is known as a SPAC deal, also lined up about $150 million in debt financing.
Richard Dal Porto
June 24, 2021
TechCrunch
Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.
The Associated Press
June 24, 2021
CTVNews
BuzzFeed will become a publicly traded company with an implied value of US$1.5 billion through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company.
Alex Wilhelm
June 24, 2021
TechCrunch
BuzzFeed had a hard time with growth in 2020, but its deck showcases big optimism about the future of its leading business (advertising) and growth business (commerce).
Edward Helmore in New York
June 24, 2021
the Guardian
News and digital media giant to use special purpose acquisition company (Spac) to go public and to acquire Complex for $300m
June 24, 2021
AP NEWS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Digital media company BuzzFeed is setting its sights on growth. It plans to become a publicly traded company with an implied value of $1.5 billion through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company.
Edmund Lee
June 24, 2021
www.nytimes.com
The digital publisher is said to be on the verge of announcing a SPAC merger that would take the company public.
June 10, 2021
WebWire
Today, Jumpcut launches out of stealth as the first data science-driven studio reimagining the way films and TV shows are developed, to elevate fresh voices and stories. The company, which comprises a Wharton Professor, and former BuzzFeed and CBS executives and is backed by venture capital studio Atomic, is using technology to advance diversity in film and TV through data. Designed to help Hollywood buyers source inclusive talent and evolve beyond sequel culture, the company is working w...
MARILYNN MARCHIONE
May 15, 2021
news.yahoo.com
An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin...
Archie Bland
March 12, 2021
the Guardian
Owner BuzzFeed's move leaves more than half of editorial staff at risk
Adam Gabbatt in New York
March 9, 2021
the Guardian
Jonah Peretti announced move in staff meeting on Tuesday while HuffPost's Canada operation was also closed
Kelsey Vlamis
February 27, 2021
Business Insider
Two former resident assistants told BuzzFeed News they warned women in their dorms not to go on drives with Cawthorn because "bad things happened."
Isobel Asher Hamilton
February 22, 2021
Business Insider
Facebook's employees wanted the ban to extend to posts supporting or praising Alex Jones, but Zuckerberg vetoed that part of it.
Anthony Ha
February 12, 2021
TechCrunch
Jack Dorsey and Jay Z create a bitcoin endowment, Datadog acquires a Startup Battlefield company and BuzzFeed experiments with AI-generated quizzes. This is your Daily Crunch for February 12, 2021. Oh, and before we get started: Consider applying to the Early Stage pitch off and submitting a pitch deck for feedback on Extra Crunch Live! [...]
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