SportsBlogs Nation has recently received funding from some of the premier venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the country
We also have an impressive Chairman in Jim Bankoff, whose legacy from AOL remains starting or acquiring some of the most successful professional blogs and communities on the web. Jim's connections and past experience are a perfect fit for a budding sports media company like SB Nation. He initiated and led sites like TMZ, Fanhouse and BloggingStocks and orchestrated the acquisition and management of Weblogs, Inc. while at AOL, so he understands the new social media landscape.
. What does this mean? Well it simply means that this Internet company of thriving sports communities that started in late 2003 with the creation of a single blog by a single person (yours truly) now has the opportunity to build itself into a powerful entity in the sports media landscape. We're going to concentrate on building something unique that is always focused around the fan experience. It's something that I founded this company on because I felt like an alienated fan who didn't think anyone was serving my media needs. And it is something that will remain core to the SB Nation experience. I can promise you that.
Because of the funding we're able to retain the best technology team who is in the process of constructing the best blogging and community tools anywhere on the Web. They are constantly evolving to reflect the demands of what a thriving sports community might want. It's led by Trei Brundrett, who has tons of experience in building social platforms for major corporations. Yet we're remain small and nimble enough that Trei and his technology team will be able to change things to adapt to real world conditions in our communities.
SB Nation is also bringing Kyle Ragsdale on board. His last position was leading business and marketing activities for Georgetown Athletics, so he understands sports and the new sports media. He also brings a wealth of business talent to help SB Nation work on key areas like business development and generating revenue.
It's funny when I think back to that early November day in 2003. I had no idea that launching a small blog about a small market team would wind up making such a large noise five years later. I suppose I just wanted to talk about my team with other people who cared as much as I did as often as I did. Little did I know that I was not alone. Not by a long shot.
So I'm excited to continue on this path to greatly improving the servicing of fans like me and fans like you who care probably more than is healthy. I hope you realize that this company will always be by the fans, for the fans. That's how it was founded and that's how it will continue to prosper for many years to come. Thank you for all your support.