how to start your own media company

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:30 to 8:00 pm

NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor (between West 4th Street and Washington Place)

Want to be the next media mogul? Hear from entrepreneurs and innovators on everything you need to know about raising money,  creating a compelling quality platform and putting a team together to make it all work.  RSVP


rafat ali, founder/ceo, skift

Rafat is the Founder/CEO of Skift, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.

Previously, he was the Founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.

Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.

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Elizabeth Spiers is the founder of The Insurrection, a creative and research firm. She was previously a digital launch consultant and until Fall of 2012 was the editor in chief of The New York Observer and editorial director of Observer Media Group, where she oversaw the flagship newspaper and its digital analogs, and a variety of ancillary trade and lifestyle publications.

Prior to the Observer, she was the founder of Breaking Media, an online media company, which produces DealBreaker (a Wall Street tabloid), AboveTheLaw (a legal tabloid) and Fashionista (a fashion tabloid). She was also the founding editor of Gawker, Gawker Media’s flagship site which she launched with publisher Nick Denton in December of 2002. 

As a journalist she has been a columnist at Fast Company and Fortune and contributed to a variety of publications including Matter, Slate, New York Magazine, The New Republic Online,, The New York Times, Forbes and The New York Post. She also teaches a new media class for SVA’s Design Criticism MFA program and is a Young Leaders Forum Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. As an advisor, clients past and present include Casper, b5Media (acquired by Alloy), Condé Nast, McGarryBowen, and a variety of brands and media companies. 

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jenna weiss-berman, co-founder, pineapple street media

After almost a decade working in public radio on such shows as The Moth and StoryCorps, Jenna started the podcast department at BuzzFeed where she created Another Round and Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham. She left in 2016 to start Pineapple Street Media, whose shows include Missing Richard Simmons, Still Processing with wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, and the brand new shows Heavens Gate and Stay Tuned With Preet Bharara, among others. She currently sits on the advisory board of The Moth. 



J. Max Robins is a veteran editor and media business executive with extensive management and marketing expertise across platforms. Before joining the Center for Communication, Max was the Vice President/Executive Director of the Paley Center. Prior to this, Max was the editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, where he oversaw a relaunch of B&C across platforms.