Happy Birthday Nick Denton: The Founder of Gawker Media

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The blog post is the quick reach of the day. Establishing one such blog network company with a huge reader community is awesome. Nick Denton, through his online platform Gawker Media, had created a buzzword and accumulated readers from all the walks of life. Starting the company in his apartment in Soho to transform it into a mammoth firm to went bankrupt, has been an amazing journey.

Date of Birth: 24 August 1966

Net Worth: Between $10 million and $50 million (as of 2016)

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Before getting into Financial Times as a journalist soon after the college, Nick Denton started freelancing for British newspapers in the 1990s. Later in 2002, Gawker Media took birth with only two blogs being Gawker.com and Gizmodo.com a gadget centre. On the 53rd birth anniversary of Nick Denton, we bring few interesting yet less known facts about the internet entrepreneur and the founder of Gawker Media.

  1. In October 1998, Nick Denton co-founded a social networking site, First Tuesday and Moreover Technologies, with some of his schoolmates from UCS.
  2. Later in October 2003, Gawker Media, Inc. was founded as Blogwire, Inc., with a tagline “Today’s gossip is tomorrow’s news”.
  3. In 2015, Nick Denton told about adding some humanity to his gossip site and apparently rename it. With this development, the site was on the verge of starting a new era with marking the end of the site as a gossip site. The transformation followed the resignation of the senior editorial staff from the online media company.
  4. Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Jalopnik, io9 (the science fiction blog), Deadspin (the sports blog), Kotaku (the gaming blog), Jezebel, and Jalopnik are the different weblogs owned by Gawker.com. Gizmodo and Lifehacker have been the largest sites of Gawker Media.
  5. Amidst the controversy and a hard phase the blog is facing owing to the resignation of senior editorial staff, Nick Denton remained to be a winner by transforming a tide into a winning wave of public relations. Apart from too many merits and demerits, Gawker Media was a large pool of readers and have made it a thumping success.
  6. Nick Denton was featured in the Sunday Times’s Rich List 2007 with an estimated net worth of approx $205 million, which was based on the sales of his previous companies and the then-current value of Gawker Media.
  7. In March 2016, The jury ordered Nick Denton to pay $115 million for publishing a sex tape on Gawker Media, showing Hulk Hogan, a former professional wrestler, having sex with his friend’s wife.
  8. In 2007, Denton’s Valleywag editor, Owen Thomas outed Peter Thiel in a blog post entitled Peter Thiel is totally gay, people. Later in 2016, it was revealed that Peter Thiel was secretly covering the expenses for Hulk Hogan’s lawsuits against Nick’s Gawker Media.

“Forget about someone’s resume or how they present themselves at a party. Can they blog or not? The blog doesn’t lie.”

These lines of the enthusiastic blogger depict his keen interest in writing and desire to be in the blogging business and nonetheless his reliability on blogs. On his birthday let us wish him successful blogging years ahead.

The post is a part of a B’day Series where we celebrate the birthday of renowned personalities from Tech Industry, very frequently. The series includes Entrepreneurs, C-level Executives, innovators or renewed leaders who moved the industry with his exponential skill set and vision. The intent is to highlight the person’s achievements and touch base the little known, but interesting, part of his life. You can see the list of all earlier celebrated tech personalities, including Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayor, Sean Parker, Andy Rubin, Julian AssangeSir Richard Branson, Sergey Brin by following this link or subscribe to your daily newsletter.

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