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Sep 5th 2013

Nate Richardson Joins AOL As President Of AOL Live

I'm pleased to announce that Nate Richardson has joined AOL as President of AOL Live. Nate's background in digital media, e-commerce and start-ups brings a combination of experiences that will allow us to build a truly unique, differentiated and compelling AOL Live product.

While my first experience meeting Nate was on a panel at the LGBT Center when he was CEO of paidContent, I had heard of his reputation as the person behind Yahoo! Finance's success.

Nate arrived at Yahoo! via the acquisition of a payments company, and went on to deliver one of the most financially successful and dominant digital businesses of the last decade.

Nate took two detours, including what he describes as a cameo at Dow Jones as Head of Digital and a mind-cleanser running the largest non-governmental organization in post-war Liberia for the International Rescue Committee, where he had a staff of 500 and a need to learn how to build his own satellite system.

After the panel, I recruited Nate to conceive of and launch Gilt Man and later Gilt City. Nate built two of Gilt Groupe's most valuable businesses by establishing differentiated propositions, a strong editorial point of view in merchandising, and team cultures that are legendary for their creativity, passion and commitment.

Most recently, Nate was CEO of #waywire, a video curation platform that he co-founded with Mayor Cory Booker. His time at #waywire served as a baptism into the fast evolving world of video.

Please help me welcome Nate to team AOL.
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Jul 1st 2013

Day 2: AOL Live's Anchor Quest Concludes.. For Now


If you thought the first round of AOL Live auditions were impressive - the second round was even more entertaining. Starting Friday morning at 6AM ET, the line outside our New York City headquarters was already down the block and the talent assembled was as strong as the crowd size. Thousands also watched live on AOL.com and shared their favorites with hashtag #AOLAnchorQuest.

Here are some highlights: We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to watch and audition! Stay tuned for more information about future auditions and AOL Live!

Jun 27th 2013

Day 1: AOL Live's Anchor Quest

Update: Thank you everyone for watching and auditioning! This round of auditions has ended, but we are looking at future opportunities for additional talent searches. Stay tuned to this blog for details!
Today, AOL held the first round of auditions for our AOL Live anchor search and let's just say- the talent really brought it! Entertainment enthusiasts, tech geeks, health aficionados and every-day personalities took to the screen to showcase their talents, quirks and everything in between.

AOL.com streamed the auditions live so those who couldn't make it to our open audition could still be a part of the rare experience. The stream garnered over two and a half million views and two hundred fifty thousand concurrent views in just 4 hours.

That was only part 1 of our quest for the next major star, part 2 kicks off tomorrow morning. If you're in New York and would like to audition, come by 770 Broadway between 5AM and 10AM ET for your shot at stardom. To give everyone across the globe a voice in this process, we will also be polling our Twitter audience to learn who are fan favorites and those that stuck out amongst the rest.

Check out more of the highlights from today's auditions below and click here for more information on this opportunity. Join the conversation on Twitter at #AOLAnchorQuest.

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