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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