John Battelle

Editor in chief and CEO of NewCo Platform, Mr. Battelle is also chair of Sovrn Holdings Inc.; a director of Acxiom Inc., a NYSE‐listed company, and a director at Chute Inc. Best known for his work creating media properties, Mr. Battelle founded Federated Media Publishing in 2005 and served as CEO and chair until the company was acquired in 2014. In addition, he was co‐founder, executive producer and program chair of the Web 2.0 Summit, author of the international bestseller “The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture,” founder and CEO of Standard Media International–publisher of The Industry Standard–and a co‐founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master of journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.