88. Rufus Griscom

Cofounder of General Manager of Babble Media, How To Build Online Communities Around Your Content

Rufus Griscom is one-half of the husband-and-wife duo behind new-wave parenting site Babble.com, which Disney acquired last fall for approximately $40 million.

"... Something that's been risky for us—and everyone in the online space—was making the decision to push content out to other platforms such as Facebook or the Huffington Post. That was scary at first. We worried, Are we giving away the baby? But we've concluded that it really is the right approach," Griscom says.

"If we have more comments on a Facebook post than on our own site, are we pushing the conversation or the audience away? But of the 6 million folks who come to Babble each month, about 35% are coming through social media—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbled-Upon, and various aggregators. And we started to realize that a lot of these are actually filtering our content better than we are."

Click here to read the conversation about building online communities around content between Griscom and NBCUniversal President, Digital Entertainment Vivi Zigler, No. 89 on our Most Creative People list.

Timeline

  • 1986

    Buys his first car, a Saab 99 for $800 borrowed from his younger siblings

  • 1986

    Falls in love for the first time

  • 1997

    His first website, Nerve, goes live

  • 1998

    Is interviewed by Charlie Rose

  • 2001

    Launches Spring Street Networks, his second company; falls in love for the last time

  • 2005

    Becomes the father of son, Declan

  • 2008

    Becomes the father of son, Grey

  • 2011

    Becomes the father of son, Rye

  • 2011

    Sells Babble to Disney

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