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We founded The Information in late 2013 with a simple idea: write deeply-reported articles about the technology industry that you won't find elsewhere.
Nearly four years later, we've moved markets, gotten the early scoop on billions of dollars of acquisitions and told you what's happening deep inside companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. Our stories have been followed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg and other major outlets thousands of times. How we compete is simple. We recruit the best reporters, give them the freedom to write about important topics and tell them not to worry about the small stuff.
Because our articles are deeply reported and written for an engaged audience, they have real impact. Our coverage of the secret terms of VC deals—and what they mean for employees—has reshaped how some investors and companies approach those deals. And our Future List project about the lack of diversity among tech investors has been cited by more than a hundred publications.
Quality stories breed quality subscribers. As our subscriber community grows, we're investing aggressively in our team and reporting. We believe this formula is far more scalable than relying on traffic or conferences, and it's totally—100 percent—aligned with our readers.
Unlike most other news sites, we don’t have venture capital or corporate owners, but like other publications, we do sometimes do business deals with companies that we cover.
If you have any questions about us, our business or our team, we'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in what we're building.
Jessica E. Lessin
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Jessica E. Lessin founded The Information in 2013 and is the publication’s Editor-in-Chief. She covered Silicon Valley and the technology industry for eight years at the Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, she wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the paper, consistently breaking news about major products, management changes and strategy shifts at Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies. She was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 series on digital privacy and has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNN and PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show.” Jessica graduated from Harvard University in 2005 and lives in San Francisco. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Martin Peers joined The Information as a columnist in September, 2014 and became Managing Editor in December 2015. He previously spent 15 years at The Wall Street Journal, including a three year stint as Media and Marketing bureau where he oversaw the paper’s coverage of the media and entertainment industries. Before that, he was Deputy Editor of Heard on the Street, the paper’s financial analysis section. Martin was a prolific writer of columns about the convergence of technology and media. He was part of a team of Journal reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2003. Before joining the Journal, he covered the business side of the entertainment industry for Daily Variety and Variety in New York. Prior to that he worked for The New York Post and several newspapers in Australia, where he grew up.
Wendy Pollack is a New York-based senior editor for The Information. Wendy spent 13 years at The Wall Street Journal, where she led the creation of numerous features and columns and helped shape the integration of the Journal’s print and online news operations. She has covered national political conventions, launched a daily business column and edited the Journal’s Bay Area section. Pollack began her journalism career at Reuters in New York City, where she reported on the oil industry, transportation and financial markets. Before joining The Information, Wendy was director of public affairs at the Regional Plan Association, an urban policy think tank, for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA.
Shai Oster is the Asia bureau chief for The Information, based in Hong Kong, where he will cover technology companies in Asia. Over nearly two decades as a journalist in China, Europe, and the U.S., he has covered a broad range of economic, business and social issues. Oster was previously reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News in Asia. In 2013, he won his second Asia Society Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize and George Polk Award for his role in Bloomberg’s groundbreaking coverage that for the first time documented the fortunes amassed by China’s leaders. Before joining Bloomberg, Oster was a Beijing and Hong Kong-based correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering energy and the environment. In 2008, he was the recipient of both the George Polk Award for environmental reporting and Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Award for a series of stories exposing environmental problems linked to China’s Three Gorges Dam project. He was also part of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for International Reporting on China for reports on the adverse impact of China’s growth. Previously, he covered OPEC for Dow Jones Newswires in London and served as Beijing bureau chief for Asiaweek magazine. His first job in China was as a copy editor at China Daily, the official English-language newspaper in Beijing. A graduate of the Columbia University Journalism School, Oster was born in Jerusalem and speaks Hebrew, French and Chinese.
Matt Doig is an experienced editor and former investigative reporter whose projects have won major awards and led to federal investigations into powerful people and institutions. He has worked as an editor at the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, Newsday in New York and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida. After joining Newsday in 2012, Doig built an investigative team and edited a series published a year later on police misconduct and secrecy that was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Public Service. He also helped create an investigations team in Sarasota, where he co-wrote two series that were Pulitzer Finalists. Doig is also the author of what Forbes magazine called “The Best Journalism Job Ad Ever” – a help-wanted post that inadvertently went viral.
Amir helped launch The Information in 2013. He spent the previous nine years at the Wall Street Journal reporting on technology, health and criminal justice. He was first to report on Bernie Madoff’s arrest and broke major news about his epic fraud. Federal judges have cited his reporting on egregious criminal sentencing. After moving to San Francisco from New York, he broke stories on the exploits of Web giants such as Google, Yahoo, and Twitter. His TV and radio appearances include CNBC, BBC, Fox, and NPR. He graduated from the University of Iowa, which is also his home state. After spending years watching startups be born, he felt compelled to be part of one. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priya Anand is a reporter for The Information, covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation at BuzzFeed News, where she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in the finance industry for MarketWatch. Priya 's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico and the Houston Chronicle.
Sarah Kuranda is a reporter for the Information, covering cybersecurity. She was previously a senior editor covering cybersecurity at CRN. Prior to that, she covered local business at the Cape Cod Times and worked for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. When she's not training for her next marathon, she enjoys rooting for her hometown Boston sports teams, cooking, and playing with her two cats. She has a degree in journalism and a minor in business from Boston University.
Tom Dotan joined The Information in 2014. He spent the last two years covering tech for the Los Angeles Business Journal in the heart of mediadom. While there he broke stories about the struggles of online video, the movie industry’s tense relationship with tech (particularly the talent agencies) and the rise and fall of subscription e-commerce. Prior to the Business Journal he worked as a freelance political reporter, publishing pieces in the Guardian, Marketplace, KCET and the Sacramento Bee. During the 2012 Republican primaries Herman Cain once offered to fight him. He declined. Originally from Northern California, he lived in Los Angeles for the past 5 years, at one point getting a Master’s in Online Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. Good to be back home. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Serena is a reporter with The Information, covering venture capital. She has returned to journalism after a two-year break. She previously was a senior technology reporter for Bloomberg News, covering venture capital and tech startups and breaking news on Uber and Snapchat early rounds of financing at multibillion-dollar valuations. She joined Bloomberg News in August 2008 as part of the finance team, quickly leading the coverage of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy for which she shared the 2009 Society of American Business Editors and Writers Awards for enterprise reporting. She also won the Silurians Society’s award for excellence in business reporting for an article on 2009’s Wall Street bonus furor. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a financial reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in Milan, Italy, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she often contributed to The Wall Street Journal and to CNBC TV. She previously worked for Ap.biscom in Rome, the Italian service of the Associated Press, where she covered International finance. Serena speaks five languages and earned a Master of Science in political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, after graduating from La Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in political sciences. She spends her free time skiing, biking, sailing and looking for the next outdoor adventure. In NYC she is a volunteer for NY Cares.
Cory Weinberg is a reporter for The Information, covering Facebook and its impact on consumers and business. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times, where he broke stories on where technology companies like Uber, Apple and Twitter would lease and buy offices. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times and Slate. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reed Albergotti is an investigative and enterprise reporter at The Information. From 2003 to 2015, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he helped launch the paper’s sports section, covered the white-collar crime beat and wrote about the social media industry. Reed is the author of "Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, The Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever.” In his free time, he likes cycling, skiing, hiking and pretty much anything else that can be done outside.
Kevin joined The Information in 2016 after 11 years covering enterprise technology and cloud computing at CRN, a technology trade industry publication. He was first to report on Apple signing up with Google as a cloud customer, IBM selling its x86 server business to Lenovo, and VMware’s CEO change in 2012. Previously, he was a technical writer for France Telecom’s R&D division and a reporter at Business 2.0, a magazine that covered the rise (and fall) of the first dot-com era. In the 1990s, he studied and worked abroad in China and Thailand, starting his career at The Bangkok Post, an English language daily newspaper. There, he interviewed Adam Yauch, Phil Collins, Kenny Rogers, Joan Jett, and other visiting musicians and public figures. Kevin attended Colgate University and lives with his wife and son in Berkeley, Calif. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Alfred Lee is a reporter at The Information, covering public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. His work has also appeared in Wilson Quarterly and NPR’s Morning Edition. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juro Osawa is a reporter for The Information based in Hong Kong. Previously, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about China’s technology giants -- such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei -- as well as the country’s booming startup scene. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2012, he worked in Tokyo for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires covering Japan’s technology sector. He was part of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters that won The New York Press Club journalism award in 2015 for stories on Alibaba. In his free time, he takes street photos in Hong Kong.
Aaron Tilley is a reporter for The Information, covering hardware. Previously, he was a reporter at Forbes, where he also covered hardware and chips. While there, he broke stories about Apple, AI's impact on chips and the overall chip business. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in international studies.
Matt Pressberg covers the business of Hollywood, particularly its relationship with China, and the emergence of new digital-first players. Pressberg has broken stories on matters ranging from the collapse of Wanda Group’s bid for Dick Clark Productions to the acquisition of Paramount Pictures’ finance partner Huahua Media. He was previously a business reporter at TheWrap, the Los Angeles Correspondent for the International Business Times and a managing editor at the Los Angeles Business Journal. Prior to that, he was a private equity analyst. Pressberg graduated from Georgetown University and has a master’s from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Yunan joined The Information as a reporter in its Hong Kong bureau in September, 2017, after a year of freelancing work for us and an earlier stint as a summer intern. Yunan recently graduated from Tufts University with a double major in international relations and economics. She loves journalism and technology companies. She was a contributing writer for The Tufts Daily and has interned at The New York Times Beijing Bureau as well as The Information. She also interned at a leading car-sharing startup PPzuche in China and participated in the entrepreneur in residence program by ZhenFund, a Beijing-based early stage venture capital firm. She can be reached at Yunan@theinformation.com.
Mike Sullivan joined The Information in January 2017. For the past two years, Mike worked as a Senior Interactive Developer for the New York Daily News. Before that Mike was an Interactive Developer for The Wall Street Journal from 2004-2012. Mike lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend, their son and dog. When he’s not messing around with code, he can be found messing up the kitchen. ￼
Shen Xinmei is currently a Master of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. She’s previously worked as a video editor at Globus, an international news project launched by Caixin Media.
Sam is currently an intern at The Information and co-founder and co-CEO of Fin. He also invests in tech startups through Slow Ventures, where he is a partner. He was formerly a vice president of product management at Facebook from 2010 to 2014, where he managed the People, Places, and Things product group and the Identity product group. Prior to joining Facebook Sam founded drop.io, a file-sharing platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2010. Before drop.io Sam was an associate at Bain and Company. In his spare time Sam enjoys skiing and kite-surfing. He is married to Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information.
Matt Vascellaro studied "Semiotics" at Brown University and as punishment now lives in Los Angeles where he writes and directs. In addition to creating projects for 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures Studio, Matt co-created Hulu’s daily pop culture show "The Morning After" as well as the daily web comic "Settling". Matt is fascinated by the (slowly) disappearing line between entertainment and tech, and he is delighted to have hurried it along through the creation of online ad campaigns for Ford, Microsoft, Capital One, Milk, Tide and Target.
Myk Klemme joined The Information in 2014 as part of the engineering team. Myk was previously a Web and user experience designer and has been building websites for more than seven years. He recently began developing in frameworks like Rails and Node.js. Myk enjoys trying out new fitness activities and moved to Silicon Valley from Saudi Arabia as a child.
Jane joined The Information as an Engineer in 2017. Prior to The Information, she worked at Eventbrite as a Software Engineer. Jane attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. A Bay Area native, Jane loves spending time making art in her studio, as well as cooking and baking in the kitchen.
Ben joined The Information as an Engineer in 2017. Prior to The Information, he was a Web Development Immersive Instructor for General Assembly in San Francisco and Atlanta. Ben attended Georgia State University where he majored in Psychology. Originally from Atlanta, Ben enjoys producing music for various musical projects and following various international soccer teams.
In January 2018, Cory came to The Information's engineering team from General Assembly, where he was a web development instructor. In his academic life, Cory studied math at Carleton College and education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. When he's away from the computer, you'll find Cory running, biking, climbing, hiking, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Peter Schulz joined The Information as an Engineer in April 2015. In April 2016, Peter assumed the role of Senior Director of Business and Operations. Prior to The Information, Peter was a Director for Denver-based turnaround management firm, r2 advisors llc. He attended the University of Denver for both undergraduate and graduate school where he received a bachelor of science in accounting and a masters in finance. Outside of work, Peter enjoys riding his bike on the hills of San Francisco and exploring his fascination with all things whiskey. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Amy Nichols joined The Information in 2015 as the Director of Events. She previously held Director of Events roles at Zynga, VentureBeat and InMobi. Prior to working in tech, Amy worked in the financial services industry for JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Charles Schwab. Amy graduated from Middlebury College in 1997, and while a Southern California native, she’s been happily living in San Francisco since 2002. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Braley joined The Information in 2016 as Director of Marketing. She leads efforts to grow subscribers, build brand recognition and affinity and generate publicity for The Information. Previously, Allison was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Zoosk, where she oversaw a team of 20+ employees, developed an award-winning branding campaign, and helped achieve profitability during her tenure. Before leading Marketing for Zoosk, Allison spearheaded Communications for the company and was named one of the “Top Women in PR” by PR News in 2016. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2013, Allison was based in New York as Director of Communications for ZocDoc, where she spent several years building an eight-person Communications team and generating brand recognition for the company through PR efforts. As Director of Media Strategy for OutCast, Allison worked with clients including Amazon, Intuit, and Facebook. She joined OutCast after spending three years as Director of Public Relations for Conde Nast Digital, spearheading publicity efforts for Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, and other digital properties. Her career has also included work for Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, 1-800-Flowers, and FreshDirect. An avid animal enthusiast, Allison sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of animals in the city shelter. When she’s not working, Allison is often walking along the beach in the Outer Sunset, where she lives with her partner, her daughter and her dog, Kismet.
Taylor Majewski is a Social Media Marketing Manager at The Information. She was previously a Staff Writer at Built In NYC where she reported on New York City’s tech and startup scene. She’s an East Coast native who graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Art History. Taylor grew up without television and now spends a fair amount of her spare time catching up on obscure pop culture.
Hannah Ransom joined The Information in 2017 as an Event Manager. Prior to The Information she held event manager roles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and One Medical. She has spent the last 5 years exploring San Francisco and has an encyclopedic knowledge of unique things to do in the city. She can be reached at Hannah@theinformation.com
Jessica Stark is a talent acquisition manager at The Information, based in New York City. She was previously a subscriber success manager and executive assistant in the San Francisco office. She joined the company just before launch in 2013. Previously, Jessica worked for Pearson and The National Museum of Health and Medicine. She graduated from American University with a degree in public communication. Jessica tries to bring the humility, patience, and passion she has developed as a Philadelphia sports fan to The Information’s office.
Maria DeFelice joined The Information in 2015. She previously worked as the Director of PR for a music promotion company and most recently at the tech startup HotelTonight. She’s a Texas native who graduated from Boston University and stayed on the East Coast until migrating to the Bay Area in 2013. She is also a Notary Public.
Matthew McSwain joined The Information as a Customer Success Manager in January 2018. Prior to The Information, Matthew was a Director of Customer Operations and Member Success for Chinese based bicycle-sharing system, bluegogo International, Inc. He attended the University of California, Davis for undergraduate school where he received a bachelor of arts in Science and Technology Studies. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. You can reach him at email@example.com.
We are grateful to these news and technology leaders for serving as advisors.
Paul was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for 26 years and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1991 to 2007. He worked for 15 years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter, the Washington economics correspondent and the business editor. From 2008 through 2012, Paul was the founding editor-in-chief and CEO of ProPublica. He remains actively involved as executive chairman. He was chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists from 2005 to 2011. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, serving as its chairman in his final year. He currently is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a board member and treasurer of the Global Editors Network, based in Paris.
Jim is the co-founder of POLITICO, the digital media company that revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York and Europe. Jim was a congressional and White House reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal before becoming an entrepreneur. Jim and fellow co-founder John F. Harris were named the 2015 Editors of the Year by the National Press Foundation.
Steven is president of Rubenstein, an independent strategic communications firm.
The firm represents clients across a range of industries, including 21st Century Fox, Apollo Global, BMW, HBO and Jerry Seinfeld. In addition to active representation of a core group of clients, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency.
Steven began his Rubenstein career in 1992 as an account executive. Throughout his tenure, he has worked closely with his father, Howard J. Rubenstein, who founded the company in 1954 and today serves as Chairman.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of directors of the Association for a Better New York, Friends of the High Line, Mayors Fund to Advance New York City and Reboot.
Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.
John is a legendary Silicon Valley investor who was one of the first investors in Google, Amazon.com and Intuit. He serves on the boards of Amyris, Alphabet/Google, and Zynga, as well as private ventures. He led KPCB’s investments in Twitter, Uber and Slack. John earned degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and business from Harvard. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. John is a past member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Hayley co-founded Birchbox, a beauty retailer, and is currently a venture partner at First Round Capital. She served as co-CEO at Birchbox for five years from conception to launch and helped grow the business. She expanded Birchbox internationally and launched new business channels like men’s and retail stores. Hayley oversaw marketing, operations, strategy and technology. Before Birchbox, Hayley received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company.
Tina Sharkey is the co-founder and CEO of Brandless, a new company that makes better everyday essentials at fairer prices: non-GMO food, clean beauty, non-toxic cleaners and home goods, all for just $3. Prior to Brandless, Tina was a Venture Partner at Sherpa Capital and the founding CEO of Sherpa Foundry. Before that, she co-founded iVillage, served as the Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter, and led Messaging, Network Programming and Social Media at AOL.
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