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Jon Steinberg

Former COO and President of Buzzfeed, Former CEO of Daily Mail North America, CEO of Cheddar

  • Oversaw business management and operations at Buzzfeed, expanding the company by $60 million in annual revenue
  • Founded Cheddar, a groundbreaking video-based media company that caters specifically to milennials
  • Named to AdAge’s “40 under 40” and “Media Mavens” lists
  • Tackles issues facing modern business by leveraging trends and disruption to maintain a competitive advantage

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Generations & DemographicsLeadershipSocial Media & Social NetworkingTechnologyDisruptionTurnaroundFintechCorporate CultureRisk-TakersBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOs

Jon Steinberg is the former COO and president of Buzzfeed, the former CEO of Daily Mail North America, and currently the founder and CEO of Cheddar, a video-based media company launched in 2016 that caters to millennials. Fast Company named Cheddar one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in spring 2017, around the same time the booming video brand received a valuation of $85 million. Having led or worked with many of the major brands shaping millennial content consumption, Steinberg is the content and trends expert to turn to when it comes to understanding the next generation of consumers. Steinberg discusses the challenges facing modern businesses, what it takes to retain a competitive edge, how to spot trends before they happen, and how to grow exponentially by accessing the millennial consumer. Now in the early stages of developing Cheddar, Steinberg is able to relate to audiences that are both established in and new to the digital space.

Known for his sharp business sense and ability to predict consumer and technological trends first, Steinberg joined Buzzfeed as COO and President in 2010 when the company only had 15 employees. Under his stewardship, Buzzfeed grew from $0 to $60 million in annual revenue and to a staff of roughly 500 at the time of his departure. Steinberg was responsible for Buzzfeed’s business management, company operations, finance, and social advertising, and helped the company to become a global social advertising business working with over half of the world’s top 100 brands. Named to AdAge’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list as well as their 2012 “Media Mavens” list, Steinberg also sits on the board of Bustle and is an advisor to TheSkimm and Taboola. Always evolving and unrelenting in his pursuit of the next big thing, Steinberg is a fantastic choice for companies looking to push the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to marketing, content creation, native advertising, partnerships, and corporate culture.

In addition to his storied career at Buzzfeed, Steinberg served as CEO of Daily Mail North America, where he grew US revenue by 45% and doubled direct advertising revenue. Steinberg played a leading role in building the company’s digital media assets in the U.S., including Daily Mail’s acquisition of Elite Daily and the launch of TrufflePig, a joint venture with Snapchat and WPP. Steinberg also previously served as a strategic partner development manager on Google’s small medium business partnerships team, an executive in residence at Polaris Venture Partners, and founded iBuilding, a commercial real estate software company. In high school, he was an intern in Walt Disney Imagineering’s research and development group.

Steinberg is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Paley Center Media Council. 

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