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Media Entrepreneur Meetup Drinks – April 2023, New York

The Media Entrepreneur Meetup is a group of media CEOs and Founders who all have a shared goal of creating a community for what can often be an isolated position.

We want to connect people and experiences to make sure independent media entrepreneurs can support each other in pursuing their goals.

Part of our commitment to this is running in-person Meetups in a friendly environment to introduce community members to their peers, and hear from experienced Founders happy to share their journeys.

The April New York Meetup will gave members the chance to network, learn and grow their community.

Venue: Edie’s Speakeasy at The Factor 380, 380 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Star Guest Q&As – “Founder Journeys”:

The New York Meetup was an evening event with drinks, networking and Q&As with Founders and CEOs who are out of the ordinary.

The theme was ‘Founder Journeys’ and we discussed the various stages of the Scaleup lifecycle, from early stage to achieving scale, to exit and beyond. 

  • Rafat Ali is CEO and Founder of Skift, which is the largest industry intelligence platform for the travel sector
  • Sean Griffey is CEO and Co-Founder of Industry Dive, a digital media company that publishes business news and content in 22 markets. Following a successful Scaleup journey under Private Equity ownership, Sean led the sale to Informa plc in 2022
  • Angelique Mercurio is the Founder and CEO of EnerKnol, the energy policy data and analytics startup recognized by the White House as one of “America’s leading private sector innovators using open data to solve the nation’s most pressing energy challenges”

Email Simon for details on how to become a Media Entrepreneur Meetup member.

Q & A Speakers

Rafat Ali headshotRafat Ali, CEO/Founder, Skift

Skift is the largest business media intelligence and marketing company in travel, providing news, information, data, and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.

Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK’s Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.

Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.

Angelique Mercurio, Founder & CEO, EnerKnol

Angelique is passionate about breaking down barriers to energy innovation through efficient access to the critical regulatory information needed for investment decisions.  She speaks frequently at industry events, has been an author on more than 200 research publications to date, and her work is widely featured by industry trade journals and media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Greentech Media, Forbes, and Fox Business news.  Angelique was named one of New York’s “Top Ten Energy Entrepreneurs” by Breaking Energy, and was included in the “Techweek100”, Techweek’s annual list of most distinguished technology organizations and their leaders.

Angelique earned an MBA from MIT Sloan, and serves as the Director of Energy Programs for the MIT Alumni Club of NY.  She earned a BA in Economics from NYU, where she graduated cum laude in three years while working full time.  She describes herself as “unreasonable”.  Simply put, Angelique does not get stopped by “reasons”.

Sean Griffey, CEO and Co-Founder, Industry Dive

Sean Griffey is the co-founder and CEO of Industry, a B2B media company that publishes news and original analysis to 14 million business executives across 20 industries.  Launched in 2012, Industry Dive was bootstrapped for 8 years before bringing in private equity partners in 2019.  In 2022, it was sold to Informa PLC in the largest B2B media deal of the year.  Sean initially got started in the media industry at FierceMarkets where he served as President and oversaw the launch of more than 25 digital titles and products. He has a B.S. in Economics from Penn State and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.