Jim Bankoff runs all aspects of SB Nation, the largest and fastest growing online grassroots sports network. SB Nation boasts over 200 individually branded, fan-centric web communities, each focused on a specific professional or college team, league or sport. A fifteen year veteran of the online industry, Jim developed and led dozens of the most popular websites on the internet including AOL.com, Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Music, Netscape and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) as an Executive Vice President at AOL. He initiated and oversaw the drive to open up AOL’s content and services onto the web and was the first executive of a major portal to embrace professional blogging with his acquisition of Weblogs Inc. and development and leadership of sites such as TMZ, Fanhouse, BloggingStocks and Engadget. His accomplishments have earned him wide recognition, most notably the first Emmy ever awarded to a webcast, for his role as Executive Producer of the Live 8 concerts online. Jim also serves as a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners, the largest private equity firm focused on media and communications as well as the Boards of Ulocate and Inform. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Emory University.
About SB Nation
With over 215 team centric sites, SB (Sports Blogs) Nation is the largest online network of sports communities covering all MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA sports franchises plus over 70 NCAA Division I programs. The network has nearly 8 million monthly unique visitors and nearly 40 million page views, making it one of the largest producers of sports content in the world. The company’s investors include Accel Partners (Facebook), Comcast Investment Capital (CIC), Allen and Company (Google) and a number of other industry leaders including Ted Leonsis (Washington Capitals), Shelby Bonnie (CNet) and Brent Jones (San Francisco 49ers).