Type of site
|Financial news website|
|Owner||Axel Springer SE|
|Created by||Kevin P. Ryan|
|Alexa rank||332 (August 2018)|
New York City, U.S.
Business Insider is an American financial and business news website founded in 2009 and owned by the German publishing house Axel Springer. It operates 14 national editions and an international edition. Several national editions are published in local languages.
Business Insider was launched in 2007 and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick's former CEO Kevin P. Ryan, Dwight Merriman, and Henry Blodget, the site began as a consolidation of industry vertical blogs, the first of them being Silicon Alley Insider (began May 16, 2007) and Clusterstock (started March 20, 2008). In addition to providing and analyzing business news, the site aggregates news stories on various subjects from around the web. It reported a profit for the first time ever in the 4th quarter of 2010. In June 2012, it had 5.4 million unique visitors. In 2015 Axel Springer SE acquired 88% of the stake in Business Insider Inc. for $343 million (EUR306 million).
Forgeglobal.com lists Allen & Company LLC, RRE Ventures, Pilot Group, Kohlberg Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Matthew Luckett, Allen Morgan, Marc Andreessen, HuffPost, Institutional Venture Partners, Bezos Expeditions, Jeff Bezos, and Gordon Crovitz as significant early holders of the stock.
Business Insider also hosts industry conferences, such as IGNITION, which explores the emerging business models of digital media. In January 2015, Business Insider launched BI Intelligence, a subscription-based research service that provides data and analysis on the mobile, payments, eCommerce, social, and digital media industries. The site publishes numerous annual editorial franchises, such as the "Digital 100: The World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies."
In July 2015, Business Insider began the technology website Tech Insider, with a staff of 40 people working primarily from the company's existing New York headquarters, but originally separated from the main Business Insider newsroom. However, Tech Insider was eventually folded into the Business Insider website.
In October, 2016, Business Insider started Markets Insider as a joint venture with Finanzen.net, another Axel Springer company. The markets data site covers stocks and the macro economy, as well as other financial assets.
In January 2017, Business Insider announced that it would be launching a new Sub-Saharan site in partnership with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing.Henry Blodget--co-founder, CEO, and global Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider--said of the partnership, "Ringier ... is the ideal partner to help us bring to sub-saharan Africa [our] unique voice and attitude." Former Ventures Africa journalist David Adeleke is the editor for Business Insider SSA.
In January 2009, the Clusterstock section appeared in Times "Best 25 Financial Blogs", and the Silicon Alley Insider section was listed in PC Magazines "Our Favorite Blogs 2009." 2009 also saw Business Insiders selection as an official Webby honoree for Best Business Blog.
In 2012, Business Insider was named to the Inc. 500. In 2013, the publication was once again nominated in the Blog-Business category at the Webby Awards. In January 2014, The New York Times reported that Business Insider web traffic was comparable to that of The Wall Street Journal. In 2017, Digiday included imprint Insider as a candidate in two separate categories--"Best New Vertical" and "Best Use of Instagram"--at their annual Publishing Awards.
The website has, however, faced criticism for what critics consider its clickbait-style headlines. In 2013, The New Yorker criticized the website for prioritizing publishing speed over accuracy. In 2018, the website received criticism from some media outlets after deleting a controversial column about Scarlett Johansson.