theSkimm: Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin

Co-Founders & Co-CEOs of theSkimm

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By offering short, relatable news briefs that fit specifically into the routines of intelligent, busy working-class readers, theSkimm became the first news outlet to saturate a then-untouched sector of the market. Danielle and Carly discuss how they built the platform that brought them from news journalists to successful tech and media experts seemingly overnight; and share the trials and tribulations they encountered along the way, from building a business and hiring a team, to assembling a galvanized community of millions of dedicated ‘Skimm’bassadors,’ to fundraising and finding investors.

In a separate program designed for college students, Danielle and Carly not only reveal the steps they took to quitting traditional news in order to make their dream a reality, but also analyze common interview mistakes. They discuss with students the importance of their mentors as well as their personal journey through honest trial-and-error: the internships and different jobs, hard work, and many sleepless nights that made Carly and Danielle two of the most recognizable and influential female entrepreneurs of this decade.

About theSkimm: Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin

When friends, roommates, and colleagues Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin walked away from their jobs as NBC News Producers at the tender age of 20-something neither imagined they would soon be the architects behind one of the most celebrated startups in millennial culture: theSkimm.

Simply put, theSkimm is a daily email that quite literally skims the news on behalf of its readers, allowing millions of intelligent, busy subscribers to access current events easily and efficiently without sacrificing their routines.

Honored in Forbes 2015 ‘30 under 30 in Media,’ Adweek‘s ‘Young Influentials’ 2015 and by the Goldman Sachs Builders & Innovator Summit as one of the most 100 Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014, theSkimm boasts an industry-crushing open rate and a growing team; and Danielle and Carly have no intention of slowing down – in the spring of 2016, they launched Skimm Ahead, a news and events app for iPhone that can integrate directly into your calendar, giving you everything you need to know to make you smarter about the future.

Speech Topics

  • Not Your Typical Startup Founders: How Two Journalists Became Tech and Media Experts
  • Disrupters with Love: How Two News Junkies are Changing the News Landscape
  • Startups: How to Start a Company & How to Get Hired at One
  • Female Entrepreneurs/Women in Tech
  • Future of Media/News

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