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

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg are co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, a membership company that makes it easier for millions of millennial women to live smarter.

In 2012, the two former NBC news producers launched theSkimm from their couch and today boast a loyal community of approximately 7 million Skimm’rs. By seamlessly integrating into the existing routines of their core demographic, Carly and Danielle have created a trusted brand that is fundamentally changing the way this audience consumes news and information.

The company started with the Daily Skimm, the fastest growing email newsletter on the market with an engaged community of approximately seven million Daily Skimm subscribers, and has expanded to include theSkimm app, which debuted at #1 in news and #9 overall in the Apple App Store. Other offerings include Skimm Studies, Skimm Reads, Skimm Picks, and Skimm Notes. theSkimm’s production arm, Skimm Studios, develops and creates new and innovative video and audio content and original programming including a new podcast “Skimm’d from The Couch,” which reached #1 on Apple Podcasts within hours of launch, and video series including “Sip ‘n Skimm,”, “Skimm’d with…”, “Get Off The Couch”, among others. Expanding on the company’s mission, theSkimm launched No Excuses, a platform to mobilize and educate their highly-engaged audience. First introduced around the 2016 Presidential election, theSkimm registered more than 110,000 Americans to vote, and continues to tackle the issues driving the national conversation.

Carly and Danielle have been featured on a number of prominent lists including: Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment, Fortune’s 40 Under 40 and Adweek’s Young Influentials; and have received numerous accolades including the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit as one of the most 100 Intriguing Entrepreneurs. They still prefer to work from a couch.

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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