Ed Sussman is a New York City-based serial entrepreneur, journalist and writer. Learn more about Ed at http://edsussman.com or http://Ed-Sussman.comAbout Ed Sussman Twitter Linked In Crunchbase Drupal.org Facebook Ask me anything
Ed Sussman graduated from Hunter High School. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a B.A. with honors in history. He was editor in chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He attended Duke Law School where he earned a J.D., graduating first in his class. He served on Law Review.
Ed Sussman is a digital, new media, technology and publishing executive, experienced in building and growing businesses, as well as running media ventures.
Currently, I serve as the CEO of Buzzr.com, a partnership with Lullabot, one of the world’s leading Drupal technology firms. We created a Saas CMS and publishing platform enabling non-technical people, businesses and groups to create and manage highly sophisticated, social media-rich websites. We also have a platform just for the college market called Buzzr Higher Education Edition, created in partnership with mStoner, the world-leader in websites for the higher education market.
We’ve built our platform by creating an entirely new usability layer on top of open source Drupal, integrating more than 200 of the most popular features of Drupal into Quickstart templates and providing turn key customer support, including cloud hosting. With editions in English and Spanish, Buzzr is a popular reseller platform, including for providers of websites to retail stores, small business in the U.S. and Latin America, and the higher education world.
I previously served as president of Mansueto Digital, where I ran the websites for Inc. and Fast Company for five years (and founded FastCompany TV with Robert Scoble, IncTechnology and, as executive vice president of Mansueto Ventures, oversaw business development, events (the Inc. 500/5000 conference) and digital media for Fast Company and Inc. magazines. Previously, I served as a Managing Director for Gruner and Jaher U.S.A, the magazine publishing arm of Bertelsman, where I oversaw the same properties prior to their sale. I grew digital revenue 600% during my tenure.
My major initiatives included creating major social media strategy for our brands, including, in 2007, relaunching Fast Company (on a Drupal platform) as a major integrated journalism/community platform, attracting more than 100,000 members and 2,000 member blogs in 6 months. I also created a major user-generated database/community for fast-growth private companies, culminating in the Inc. 5,000 and an online business network which drew more than 20,000 companies in the first two years. I created the Inc. 5,000 as part of the latter.
My background is as a journalist (executive editor of Inc. and various positions at Worth, P.O.V., The Financial Times of London and the Wall Street Journal/Europe) and lawyer.
I taught business journalism as an adjunct professor at NYU Journalism School’s Business and Economic Reporting program for four years in the 2000s.
I graduated Duke Law in 1992, first my class and clerked for a federal district court (while director of the Federal Judicial Center) and a federal appellate court judge. I have published several legal academic articles and remain an active member of the Bar of the State of New York.
As a consultant, on behalf of very large companies and private investors, I’ve evaluated investment and takeover opportunities involving multi-platform content producers, especially online ventures or traditional publishers ramping up their digital presences. I also occasionally assist and/or serve on the Board of Directors of early stage internet companies (such as GoJotter.com and Civic Dynamics http://civic-dynamics.com/ )