Ron Bloom - Impossible is Unimaginable.
Author of Fart's Law: "The likelihood of an innovation succeeding increases exponentially in correlation to the number of old farts who refuse to endorse it".
Ron Bloom is a successful entrepreneur, advisor to and experienced operator of media and tech companies. Since the early ‘90’s he has been building new companies and advising other companies on how to prosper in the information age. He most recently is the co-founder of ReachTV, the out of home entertainment network that has become the fastest growing network of its kind in North America. He was the architect of the Company’s distribution platform, production studio and delivery systems, as well as driving the landmark distribution deals and business partnerships that have driven the Company’s reach to over 100 million viewers every month. Prior to ReachTV, Ron Bloom was the founder and CEO of BiteSizeTV, where he designed and built the first vertically integrated digital/television studio in Hollywood. He developed the company’s unique content platform and produced a broad range of “digital for television” programming. Additionally, Bloom was the creator and Executive Producer of Hollywood Today Live, the first “born digital” show to become a daily one-hour show on a major television network. HTL debuted In 2014 Mr. Bloom architected a transaction, selling the company to Lin Media which itself merged with Media General (NYSE: MEG), a multi billion dollar public company. Bloom has always been at the center of media and technology, co-founding one of the first internet media companies, Think New Ideas, in 1994 and taking it public in1996 (THNK: NASDQ). From a small startup, Bloom built Think to one of the largest in its sector, with over 1,000 employees and a who’s who list of brand clients before selling it in 1999. . In 2004, Bloom co-founded PodShow, the first company to develop and commercialize Podcasting. Bloom was the chief strategist in securing PodShow's marquee partnerships with companies such as British Telecom, Apple® and Sirius Satellite Radio and the company's elite private investors, including venture firms Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures, DAG and Crosslink Ventures. He went on to guide the Company through its evolution into MEVIO, and spearheaded its growth to one of the fastest growing sites in 2007 (Compete.com rankings), becoming a Top 20 Internet Site in both Music and New Media in 2008 (comScore rankings in Music and Multimedia). At PodShow, Bloom was named one-to-watch by AdWeek in January, 2006. A respected technology and media executive, consultant, speaker and author, Bloom has provided marketing, media and technology strategy for a broad range of Fortune 1000 clients including AOL, Time Warner, AVON, IBM, Oracle, Chrysler, Ford, BellSouth, DuPont, Nortel, Continental Airlines, Gillette, Microsoft, Omnicom and Procter and Gamble. As a pioneer in e-business and integrated marketing, Bloom has worked to develop internet portals, web sites, cross-media marketing, and integrated broadband and broadcast content, as well as strategic business plans for online businesses such as Preview Travel, The Gap, Network Associates, MSN, Oracle, Netscape, AOL and a host of others. Bloom has acted as a consultant to a range of investment banks and venture firms, working with them to identify and understand the impact of emerging technologies, having helped to raise over $500 million in investment capital for both public and private companies focused on technology, marketing, media and next-generation entertainment and communications. Bloom was selected by Silicon Alley Reporter as one of New York's Top 100 Internet Industry Executives, for 1998 and 1999, and his firms have been the recipient of such honors as Interactive Agency of The Year, as well as accolades for the development of some of the most innovative websites and e-commerce solutions in the world. In 2018 Bloom, co-founded GrowthStar Capital, a boutique real estate capital advisory platform, which has gone on to place over $500 million in debt in the Company’s first 18 months. Through his Ron Bloom Group, Bloom has broadened his scope to advise a range of companies in the tech, media, automotive, fashion, publishing, medical, finance and retail spaces. He continues to invest in new technologies, produce programming and advise other companies on opportunities around the convergence of media and technology.