Business Insider

Business Insider is an American financial and business news website published by Insider Inc. It operates international editions in the UK, Australia, China, Germany, France, South Africa,[2] India, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nordics, Poland, Spain and Singapore. Several International editions are published in local languages: Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, German,[3] Polish[4] and Japanese.[5] It is owned by the German publishing house , Axel Springer SE.

Business Insider
Business Insider Logo
Type of site
Online newspaper
Available inEnglish
OwnerAxel Springer SE
Created byKevin P. Ryan
EditorHenry Blodget
ParentInsider Inc.
Alexa rankIncrease 332 (August 2018)[1]
LaunchedFebruary 2009 in New York
Current statusActive


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,[6] the publication is a brand of Silicon Alley Insider (began May 16, 2007) and Clusterstock (started March 20, 2008).[7] 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.[8] In June 2012, it had 5.4 million unique visitors.[9] In 2015 Axel Springer SE acquired 88% of the stake in Business Insider Inc. for $343 million (€306 million).[10]

Business Insider also hosts industry conferences, such as IGNITION,[11] which explores the emerging business models of digital media. In January 2015, Business Insider launched BI Intelligence,[12] 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."[13]

Tech Insider

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.[14] However, Tech Insider was eventually folded into the Business Insider website.[15]

BI Sub-Saharan Africa

In January 2017, Business Insider announced that it would be launching a new Sub-Saharan site in partnership with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing.[16][17] 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.”[18] Former Ventures Africa journalist David Adeleke is the editor for Business Insider SSA.

CEO and Staff Background

Business Insider's CEO and Editor-In-Chief Henry Blodget is a Yale history graduate who previously worked on Wall Street until he was banned for life from the securities industry because of his violations of securities laws and subsequent civil trial, which ended with a $2 million fine plus a $2 million disgorgement and the permanent ban in 2003.[19][20] Nicholas Carlson, whose past experiences include and Gawker Media's Silicon Valley gossip blog, Valleywag, is Deputy Editor. Senior Editor Jim Edwards' previous position was Managing Editor at Adweek.


In January 2009, the Clusterstock section appeared in Time's "Best 25 Financial Blogs,"[21] and the Silicon Alley Insider section was listed in PC Magazine's "Our Favorite Blogs 2009."[22] 2009 also saw Business Insider's selection as an official Webby honoree for Best Business Blog.[23]

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.[24] In January 2014, The New York Times reported that Business Insider's web traffic was comparable to that of The Wall Street Journal.[25] 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.[26]

The website has, however, faced criticism for what critics consider its clickbait-style headlines.[27][28][29] In 2013, The New Yorker criticized the website for prioritizing publishing speed over accuracy.[30] In 2018, the website received criticism from some media outlets after deleting a controversial column about Scarlett Johansson.[31][32]


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  2. ^ "Welcome, Business Insider South Africa". Business Insider. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
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  4. ^ "Business Insider Launches in Poland". Axel Springer. May 11, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
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  8. ^ "Business Insider Turns A$2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million in Revenue". TechCrunch. March 7, 2011.
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  13. ^ "Digital 100: The World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies". Business Insider. November 2012.
  14. ^ "Business Insider Broadens Ambitions With New Tech Site". The Wall Street Journal. July 27, 2015.
  15. ^ Mullin, Benjamin (December 14, 2017). "Business Insider Inc. Drops 'Business' From Its Name as Company Broadens Coverage, Distribution". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  16. ^ Roddy Salazar (January 23, 2017). "Welcome Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa!". Yahoo News UK. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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  19. ^ "The Securities and Exchange Commission, NASD and the New York Stock Exchange Permanently Bar Henry Blodget From the Securities Industry and Require $4 Million Payment" (Press release). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. April 28, 2003.
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  21. ^ McIntyre, Douglas A.; Allen, Ashley C. (January 22, 2009). "Best 25 Financial Blogs". TIME. New York. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  22. ^ "Our Favorite Blogs 2009". PC Magazine. New York. November 23, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  23. ^ "Blog-Business: Official Honoree". Webby Awards.
  24. ^ "Business Insider | The Webby Awards". Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  25. ^ Carr, David (January 26, 2014). "Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
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  28. ^ Ha, Anthony (May 22, 2012). "Business Insider's Henry Blodget Defends Linkbait, Slideshows, And Aggregation". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  29. ^ Bershidsky, Leonid (September 29, 2015). "Can Business Insider Make Money?". Bloomberg News. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  30. ^ Auletta, Ken (April 8, 2013). "Business Outsider". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  31. ^ "Waving the white flag in Scarlett Johansson flap". July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  32. ^ Singal, Jesse. "Business Insider Retracted a Bad Piece — and Set a Terrible Precedent". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved July 13, 2018.

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