The First Five Years


imageI almost forgot about it until this evening…June 12th five years ago was when I launched this site, back when I was in NYC. Kinda anti-climactic today, as I was locked in a very vigorous four-hour board meeting today (along with our new board member Larry Kramer and others). Also coincidentally, last night is when I finally became a “lawful permanent resident” (not that I wasn’t before…was temporary)…in common lingo, I got my green card for U.S. I guess I can now run this company for another 10 years out of here. Oh well…all I can say is, five years…wow. We’re a full-fledged company with 19 more people besides me, three separate sites (fourth one coming), 16 mixers done, one big conference behind us, and another one coming in less than five months, and hungry for more. Thanks everyone for sticking around this long.
The pic: Tick Tock Diner in NYC, where I first thought of the idea of starting the site.


kris harikrishnan

Congratulations. You bring a good collection of media related tidbits which is very useful to people in a hurry and want to keep abreast of media developments.

irina slutsky

congrats! i naturalized in 1985 i was with my parents so i didnt have to do anything. congrats on your 5 yrs too!


Congratulations Rafat…

I 'm an entrpreneur and inspired to learn that H1B/GC thing did not slow you down..great work..!
How did you do that..?


The Tick-tock, huh? Never would have thought that would be a place of inspiration… Congrats!


Congrats, wishing you even more success in the next 5, 50, 500 years!

Lagey raho Rafat bhai!

Dave Chung

Twofold congrats, Rafat! You have a great thing going here and I wish you the same growth and success in the coming years!



i only found your effort using a link provided @ lost remote. figuring if they thought you worthy enough to have you at the top of their blogroll it'd be worth a look.



Raanan Bar-Cohen

Congrats Rafat !

paidContent has been a must read for me for the past 5 years, and it's great to see the tremendous growth and success that your team has achieved.


What a five-year run! Congratulations! You have raised the bar for this new form of online journalism. If only other sites were as thorough, informative and insightful…


Well done – Paid Content has really become a great source of info for anyone working in media, technology, marketing and more…

vittorio zambardino

Congrats for your vision and good luck for the future. Your site has been incredibly helpful to me, it continues to be every morning I get the newsletter.

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