Laura Rich, Co-founder & CEO: Laura works closely with solutions providers and marketers to develop programs that achieve their marketing goals, as well as working internally on new products to serve the exploding hyperlocal industry. Prior to launching Street Fight, Laura headed editorial teams at Condé Nast Portfolio.com, Inc.com, FastCompany.com, The Industry Standard and Recessionwire, which she co-founded in 2009. She is also the author of Paul Allen biography The Accidental Zillionaire and a former columnist for The New York Times. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Contact Laura for sponsorship and partner opportunities.
David Hirschman, Co-founder & COO: David has worked in online media for over a decade, and has served as managing editor of Big Think, news editor of Mediabistro, and online editor of Editor & Publisher. David’s research on hyperlocal media has been published by the International Newspaper Marketing Association and he has presented on the subject at trade conferences. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Contact David regarding editorial and programming.
Steven Jacobs, Deputy Editor: Steven reports on location-based apps and analytics, as well as all things hyperlocal. He is fascinated with the business of location and keen on tools bridging online and offline interaction. Before joining the Street Fight team, Steven worked as a geospatial analyst and researcher in the academic and non-profit sectors. He attended Skidmore College and lives in Chicago. Contact Steven with news information.
Noah Davis, Senior Editor: Noah has covered media and technology at mediabistro.com and Business Insider. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The Wall Street Journal, NYMag.com, Wired.com, SportsIllustrated.com, and many other publications while reporting from locations including Honduras, South Africa, India, and Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Brooklyn.
Stephanie Miles, Senior Editor: Stephanie is a freelance journalist who covers personal finance, technology, and real estate. She is particularly interested in how local merchants and national brands are utilizing hyperlocal technology to reach consumers. She has written for FHM, the Daily News, Working World, Gawker, Cityfile, and Recessionwire. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Tom Grubisich, Columnist: Tom is editorial director of LocalAmerica, which is developing a Web site to rank communities on their livability across 20-plus categories. The rankings will be dynamic, going up and down daily as they are updated through a combination of open data, journalism and feedback from local experts and users of the site. He is the author of “The New News” column, which runs on Thursdays.
Rick Robinson, Adviser: A longtime AOL exec, Rick was a founder of Digital City (AOL Local) in the mid-1990s. Through the years he led product, content and programming groups in mobile, local and social for AOLTW, Webs.com, Sprint, XOHM and YES 4G among others. Previously, Rick was also editor-in-chief of BBS Magazine. Street Fight acquired the assets of Locl.ly, Rick’s site covering social, local and mobile news, and he occasionally writes for the site.
Larry Kramer, Adviser: Larry is the publisher of USA Today, an adjunct professor of Media Management at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, a media consultant, and the author of C-Scape: Conquer the Forces Changing Business Today. He sits on the board of directors of Discovery Communications, American Media Inc., Freedom Communications, Inc., Answers.com, BlackArrow, Inc. (Chairman) and Harvard Business School Publishing, and serves on the advisory boards to the Newhouse School (chairman), Minyanville.com, Crossboarders.tv and Jib Jab Media.
Rick Blair, Adviser: With more than 30 years of publishing, business development and electronic media start up experience, Rick is an established and respected leader among the global content, advertising and digital industries. Most recently, Rick served as the CEO of Clarity Digital Group, overseeing Examiner.com and NowPublic.com. He is an angel investor with adviser relationships with Verve Wireless, Closely.com (board member), Celljournalist.com, Happenings Media, Planet Earth and The Pursuit Group. In addition, he is a member of Investor’s Circle, a network of angel investors who seek financial, social and environmental returns on their investments.