John Battelle

Chairman & CEO
Federated Media Publishing

John Battelle is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. In 2005, he founded and currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Internet media company Federated Media Publishing, which now ranks as one of the top properties on the web. Battelle was also the co-founder, Executive Producer and Program Chair of the Web 2 Summit, and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and Prior to that, he was a co-founding editor of Wiredmagazineand Wired Ventures.

Battelle maintains Searchblog, an ongoing daily site, which covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at He is also co-founder of the OpenCoseries of events.

Previously, Battelle occupied the Bloomberg chair in Business Journalism for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an expert in the field of media and technology, and has appeared on national and international news channels including CBS, BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery, and CNBC. Battelle was a founding Board member of the Online Publishers Association and served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau for three terms, as well as serving for nine years on the Board of his childrens’ school. He currently sits on the board of Acxiom Corp., a public company, and has been honored with several awards, including Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, a finalist in Ernst & Young's “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and the Hal Riney Award. Ad Age named him one of 10 best marketers in the business, and PC World listed Battelle as one of "The Most Important People on The Web.”

In 2005 Battelle authored 'The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture'(Penguin/Portfolio), an international bestseller published in more than 25 languages. His new book entitled If/Thenwill be completed in 2014.