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Danielle Weisberg

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Danielle Weisberg is the co-founder and co-CEO of theSkimm, a daily newsletter that curates the top news and sends it to subscribers’ emails.

Weisberg grew up in downtown Chicago. She was always kind of a news junkies. Growing up in Chicago, it’s hard to not be involved in politics. Dinner table conversations with family were always about the news.

She went to college at Tufts University, just outside of Boston, to study American Studies and English. After she graduated, Weisberg went to work for NBC News in Washington, D.C. for about two years and then moved to New York to work at MSNBC.

While working as an associate producer at NBC with her co-founder Carly Zakin, the two realized that their friends weren’t reading the news. Instead, the friends would call Zakin and Weisberg to ask what was going on that day.

So they had an idea: What if instead of having daily phone calls, they created a daily newsletter that curates the news in a sassy voice to keep people interested in what’s happening. Today, theSkimm has more than 1 million subscribers, including Oprah and Reese Witherspoon. It’s become a nationally recognized brand that raised $6.25 million in December 2014.

The idea all started on their couch. They quit their jobs to build theSkimm, confident the daily email would fill a gap in the news industry. The brand just turned 3 years old in July 2015.

As of October 2015, about 80 percent of theSkimm’s readership are women and about 20 percent are men. The newsletter has more than 1.5 million subscribers.

Weisberg married long-time boyfriend Adam Heller in Chicago in September 2015.

Companies and Investments

theSkimm (co-founder, co-CEO)

Lessons Learned

The only way you're going to fail is if you don't try.


Inspiring Quotes

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Calvin Coolidge

Danielle Weisberg's Quotes

He told us that the only way we would fail is if we didn’t try. So that gave us some momentum. But it was also crucial that we had real job experience backing us up. We both started working early.

Danielle Weisberg

When I was growing up, being informed was something that was expected of me so that I could participate in those conversations. Then, of course, it became a part of my job.

Danielle Weisberg

Influential Books

Miller Henry Conko Gregory - The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution by Miller Henry Conko Gregory (2004-08-30) Hardcover

Mentors

Carly Zakin, Mom, Sara Blakely

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