Maven Partner Update - September 3, 2020

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A FEW WORDS FROM OUR NEW CEO

To the Maven Team, Partners, Investors and Friends:

Over the past four years, Maven has grown from an idea envisioned by a visionary entrepreneur, to a vibrant, multi-dimensional company with a talented array of engineers, journalists, editors, business leaders, marketers and sellers -- and devotees to one mission: building a coalition of journalists, publishers and distinct voices and delivering it to the world.

As a company evolves, so too does the opportunity and importance to deliver. I’m grateful to be given the chance to lead this company and partner with all of you to build on the value proposition that this company was launched around – creating a platform that unites technology, distribution and monetization into a powerful, scalable opportunity for storytellers, journalists and passionate advocates.

The tenacity, drive and passion for this company came from James Heckman, Maven’s founder. His vision has led us to this juncture and I’m happy that we will continue to benefit from his vision. Building a company from scratch is one of the hardest tasks imaginable, and translating an idea into a burgeoning enterprise is a testament to his success.

Going forward, I want you to know I am committed to a diverse corporate culture reflective of our society, built around teamwork, ideas and the never-ending quest for excellence; I believe in open and honest communication with staff, partners and business associates; and we will continue to aggressively approach challenges and opportunities head on.

This is a transformative time in our industry. COVID-19 has sped the ongoing consolidation that began years ago. While we are not immune to its impact, we have been proactive in managing costs and ensuring that we are positioned for the future -- a key step in our evolution from start up to a powerful platform and destination for consumers worldwide.

As I said on the all-company call last week, we have much work ahead. The executive team is hard at it defining our path forward and reimagining the future. We’re uniquely positioned for long-term success and with clear goals, strong communication and hard work, we will emerge from this unique time, well situated and positioned.

I look forward to working with you all as we build toward our bright future.

Ross Levinsohn, CEO

SI’S FOOTPRINT GROWS

Sports Illustrated and the nation’s premier fantasy sports site have formalized their alliance with the full integration of FullTimeFantasy into SI.com/fantasy, and expanded its expert lineup with legendary fantasy football columnist Michael Fabiano, formerly of the NFL Network and CBS.

In addition, SI and The Hockey News have launched SI Hockey, a dynamic, in-depth and real-time multimedia experience for hockey fans. The Hockey News’ team of award-winning journalists provides comprehensive coverage with breaking news, exclusive storytelling, insights, commentary, photos, videos, and podcasts.

MAVEN SPOTLIGHT

PlanetWatch is a community of environmental journalists, advisors, and thought leaders focused on environmental ethics, social responsibility, diversity and science "to create a platform of truth, engagement, and impact." Founder Tom Schuenman and his team are on the forefront of reporting and advocacy on a range of issues, as illustrated by recent stories like How you can still be a climate activist during COVID-19 and Microplastics in the America diet.

OUTSTANDING, TOPICAL CONTENT FROM AROUND THE COALITION

John Shipley of Jaguar Report wrote an excellent piece on the trade of Yannick Ngakoue that brought context to what the move means for the team this season but also provided insight to why the Jags have fallen so far since their AFC Championship game appearance three seasons ago.

Retirement Daily produces a mountain of content and many pieces are relevant to an audience beyond those who are retired or nearing retirement like Robert Powell’s 3 tips on buying a used car and the tax consequences of selling assets in an UTMA or UGMA.

Bria Tavakoli at Yoga Journal is out with five yoga poses that will cool both the body and mind during these hot days.

Layne Holmes at SkyAboveUs ponders a question that periodically comes up in the camping world and he answers it with "How to Start a Fire With Few Matches and No Lighter Fluid or Starter."

RECENT MAVEN CHANNEL LAUNCHES

Launched

Tigers Baseball Report

All Dolphins

All Syracuse

Breakaway Roping Journal

As always, you'll find a full list of Mavens by category at Maven.io.

Thank you for being part of Maven.