Leading Political Voice, Being Liberal, to Join New Digital Media Network Maven


...joining the growing coalition of elite journalists and independent media companies on the new digital media network Maven (MVEN), Being Liberal founder Wojtek Wacowski announced.

“Launched in 2009, Being Liberal is among Facebook’s oldest and powerful political communities, organically growing a liberal audience of more than 1.6-million-strong,” said Wacowski, the former Upworthy editor. “Our purpose is to continue providing the best forum to engage in public debate over ever-changing reality among liberally minded people. We want to encourage critical thinking while consuming the news, followed by rational discussions and increased civic involvement,” he said. “We believe Maven’s platform will help expand our message beyond our existing base and offers the opportunity to reach across the political spectrum, since Maven welcomes top leaders from all sides of the table." Wacowski was born and raised in Poland, and immigrated to the United States in 2001. He started Being Liberal to reconnect the political left with the liberal legacy of John F. Kennedy. Maven provides independent publishers an end-to-end business home, where they can continue to distribute on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter but as part of a fully integrated, unified approach. The invite-only network of content channels is non-partisan and continues to build a coalition of elite journalists, causes and groups on all sides of the political spectrum. “We welcome passionate discussion from every side of the political arena and our platform provides Being Liberal the foundation to broaden its reach and engagement without censorship or judgement,” said Maven CEO James Heckman. “All Maven channels remain 100 percent independent and each partner is invited only after careful consideration to ensure authentic, proprietary content producers, who are leading passionate communities.” “Our platform offers the opportunity for greater audience engagement, improved monetization through efficient advertising partnerships and membership programs, and tools to better manage audience and growth,” he added. Maven is an expert-driven, group media network, whose end-to-end media business platform serves, by invitation-only, professional, independent channel partners. By providing broader distribution, community engagement tools and efficient advertising and membership programs, Maven enables partners to focus on the key ingredients to operating a successful media venture: creating, informing, sharing, discovering, leading and interacting with the communities and constituencies they serve. Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the ticker symbol MVEN. The executive team includes digital media pioneers James Heckman and Ross Levinsohn, and technology innovators Bill Sornsin and Ben Joldersma. Photo of Wojtek Wacowski courtesy of Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register