The Intellectualist began as a Facebook group in 2014, bringing together like-minded individuals seeking critical discussion centered around their own work and the highest quality, fact-based news and commentary. Topics range from U.S. and international politics to science, pop culture, and religion. The Intellectualist Facebook page currently enjoys more than 300,000 followers, with an even larger following anticipated on Maven’s platform.
Yossarian Johnson, editor-in-chief of The Intellectualist said, "The Intellectualist is excited to join Maven. The Intellectualist is not just a news site, but a culture in the making. Our intention is to continue growing as a community outlet and for our members to help drive us to where we are heading next.” Added Johnson, “We see ourselves as serving a niche for those interested in discussing public policy, science and more open-ended topics. We're glad to be launching and partnering with the Maven."
“In today’s world where fake news is prevalent and legitimate news is falsely labeled as fake, it’s vital for those seeking truth to have access to well-researched and thought-provoking news, as well as a forum to discuss today’s issues and interests,” said Maven Founder and CEO James Heckman. “Through Maven, The Intellectualist will have the capacity to expand their reach and bring these discussions to a far larger audience, encouraging valuable exchanges so needed in current times.”
Maven is an expert-driven, group media network, whose innovative platform serves, by invitation-only, a coalition of professional, independent channel partners. By providing broader distribution, greater community engagement and efficient advertising and membership programs, Maven enables partners to focus on the key drivers of their business: 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 and operational board members include digital media pioneers James Heckman, Ross Levinsohn and Josh Jacobs and technology innovators Bill Sornsin and Ben Joldersma. For more insight, head to themaven.net.