Ning CEO Gina Bianchini is being replaced as the CEO of Ning by COO Jason Rosenthal. Bianchini founded the DIY network of social networks with Marc Andreessen. But after five and half years at the helm, she is ready to try something new. She will transition to an entrepreneur in residence role at Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm started by Andreessen.
In a blog post, Andreessen (who remains chairman of Ning) notes:
Ning today is one of the world’s top social networking properties, with more than 2.3 million user-created Ning Networks and more than 45 million registered users, and is far and away the market leading social platform for interests and passions. Ning Networks span every area of human endeavor, from the arts to business, politics to social activism, and every other field you can think of. Over 5,000 new Ning Networks are created every day, and we’re adding a million new registered users every 12 days
Over the past year, Ning’s unique worldwide visitors have doubled to 20.7 million, according to comScore, which is still much smaller than other social networks such as Hi5 (46.5 million) or LinkedIn (42.8 million). But at least it’s bigger than Friendster’s 15 million. Andreessen notes that Ning will continue on the same course under Rosenthal.
Gina Bianchini is the founder of Mightybell. She is also the co-founder and former CEO of Ning, an online platform for creating your own social network for anything. Previously, Gina was the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Harmonic Communications. She has also worked as a Director of Business Development and Investor Relations at CKS Group and as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Jason R. Rosenthal is the President of Products and Techology at Go Daddy. He oversees the development of Go Daddy’s Web hosting, mobile applications, eCommerce solutions, Web-based email and other cloud-based products. Rosenthal is also an Operating Executive at Silver Lake Partners, a leading private technology-investing firm. Rosenthal is the former Chief Executive Officer at Ning. He worked as the COO at Ning from November 2009 until March 2010, and as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations until...
With over 2 million communities created to date, Ning is the world’s largest SaaS platform for deploying vibrant social communities and web sites. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini in 2004, Ning was acquired by Glam Media in December 2011 to bring together Ning’s world-class social-native technology with Glam’s premium advertising solutions to help consumers and brands create and engage with passionate social communities across all digital mediums. Ning empowers you to take control of your social strategy. With Ning...