University of Southern California

A Conversation with Chris DeWolfe, CEO and Co-Founder of MySpace
MBA '97 to Speak Feb. 4th in Edison Auditorium at 8 p.m.
January 30, 2009 • by News at Marshall

Chris DeWolfe, CEO and Co-Founder of MySpace, will share his insights during a live interview with Conde Nast Portfolio. The February 4th event will be held in Hoffman Hall's Edison Auditorium at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:50; the USC community is invited to attend. DeWolfe received his MBA from the USC Marshall School and will be introduced by Professor Tom O’Malia, Director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

DeWolfe, alongside co-founder and president, Tom Anderson, created a new platform for a generation to communicate and discover culture based around the self expression and connectivity of the site’s 122 million worldwide active users.

As MySpace’s CEO, DeWolfe is responsible for all aspects of the site’s strategic vision and the execution of its global business initiatives. Under his watch, MySpace has redefined the concept of online social networking, while transforming itself into the world’s most comprehensive lifestyle, communication, and entertainment portal. Along the way, DeWolfe has led strategic initiatives that have extended the site’s reach into a number of vertical categories – such as online video (MySpaceTV), politics (MySpace Impact), news, music and film – and at present a total of 30 international markets.

Under DeWolfe’s leadership, MySpace has grown exponentially since its launch in 2004, with an average of 300,000 new users signing up daily. By integrating Web profiles, blogs, classified listings, entertainment content, photo galleries and user forums, MySpace has created a community where users can do everything from plan their weekends to connect up with friends to discover new music. More than 75 million people in the U.S. visit the site each month, creating a user composition that includes politicians, bands, filmmakers, comedians, photographers, and people wanting to communicate with friends and plan their social lives.

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