Ron Bloom is the visionary CEO and business leader behind the founding of PodShow. Mr. Bloom is ultimately responsible for PodShows business units, team building, operations, financing and hyper-growth. Mr. Bloom was the chief strategist in securing PodShows marquee partnerships and elite private investors, which includes Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures. Mr. Bloom leads PodShow on the march to 100M listeners, and is shaping PodShow as this centurys prototypical media company.
A respected technology and media executive, consultant, speaker and author, Mr. Bloom has provided marketing, media and technology strategy for a broad range of Fortune 1000 clients including AOL, Time Warner, AVON, IBM, Oracle, Chrysler, Ford, BellSouth, DuPont, Nortel, Continental Airlines, Gillette, Microsoft, Omnicom and Procter and Gamble. As a pioneer in e-business and integrated marketing, he has worked to develop internet portals, sites cross-media marketing, and integrated broadband and broadcast content, as well as strategic business plans for online businesses such as Preview Travel, The Gap, Network Associates, MSN, Oracle, Netscape, AOL and a host of others. Mr. Bloom has acted as a consultant to a range of investment banks and venture firms, working with them to identify and understand the impact of emerging technologies, having helped to raise over $500 million in investment capital for both public and private companies primarily focused on technology, marketing, media and next-generation entertainment and communications.
Mr. Bloom is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Office of THINK New Ideas, a company he founded with PodShow co founder Adam Curry. As a founding partner of THINK, Mr. Bloom helped develop the companys positioning, as well as leading the company through its IPO and forward to become one of the largest and most successful interactive marketing and e-business solutions providers in the world. He helped to build the Company to over 500 employees working out of 8 offices in the US and abroad, driving revenues from a start-up to approaching $100 million in less than three years. Mr. Bloom led the company through venture rounds, an IPO, multiple acquisitions, a private placement of public equity, and, eventually the sale of the company for an estimated 350 million dollars.
Prior to joining THINK New Ideas, Mr. Bloom again partnered with Mr. Curry, acting as President and Chief Operating Officer of On Ramp, one of the world's first and most prestigious Internet solutions providers. Mr. Bloom directed the company in its Internet and intranet pioneering efforts, creating the world's first Cybercast (1995 Grammy Awards), integrating next-generation marketing and communications into online communications, and helping On Ramp become one of FORTUNE Magazine's "Top 25 Emerging Technology Companies of 1995."
In recent years, Mr. Bloom has worked with a range of companies, helping to develop technologies for the cable industry as well as helping to launch a company that provides technology solutions for Homeland Security. In 2005, Bloom again joined long time partner Adam Curry to create PodShow.
A serial entrepreneur and experienced manager in both the private and public sector, Mr. Bloom has founded and operated a range of companies in advertising and marketing, graphic design, music production and music/film postproduction, and fashion. He is a respected contributor, speaker and author in the interactive community whose visionary outlook has helped shape the concepts for developing business, strategy and customer relations in the information age. In addition to other awards and honors, Mr. Bloom was selected by Silicon Alley Reporter as one of New Yorks Top 100 Internet Industry Executives, for 1998 and 1999, and his firms have been the recipient of such honors as Interactive Agency of The Year, as well as accolades for the development of some of the most innovative websites and e-commerce solutions in the world.
In his first career, Ron Bloom was a celebrated song writer and recording artist, having collaborated on several Top 10 hits, including Into the Night, which was a hit single twice. Mr. Blooms musical talents and artistic perspective have helped to shape PodShows products, marketing, services and talent relationships.