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Alex Blumberg Speaker

Alex Blumberg

New York, USA

Founder, Gimlet Media (2014-present)

Podcast presenter and entrepreneur

Award-winning radio journalist

Alex Blumberg is an award-winning radio journalist, and the CEO and cofounder of Gimlet Media, the successful podcasting network focusing on narrative journalism and story-telling. Before Alex started Gimlet Media in 2014, he was a producer for “This American Life” and the co-founder of “Planet Money.”

Alex documented the true story of what it’s like to launch a business in the first season of a podcast hosted on Gimlet, titled “StartUp.” The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding, after raising most of its initial capital from investment firms Betaworks, Lowercase Capital, and Knight Enterprise Fund, Gimlet invited its listeners to help raise the last $200,000 through crowdfunding platform Alphaworks. Along with “StartUp,” Gimlet currently hosts two additional shows: “Mystery Show,” a podcast where the host solves everyday mysteries; and “Reply All,” a show about the internet.

Previously, Alex was the producer for the public radio show “This American Life,” (1999-2014) which featured his stories regularly. From 2007-2014 he served as the executive producer of the television version of “This American Life.” Prior to his work on “This American Life” he worked as a freelance radio reporter, contributing to the Savvy Traveller and Chicago Public Radio. In 2008 he collaborated with National Public Radio economics correspondent Adam Davidson to co-host the “Planet Money” podcast.

Blumberg won the George Polk Award in Radio Reporting for his reporting with Adam Davidson for a May 2008 show titled “The Giant Pool of Money”. He is currently an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University.

Our Comment

"An award-winning journalist turned entrepreneur, Alex talks about the phenomenal resurgence of podcasts, and why they have proved so popular. He also shares his experiences of starting Gimlet media, how he raised money and how he leads and inspires a team of highly creative people."

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