Hi, I'm Lisa Stone. I'm the originator of BlogHer, one of three co-founders along with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. I work across the organization as CEO to advocate for bloggers, partners, products, and events that fulfill our vision.
BlogHer began as a labor of love in February 2005. We blogged the idea. Women who blog made it much, much better. Today BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online, reaching more than 14 million women each month via annual conferences, a Web hub (http://www.blogher.com), and an publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates (http://blogherads.com). BlogHer Inc. is run by its three co-founders and has backing from Venrock, the Peacock Fund and Azure Capital Partners.
BlogHer is a continuation of my passion for online communities; previously, I launched successful online networks and interactive programming for many national brands, including Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO's Sex and the City, Bloomberg, Glam Media, Knight Ridder and Law.com.
While executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com (acquired by iVillage in 2001), I launched an 18-channel network and helped grow it to a Top 30 site, overseeing all original content programming and newsletters, including a team of 25 and an annual budget of $3 MM. Her team's best-known work included Bachelors of Silicon Valley, The Women.com | Bloomberg Index, R U A 10? and Majority 2000, an election initiative with Good Housekeeping, Gallup and CBS Good Morning America.
I have written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Oakland Tribune, Publisher's Weekly and Frommer's, among other publications. I was the first internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University.
If you invite me to speak, I'll be honored and will work to make it happen or help you find someone who can. I accept travel expenses but do not accept honoraria or gifts worth more than $25. I typically speak on audience behavior online, individual and aggregate, exhibited by adult women and men, including niche interest and life-change. My particular expertise is on women and the Internet.
In the spirit of full disclosure--and in a nod to our small world--I should note that my partner in matters both on- and off-line is Christopher Carfi. I'm a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, but I still miss my hometown, Missoula, Montana.