Ron Bloom is the visionary CEO and business leader behind MEVIO. Mr. Bloom is ultimately responsible for MEVIOâ€™s strategy, positioning, business units, team building, operations, financing and hyper-growth, and has, along with Co-Founder Adam Curry, guided the company since its inception as PodShow, in 2004.
Bloom was the chief strategist in securing PodShowâ€™s marquee partnerships with partners such as British Telecom, AppleÂ® and Sirius Satellite Radio and the companyâ€™s elite private investors, including venture firms Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures, DAG and Crosslink Ventures. He has gone on to guide the Company through its evolution into MEVIO, and spearheaded its growth to one of the fastest growing sites in 2007 (Compete.com rankings), becoming a Top 20 Internet Site in both Music and New Media in 2008 (comScore rankings in Music and Multimedia). He is often referenced as the visionary author of the media industryâ€™s â€œ5/50â€ rule and Fartâ€™s Law of consumer technology adoption.
A respected technology and media executive, consultant, speaker and author, 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, Bloom has worked to develop internet portals, web 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. 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 focused on technology, marketing, media and next-generation entertainment and communications.
Ron Bloom is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of THINK New Ideas, a company he founded with PodShow co founder and â€œPodFatherâ€, Adam Curry. As a founding partner of THINK, Bloom helped develop the companyâ€™s business strategy and market positioning, in addition to leading the company to 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. 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.
Prior to joining THINK New Ideas, 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. 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, Ron 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 â€œserial entrepreneurâ€ and experienced manager in both the private and public sector, 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, Bloom was selected by Silicon Alley Reporter as one of â€œNew Yorkâ€™s Top 100 Internet Industry Executivesâ€, 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. At PodShow, Bloom was named â€œone-to-watchâ€ by AdWeek in January, 2006.
In his first career, Ron Bloom was a celebrated song writer, producer, arranger and recording artist, having worked on hundreds of songs, including several Top 10 hits.Â Bloomâ€™s musical talents and artistic perspective have helped to shape PodShowâ€™s products, marketing, services and talent relationships.