Business Insider

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Insider
Business Insider Logo.svg
Front page, April 25, 2020
Front page, April 25, 2020
Type of site
Financial news website
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
OwnerAxel Springer SE
Created byKevin P. Ryan
EditorHenry Blodget
ParentInsider Inc.
URLwww.businessinsider.com
CommercialYes
Launched2007; 15 years ago (2007)
Current statusActive
OCLC number1076392313

Insider – previously named Business Insider (BI) – is an American financial and business news website founded in 2007. Since 2015, a majority stake in Business Insider's parent company Insider Inc. has been owned by the German publishing house Axel Springer. It operates several international editions, including one in the United Kingdom.

Business Insider publishes original reporting and aggregates material from other outlets. As of 2011, it maintained a liberal policy on the use of anonymous sources. It has also published native advertising and granted sponsors editorial control of its content. The outlet has been nominated for several awards, but is criticized for using factually incorrect clickbait headlines to attract viewership.

In February 2021, the brand was renamed simply Insider.[1] In 2022, Insider won the Pulitzer Prize for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary for its reporting on the Uyghur genocide.[2]

History[edit]

Business Insider was launched in 2007[3] and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick's former CEO Kevin P. Ryan, Dwight Merriman, and Henry Blodget,[4] the site began as a consolidation of industry vertical blogs, the first of them being Silicon Alley Insider (launched May 16, 2007) and Clusterstock (launched March 20, 2008).[5] In addition to providing and analyzing business news, the site aggregates news stories on various subjects.[6] It started a UK edition in November 2014,[7][8] and a Singapore bureau in September 2020.[9] BI's parent company is Insider Inc.[9]

After Business Insider was purchased by Axel Springer SE in 2015, a substantial portion of its staff left the company. According to a CNN report, some staff who exited complained that "traffic took precedence over enterprise reporting".[10] In 2018, staff members were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that included a nondisparagement clause requiring them not to criticize the site during or after their employment.[11]

Early in 2020, CEO Henry Blodget convened a meeting in which he announced plans for the website to acquire 1 million subscribers, 1 billion unique visitors per month, and over 1,000 newsroom employees.[12] The parent companies of Business Insider and eMarketer merged in 2020 in connection with the proposed purchase of Axel Springer by KKR, an American private equity firm.[13] In October 2020, BI's parent company purchased a majority position in Morning Brew, a newsletter.[14]

Finances[edit]

Business Insider first reported a profit in the fourth quarter of 2010.[15][16] As of 2011, it had 45 full-time employees.[17] Its target audience at the time was limited to "investors and financial professionals".[17] In June 2012, it had 5.4 million unique visitors.[18] As of 2013, Jeff Bezos was a Business Insider investor;[19][20] his investment company Bezos Expeditions held approximately 3 percent of the company as of its acquisition in 2015.[3]

In 2015, Axel Springer SE acquired 88 percent of the stake in Insider Inc. for $343 million (€306 million),[21] implying a total valuation of $442 million.[22]

Divisions[edit]

Business Insider operates a paid division titled BI Intelligence, established in 2013.[23]

In July 2015, Business Insider began the technology website Tech Insider, with a staff of 40 people working primarily from the company's existing New York headquarters, but originally separated from the main Business Insider newsroom.[24] However, Tech Insider was eventually folded into the Business Insider website.[25]

In October 2016, Business Insider started Markets Insider as a joint venture with Finanzen.net, another Axel Springer company.[26]

Bias, reliability, and editorial policy[edit]

Glenn Greenwald has critiqued the reliability of Business Insider, along with that of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! News, and Slate.[27] In 2010, Business Insider falsely reported that New York Governor David Paterson was slated to resign;[28] BI had earlier reported a false story alleging that Steve Jobs experienced a heart attack.[29]

In April 2011, Blodget sent out a notice inviting publicists to "contribute directly" to Business Insider.[30] As of September 2011, Business Insider allowed the use of anonymous sources "at any time for any reason".[31][32] According to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Business Insider gave SAP "limited editorial control" over the content of its "Future of Business" section as of 2013.[33] The website publishes a mix of original reporting and aggregation of other outlets' content.[34][35] Business Insider has also published native advertising.[36]

Reception[edit]

In January 2009, the Clusterstock section appeared in Time's list of 25 best financial blogs,[37] and the Silicon Alley Insider section was listed in PC Magazine's list of its "favorite blogs of 2009".[38] 2009 also saw Business Insider's selection as an official Webby honoree for Best Business Blog.[39]

In 2012, Business Insider was named to the Inc. 500. In 2013, the publication was once again nominated in the Blog-Business category at the Webby Awards.[40] In January 2014, The New York Times reported that Business Insider's web traffic was comparable to that of The Wall Street Journal.[41] In 2017, Digiday included imprint Insider as a candidate in two separate categories—"Best New Vertical" and "Best Use of Instagram"—at their annual Publishing Awards.[42]

The website has faced criticism for what critics consider its clickbait-style headlines.[43][44][45][46] A 2013 profile of Blodget and Business Insider in The New Yorker suggested that Business Insider, because it republishes material from other outlets, may not always be accurate.[47]

In 2022, Insider won the Pulitzer Prize for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary for its reporting on the Uyghur genocide.[2][48]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blodget, Henry (February 2021). "'Business Insider' has simplified its name. Now we're just 'Insider'!". Business Insider. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider, New York, N.Y." The Pulitzer Prizes. May 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  7. ^ Sweney, Mark (November 4, 2014). "Business Insider launches UK edition". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 25, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Gold, Hadas (February 28, 2014). "Business Insider expanding to London". Politico. Archived from the original on December 26, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Southern, Lucinda (September 17, 2020). "'We're about hiring journalists': Insider Inc. launches third global news hub in Singapore". Digiday. Archived from the original on January 3, 2021. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Kludt, Tom (April 29, 2016). "Here's what Business Insider employees just said about why people are leaving". CNNMoney. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  11. ^ Tani, Maxwell (November 1, 2018). "Business Insider Staffers Can Never Say Anything Bad About the Company Ever Again". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
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  19. ^ Kiss, Jemima (April 5, 2013). "Amazon's Jeff Bezos leads $5m investment in Business Insider". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 25, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  20. ^ Peterson, Andrea (August 5, 2013). "What happened when Jeff Bezos invested in Business Insider? More journalism". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on December 26, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  21. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 29, 2015). "Germany's Axel Springer Buys Business Insider in $343 Million Deal". Variety. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  22. ^ Goldfarb, Jeffrey (September 29, 2015). "Axel Springer Pays Very Generous Price for Business Insider". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on February 17, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  23. ^ Moses, Lucia (January 28, 2014). "Business Insider Has Ambitious Paid Content Plans". Adweek. Archived from the original on October 25, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  24. ^ Alpert, Lukas I. (July 27, 2015). "Business Insider Broadens Ambitions With New Tech Site". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  25. ^ Mullin, Benjamin (December 14, 2017). "Business Insider Inc. Drops 'Business' From Its Name as Company Broadens Coverage, Distribution". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on April 13, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  26. ^ Alpert, Lukas I. (October 24, 2016). "Business Insider Launches Markets Data Site With Help From Axel Springer". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on May 6, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  27. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (March 30, 2017). "Why Has Trust in Media Collapsed? Look at Actions of WSJ, Yahoo, Business Insider and Slate". The Intercept. Archived from the original on December 31, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  28. ^ Holiday 2012, p. 188.
  29. ^ Holiday 2012, pp. 188–189.
  30. ^ Holiday 2012, p. 233.
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  32. ^ Myers, Steven (September 8, 2011). "Business Insider: 'We will grant anonymity to any source at any time for any reason'". Poynter Institute. Archived from the original on December 31, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  33. ^ Tjaardstra, Nick (July 29, 2013). "Business Insider gives sponsor limited content control; is it ethical?". World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Archived from the original on December 27, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  34. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (May 24, 2012). "Business Insider Is Loud, Ugly—and Brilliant". Slate (magazine). Archived from the original on December 31, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
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  42. ^ "Business Insider's social-first Insider is up for Best New Vertical for this year's Digiday Publishing Awards – Digiday". Digiday. February 7, 2017. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
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