80 – CB Live: Courage Consultant with Gina Bianchini

Gina Bianchini is the CEO & founder of Mighty Networks, where creators and brands start and grow businesses powered by the community. Mighty Networks is trusted by creators from Yoga with Adriene, Wall Street Trapper, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, and Project 863 to brands like TED, Mindbody, and Fortune.

Before Mighty Networks, Gina was the first entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to A16Z, she was the CEO and co-founder of Ning, a pioneering global platform for creating niche social networks she started with Marc Andreessen in 2004. Under her leadership, Ning grew to ~100 million active users across 300,000 social networks led by brands and creators across subcultures, professional networks, entertainment, politics, and education. The company was sold for $150M in 2011.

In addition to Mighty Networks, Gina serves as a board director of TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA), a $4.0 billion dollar broadcast and digital media company, and served as a board director of Scripps Networks (NASDAQ: SNI), a $14.6 billion dollar public company owner of HGTV, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel purchased by Discovery Communications in 2018.

Gina and Mighty Networks have been featured in Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and The New York Times. She has appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN. She grew up in Cupertino, California, graduated with honors from Stanford University, started her career in the nascent High Technology Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and received her M.B.A from Stanford Business School.

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