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Acquired byR.R. Donnelley & Sons
Date6/2011

General Information

Websitehelium.com
CategoryConsumer Web
Employees
DescriptionOnline community for writers

Offices

Andover, USA
300 Brickstone Square
Andover, MA, 01810
USA

People

President & CEO
VP Operations
VP Strategic Services
VP Content & Community
VP Development

Funding

TOTAL $27M
FUNDING TOTAL $27M
Series A, 10/2008
Signature Capital
Northport Private Equity
$17M
Venture Round, 5/2011
$10M
DEBT TOTAL $4.99M
Debt, 7/2009
$4.99M

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Helium is simultaneously an online community for writers and a directory for user-generated articles. Writers can submit articles to 24 different channels (business, entertainment, travel, etc.), write for the side of a heated debate, try to capture publisher writing assignments bounties or win user-voted Helium writing contests. Users get to rate submitted articles so the best writing rises to the top.

Community writers can also get paid for their work. Helium shares ad revenues with popular writers and the site has an extensive network of publishers that pay for specific articles that meet their criteria. Payments per article range from $20 to over $100, with 20% transaction fee going to Helium.

Helium also has a partner program where partners can create their own branded Helium page with topics and debates that they choose. Partners are given co-branded advertisements to include on their sites and receive small donations for every visitor they send to the Helium site.

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Websitehelium.com
StageLive
Launch DateAugust 21, 2007
Tags user-generated-articles
Helium screenshot
Above: Helium Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 2/5/08

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Sources

  1. RR Donnelley Expands Content Creation Through Delivery Capabilities With Acquisition of Helium, World's Largest Writing Community (investor.rrd.com) [edit]
  2. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  4. Helium hauls in $10M debt and options financing (masshightech.com) [edit]
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