- May 24, 1985
- Steve Case
- New York, NY
- Went Public on Dec 10, 2009
- Advertising Platforms, Content Creators, Digital Media, News
- AOL is a Brand company committed to innovating, growing and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain and connect the world
AOL is a global advertising-supported Web company, with display advertising network in the U.S., a substantial worldwide audience, and a suite of popular Web brands and products.
The company's strategy focuses on increasing the scale and sophistication of its advertising platform and growing the size and engagement of its global online audience through leading products and programming.
History of Aol:
AOL was founded in the early 1980's as Control Video Corp, with an online service, Gameline, for the Atari 2600 console. In 1985 the company was re-named Quantum Computer Services and was the first online service launched for the Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. In 1988, the company created an online service for the PC and changed its name to AOL (America Online), becoming over the next decade the premier Online access subscription business, at one point having almost 25MM subscribers.
AOL originally went public in 1992 and grew to become the largest online access and portal company on the Web. In 2000, AOL acquired Time Warner for $160B+ in what was then considered to be the largest M&A transaction, and the company was re-named AOL Time Warner. The merger was not fruitful and on May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL into a separate public company. The spinoff occurred on December 9, 2009, ending the eight-year relationship between the two companies.
Since then, AOL has focused on reinventing itself as a brand company under the guidance of CEO Tim Armstrong, creating and acquiring a range of content properties. Major acquisitions include the purchase of technology news blog TechCrunch in September 2010, and on March 7, 2011, the purchase of The Huffington Post. Other AOL brands include Moviefone, Engadget, Patch, Stylelist, MapQuest, Cambio and about.me.
Current Team (68)Update
Chairman and CEO
Chief Technology Officer
Mar 1, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
CEO, Aol Brand Group
CEO, AOL Membership Group
General Manager, Propeller
Head of Agency and Industry Relations
Past Team (390)Update
1998 - Jan, 2000
Mobile & Data Services
Director, Product Strategy/ BizDev
1997 - Jan, 2004
Program director, search
2004 - Jan, 2007
Principal Product Manager
Jul, 2005 - Jan, 2007
Director of Marketing and Advertising Sales, Digital City
1996 - Jan, 1997
Board Members and Advisors (10)Update
Propeller is a user-driven social content site, similar to Digg. It was first launched in June...
AOL Radio powered by Slacker features limited audio commercials, improved stability, new features...
The Aim iPhone App allows you to send and recieve messages of WiFI, EDGE, or 3G networks.
KitchenDaily is a food website launched March 2010 designed to help busy home cooks put easy and...
Xdrive is an online file storage provided by AOL. For each user, AOL provides 5 GB of free online...
myAOL was added to CrunchBase in 2010
Seed is AOL's content management platform. The group assigns, buys and distributes content...
Google is a search and advertising service provider that aims to organize and monetize the...
New York, NY 10003
Tech Content Network
Yahoo! is a multinational internet corporation that offers a web portal, search engine, e-mail...
Facebook is an online social networking service that allows users to connect with friends and...
MySpace is a social networking site that enables members to make friends, write blog posts, add...