Status
Acquired by CBS on May 15, 2008
Headquarters:
San Francisco, CA
Description:
CNET Networks is an online media company operating several websites, distributing video content, and maintaining a blog network.
Founders:
Shelby Bonnie, Halsey Minor, Kevin Wendle
Categories:
Media, Blogging Platforms, News, Reviews and Recommendations, Curated Web
Website:
http://www.cnetnetworks.com

Company Details

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CNET Networks was a publicly-held online media company with a focus on technology. It was acquired by CBS in 2008 and was later merged with the existing CBS Interactive unit. The company remains headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and maintains offices in numerous countries, including Australia, UK, France, China, Korea, and Japan.

CNET Networks owned many popular websites, including CNET.com, News.com, ZDNet.com, MP3.com, and Download.com. It also created and distributed video content under its CNET TV brand, and maintained a blog network including notable bloggers such as Marc Andreessen and Mark Cuban.

Notable Acquisitions

CNET Networks was acquired by CBS in 2008 for $1.8B.

In November 2007, CNET Networks purchased FindArticles, a database of magazine and newspaper articles, for $20.5 million from LookSmart.

Notable Domains

As one of the earliest Internet players to foresee the value of domain names, CNET Networks acquired hundreds of URLs including Radio.com, TV.com, Browser.com, com.com, Computers.com, Freeware.com, and many others. Many of these redirect to the company's existing properties, although a great many of them provide the company with search revenue through rather generic-looking portal designs.

Current Team (13)

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Past Team (90)

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Investments (2)

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Board Members and Advisors (1)

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Products (3)

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    Download.com

    Download.com was added to CrunchBase in 2007
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    CNET Reviews

    CNET Reviews was added to CrunchBase in 2007
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    News.com

    News.com was added to CrunchBase in 2007

Acquisitions (4)

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Offices/Locations (1)

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    San Francisco, CA

    USA