Chris DeWolfe is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of MySpace.com, the leading online lifestyle portal. He currently serves as the CEO of SGN, a social gaming platform, which he joined in March 2010. DeWolfe continues his entrepreneurial mission at SGN. As CEO, DeWolfe led the acquisitions and rollup of MindJolt, SGN and HallPass Media, creating a leading independent multiplatform game developer and publisher. He stepped down as CEO in April 2009. DeWolfe, alongside co-founder and president, Tom Anderson, created a new platform for a generation to communicate and discover culture based around the self expression and connectivity of the siteâ€™s more than 115 million active users.
As MySpace's CEO, DeWolfe was responsible for all aspects of the site's strategic vision and the execution of its global business initiatives. Under his watch, MySpace redefined the concept of online social networking, while transforming itself into the worldâ€™s most comprehensive lifestyle, communication, and entertainment portal. Along the way, DeWolfe led strategic initiatives that extended the siteâ€™s reach into a number of vertical categories â€“ such as online video (MySpaceTV), politics (MySpace Impact), news, music and film â€“ and at present a total of 29 international markets.
Under DeWolfe's leadership, MySpace grew exponentially since its launch in 2003, with an average of 300,000 new users signing up daily. By integrating Web profiles, blogs, classified listings, entertainment content, photo galleries and user forums, MySpace has created a community where users can do everything from plan their weekends to connect up with friends to discover new music. More than 70 million people in the U.S. visit the site each month, creating a user composition that includes politicians, bands, filmmakers, comedians, photographers, and people wanting to communicate with friends and plan their social lives.
MySpace's international network includes localized community sites in the U.S., France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil, India, Korea, and the United Kingdom.
DeWolfe has B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Southern California, where he had dual concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurial studies. DeWolfe serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and lives in Los Angeles.
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