|Wake Forest, Graduate|
Ricky Van Veen is the co-founder of CollegeHumor, a popular comedy brand/website, and CEO of Notional, a television production company born out of CollegeHumor.
Van Veen created the site as a student at Wake Forest and it quickly became a mainstay.
Van Veen’s site was earning between $10 million–15 million dollars a year before the partners sold a controlling stake to IAC/InterActiveCorp.
He is also one of the principal owners and founders of Connected Ventures, a company formed around CollegeHumor that included BustedTees and Vimeo.
Van Veen remains CollegeHumor’s CEO. He often appears in some of the company’s video series’ such as Jake and Amir and Hardly Working and the former MTV’s The CollegeHumor Show.
In July 2009 Van Veen was announced to be the CEO of the new production company, Notional, which would be producing material for the traditional media of television. One of Notional’s most noteworthy TV shows is “Chopped” on the Food Network. Notional would not be funded by IAC/InterActiveCorp. Van Veen would be mentored by Barry Diller, who is the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp.