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Steven Waldman      

Founder of LifePosts

Steven Waldman is a journalist, entrepreneur, digital content pioneer, media executive and nationally-known advocate for robust accountability journalism in the broadband age. He recently launched the beta version of LifePosts.com, a digital platform to commemorate the most important people and milestones in your life, through biographical memorials and other life celebrations.

Waldman spent the first part of his career as a magazine journalist. He was National Editor of US News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek, covering government and social issues out of the Washignton bureau.

In 1998, he founded Beliefnet.com, a multifaith religion website, which became one of the most respected content-and-community sites of its era. Beliefnet was the largest site in its category, pioneering new approaches to the interaction of journalism and user contributions. It won the top editorial awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online and the Online News Association’s General Excellence award. He served as both Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the company, which was purchased by News Corp in 2007.

From 2009-2011, he was Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was the lead author of the landmark report, “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” which NPR’s “On the Media” program called “one of the most comprehensive overviews of the US media ever produced.”

He is the author of the national bestseller Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged A Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty. He has regularly appeared on national TV as an expert on digital media, religion, and politics, and his written work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, National Review, First Things, Christianity Today, Duluth News-Tribune, Slate and other publications.

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What The Founder Of Beliefnet Learned From The Dotcom Bubble And Bankruptcy

Back in the ‘90s, Steven Waldman, a magazine journalist, wanted someone else to start a print publication about religion and spirituality for him to edit. When he couldn’t talk anyone into the project, he did it himself, creating Beliefnet online in 1999. The site raised a total of $26 million before filing for bankruptcy after the 2000 dot-com crash. Waldman, now 54, brought it back from the dead, winning a National Magazine Award in 2005 and selling to News Corp. in 2007 for an undisclosed sum he says was “in the millions.”

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