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Gina Bianchini

Founder of Mightybell; Co-Founder & Former CEO of Ning; Social Media & Capital Investment Thought-Leader; Columnist & Blogger; Serial Entrepreneur

Gina Bianchini is the founder of Mightybell, an aggregator of ideas where people of common interests come to congregate and collaborate. Gina was also the co-founder and CEO of Ning, the largest social platform for the world’s organizers, activists, and influencers to create unique social experiences online. She led Ning as CEO from its inception in 2004 to March 2010 as an exponentially growing top 100 global website and one of the most valuable start-ups in Silicon Valley with close to 50 million registered users and touching 90 million people around the globe each month.

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Travels From: California | Fee Range: $10,000 - $15,000

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When we look at the thriving, successful communities that are growing ideas, brands, and customers today, it turns out they all have the same five things in common. This talk is designed to break these five elements out, give case studies and examples of successful communities, and let the audience in on a set of not-so-obvious things they can do when they walk out the door to harness the power of communities in their own efforts or organizations.

This talk is designed to take people through the current state of getting and keeping attention online and in the real world. It’s changed dramatically not just in the past decade but the past 2 years and the things I’m paying attention to as an entrepreneur today around marketing and launching have shifted pretty dramatically. There are a lot of surprising insights I’ve discovered and I’ve found sharing these with groups has been super popular.

In 2019, I launched my first online course, taking 1,000 people through a “Community Design Masterclass” in four months, generating six figures for me. In the process, I unlocked all sorts of surprising insights around the future of work,  and specifically, what personal branding, career development, networking, and recruiting will look like over the next decade. It’s a talk that I’m just starting to put together, but am pretty excited about it and the “alpha” audiences have loved it.

Biography

Gina Bianchini is the Founder & CEO of Mighty Networks. Her mission at Mighty Networks is to usher in a new era of creative business built on community. Mighty serves “creators with a purpose” selling experiences, relationships, and expertise to their members via community, content, online courses, and subscription commerce–all offered in one place under the creator’s brand.

Before Mighty Networks, Gina and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen launched Ning, a pioneering global platform for creating niche social networks. Under her leadership, Ning grew to ~100 million people in 300,000 active social networks across subcultures, professional networks, entertainment, politics, and education.

In addition to Mighty Networks, Gina serves as a board director of TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA), a $3 billion dollar broadcast and digital media company, and served as a board director of Scripps Networks (NASDAQ: SNI), an $12 billion dollar public company which owns HGTV, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel that merged with Discovery Communications in 2018.

Gina and Mighty Networks have been featured in Fast Company, Wired, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and The New York Times. She has appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN. She grew up in Cupertino, California, graduated with honors from Stanford University, started her career in the nascent High Technology Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and received her M.B.A from Stanford Business School.

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