Complex Networks

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Complex Networks is an American media and entertainment company for youth culture, based in New York City.[10] It was founded as a bi-monthly magazine, Complex, by fashion designer Marc (Ecko) Milecofsky.[11][12][13] Complex Networks reports on popular and emerging trends in style, sneakers, food, music, sports and pop culture.[14] Complex Networks reached over 90 million unique users per month in 2013[15] across its owned and operated and partner sites, socials and YouTube channels.[16][17] The print magazine ceased publication with the December 2016/January 2017 issue.[18] Complex currently has 6.02 million subscribers and 1.8 billion total views on YouTube.[19] As of 2019, the company's yearly revenue was estimated to be US$200 million, 15% of which came from commerce.[20]

Quick facts: Formerly, Type, Industry, Predecessor, Founde...
Complex Networks
IndustryMedia, entertainment
PredecessorComplex (magazine) (last issue: December 2016/January 2017)
Founded2002; 21 years ago (2002)
FoundersMarc Ecko
Area served
Key people
  • Rich Antoniello, CEO[1]
  • Christian Baesler, President[2]
  • Celine Perrot-Johnson, CFO
  • Edgar Hernandez, CRO[3]
  • Endi Piper, General Counsel[4]
  • Jonathan Hunt, EVP, Marketing[5]
  • Justin Killion, EVP, Development, Production & Business Affairs
  • Chris Schonberger, GM, First We Feast[6]
  • Joe LaPuma, SVP, Content Strategy
  • Maurice Peebles, Editor-in-Chief [7]
  • Donnie Kwak, General Manager[8]
  • Aleksey Baksheyev, CTO, Head of Product[9]
  • Marc Ecko, Founder
Owner BuzzFeed Inc.

Complex Networks has been named by Business Insider as one of the Most Valuable Startups in New York,[21] and Most Valuable Private Companies in the World.[22] Complex Networks CEO Rich Antoniello was named among the Silicon Alley 100.[23] In 2012, the company launched Complex TV, an online broadcasting platform.

In 2016, it became a joint-venture subsidiary of Verizon and Hearst.[24] The company changed hands again in the fourth quarter of 2021, becoming a subsidiary of BuzzFeed in a $300 million transaction.[25]