Ed Sussman is a senior executive in the digital, technology, media and start up sectors. He is currently the CEO of Buzzr.com, a partnership with Lullabot, one of the worlds premiere Drupal education and consulting companies. Buzzr is a SaaS Content Management System that enables ordinary people, businesses and groups to create highly sophisticated, social media-rich websites. Buzzr bio for Ed Sussman
Buzzr is a usability layer, design suite and hosting package on top of open source Drupal. Special editions are available specifically for Higher Education and for Local Government. Ed is also an adviser to local government open data start up Civic Dynamics and is on the board of the events start up GoJotter. Ed Sussman Drupal.org Profile
As an occasional consultant, on behalf of media companies and private investors, Ed evaluates the digital properties of multi-platform content producers, especially publishers transitioning to greater digital presences. Profile for Ed Sussman
Before Buzzr, from 2004-2008, Ed was the president of Mansueto Digital, where he ran the websites for Inc.com and FastCompany.com and founded FastCompany TV with Robert Scoble, IncTechnology.com & IncBizNet.com. He ran the same brands as a managing director of business websites for Gruner and Jahr U.S.A., a division of Bertelesmann.
Ed was an executive vice president of Mansueto Ventures (one of four officers), overseeing business development, events (the Inc. 500/5000 conference) and digital media for Fast Company and Inc. magazines, then a $70 million annual revenue brand. Digital revenue grew 600% during Ed’s tenure to more than $11 million annually and conference/event revenue 200% to about $3 million. Major initiatives included creating social media platforms for our brands, including, in 2007, relaunching FastCompany.com (on a Drupal platform) as an integrated journalism/community platform. Ed also created a user-generated database/community for fast-growth private companies, culminating in the Inc. 5,000 and IncBiznet.com. He created the Inc. 5,000 as part of the latter. About two dozen people work on the Inc. 5000 team.
Ed’s background is as a journalist (executive editor of Inc. and various positions at Worth, P.O.V., The Financial Times of London and the Wall Street Journal/Europe) and lawyer. He graduated Duke Law in 1992, first in his class, and clerked for a federal district court and a federal appellate court judge.