Upworthy, the mission driven media company and Good Inc a media brand and consultancy are joining forces via a merger. Both companies will continue to operate separately but Upworthy now becomes part of the Good Worldwide Inc parent company. Upworthy’s founder and CEO Eli Pariser will join Good Inc as the company’s President working with Good’s co-CEOs Ben Goldhirsh and Max Schorr. Here is the full press release:
AND GOOD ANNOUNCE MERGER, JOIN FORCES TO BECOME THE LEADER IN SOCIAL GOOD MEDIA
of Two Companies Offers Purpose-Driven Brands Expanded Opportunities To Affect
Social Change and Reach Millennials
New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2017 — Upworthy, the mission-driven media company, and GOOD Worldwide Inc., a global media brand and social impact company, today announced a merger that positions the new entity as the leader in social good media and consulting.
The combined company will be the go to partner for brands that want to do well by doing good. By bringing together the talent and resources of Upworthy’s, storytelling, and branded content teams with GOOD’s media, consultancy, and agency experience, the merger offers brands apartner that specializes in helping organizations engage with purpose, emotional intelligence, and authenticity to a generation that cares deeply about all three.
“Upworthy is teaming up with GOOD in an extraordinary moment for our world, our nation, and our industry,” said Upworthy co-founder and co-CEO Eli Pariser. “Our country is deeply divided, and working together we can inspire empathy and understanding between people of different backgrounds and drive action on a vast scale. As partners, we’re in a much stronger position to achieve our shared vision of using storytelling to make the world better.”
“There are a lot of good things that manifest quickly with this new entity,” said GOOD co-founder and co-CEO, Ben Goldhirsh. “We unite our teams to scale the work we do each day, and we bring a range of services at an unmatched level for those seeking to create societal impact.Clearly these are critical times and together, we’re hungry to partner with every brand, every organization, and every individual in the world that truly wants to be a force for good.”
Upworthy and GOOD are uniquely positioned to help individuals, organizations, and brands drive progress. Together, the two companies reach over 276 million people on Facebook, garner billions of video views annually, and receive a combined 31 million unique visitors per month to their websites (ComScore, November 2016). They create content and provide consulting, strategy, and partnerships for some of the biggest and most innovative brands in the world, including Airbnb, Facebook, Google, PayPal, P&G, Starbucks, and the United Nations Foundation.
After the merger, Upworthy will join the GOOD Worldwide Inc. (“GOOD”) parent company. The new entity will immediately begin the process of incorporating as a B Corp. Upworthy and GOOD will continue to operate as standalone brands and will retain their brand names. Ben Goldhirsh and Max Schorr will remain co-CEOs of GOOD Worldwide Inc. and Eli Pariser will join as President.
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