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ForumCon Sneak Peak: Buying & Selling Forums

Quite a few forum owners expressed interest at ForumCon SF in February about more information on buying and selling forums.  Perhaps you are a forum owner considering adding an additional site to your portfolio and wondering how to approach a potential acquisition.  Or, perhaps you’ve been approached by a buyer interested in purchasing your site and you are wondering if it’s the right step for you.We’ll address both of those scenarios (as well as your post-sale questions) in a ForumCon post-lunch panel discussion on buying and selling forums and communities.  Below is a sneak peak of the experts that will be answering your questions, as well as a preview of some of the topics they’ll be covering!Got a particular question you’d like covered?  Email us and we’ll do our best to answer it!

Meet the Panelists

Jerry OrbanVP Business Development, VerticalScopeJerry is a career digital media business developer who is responsible for leading VerticalScope’s aggressive growth through his work on acquisitions, strategic partnerships, marketing and sales development. VerticalScope’s wholly owned network now includes more than 300 forum communities, and several major content portals covering the auto, powersports, sports, and technology verticals.Alvin FongVP Business Operations, Internet BrandsAlvin Fong launched, integrated acquisitions, and grew the Auto Enthusiast Network of ~100 sites into one of the leading divisions at Internet Brands. His role includes managing the Lodging division and Ad Operations team. Prior to Internet Brands, Alvin spent 5 years at Yahoo and Overture (acquired by Yahoo) focused on monetization and international expansion into emerging markets.Sanjay SabnaniCEO, CrowdGatherCrowdGather, Inc. Chairman and CEO Sanjay Sabnani is a serial entrepreneur and business strategist with a long-standing passion for the Internet and Technology industry and online network community building.  Sabnani has been an active proponent of message boards since 2002, when he acquired General Mayhem, his first message board community.  He continued acquiring forums until he decided that it was time to focus on turning this portfolio into a business with the launch of CrowdGather in 2008.  CrowdGather’s forum network has grown to over 150 million monthly pageviews and 15 million monthly unique visitors.Joey DeTomasoCEO, Plum Krazy MediaKnown as “JoeyChgo” in the forum industry, Joey built his first forum in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Primarily focused in the Automotive vertical, Joey has built, bought and sold a number of forums over the years and presently owns several “big boards” such as LincolnvsCadillac.com and Forabodiesonly.com.Jack BafiaCOO, VigLinkPrior to joining VigLink, Jack co-founded Driving Revenue Inc. Jack spent the previous 10 years in internet application development, having worked with companies such as American Airlines, Home Depot, Sears, Exelon Corp, and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development.

A Preview of the Questions

We’ll ask each of them what they view as the key questions to ask a potential buyer (and seller), as well as how they historically have valued forums and how they’ve gone about managing communities post-sale.  It will be a great conversation, and we hope you’ll be a part of it!If you haven’t gotten your ticket for ForumCon yet, you can register here.  (Use promo code SEP20 and order before September 20th for a $75 discount — just a few tickets left so be sure to grab one soon!)See you in Chicago…

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