Danielle Weisberg, Co-Founder, TheSkimm.com
As a producer for NBC News, Danielle Weisberg could see her industry needed to transform, but knew it wasn’t going to happen from within. That’s when she, and her best friend and roommate, Carly Zakin, decided to leave their jobs and launch TheSkimm.com from their living room couch. Knowing today’s news consumer doesn’t have to wait around for someone to read them the news on television, their goal was to deliver content people wanted to read – in a way they could easily understand – straight to their inboxes every morning.
TheSkimm picked up steam when it drew the attention of mainstream journalists and television personalities, and the site has since expanded from a home business to a multi-million dollar email newsletter business. Presidential candidates are making time to chat, Oprah Winfrey is a partner, and Weisberg and Zakin have been named to Forbes’ “Top 30 Under 30” list.
In June 2015, Weisberg was invited to take part in the “Transforming the Rules of Engagement” panel at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City. The event -- of which the Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University was a sponsor -- featured 250 women from a number of industries including education, business, media, entertainment, and philanthropy.
Despite her entrepreneur status, Weisberg remains a journalist at heart, and spoke with Forward Thinking at the summit.
“You have to believe in yourself and you have to believe in the idea, because you’re gonna hear ‘no’ over and over and over again. So you have to really believe in it, and you have to love it.”