Founder & CEO, Axios
A mission to create one of the most successful media brands using “smart brevity”
Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Axios. With a career spent at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, he co-founded Politico in 2006, and left a decade later due to issues with the co-founder. Jim began Axios in 2016, which came to public prominence after Jonathan Swan’s iconic interview with President Trump, and now boasts over 4 million monthly visitors, 2 million newsletter subscriptions. In this in-depth interview, Jim discusses Axios’ unique proposition as “The Economist mated with Twitter,” and how their “smart brevity” approach makes “high-end info consumption more efficient, enjoyable and essential” with ambitious plans to expand local coverage to 50 cities; shares the whole story of Politico’s journey from start to finish – including a candid, warts-and-all discussion of the execution of their “all-politics, all the time” mission; and gives a Washington insider’s analysis on Biden’s first six months – and Trump’s likely next move.
Former Editor-in-Chief and SVP, CNN Digital
5th December 2022
Leading a global team of 350 journalists – how CNN grew the world’s largest digital audience
Founder & CEO, The Bridge
24th November 2022
Bridging the gap—creating mutual opportunities for Asia and the West in TV and film production
Astronomer and science presenter
22nd November 2022
Inspiring the curious to explore the big questions—the great beginnings of the universe, planet Earth… and life itself.
President, Deseret News
10th November 2022
Founded in 1850 by the Mormon Church, now with 10 million readers—the longest-running news organization in the American West