Mashable, a largest independent Internet news website and blog that covers social media, digital culture including development in mobile, and technology, memes and gadgets, was founded by Scottish-American Pete Cashmore in 2005 from his bedroom in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In an interview to the Telegraph, a leading British daily, Cashmore revealed that the idea of Mashable did not just cross his mind as an idea. He actually wanted to ‘make a difference’ but from the comfort of his bed.
Cashmore is one of those significant figures whose passion for sharing information has revolutionized human interactions and redefined cultures of connecting with the world using web content and social networks. Apart from Mashable, he also writes a weekly column on social media and technology at CNN. According to reports, Mashable draws over 20 million monthly unique visitors amounting for more than 80 million pageviews per month and has 4 million social media followers, making it one of the most influential internet news outlet. Mashable is headquartered in New York City with another office in San Francisco.
In 2009, Inc. Magazine enlisted Cashmore in its “30 Under 30″; Forbes enlisted him in the “Top 25 Web Celebs”; and The Huffington Post placed him among “Top 10 Game Changers 2009″. In 2010, he was ranked among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people; Forbes magazine’s web celeb 25, and a Briton of the year by the Telegraph in 2010. In 2011, he was called to be the one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers. He is the one of Twitter’s 40 most-followed personalities with more than 2.8 million followers.
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