According to a recent announcement, theMaven Network Incorporated has completed a transaction it had previously announced making it a publicly traded company. The CEO, James heckman and his co-founders presented the Seattle-based digital media network startup on its new platform. This was during the first ever channel partner conference held in Dallas last week to over 33 esteemed publishers. A good number of them communicated their intent to commence as “Founding Channel Partners”.
Thor Halvorssen’s Reaction
Thor Halvorssen, the Human Rights Foundation president reacted to the announcement stating that the vision was spectacular. He described the conference where top leaders cut from diverse interests and fields, some of which share opposing views and causes, stood together united on the need to have control over their platforms and audiences. Thor added that the experience was unique and the promised technology had the potential to expand the integrity and transparency level necessary for community interaction.
theMaven team of executives and engineers are experienced veterans from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Scout Media, NFL, Rivals.com and Yahoo! The CTO and co-founder of theMaven, Ben Joldersma, described the new infrastructure as a big leap forward from the other network platforms of the past. He added that it was great for the network to see publishers validating their business model and design by their enthusiasm to join them.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is an advocate for human rights and film producer. New York Times described him as a “a champion of the underdog and the powerless“. His human rights advocacy started way back in 1989 when he was just an adolescent through organizing opposition to the South African apartheid. His background is Venezuelan and Norwegian. Thor was thrusted to full-time promotion of individual rights and due process soon after his father was taken as a political prisoner in Venezuela. He founded the Human Rights Foundation based in New York following his mother’s shooting at a political protest in 2004.
Human Rights Foundation is fully devoted to freeing political prisoners and promote democracy and tolerance in Latin America. Ever since it was founded, HRF has managed to secure the release of seven conscience prisoners, offered amicus briefs in key international human rights cases, produced evidence to Truth Commissions and published two books. The two books are based on the state responsibilities and individual rights. Thor is the CEO and founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, a spectacular human rights festival according to the Economist. He is the Patron to On Own Feet, a Children’s Peace Movement based in Prague.