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Classified Ventures

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About Classified Ventures

Classified Ventures, based in Chicago, was a partnership of The Times Mirror Company, The McClatchy Tribune Company, and The Washington Post Company. Classified Ventures operated,, and other brands before being acquired by Gannett in 2014.

Headquarters Location

175 West Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, Illinois, 60604,

United States

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Classified Ventures Patents

Classified Ventures has filed 1 patent.

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Natural language processing, Computational linguistics, Semantic Web, Linguistics


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Natural language processing, Computational linguistics, Semantic Web, Linguistics



Latest Classified Ventures News

Classified Ventures said to work with Moelis & Co for website sale

Mar 11, 2016

by Nicel Jane Avellana  A source told Bloomberg that Classified Ventures Llc is now working with Moelis & Co to explore sale options for its auto sales platform, Bloomberg reported. The person with knowledge of the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information is confidential. The discussions about the sale are still in the early stages, the source said. Classified Ventures launched in 1998 to provide a platform for car buyers to check and compare prices and car models and get car dealer reviews. Information from its website showed that over 11 million car shoppers visit the site each month. It also features "comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and a large selection of new- and used-car inventory" to help car buyers "make confident buying decisions. " Belo Corp, Gannett Co Inc, The McClatchy Co, Tribune Co and The Washington Post Co are the five owners of Classified Ventures, the website said. An earlier report from The Wall Street Journal said that Classified Ventures, backed by five newspaper publishers, could ask for $3 billion for the website. However, Moelis & Co Spokeswoman Andrea Hurst did not wish to comment on the sale, the report said. A statement on March 3 revealed that Classified Ventures was also advised by Moelis on the sale of another website, Last week, the Chicago-based venture firm exited to CoStar Group Inc for a $585 million price tag. In another statement, McClatchy said it gained $147 million from the sale of before tax, the report said. McClatchy holds a 26% stake in Classified Ventures while another owner Tribune, the publisher of Chicago Tribune has a 28% ownership. Moody's said that the sale of was positive for the credit profile of Tribune. Gannett, meanwhile, has a 27% stake in Classified Ventures, the report said. © 2016 VCPOST, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Tags

Classified Ventures Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Classified Ventures founded?

    Classified Ventures was founded in 1997.

  • Where is Classified Ventures's headquarters?

    Classified Ventures's headquarters is located at 175 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago.

  • What is Classified Ventures's latest funding round?

    Classified Ventures's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of Classified Ventures?

    Investors of Classified Ventures include TEGNA, The McClatchy Company, Tribune Media, Graham Holdings Company and Gannett.

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