Predict your next investment

Angel Investor (Individual)

See what CB Insights has to offer

Investments

1

About Cathie Black

Cathie Black Headquarter Location

Predict your next investment

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents , partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow's opportunities, today.

Latest Cathie Black News

Vina Brings On Cathie Black to Advise Editorial Expansion

Jun 28, 2018

Courtesy Vina Friend-finding app Vina is pushing further into editorial content and is bringing on publishing veteran Cathie Black as an adviser, along with Brittany Galla as its new content director. Since it in 2016 gathered $2 million in seed funding from dating app Tinder, part of IAC-controlled Match Group, and a group of other angel and fund investors, including New Enterprise Associates, Vina has started Vinazine, a web site with female-centric content. Although Vina is out funding for its Series A, it’s already looking to make editorial content a bigger part of its platform and looking to expand into events and paid memberships as well as folding in branded content into Vinazine. There are upcoming “multitiered” partnerships with Her Campus and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Black, who launched several publications during her 15 years as president of Hearst Magazines (a role that’s up for grabs again as her successor David Carey is set to retire this year) would appear to be a good adviser for anyone looking to editorial expansion. Since leaving in 2010 her executive role at Hearst , Black has been focused on working with women entrepreneurs and she thinks Vina, launched in 2015 by Olivia June, has a lot of potential. “They have a lot of growth ahead of them,” Black said. “I know the power of community and speaking to women about what they’re interested in.” She added that as traditional magazines keep adapting to a digital format, something that few, if any, have yet perfected, all of them will need to be “multipronged” in their output and how they let readers interact. “It’s not going to be one-size-fits-all,” Black said. As for layering a fuller editorial platform onto a friend-finding app, its founder June said the prospect has been driven by users. It started with lengthy e-mail answers to user questions about using Vina, but also about navigating female friendships, that were posted to a Vina help blog. “We started getting so much readership, so we started to add it into the app,” June said. “Fifty percent of daily active users were reading content within the app.” But more readers are always better and Vina seems to be aiming for younger women. Galla, who left her role as editorial director of Bauer Media’s teen group in May, wrote in a statement that she’s planning to “help the brand define its content strategy to engage and connect with an audience that I’m deeply in tune with and understand.” When asked when or whether Vinazine would become a revenue-generating part of the platform, Black interjected with some advice that she received earlier in her career as a publisher for USA Today, telling June, “Don’t say more than you know.” With that, June said she’s happy to “have the support of being funded by venture capital,” which allows Vina to be “very protective” of its site — for now. June said the funding round is going well and that Vina has “a ways to go” before big questions like steady revenue, profitability or even being acquired become imperatives. “We have very large ambitions, we’ll put it that way,” Black said. For More, See: “When I met people and they found out I was in the military but they saw I was wearing makeup, they were confused because they didn’t get it, not understanding you can like two things at the same time. You can serve your country and wear concealer. The world’s not gonna stop,” said @jackieaina of starting her makeup channel on YouTube after joining the military. Today, @toofaced launched its collaboration with the YouTube star, who sat down with WWD to talk inclusion, diversifying Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation range and her plans for the future. #wwdbeauty At @maisonmargiela’s men’s spring 2018 show in Paris, sculptures by @tonymatelli kept the crowd entertained. The American artist presented four works from his 2018 series “Garden,” consisting of imitations of classical marble statuary scattered with ripe fruit. Read more about the sculptures on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #pfwm (

Cathie Black Investments

1 Investments

Cathie Black has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in The Muse as part of their Seed VC on January 1, 2013.

CBI Logo

Cathie Black Investments Activity

investments chart

Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

1/22/2013

Seed VC

The Muse

$2M

Yes

3

Date

1/22/2013

Round

Seed VC

Company

The Muse

Amount

$2M

New?

Yes

Co-Investors

Sources

3

Discover the right solution for your team

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on vendors, products, partnerships, and patents to help your team find their next technology solution.

Request a demo

CBI websites generally use certain cookies to enable better interactions with our sites and services. Use of these cookies, which may be stored on your device, permits us to improve and customize your experience. You can read more about your cookie choices at our privacy policy here. By continuing to use this site you are consenting to these choices.