AOL is a global advertising-supported Web company, with display advertising network in the U.S., a substantial worldwide audience, and a suite of popular Web brands and products. The company's strategy focuses on increasing the scale and sophistication of its advertising platform and growing the size and engagement of its global online audience through leading products and programming. History of Aol: AOL was founded in the early 1980's as Control Video Corp, with an online service, Gameline, for the Atari 2600 console. In 1985 the company was re-named Quantum Computer Services and was the first online service launched for the Commodore 64 and 128 consoles. In 1988, the company created an online service for the PC and changed its name to AOL (America Online), becoming over the next decade the premier Online access subscription business, at one point having almost 25MM subscribers. AOL originally went public in 1992 and grew to become the largest online access and portal company on the Web. In 2000, AOL acquired Time Warner for $160B+ in what was then considered to be the largest M&A transaction, and the company was re-named AOL Time Warner. The merger was not fruitful and on May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL into a separate public company. The spinoff occurred on December 9, 2009, ending the eight-year relationship between the two companies. Since then, AOL has focused on reinventing itself as a brand company under the guidance of CEO Tim Armstrong, creating and acquiring a range of content properties. Major acquisitions include the purchase of technology news blog TechCrunch in September 2010, and on March 7, 2011, the purchase of The Huffington Post. Other AOL brands include Moviefone, Engadget, Patch, Stylelist, MapQuest, Cambio and about.me.
Type
Subsidiary
Parent Company
Verizon Communications
HQ
New York, US
Website
aol.com
AOL is headquartered in New York, US

Key People at AOL

Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

Chairman and CEO

AOL Office Locations

AOL has an office in New York
New York, US (HQ)
770 Broadway

AOL Data and Metrics

AOL Summary

Total Funding

$1 b

Investors

AOL is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications

AOL Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
ConvertroMay 06, 2014$101 m

AOL Median Salaries

Source: 528 public H-1B filings from AOL

Traffic Overview of AOL

AOL Online and Social Media Presence

AOL News and Updates

AOL co-founder Steve Case on why VCs need to look beyond Silicon Valley

 AOL co-founder Steve Case took to the stage at Disrupt New York this morning to discuss myriad issues, from his former company’s merging with one-time competitor Yahoo (pro) to a potential run for Congress (naw). It’s clear, however, that Case’s current passions lie in his organization, Rise of the…

Happy 20th birthday to my first true love: AOL's Instant Messenger

Long before we had umpteen different online profiles, there was AIM.  In the heady days of 1997, when AOL Instant Messenger came into the world, there was nothing else like it. Conceived within the hallowed halls of AOL, AIM introduced a large swath of early internet consumers to an idea that wo…

Steve Case to talk Aol, startups and ‘the rise of the rest’ at Disrupt NY

 Aol founder and noted venture capitalist Steve Case is coming to Disrupt NY this May, and there’s plenty to talk about. Since leaving Aol in 2005, Case has invested in startups in smaller markets, and the last few years he’s traveled the country, exploring and highlighting budding startup scenes ou…

Slack finally catches up to AOL Instant Messenger

Slack just got a new feature and it's one old-school instant messaging fans will appreciate. The workplace chat app added a new feature that lets you set a "status" so you can tell everyone at your organization what you're up to. In other words: It's pretty much Slack's version of away messages …

Crunch Report | Yahoo and AOL combine to become Oath

Yahoo and AOL combine under Verizon to become Oath, Yelp acquires Wi-Fi marketing company Turnstyle Analytics, Apple improves the specs of the Mac Pro and a new sentiment index aims to help founders time their fundraising. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

After an unexpected reveal, AOL’s CEO explains that Oath is about B2B branding

 You weren’t supposed to know about Oath. Not this week, at least. And certainly not under these circumstances. The newly minted and already much maligned poster child of the forthcoming face of Verizon’s Yahoo acquisition was developed in-house as a B2B brand, designed for customer and partner rela…
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