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
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Parent Company
New York, US
AOL is headquartered in New York, US
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Key People/Management 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
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AOL Financials and Metrics

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Total Funding

$1 b
In total, AOL had raised $1 b. AOL is a subsidiary of Oath

AOL Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
Convertro May 06, 2014$101 m
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AOL News and Updates

MoviePass’ parent company acquires Moviefone

Helios and Matheson Analytics, which already owns movie ticket subscription service MoviePass, has acquired Moviefone. Despite the old-school name, Moviefone is now a digital media business with trailers, movie information and ticketing via Fandango — it says it reaches 6 million unique visitors eac…

Verizon is starting to pick winners and losers from AOL and Yahoo's collection of ad-tech companies

Verizon's Oath is starting to pick some ad tech winners and losers from its acquisitions of AOL and Yahoo. As a result, Oath is shuttering its 'programmatic TV' group. The company is working toward rolling out a new advertising tech platform that blends the best parts of AOL and Yahoo's various to…

The forgotten story of AOL's In2TV, which helped invent binge TV way before Netflix

Before Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, AOL kicked off the streaming TV era in 2005 with In2TV. The ad supported video hub featured a library of classic Warner Bros. shows, including "Eight is Enough," "Growing Pains" and "Welcome Back Kotter." The TV site was one of the first places people could watch f…

9 Reasons Why No One Wants to Open Your Marketing Emails

Even if you're selling the world's best product, you won't win customers if they don't open the email.

Why Night Owls Make Better Entrepreneurs Than Early Birds, According to Science

A tendency to sleep and wake up late can actually be a positive sign.
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