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.
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Type
Subsidiary
Parent Company
Oath
HQ
New York, US
Website
aol.com
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 Online and Social Media Presence

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AOL News and Updates

Koko, The ‘Talking’ Gorilla Who Learned Sign Language, Dies At 46

The gorilla's ability to communicate inspired millions, including the late actor and comedian Robin Williams.

AOL cofounder Steve Case is betting $150 million that the future of startups isn't in Silicon Valley or New York, but the money isn't what's making his prediction come true

AOL's billionaire cofounder Steve Case runs the DC-based venture capital firm Revolution. Case is convinced that the future of American startups lies outside of Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston, which receive 75% of all venture capital in the US. Since 2014, he has gone on seven "Rise of…

I'm raising my son with very limited technology — here's how I do it

Technology can have serious effects on our health, and Americans consume over 10 hours of media per day. Living technology-free is nearly impossible in this day and age, yet my wife and I decided to raise our son with very limited technology to avoid these risks. Here's how we're raising our son …

Billionaire AOL founder Steve Case is convinced the next big thing in tech won't happen in Silicon Valley, and he's launched a job network to prove it

Steve Case is a cofounder and former CEO of AOL who has been running a DC-based venture capital firm, Revolution, since 2005. It has invested over $1 billion over this time, with the majority of its capital going to young companies outside of Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston. The new Revo…

Meet the author of The Lean Startup at Disrupt SF

One of the many new features at TechCrunch Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) is the addition of a second stage and programming track at the show, which we’re calling The Next Stage. The goal of The Next Stage is to deliver more insights and wisdom to Disrupt SF attendees, especially founders, to help them navi…

No, No, No, Verizon, AOL, and Yahoo Do Not Have Access to Your Bank Account Info

People would do themselves a lot of good if they learned to read online terms of use.
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