September 4th, 2008

Digital Trends hires new CFO

Digital TrendsDigital Trends is one of my favorite “sleepers” around the Portland area. Whenever I mention their name and the fact that they’re here in the Silicon Forest, I’m usually met with a “Really? That’s a Portland company?”

Kind of like Survey Monkey and—to a lesser extent—COLOURlovers. (Yes, those are both Portland companies, too.)

I mean, I rarely if ever hear anyone around here talk about Digital Trends—apart from an occasional mention on the Techvibes’ Portland Start-up Index (they’re #5). And unfortunately, I never happen to run into any of their employees at any of the local tech events.

So, why should you care?

Only because Digital Trends happens to rack up about 40,000,000 visitors readers (3-4 million unique visitors to the site). Per month.

That’s right. 40 million visitors readers each month.

And that, my friend, is not to be taken lightly.

Another sign that they’re not to be taken lightly? Even though they’re pretty small, Digital Trends has just hired a new CFO, Nathan Bell.

No, not that Nathan Bell. That’s Nathan P. Bell.

In fact, I think this Nathan Bell is actually related to the CEO, Ian Bell. Or it’s just a random coincidence that they’re both named Bell—and that there are two Gauls in the company, too. (I’m not ruling anything out at this point, given that whole Nathan Bell thing. Maybe it’s Intrigo‘s Nathan who’s related to Ian?)

I’m sorry. Where was I? Gauls. Bells. Oh yes.

So Nathan Bell has been named the new CFO:

“Nathan brings years of financial experience to the table, and will help to shape the future path of the company as it continues to evolve and grow its awareness amongst technology readers,” said Ian Bell, Chairman and CEO, Digital Trends. “We’re pleased to welcome him to the Digital Trends team.”

And I’m hoping that we see more and more of Digital Trends around the Portland scene.

Digital Trends is the first stop for everyday readers, working professionals and gadget enthusiasts alike looking to make sense of how gadgets, games, home theater components and other tech-related products fit into their everyday lives. For more information, visit Digital Trends.

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7 Responses to “Digital Trends hires new CFO”

  1. Nino says:

    I used to do a lot of freelance writing for Digital Trends. A very solid source for daily tech news and information plus indepth reviews. Worth stopping by when you have time to check out their often updated content.

  2. Congrats to (the new) Nathan Bell and the whole Digital Trends team on their success and growth.

  3. Ian Bell says:

    Thanks for the kind words Rick.

    We get about 3 – 4 million uniques a month on not 40 million (I wish). It was an error in the press release.

    We do get 40 million READERS that see our content through our co-brands and syndication partners; that’s where they made they made the mistake in the press release.

    Nathan Bell is my brother (and John Gaul is Dan’s dad). :)

    We will be reaching out more to the Portland community as well, so look for us.

    If there is anything we can do to help the local scene, please let us know – we are here to help.

    Thanks again!

  4. Rick Turoczy says:

    @Ian Thanks for both the genealogy and the correction. ;)

    I’ll get the post edited.

    And, I’m looking forward to meeting some Digital Trends folks in person soon.

    There is a Beer and Blog this Friday at the Green Dragon at 4 PM, if anyone is available. ;)

  5. Ian Bell says:

    I will let the guys know. I think a lot of people will be at the inverge conference.

  6. Dan Gaul says:

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks for the kind words. I was just at the Inverge conference doing an introduction for one of the speakers. Hopefully you saw us there? If anyone is going to be at a local conference, give us a shout. We are always eager to meet new people.

  7. kfox says:

    Nice post, I really like Survey Monkey and thanks for the heads up on Digital Trends. Its always nice to shop local :)

    @Dan G. – If you ever want to support OpenID on the site and have questions please let us know!

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