Project Description

Alex Skatell

Founder and CEO

Alex’s interest in tech and media began early on. While in college at Clemson, Alex developed numerous iPhone applications, including a top 25 application that was featured by Gizmodo, as well as making it in the “What’s Hot” section of the iTunes app store.

Next, only 4 years after graduating, Alex founded IJR in a small apartment in Charleston, South Carolina, investing all his savings and weekly paycheck into one goal: to reach a large population of America that next generation media companies were missing.

Today, IJR is a top 50 website in the country, and reaches more than 35 million monthly readers. The site employs more than 50 reporters and writers covering politics, news, culture, lifestyle, and current events from all across the country. On election day 2016, IJR was the most engaged news site on the planet, doubling up the 2nd most engaged site, The New York Times, and beating out traditional media heavyweights like BuzzFeed, CNN, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.

Alex also co-founded IMGE, a full service digital agency, which he sold in 2017. He has been dubbed a “wunderkind” of media tech by the New York Times, and has been included in Forbes 30 under 30, Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40, and WIRED’s political Tech Titans of 2016. Alex is a member of several advisory boards, including the Clemson University Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, Digital Content Next, and the News Media Alliance.