Ricky Van Veen isn’t your normal corporate executive, but, then, neither are the businesses for which he’s responsible. Ricky is co-founder of comedy brand CollegeHumor, which he started in college, and video-sharing site Vimeo and is CEO of Notional at IAC. He has helped grow CollegeHumor and its network of sites into the largest comedy property on the web and the most-viewed comedy channel on YouTube, with 11 million subscribers. In 2006, Ricky and his partners sold the properties to IAC, where he now works overseeing its TV, film, and digital initiatives. His recent projects include CollegeHumor’s first feature film “Coffee Town” and hit TV shows “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV and “Chopped” on The Food Network.
Ricky sits down with The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta to talk about what’s required to take an-already successful startup and position it for rapid growth, when to court buyers and what it takes to make the leap from startup entrepreneur to corporate exec running myriad new TV, film and digital projects, each of which must meet or exceed expectations on much tighter timetables.