An Interview with Alex Mather, Co-Founder & CEO of The Athletic

I’m a big fan of our next speaker. Are there any subscribers to The Athletic in here? There’s a few, not many. Hopefully you all subscribe after this. Coming up, we have Alex Mather. Alex Mather launched The Athletic in 2016. In that short amount of time, they’ve hired close to 500 journalists.

For those of you who don’t know, I don’t know if Alex will agree with my description of it, but as a fan, it’s just a higher end athletic news publication. They have close to a million subscribers already who pay $60 a year. They’ve raised almost $100 million in funding. They’ve done all this in the last less than four years.

Sam Parr: Okay. Like I said, I’m a big fan of The Athletic. One of the reasons why I’m a big fan is because we also have a media company. You guys are based in Silicon Valley. They’re not very friendly to media necessarily, but you’ve scaled something to be quite large. I don’t know if the valuation is public, but the reported numbers was 4 or $500 million.