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Rafat Ali

CEO/Founder @ Skift

CEO & Founder, Skift

New York, New York

Ranked #395 out of 7,899 for CEO/Founder in New York

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Rafat Ali's Work Experience



December 2011 to Present

New York City

Investigative News Network

Board Member

December 2013 to Present

Media Development Investment Fund (DigitalNewsVentures)

Board of Advisors

September 2013 to Present

New York City

Rafat Ali's Education

Indiana University Bloomington


Aligarh Muslim University

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Tech)

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About Rafat Ali's Current Company


Skift is a business intelligence startup that offers news, data, and and services to the travel & leisure industry and business travelers. Check out:

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Rafat Ali works for Skift

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Rafat Ali is CEO/Founder

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Rafat Ali works in the Leisure, Travel & Tourism industry.

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Rafat Ali's colleagues are Elihn Glass, and Alison McCarthy

About Rafat Ali

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Rafat is the CEO/Founder of Skift, a travel intelligence startup that offers news+data+services to professionals in the travel industry and professional travelers. Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter. Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.CEO/Founder @ Skift is a business intelligence startup that offers news, data, and and services to the travel & leisure industry and business travelers. Check out: From December 2011 to Present (3 years 11 months) New York CityBoard Member @ The Investigative News Network helps nonprofit news organizations produce and distribute stories with impact, achieve cost efficiencies by pooling resources and develop new revenue streams to become sustainable businesses. Includes some of the biggest names in journalism — NPR, and American Public Radio — as well as startups and everything in between. From December 2013 to Present (1 year 11 months) Board of Advisors @ Digital News Ventures makes seed investments in news and information start-ups, and is part of Media Development Investment Fund, which provides financing and business assistance to independent news outlets worldwide. MDIF has invested $130.9m in 94 independent news businesses in 32 countries since 1996. From September 2013 to Present (2 years 2 months) New York CityBoard of Advisors @ Gigaom provides intelligent, credible analysis of emerging technologies. From January 2012 to Present (3 years 10 months) Board of Advisors, Digital Media @ From January 2013 to Present (2 years 10 months) New York CityFounder, Editor, Publisher @ Founder of paidContent, online media company covering the business of digital media, entertainment and information industries. Was the first blog-media company in existence. Raised one round of venture capital from Greycroft Partners in 2006, sold it to UK-based Guardian News & Media in 2010, and left the company in summer of 2010. The company was subsequently resold to Gigaom Network in early 2012. From June 2002 to June 2010 (8 years 1 month) Managing Editor @ Wrote on the usual suspects in digital media, including tech, business, venture capital and M&A side of it. From October 2001 to October 2002 (1 year 1 month) Digital Media Reporter @ Digital media reporter at, one of the early online-only digital media news startups. From January 2001 to September 2001 (9 months)

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