Holding company hires Rosen to do financial media M&A
Holding company Tifin Group has hired the former CEO of StockTwits as a partner to look for acquisitions in financial media.
Ian Rosen was also the former general manager of MarketWatch.com. He will be CEO of a new operating company called Financial Answers, which is focused on acquiring and operating media companies.
The plan is to look for financial media operations with at least 500,000 monthly unique visitors with high-quality content and strong engagement with the consumers.
The idea is to create a portfolio that ranges across investor experience levels from newbies to experienced investors and traders, but no institutional people, and through a range of delivery vehicles such as video, podcast, traditional digital, newsletter, webinar, potentially tools, and others.
“Tifin’s vision is well aligned with the needs and opportunities in financial services, and I’m excited to contribute to its success by helping Tifin reach millions of individual investors,” said Rosen in a statement. “Tifin’s team of exceptional entrepreneurs and business leaders is fueling its momentum, of which I’m happy to be a part.”
Rosen led MarketWatch from October 2012 to January 2015. He has also been CEO of Even Financial, a fast-growing alternative lending supply platform. Rosen was also in charge of Dow Jones & Co.’s investment banking business from 2008 to 2012.
His job at StockTwits was to grow its content, events, and data businesses, both deepening and widening its audience base.