Mark Ranalli is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record of building content and communications based businesses.
Mark is currently serving as the Managing Director of RR Donnelley’s Digital Solutions Group, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of RR Donnelley’s digital business strategy. Mark became a part of RR Donnelley after selling Helium Inc. to RRD in June, 2011.
Mark founded Helium Inc. (www.helium.com) in 2006 with the vision of creating the first publishing meritocracy by applying a crowd sourcing filtering system to community-generated content. Today, Helium’s community exceeds 200,000 writers and editors and is considered the largest editorial community in the world.
Soon after launching Helium, Mark co-founded and launched OurStage Inc. (www.ourstage.com), an indie music discovery platform, based on the same underlying crowd-sourcing principals and relative ranking that are leveraged by Helium.
Prior to Helium, Mark served as President of Fax International, a 700-person, global IP communications company that helped lead the telecommunications shift from the PSTN to IP-based networks. Mark also founded and served as CEO of BaseSix Inc., a marketing strategy firm that specialized in servicing Fortune 100 communications and media companies.
Mark currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Center for Responsive Politics, the premier nonpartisan, independent nonprofit research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy and works with entrepreneurial students at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, as part of the Entrepreneur in Residence program at the school.
Mark has been a frequent guest on Fox Business News, and has spoken at numerous industry events and forums, including the AAP, SIPA, NCTA, and VMA. Mark earned an MBA from Tuck at Dartmouth and a BSEE from Stanford University. He is married with two children.