In September 2013, technology journalists Walt Mossberg
and Kara Swisher
left All Things Digital
, the technology news site they had founded and developed for Dow Jones
and News Corp
. Mossberg left The Wall Street Journal
at the end of the year, leaving behind a popular, weekly technology column
The two launched their new, independent technology news website, Recode
, on January 2, 2014. Its holding company, Revere Digital, received minority investments from NBCUniversal
and Terry Semel
's Windsor Media.
The total investment was estimated between US$10 and 15 million. Mossberg and Swisher held the company's majority stake and noted its comfortable financial stance. Recode
also provided breaking technology coverage for NBCUniversal, and received video resources and exposure in return via a formal partnership. Mossberg saw the investment as an opportunity to implement new ways of covering the technology field, and planned to add six employees on technology policy and mobile beats. The CNBC partnership also explored new advertising efforts and shared office space.
At launch, the 23-person team included all former members of All Things Digital
. The staff also received equity in the company.
Mossberg and Swisher planned to continue their prominent, annual All Things Digital
conference, which they renamed the "Code" conference and scheduled for the same time and location: late May at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
also kept plans to continue their separate mobile and media conferences. CNBC became a partner in these conferences.
A part-time team of 12 employees runs the conferences.
The site developed a reputation for breaking tech industry news but ultimately did not reach the level of popularity it expected, with just 1.5 million regular monthly visitors. Vox Media
acquired the website in May 2015 in a move that The New York Times
described as a reflection of tumult in online technology journalism
Vox purchased all of the company's stock, but the details of the transaction were not released. At the time of the acquisition, Recode
had 44 employees and three additional employees by contract. They were expected to join Vox. Mossberg and Swisher planned to stay with the website. The two were impressed with Vox Media's audience reach. Vox's technology news website, The Verge
, had eight times the traffic, in comparison. The scopes of the two sites were not expected to overlap with Recode's
emphasis on technology industry business and The Verge's
on "being a new kind of culture publication".
An internal study found a three percent overlap in content between the two sites.
Recode started publishing podcasts in July 2015.
On May 8, 2016, Recode relaunched with a new design under editor-in-chief Dan Frommer.
In May 2019, Recode was integrated into Vox Media's flagship website, Vox
, becoming the column Recode by Vox
As continued from All Things Digital
focuses on technology and digital media news, particularly pertaining to the business of Silicon Valley
The site also reviews new enterprises, and consumer hardware and software, and conducts original reports.
- ^ Frommer, Dom (May 8, 2016). "Introducing the new Recode". Recode. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
- ^ a b c d e Boorstin, Julia (January 2, 2014). "Swisher and Mossberg launch 'Recode'; NBC & Windsor Media are minority investors". CNBC. Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- ^ a b c d e Topolsky, Joshua (January 2, 2014). "Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher launch Recode news site, Code Conference series". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- ^ a b c Ember, Sydney (May 26, 2014). "Vox Media Adds ReCode to Its Stable of Websites". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- ^ Swisher, Kara (July 8, 2015). "Hey 'Serial' Lady, Shove Over: Re/code Decode Podcast Debuts With Slack CEO Interview and More!". Recode. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
- ^ "Introducing the new Recode". Recode.
- ^ "Vox Media integrates Recode with flagship brand, four years after purchase". Retrieved May 12, 2019.
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