Technology, media, Politics, and Non-Profit Experience
Cyrus Krohn has been a cutting-edge communicator, digital innovator and new media executive for over 20 years. Krohn is currently Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Element Data, Inc. Most recently, he managed acquisition of the Cheezburger Network, one of the world’s largest digital media companies focused on humor and entertainment, to Literally Media. Prior to Cheezburger, Krohn co-founded Crowdverb and sold the start-up to WPP, the world’s largest communication services group. Krohn has worked as a senior director and executive producer at technology companies including Microsoft and Yahoo.
In 2013, Krohn was named one of the Top 50 digital political strategists in the United States. Krohn served as director of digital strategy for the Republican National Committee’s New Media Division. He joined the RNC following two years at Yahoo! as director of content production and election strategy. Krohn worked under well-known Hollywood media executive Lloyd Braun at Yahoo! Media Group in Santa Monica, California, creating original programming.
Prior to Yahoo!, Krohn spent ten years at Microsoft. He was Slate Magazine’s first employee and then publisher while the webzine was owned by Microsoft. While publisher, Slate reached profitability and won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. He is editor of the Slate Diaries, published by Public Affairs Books. Krohn also managed the political advertising effort for MSN.com, the Microsoft Network and was executive producer at MSN Video.
Krohn worked in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau producing Larry King Live and Crossfire and served as an intern in the White House for Vice President Dan Quayle. Krohn served as president of the Washington State News Council, an independent, nonprofit, statewide organization whose members share a common belief that fair, accurate and balanced news media are vital to our democracy.
Krohn graduated from Lynchburg College and served on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University Institute for Politics Democracy and the Internet and the E-Voter Institute. He has lectured on the impact the Internet is having on the political process at the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum, University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellows, Johns Hopkins University, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, The Aspen Institute, Harvard and MIT.
My time in politics began accidentally in 1992 when my brother’s religious school instructor inquired about my availability for an internship. I wasn’t pursuing work at the time while home on break from college but took the opportunity to support Vice President Dan Quayle in the White House. read more
Media and Technology
My interest in publishing began in high school as a writer for the student newspaper. I followed my passion for publishing to college as sports editor and columnist for the student newspaper, The Critograph.
Following graduation with a degree in journalism, I began work in television broadcasting at CNN's in Washington, DC bureau. In 1995 I moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft and launched Slate.com. read more
Volunteer and Non-Profit
I enjoy volunteering for non-profits I believe in at the board level. I served as President of the Washington State News Council, an independent, nonprofit, statewide organization whose members share a common belief that fair, accurate and balanced news media are vital to our democracy.
I've given my time and money to The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) who provide full scholarship grants to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. read more