Interview with Molly Swenson

Molly is on the founding team at RYOT, an LA-based media company, acquired in April 2016 by Huffpost/AOL. She was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 list in Media, and was named one of Ad Week’s Young Influentials.

Molly was RYOT’s first hire, and as COO, led all sales, operations and financings from launch to acquisition. Molly was a producer on RYOT’s Oscar nominated short documentary Body Team 12, and on the Peabody finalist Gardeners of Eden, and has worked on dozens of award-winning VR films and documentaries.

Before RYOT, Molly designed and managed philanthropic strategies for celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Shakira and Kobe Bryant. While working at The Obama White House, identifying candidates for political appointment, she made it to the Top 50 on Season 10 of American Idol. She has been written about in The New Yorker, Entrepreneur, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post and has been a keynote speaker at CES, SXSW, Cannes Lions and TEDxBerlin.