Daniel Roth

Executive Editor at LinkedIn

Greater New York City Area
  1. Fortune Magazine,
  2. Wired Magazine,
  3. Condé Nast Portfolio
  1. Northwestern University
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Daniel Roth is the executive editor of LinkedIn, based in New York.

In the role, he oversees an edit team that handles and helped launch:
• The news on Pulse, LinkedIn's groundbreaking social professional news product (formerly called LinkedIn Today);
• The LinkedIn Influencer program, LinkedIn's original content offering from about 500 of the world's top thought leaders (from Apple's Angela Ahrendts to Marsh's Peter Zaffino);
• Other areas of original and curated content.

The never-understated Business Insider called him the "most powerful business journalist on the Internet."

Previously, Roth was the managing editor of Fortune's digital offerings, overseeing its websites, apps and other digital initiatives.

Roth was a senior writer at Wired magazine, where he wrote deep dives on the creation of Android, the massive broadband dreams of Comcast; and how radical transparency is the only way to stop the next recession. His 2008 cover story on Shai Agassi’s Better Place was a finalist at the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. His 2009 story on Demand Media was included in Yale Press' Best Technology Writing 2010.

Roth joined Wired in 2007 from Condé Nast Portfolio, where he was a founding member.

Roth also served as a senior writer and editor at Fortune for eight years. Some of his most cited stories include embedding at America’s top employer, The Container Store; a profile of the founder of BitTorrent (selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology); and more. In 2005, he conducted a rare joint interview with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. That same year, his story following the creators of Skype was named Best Story on Entrepreneurship at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards.

Roth started his career at the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, NC, moving to Forbes a year later.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 3 sons.

(Thanks to Jakee Zaccor for the background image!)


Executive Editor

– Present (3 years 3 months)Greater New York City Area

As Executive Editor, Roth oversees the editorial team that guides:
• LinkedIn Pulse, LinkedIn's international social business news product. Pulse uses the power of incredible algorithms and seasoned editors to get the right articles in front of the front of the right professionals at a massive scale. Headlines come from over 1m news sites, and cover everything from investment banking to design.
• LinkedIn Influencer, Linked's original content offerings. We invited some of the top minds in business, politics and non-profit to write articles for the largest collection of professionals ever assembled. The demand (from both readers and writers) has been incredible. with over 4 million follows of these thought leaders in one month. Influencers including Barack Obama, Richard Branson, Ari Emanuel, Sallie Krawcheck, top CEO, venture capitalists, NGO leaders and more.

He also helped create LinkedIn Managed Communities, sponsored groups formed around particular, highly engaging professional topics.

Managing Editor, Fortune Digital

Fortune Magazine
(4 months)Greater New York City Area

Oversee all of Fortune's digital initiatives, including Fortune.com, apps, social, mobile and more. You can download the Fortune 500+ Web app at http://www.fortune.com/500plus; and the Fortune iPad app here: http://bit.ly/jHpxoi.

Managing Editor, Fortune.com

Fortune Magazine
(1 year 4 months)

Hired to plan and rebuild Fortune.com, which had been shuttered. Staffed up team of writers, editors, bloggers, a designer and product manager. Now producing at least 25 stories a day, plus videos, interactive graphics and more -- up from about 2 stories a day in previous incarnation. Boosted traffic and engagement through story selection, social media, going after new verticals, and rethinking what readers want from Fortune online.

Senior Writer

Wired Magazine
(2 years 2 months)

Wrote about technology and business, including major profiles of Better Place's Shai Agassi, Netflix's Reed Hastings, Demand Media and others.

Senior Writer

Condé Nast Portfolio
(1 year 10 months)

First writer hired for what would become Condé Nast Portfolio, a business monthly launched in Spring '07. Wrote major features ranging from the Barry Sternlicht (founder of Starwood Hotels) and his plans to launch a new hotel empire to Steve Feinberg (founder of Cerberus) and how he planned to turnaround or teardown Chrysler. One of the few journalists to have done extensive interviews with Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum (we spoke at his horse track in Dubai).

Senior Editor

Fortune Magazine
(8 years)

Switched between writing and editing (serving as tech editor from 2001-2003) while at the international business biweekly. One of the few journalists to have interviewed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett -- at the same time; hung out with Phil Knight and had him run through his time creating Nike as he prepared to step down; traveled cross country with Donald Trump as he searched for the perfect moldings for his Mar-A-Lago ball room. Spent week working for companies as part of the 100 Best Companies to Work for issue (sold gift wrap at the Container Store, delivered packages at FedEx, worked the door at the Four Seasons). Edited stories about companies ranging from Google to Anadarko.


Forbes Magazine
(2 years)

Worked on the Forbes 400 (managed to add a pig farmer -- Wendell Murphy of Murphy Family Farms -- to the august list), fact-checked stories, wrote small short features on companies like Lycos, RCN, and Excite@Home.


Connect: Professional Women's Network, Powered by Citi(Link)

LinkedIn's premier destination and sought-after resource for professional women; known for interesting conversations from its diverse membership, exclusive expert advice, original content and unparalleled access to influential women.

Team members:


Demand Media and the Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell Media Model(Link)

October 2009

The process is automatic, random, and endless, a Stirling engine fueled by the world’s unceasing desire to know how to grow avocado trees from pits or how to throw an Atlanta Braves-themed birthday party. It is a database of human needs, and if you haven’t stumbled on a Demand video or article yet, you soon will.

Netflix Everywhere: Sorry Cable, You're History(Link)

September 2009

Netflix has taken the boldest step yet toward a world in which consumers, not programmers, determine not only what they watch but when, where, and how. The dream of routing around cable companies just may be in sight.

You'll never hear Hastings point that out, however. Unlike many in the tech world, he's a quiet disrupter, sabotaging business models silently and irretrievably.

How to Reform Education: Think Geek(Link)

August 2009

"The best schools," Grodd told me later, "are able to make learning cool, so the cool kids are the ones who get As. That's an art."

It's an art that has, for the most part, been lost on educators. The notion itself seems incredibly daunting—until you look at one maligned subculture in which the smartest members are also the most popular: the geeks. If you want to reform schools, you've got to make them geekier.

Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now!(Link)

February 2009

But the volume of data obscures more than it reveals; financial reporting has become so transparent as to be invisible. Answering what should be simple questions—how secure is my cash account? How much of my bank's capital is tied up in risky debt obligations?—often seems to require a legal degree, as well as countless hours to dig through thousands of pages of documents. Undoubtedly, the warning signs of our current crisis—and the next one!—lie somewhere in all those filings, but good luck finding them.

Brian Roberts: The Dark Lord of Broadband Tries to Fix Comcast's Image(Link)

January 2009

It was as if, in the middle of a phone call to a friend, Comcast got on the line and in the caller's own voice told the friend he was hanging up, while the caller simultaneously heard the same message in the friend's voice.

Back to the Garage: How Economic Turmoil Breeds Innovation(Link)

November 2008

In July 1993, Tom Siebel launched Siebel Systems, which made software for managing corporate sales staffs. The US economy was faltering, and the market for his product was new and untested. In other words, the timing couldn't have been better.

The Rebirth of Henry Blodget(Link)

November 2008

Henry Blodget has never gotten used to the chorus of hate that follows his every move. He's merely learned to live with it.

Driven: Shai Agassi's Audacious Plan to Put Electric Cars on the Road(Link)

August 2008

Now it's Agassi's turn. He starts off uncharacteristically nervous, stammering a bit. He's got something different, he says. A new approach. He believes it just might be possible to get the entire world off oil. For good. Point by point, gaining speed as he goes, he shares for the first time in public the ideas that will change his future—and possibly the world's.

The Birth of Android: Inside Google's Plan to Free The Wireless Web(Link)

June 2008

An article looking at why Google is building Android — mostly out of fear of Microsoft! — and how Andy Rubin is pulling it off.

Barry Sternlicht: Revenge of the Hotel King(Link)

September 2007

Barry Sternlicht, the founder of Starwood Hotels, is getting back into the hotel business. Why? To right past wrongs.

Why Cerberus' Chrysler Purchase Is the Most Dangerous Deal in America(Link)

August 2007

The Cerberus CEO told the small crowd his mantra: Reveal as little as necessary; be anonymous; be invisible. “We try to hide religiously,” he says. “If anyone at Cerberus has his picture in the paper and a picture of his apartment, we will do more than fire that person. We will kill him. The jail sentence will be worth it.” But then he bought Chrysler right when the world turned and everyone started paying attention.

Bram Cohen’s BitTorrent software made it a cinch to pirate films on the Internet. So why is Hollywood on his side?(Link)

November 2005

“I didn’t have any clear plans when I first started,” Bram Cohen says. “I wasn’t worried, partially because what I was doing was really cool, and partially because I’m broken and can’t feel anxiety.

Buffett and Gates: The $91 Billion Conversation(Link)

October 2005

I talk with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett about their close relationship, their plans for poker that night, and Wall Street's willingness to lead investors down the wrong path.


April 2004

You think Donald Trump's hit reality show is a circus? Spend a few weeks watching him work.

Skype: Catch Us If You Can(Link)

January 2004

The folks who brought you Kazaa are creating a new company called Skype—and a plan to set phone calls free. If the telcos want to fight back, they'll have to find them first.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Daniel is looking for:

Causes Daniel cares about:

  • Domestic violence

Organizations Daniel supports:

  • Mary Byron Project



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