Travis Kimmel Brings Deep Experience Managing Technology Teams to Raoul Pal’s Financial Media Group
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Real Vision, a fast-growing financial media outlet with an audience of hundreds of thousands and tens of thousands of paying subscribers, today announced the hiring of experienced technology executive Travis Kimmel as the next president of Real Vision.
Real Vision began operations in September 2014 and has been mainly funded by subscription revenues. In its sixth year, the company’s audience has continued its explosive growth, doubling its paid subscriber base in the past year. Further, since launching Real Vision Crypto in November, the company has nearly doubled its on-platform viewership. To continue its growth, Real Vision has raised $30 million entirely through investments by its community of high net worth members.
Kimmel comes to his new role with years of experience managing large, cross-functional teams, serving previously as CEO of top 100 YCombinator startup GitPrime. After co-founding the software development management startup, Travis grew the business’ revenues at more than 300 percent per year at 86 percent gross margin, exiting the business at a $180 million valuation despite only raising $13 million in capital. Kimmel oversaw approximately 80 employees at the time of his exit.
In his new role, Travis will work closely with Real Vision’s co-founder and CEO Raoul Pal and the company’s other founders and executives to continue to accelerate the growth of its subscriber base, building on its foundation of content and the community of thousands of users already devoted to using and contributing to the platform.
“I have been amazed to watch the progress Real Vision has made since it began, building out a new model for sharing in-depth content about financial markets,” said Mr. Kimmel. “I am extremely excited and pleased to help the company build on what they have already achieved and move on to the next phase.”
Unique in the industry, Real Vision brings together a community of experts in financial markets, economics and trading for long-form discussions around investing and financial topics to provide unparalleled insight for Real Vision subscribers. Content includes exclusive, in-depth interviews, research, documentaries, analysis and trade ideas from guests who are usually inaccessible and represent the sharpest minds in global finance. User engagement on the platform has been extraordinary, with 83 percent of users watching full videos that average 48 minutes in length.
“Travis is the perfect person to take on the role of Real Vision president and he arrives at the perfect time,” said Raoul Pal, Co-Founder & CEO of Real Vision. “He possesses the internal drive and, most importantly, the leadership skills that will be required as we embark on the next stage in the adoption of the model we are creating.”
About Real Vision:
Real Vision is the investment platform that helps you understand the complex world of finance, business and the global economy with real in-depth analysis from real experts. Real Vision’s mission is to democratize quality financial research so that everyone, not just the financial elite, can get the honest truth about what’s really going on in the financial markets and economies. Real Vision members get a competitive edge like no other on the planet, and benefit from the freedom we give our guests to say what they really think – no agenda, no bias, and no B.S. Members get access to deep-dive interviews with the world’s most successful investors, real-time and in-depth analysis, financial education and events, a thriving community of learners… and a lot more.
About Travis Kimmel:
Travis Kimmel is an experienced technology executive with a background in both software engineering and managing large, cross-functional teams. His previous experience includes co-founding and serving as CEO of GitPrime – a startup focused on helping software engineering teams refine their development process through the use of objective data. GitPrime was acquired by Pluralsight in 2019, making it one of the top 100 YCombinator companies of all time. Travis’ leadership style at work emphasizes strong, autonomous teams and clean communication lines as the key to building an environment that offers everyone involved the opportunity to do the best work of their careers. He’s also a big fan of keeping things simple and direct. Travis holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, which he remains weirdly proud of.
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