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Founder at Light Reading
Steve Saunders is the Founder of Light Reading, the world's largest, most authoritative and best qualified community of telecommunications professionals, reaching 350,000 global communications decision–makers every month.
Steve founded Light Reading in 2000, after a 12–year career as a technology journalist, working for McGraw–Hill's Data Communications Magazine. Following the explosive success of Light Reading, he launched Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com) and Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com). This triptych of online startups covering telecom news, telecom research and security news, respectively, was acquired by UBM llc in 2005 for $33 million.
Steve then took a break from leading Light Reading in 2007, before buying Light Reading and Heavy Reading back from UBM in January 2014.
In the intervening years (2008–2013), Steve founded Internet Evolution, a ground–breaking, award–winning, global, online community dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, and DeusM (www.deusm.com), an integrated marketing services company targeting the fastest–growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media. In the space of three years DeusM launched nearly 50 custom communities for companies including Dell, IBM, Intel, DuPont and Bristol Meyers, all based on Steve's vision for a structured system of community publishing, one that creates unprecedented engagement among highly qualified business users.
Steve is a Founder and Non-Executive Director of the New IP Agency (NIA), the not-for-profit independent initiative providing information, education, analysis, community services and certification to support and accelerate the development of a global economy based on open, advanced, virtualized IP networks. In July 2016 Steve sold Light Reading for a second time – to Informa PLC.