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November 08, 2007 05:03 ET

Vator.tv Announces the Demand Media/Vator.tv Challenge -- a Competition to Find the Best New-Media Company

Demand Media Is on a Quest to Find Leading Next-Generation New Media Companies and Has Partnered With Vator.tv to Accomplish This Task

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - Vator.tv, the social media site for entrepreneurs and innovators, announces the Demand Media/Vator.tv Challenge -- to find the best new media companies with niche audiences, fast-growing user bases that include a community of dedicated users, and a cool idea with legs. Demand Media has already snapped up dozens of startups like ExpertVillage.com, HillClimb Media, Answerbag.com, eHow.com, Airliners.net and more.

The competition is simple, quick and free to join. Open to all Web content entrepreneurs from sports to entertainment, cooking to do-it-yourself (DIY) and everything in between. If you have a great and loyal audience of content hungry media consumers, you're the perfect candidate.

"We are excited to work with Vator.TV to find new media companies that focus on vertical communities," said Richard Rosenblatt, co-founder and CEO of Demand Media. "If you have a growing community of dedicated users, we want to hear about it. If you have a unique technology that can serve online communities, we want to check it out."

To compete, please register at Vator.tv and create a company profile and submit a 2-minute video, or PDF/PPT about your business. Be sure to include a business plan, some basic metrics (i.e. revenues, visitors and pageviews) and your vision for the future. Then return to the Competition page and hit "participate." Vator.tv encourages video pitches and the more comprehensive the pitch, the more likely it is to get views, votes, ratings and be reviewed.

Vator competitions are based on the "wisdom of the crowds" approach where Vator watchers rate the entries and help select the final entries for our judges. Final judging will be done by experienced Web veterans, such as; Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt, Shawn Colo, Caith Chapman, Vator co-founder and CEO Bambi Francisco, VentureBeat's Matt Marshall, Beet.TV's Andy Plesser, Mashable's Pete Cashmore, Blake Cahill from Visible Technologies, and Mark Taylor, SVP Emerging Opportunities at Level3.

At the end of January, the top 25 companies will be selected based on the number of votes, views, highest ratings and most positive comments. Those companies will be featured on Vator.tv. Other companies can still participate and join until the end of the competition. At the end of February, the top five will be chosen based on the same criteria and the judges will then select the winner out of the final five.

What the winner gets?

The first prize essentially consists of tools that aid in business momentum, from meetings with top investors, profiles in popular blogs and tools to jumpstart a business. The "Top New Media Company" will get

-- The opportunity to meet with the Demand Media M&A team in Santa Monica,
   CA.
-- Six months free content delivery on VeriSign Intelligent CDN,
   including; both streaming and VOD services.
-- A x4100 server from Sun Microsystems
-- Social-media analysis, using Visible Technologies' TruCast application,
   valued at $25,000
-- Opportunity to be featured on Vator Reports, the show on innovation
-- Profiles on VentureBeat,  Beet.TV, and Mashable

Plus, we're including prizes for the 2nd & 3rd runners-up and the first 50 participants as well as from QlipMedia, Level3 and FAQProductions.

About Vator, Inc.

Vator.tv, a catalyst for innovation, is a professional social network and news site around ideas and businesses. Anyone, across any industry, at any stage, -- concept to late-stage businesses -- can join the community to share ideas, products, services and businesses and connect with others, be discovered through the network and competitions or featured in Vator news. With Vator.tv one can pitch their ideas, businesses, skill sets or needs, such as financing, customers, partners or staffing requirements. Through these pitches, people on Vator.tv can network, exchange knowledge and collaborate with others who can help those ideas get to the next level. Vator.tv was founded in October 2006 and launched its website in June 2007. For more information visit www.vator.tv

About Demand Media, Inc.

Demand Media™ is a social media company that connects content creators and large audiences with advertisers through its network of vertical media web properties. By using its proprietary social media tools and the unique distribution platform of the world's second largest domain registrar, Demand Media provides an interactive, personalized and vertically focused media experience for users. The privately held company was founded in May 2006 and is based in Santa Monica, CA, with offices in Seattle, Austin, and San Francisco. For more information about Demand Media, Inc., visit: http://www.demandmedia.com.

© 2007 Demand Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Demand, eNom and Demand Media are trademarks of Demand Media, Inc.

Website: www.vator.tv

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