January 17, 2007 12:00 ET

Zango Recognized as One of Nation's Top 100 Private Companies

Online Media Company Selected From Among 1,000 Nominees

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 17, 2007 -- Zango, an online media company, today announced its selection as an AlwaysOn Media 100 Top Private Company, making it a member of an exclusive list of "power players" within the digital media industry.

The AlwaysOn (AO) Media 100 -- compiled by editors at AO, a blogging-based media network -- is comprised of the top emerging technology companies creating new business opportunities in the media, advertising, marketing, branding and public relations industries.

Zango was selected from among 1,000 companies peer-nominated by leading venture capitalists, investment bankers and industry analysts. The AO Media 100 list is based on five criteria -- innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation.

"It's a great honor and, more importantly, a testament to our Content Economy vision and the hard work of our more than 200 employees working out of six offices in four countries around the world," said Keith Smith, CEO of Zango. "We work in a unique space and have very high expectations for our company. It's validating to be recognized for the pioneering contributions we've made and are making to the ever-evolving industry of digital media."

Zango and its 99 fellow AO Media 100 awardees will be honored at the AO Media executive summit in New York later this month, where Zango's Smith will deliver a CEO Showcase presentation on Tuesday, January 30. The summit, held at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel January 29-31, will focus on the forces that are disrupting traditional user behavior and creating new opportunities in marketing, branding, advertising and public relations. The event will also focus on the top private companies changing the way media is created, distributed and consumed.

"The AO Media 100 are creating new revenue opportunities in the more than $16.4 billion online advertising market by disrupting traditional media and advertising models," said Tony Perkins, founder and editor-in-chief of AlwaysOn. "They are innovating by applying game-changing technology to key sectors including user-generated content, technology-enablers, mobile marketing, community platforms, Web analytics and online advertising services."

About Zango

A pioneer of what we call the Content Economy, Zango, an online media company, fulfills millions of consumers' growing demand for free, sought-after online videos, games, music, tools and utilities, giving those consumers greater choice and control over when, where and how they access that content. Zango's vision enables content creators to monetize and distribute their content, provides publishers access to valuable and unique content as well as a way to make money from their web traffic, and delivers to advertisers industry-leading ROI through time-shifted ad delivery by engaging more than 20 million consumers precisely when they are most likely to make a purchasing decision. Committed to safe and ethical practices, Zango welcomes more than 200,000 new opt-in consumers every day. For more information, visit

About AO Media 2007: January 29-31 @ The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, NYC

AlwaysOn Media is where cutting-edge technology CEOs from the back streets of Silicon Valley meet the global advertising and media establishment. This two-and-a-half-day executive event features CEO presentations and high-level debates on which forces are disrupting user behavior and creating new opportunities in the marketing, branding, advertising and public relations industries. At AlwaysOn Media, our editors will also honor the AO Media 100 Top Private Companies. Fifty of the top CEOs from the AO Media 100 will pitch their market strategies to a panel of industry experts in our "CEO Showcase."

About AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn ignited the open-media revolution in early 2003 by being the first media brand to launch a global blog network. In 2004, AlwaysOn continued to lead the media industry in innovation by introducing a social network where members can connect and engage. AlwaysOn is also revolutionizing the media business by applying its open-media principles to its executive event series (Stanford Summit, AlwaysOn Hollywood, AlwaysOn Media and GoingGreen) and quarterly print "blogozine" by empowering its members to post and share their ideas and meet each other online. As our loyal readers know, AlwaysOn is committed to the free-market, merit-driven approach to reporting and event programming. No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction with its readers and event participants.

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