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Bustle is an online American women's magazine founded in August 2013 by Bryan Goldberg.[1] Bustle is designed for women and it positions news and politics alongside articles about beauty, celebrities, and fashion trends.[2] By September 2016, the website had 50 million monthly readers.[3]

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Editor-in-chiefKate Ward
CompanyBustle Digital Group
CountryUnited States
Based in


Bustle was founded by Bryan Goldberg in 2013. Previously, Goldberg co-founded the website Bleacher Report with a single million-dollar investment.[4] He claimed that "women in their 20s have nothing to read on the Internet."[5] Bustle was launched with $6.5 million in backing from Seed and Series A funding rounds.[4][6]

It surpassed 10 million monthly unique visitors in July 2014, placing it ahead of rival women-oriented sites such as Refinery29, Rookie and xoJane; it had the second greatest number of unique visitors after Gawker's Jezebel.[7][8] Bustle's increasing popularity among young women is partly attributed to its young writing staff. The writers are advised to write about stories that interest them; this can range from topics about beauty products to international affairs and politics.[4]

By 2015, Bustle had 46 full-time editorial staff and launched the parenting sister site Romper.[4][9] In September 2016, Bustle launched a redesign using the company’s $11.5 million series D funding round. At that time, the site had over 70 full-time editors and 250 contract contributors who posted over 200 articles daily.[3]


On April 17, 2017, DMG Media announced that Elite Daily had been purchased by Bustle Digital Group from The Daily Mail. Goldberg said that the acquisition was done in part to increase Bustle’s original video content, which generated an average of 10 million monthly views, compared to Elite Daily’s average of 60 million monthly views.[10][11][12]

Bustle Digital Group purchased the inactive website Gawker in July 2018.[13] Bustle Digital Group bought the events website Flavorpill, owner of Flavorwire, in August 2018.[14] Bustle Digital Group purchased Mic on November 28, 2018 after it laid off the majority of Mic's staff.[15]

In March 2019, Bustle Digital Group purchased The Outline, followed by The Zoe Report in May 2019. They also purchased Nylon in June 2019, with the intention to publish print magazines under the Nylon brand name. Rather than monthly publications, the magazines will be published around large cultural events, like Coachella.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ Malone, Noreen (September 16, 2013). "What Bustle's Funding Really Shows Us". The New Republic. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Amanda Hess. "The Bro Whisperer of Bustle".
  3. ^ a b "The Women Behind The New Bustle On Reinventing "Women's Media"".
  4. ^ a b c d Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (22 July 2015). "How Bustle Proved the Haters Wrong". Observer. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ Rebecca Greenfield. "This Picture Says Just About Everything About Bustle".
  6. ^ Goldberg, Bryan (13 August 2013). "I've raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company, Bustle". Pando. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. ^ Griffith, Erin (July 14, 2014). "With an audience of 11 million young women, Bustle raises $5 million more". Fortune. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Hess, Amanda (August 21, 2014). "The Bro Whisperer of Bustle". Slate. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  9. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "2-year-old Bustle hits 45 million monthly uniques, flirts with profitability, and launches a new website for millennial moms, Romper". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  10. ^ "Bustle Digital Group purchases Elite Daily from DMGT".
  11. ^ "Elite Daily lost a ton of money, but Bustle just bought it from the Daily Mail anyway". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  12. ^ "Bustle acquires Elite Daily from Daily Mail and rebrands as Bustle Digital Group". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  13. ^ Kludt, Tom; Darcy, Oliver (2018-07-12). " sold to Bleacher Report co-founder Bryan Goldberg in bankruptcy auction". CNN. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  14. ^ "As Publishers Build Experiential Events, Bustle Digital Group's Newest Acquisition Will Help It Compete". Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  15. ^ "Pivoting to nowhere: How Mic ran out of radical makeovers". Digiday. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  16. ^ Kafka, Peter (March 27, 2019). "Bustle Digital, the company that bought Gawker and Mic, has acquired the Outline". Recode. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  17. ^ Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara; Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (2018-03-26). "Bustle Digital Group Acquires The Zoe Report". WWD. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  18. ^ {cite website | website=Variety | url= | date=June 27, 2019 |last=Spangler | first=Todd | title=Bustle Digital Group Buys Nylon, Plans to Relaunch Print Edition of Fashion and Culture Mag }}

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