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The Secrets Behind TheKnot.com

If you’ve ever wondered what color scheme would work best for a fruit bowl, or debated about the ethics of rehearsal dinner seating, then chances are you’re a frequent visitor to TheKnot.com. The site tells people every single thing they could possibly want to know about weddings, and it has been a huge hit ever since it launched.

If you’re curious about just how that happened, you should head over to BNet today at 1:30, because our founder — Laurel Touby — is going to be interviewing the people behind TheKnot, David Liu and Carley Roney. During the feature, Liu and Roney will discuss the secrets that made TheKnot.com the high profile brand it is today. You’ll hear how they convinced Ted Leonsis, the founder of AOL, to give them a shot, how smart PR moves allowed the site to grow, and why they invested in print and hyperlocal before it was trendy to do so.

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The Knot’s Carley Roney on the No. 1 Mistake of Working Women

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In the final segment of this week’s Media Beat interview, The Knot‘s Carley Roney asserts that the one thing businesswomen need isn’t education, talent, or even experience — it’s balls. (We’re talking in the figurative sense, of course.) Roney explains that the female tendency to act by consensus has no place in the workplace.

“I’m willing to be disliked over a decision if I think it’s the right thing to do. I’m willing to have people have to trust me and come along. I don’t necessarily need to ask 10 people their opinion,” she tells mediabistro founder Laurel Touby. “It’s really something I try to teach all my staff to do. You’re only going to get in trouble for not making a decision and for not making actions happen, not for making the wrong decision.”

Watch the full video to get Roney’s tips on hiring top talent and to find out why she considers her marriage to The Knot co-founder and CEO David Liu “polygamous.”

Part 1: Carley Roney of The Knot: ‘I Was Not Into Weddings at All’

Part 2: Carley Roney of The Knot: ‘Look in Creative Places for Financing’

Carley Roney talks about how to survive and thrive in today’s media marketplace in her keynote presentation at Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York.

A Rough Guide To Understanding Time Inc.’s Sale

time_strange_internet.jpgAfter a rough week for morale over at Time Inc., bids are due today for its Time4Media and Parenting groups of magazines. A quick recap and guide to sorting through what could become a confusing sale:

  • Last fall, Time Inc. announced it would sell its Time4Media and Parenting groups as part of a restructuring effort to downsize by roughly 1,000 jobs.
  • At the American Magazine Conference in Phoenix in October, Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore referred to its magazines as her “children” — 149 of them.
  • Russell Denson, former president of Gruner + Jahr, was in Phoenix as a potential bidder.
  • First rounds bids were due the same week.
  • Time Inc. announced the slashing of 289 jobs.
  • Second round bids were due today.
  • Folio: reports the groups could be sold seperately or to a total of three buyers, and that bids may be for significantly less than the $250 million Time Inc. had hoped: “I expect they’ll get $200 million for everything (Parenting and Time4Media combined) … They’ll probably get $100 million or even below for the Time4Media group.”
  • WWD says Time Inc. will “eventually narrow the field down to two to four serious bids of more than $200 million each.”
  • The bidders for whole or part include: Active Interest Media and Apprise Media; Bonnier; CurtCo; Denson; former Time Inc. executive vice president Jack Haire; Bono, Roger McNamee and Elevation Partners; Knot CEO David Liu; Falconhead Capital; and former Wenner Media executive Kent Brownridge.
  • Folio: also says InterMedia Partners, a private equity firm run by Leo Hindery, who founded the YES network, is the favorite in the Time4Media sweepstakes.

EARLIER:

  • Time Update: 289 Cuts; Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. Bureaus Shuttered; Ann Moore Encourages Employee Focus