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Vox Media’s Jim Bankoff on How to Become CEO

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In the span of five years, Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media, transformed what was a network of fan blogs into one of the fastest growing online publishers. In Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do interview, he gave some key advice to others looking to ascend to the C-suite:

“The truth is that the best way is to be really into what you are doing and really care. That’s not something you can fake, nor is it something you want to fake,” he said. “You have to have a genuine, passionate interest in your work and what your company is doing if you want to have any hope of running it and running it successfully. I’m sure there are plenty of people who have made it to the top without that, but my advice is find what you are passionate about and do that, because that’s going to increase your chances of getting to the top if that’s what you want.”

For more on Bankoff and why he believes brands matter, read So What Do You Do, Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox Media?

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Topolsky, Engadget Team To SB Nation To Build Tech Site

Joshua Topolsky, formerly editor of Engadget, and his managing editor Nilay Patel both left the tech blog in mid-March, shortly after AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post.

Topolsky at the time said he was working on “a few fantasy projects.” Now we know what they are.

He’s joining SB Nation, until now a publisher of sports blogs, to launch a technology news site this fall. And according to David Carr, Topolsky is taking up to eight other Engadget staffers with him.

“We have been working on blogging technology that was developed in 2003, we haven’t made a hire since I started running the site, and I thought we could be more successful elsewhere,” Topolsky told Carr.

SB Nation was founded by former AOL exec Jim Bankoff who, in fact, brokered the original deal to get AOL to purchase Engadget.

Sports News Startup Nabs $7 Million

Ex-AOLer Jim Bankoff has secured $7 million in funding for SBNation, Kara Swisher at AllthingsD reports.

The sports news and blog startup combines over 200 local sports blogs under one banner. The site has between four and seven million unique visitors a month, according to Swisher.

The company currently employs 14 folks, if their web site is to be believed, and shares ad revenue with its bloggers, so the $7 million could spur some growth that would make a lot of people very happy.

Former AOL CEO Finds New Job With News Corp.

jonathan_miller_aol.jpgThe former head of AOL, Jon Miller, is joining News Corp in the new role of CEO, Digital Media reports BoomTown. In this capacity, Miller will oversee the global internet and mobile businesses as well as developing new digital strategies across all News Corp. sites.

Since 2006, Miller has been working with the venture capital firm Velocity, which he founded. This new role is an interesting turn as Miller is just emerging from his non-compete contract with Time Warner, which he has been under since he left the role of AOL CEO three years ago. Previously Miller was barred from taking a seat on Yahoo‘s board of directors by this same contract. Even now Miller can not officially take this new position heading News Corp’s digital media group as his contract is still binding for another three days. News Corp expects to officially announce Miller’s appointment on Tuesday or Wednesday. This is not the only battle Miller will have to face when it comes to News Corp. More on this after the jump.

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