November 4, 2014
… Yet today, his company Ranker draws 19 million unique visitors a month, is considered a consumer data insights treasure trove, and is solidly in the black. So, what made the difference? In this exclusive interview, Benson shares the five biggest mistakes he made — that he sees other founders make all the time — and how he overcame them to turn things around…
October 10, 2014
Even in the age of mobile tech, few divisions cut deeper than Apple vs. Microsoft… But how are Apple people really different from Microsoft people? For a new take on this question, we turned to Ranker…
October 8, 2014
Listicles are part and parcel of most publishers’ arsenals, but one publisher is building an entire business around them. Ranker started in 2009 with a simple concept: create lists about just about anything and let the wisdom of the crowds determine how the items stack up…
September 24, 2014
Ranker CEO Clark Benson interviewed at Ranker Comics launch party at Meltdown Comics on August 7, 2014
August 18, 2014
With 6 million votes per month (and growing), Ranker conquers the world of Lists …
Listicles are conquering the web. And that is exactly how Clark Benson, CEO and founder of Ranker would have it. Ranker, a website and platform for creating listicles then ranking their contents, now receives 6 million votes per month, and has 17.5 million monthly unique visitors and growing….Read Full Article Here
July 17, 2014
Ranker.com proves Time Warner is mathematically more evil than Comcast
… But I digress – the concept of using crowdsourcing to find the answers to totally subjective questions is kind of neat. Especially when it’s applied to a topic like Ranker’s list of most evil Internet Companies or their list of companies with the worst customer service…Read Full Article Here
July 17, 2014
Comcast only 6th worst in customer service, survey says
After a difficult week for its customer service, Comcast might take comfort. On the other hand, number 1 in this Ranker survey is Comcast’s new best friend, Time Warner Cable.
It’s not been an easy week for Comcast’s customer service.
A recording in which a Comcast retention specialist harangued a customer to within an inch of asphyxiation was released to much kvetching.
The company apologized profusely for a tactic that some feared reflected exactly how it trained its customer service staff.
Comcast has long been troubled by a reputation for customer disservice. So I would like to bring it some relief.
In a survey organized by Ranker, almost 14,000 participants insisted that Comcast’s was not, in fact, the worst customer service in America. Not at all. Comcast came in a relatively satisfying 6th worst.
Those of critical bent might be wondering who might have succeeded to defeating Comcast’s best (worst) efforts.
Well, at No. 5 were those nice people at American Airlines. At No. 4 lurked that apogee of hospitality, Walmart. At No. 3 was the bastion of populism, Bank of America and at No. 2 was, oddly, AT&T…Read Full Article Here
June 28, 2014
In a tournament full of surprises, predictions based on data from online crowdsourcing site Ranker.com have predicted more of the top 16 teams, as compared to data from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com or the betting site BetFair.com. Specifically, Ranker was the only site to predict that underdogs Costa Rica and Algeria would make the top 16 teams in the tournament, over more prominent teams that failed to make it like England and Russia.
Data was collected from users on Ranker.com, a site that uses the “Wisdom of Crowds” to serve rankings to millions of users each month, many of whom provide their own opinions back to the site. Combining this online data with recently developed academic predictive modeling methods, Ranker Data Scientist Ravi Iyer and University of California-Irvine Professor Michael Lee developed a ranking of all 32 teams in the tournament. These predictions successfully predicted 10 of the top 16 final teams, more than predictions of the top 16 from either FiveThirtyEight and BetFair.
“While no prediction system is going to be perfect,” explained Iyer, “our results suggest that online user opinions can absolutely provide added predictive power over and above systems based on previous scores or betting behavior. The true power of this method is to start to predict outcomes that have no previous scores or betting market.” Read Full Article Here
Ranker rolls out its embeddable widget so you can rank
May 28, 2014
Ranker has officially released its widget for sharing and contributing to its collection of crowdsourced lists about anything. The new widget is mobile-ready and includes the option for a slideshow mode when appropriate.
Since the last time we caught up with Ranker in August 2013, the company has doubled the size of its audience and grown its monthly page views by more than threefold. The company now ranks as one of Quantcast’s top 200 sites on the Web.
With the release of its widget, Ranker’s reach will become even more distributed as it works with publishers to bring its lists to their sites. During the beta phase, Ranker placed the widget on over 3,000 domains. Based on its test partners, Ranker touts up to a 50 percent increase in engagement and a 70 percent increase in time on the site…Read Full Article
Ranker.com to Expand LA-based Headquarters
World leader in crowdsourced rankings, Ranker.com, responds to accelerated growth and expands its HQ to brand new office space.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
Ranker.com, the world leader of crowdsourced rankings of everything, announced today that it is moving its corporate headquarters – taking over the 5th floor of their current Los Angeles high-rise at 6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Ranker.com, now a Quantcast Top 200 US Website, has been growing quite rapidly in the past six months, reaching a worldwide audience of over 13 million unique visitors per month, and doing over 200 million monthly pageviews. Ranker now has 25 employees and is looking to fill 6 open positions.
Founder and CEO Clark Benson explains what he believes has greatly attributed to the continuous growth at Ranker:
“Our users love voting on our editors’ lists, and search engines love authoritative content that is constantly being refreshed and shared. Helped by search traffic, but mainly the result of work we’ve put into making our site much stickier, our traffic has more than quadrupled year-over-year. This growth has brought in more ad revenue and allowed us to more than double our staff.”
Benson is a lifelong entrepreneur with four prior successful startups. The last was eCrush, a top 10 online dating service (acquired by Hearst, in a deal represented by Montgomery and Co). Ranker is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective, BullPen Capital, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels.
Ranker.com, a Quantcast Top 200 destination doing 200 million+ monthly pageviews, is a crowdsourced site and platform that consumers visit to view, rank, and vote on broad opinion-based rankings ranging from the best board games to the sexiest women over 50 to the best inexpensive cars. Outside of a few verticals such as travel and restaurants, crowdsourced answers in list format are spotty or nonexistent, even as consumer demand for opinion-based answers is far outpacing other queries. Ranker.com has a broad mix of engaging content ranging from “crowdsourced listicles” to more practical content presented in a datacentric format. Additionally, Ranker’s technology powers polls on over 2000 websites via a distributed widget.
Even Olympians Can’t Help Wheaties
LOS ANGELES, Calif., -Mar. 4, 2014 – After winning 18 Grand Slam tennis singles trophies, Chris Evert received an honor that still excites her: a 1987 appearance on the Wheaties cereal box. “That box is enshrined in my office,” said Evert, now a tennis analyst for ESPN.
But don’t ask her which athletes grace the current Wheaties box. “Is (that program) still going on now?” asked Evert, acknowledging that she doesn’t buy the cereal.The newest Wheaties faces are Mikaela Shiffrin and Sage Kotsenburg, the American skier and snowboarder who won gold medals at last month’s Sochi Olympics.
Yet are the world’s greatest athletes capable of selling Wheaties? Once a king of the cereal aisle, the 91-year-old brand is a laggard nowadays, ranking 17th among U.S. cereal brands, according to Euromonitor International.
.. It also wouldn’t say how many athletes have appeared on the box—a number that ranker.com, a website that has lists on anything and everything, places at 474…Read Full Article
AT&T and Time Warner Cable Ranked Worst in Customer Service Survey
LOS ANGELES, Calif., -Feb. 25, 2014 – Pay TV, Internet and wireless service providers aren’t exactly America’s most beloved business categories. In fact, customers seem to love complaining about them constantly, and T-Mobile has found tremendous success by separating its practices from those of its rivals and portraying itself as the “Uncarrier.” Part of the reason people dislike wireless carriers and ISPs so much may be the difficulties they often experience when dealing with their customer care departments, and now AT&T and Time Warner Cable have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in a questionnaire asking subscribers which companies have the worst customer service in the country.
The unscientific questionnaire, conducted on Ranker and unearthed by DSLReports.com, lists 50 large U.S. companies and asks visitors to vote on which among them have the worst customer service. At the top of the list with 483 votes at the time of this writing is AT&T, which is followed by Time Warner Cable with 317 votes in the No. 2 spot. Bank of America, Walmart and American Airlines round out the top-5.
Interestingly, AT&T was just ranked highest in J.D. Power’s wireless purchase satisfaction survey for the second consecutive time, and it was also awarded the top honor in the firm’s 2013 customer service study.
As for other U.S. wireless carriers and ISPs, Comcast is ranked No. 6, Verizon is ranked No. 21, Sprint is No. 23 and Frontier is No. 38. Read Full Article
Updated for clarification and to add a note about recent J.D. Power surveys
The Best Polling Apps on the Web
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – 2014 - Ranker is slightly different to others in this list, as rather than simply provide embeddable polls for other sites, it also acts as a browsable hub that invites users to make a list of their most or least favorite items. For example, you might get a question about who your favorite Doctor Who is played by, or you might find simply find a list like Vegetables I Won’t Eat – currently, it seems the radish is the most shunned of the veg world.
Users get the option to set lists for the public to vote on, or just to display so the order can’t be changed – hence why it’s a little different to some of the others featured in this roundup.
As with many of the others here though, you get the choice to create your own, populating it with images and links to make it more entertaining and engaging. As the main point of the platformisn’t quite polling in the traditional sense, focusing rather more on the community as a whole. Looking at an embedded poll (like the one above) gives options to show as many or few rows as you like. Looking at the same poll on the Web displays more pros and cons for each entry, in this case, for each character and why they’d make the best poker player.
Unlike the other apps, you also don’t get the detailed metrics that might be handy to crafting future questions or polls, making it of less use for pro pollers. Read Full Article
Ranker Named One of OnHollywood’s 100 Top Private Companies 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – Nov. 3, 2013 - AlwaysOn announces its seventh annual OnHollywood 100, representing the top companies that are disrupting the establishment and creating viable business models for the digital entertainment marketplace. The AlwaysOn editorial team, along with partners in the venture capital and investment community and entertainment industry experts across the globe, went out into the entrepreneurial ecosystem to find the top 100 private companies in digital entertainment that are continuing to innovate an increasingly digital Hollywood and disrupt an entrenched legacy institution.
The winners of this competition will be honored at OnHollywood Powerfest 2013, November 13, 2013. Read Full Article
Ranker founder Clark Benson on building a list empire
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – Aug. 9, 2013 - If you were to create a list of hot stuff on the Internet right now, lists themselves would earn a place on it. Ranker got its start with crowdsourced lists in 2009 and has since grown to monthly traffic figures of over 76 million page views from 7.7 million unique visitors.
Founder Clark Benson built Ranker with the proceeds from an earlier exit fromEcrush, the teen social networking site he helped found. Traffic grew steadily over the past few years, and Ranker has placed near the top 500 for traffic in the US and among the top 100 for US mobile websites, according to Quantcast. Read Full Article
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – June 27, 2013 – Crowdsourced voting platform Ranker has raised $2 million from new investors. Users vote on broad opinion topics like what toppings to put on frozen yogurt or the the 50 most epic films about the end of the world and those opinions get aggregated into list format. It has elements of Reddit and Buzzfeed and is described as a “Yelp for everything else.” It attracts more than 80 million monthly pageviews and is striving to build an “opinion graph.” Lowercase Capital, BullPen Ventures, Data Collective contributed to this follow on round, with participation from previous investors Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, TenOneTen, The Coast Angels, and Pasadena Angels. Read Full Article
Ranker, ‘The World’s Ranking Platform’, Raises $2M From Lowercase And Others
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – June 27, 2013 – Ranker, a startup that asks users to “vote on the best and worst of everything,” is announcing that it has raised $2 million in new funding.
If you visit the Ranker site, you’ll basically be overwhelmed with crowdsourced lists, like this list of the funniest movies of all-time (I agree with the top choice, but The Hangover at number two??? Madness!) and this one highlighting the best sulfate free shampoos (I’m not even sure what that means).
Users can vote on each item in the list, follow a list, add items, and create lists of their own. Other sites, like the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, can use Ranker’s technology for their own polls… Read full article
Ranker named one of Forbes.com’s ’15 Explosively Growing Companies to Watch This Year’
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – June 6, 2013 – Starting a company during a recession is no easy task. Growing a business exponentially during tough economic times is, in my opinion, miraculous. Below is a list of 15 innovative companies that have defied the odds and grown exponentially since being founded in the last several years. They are developing innovative products, disrupting industries and changing the world at large… See Full List
Ranker Takes $2M For Expansion Efforts
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – June 27, 2013 - Los Angeles-based Ranker, the online site which lets users rank, view, vote, and share their opinions on a wide range of topics, announced today that it has raised $2M in a follow on investment round. The starup, led by Clark Benson, said the funding came from Lowercase Capital, BullPen Ventures, Data Collective, as well as prior investors Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, TenOneTen, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels. The company said the proceeds will go towards hiring, platform expansion, and marketing. Read more
Ranker named in Lead411’s “2013 Hottest Southern California Companies”
LOS ANGELES, Calif., – February 05, 2013 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its “Hottest Companies in the Southern California” award. See Full List
January 23, 2013 – Recently we caught up with Clark Benson, Founder and CEO of a great startup called Ranker. During our interview, Clark Benson introduces us to Ranker while sharing advice abut fundrasing, applying to an accelerator program and creating a business plan. Ranker is a graduate of the LaunchPad LA accelerator program, and our first interview with a startup to go through the LaunchPad LA accelerator. A must read for all non-technical founders. Read Full Interview
Mob rule: Crowdsourced listmaker Ranker grows by 300% in 18th months
October 19, 2012 – Los Angeles-based interest graph company Ranker is based on the theory that the best answer to any question is one drawn from “the wisdom of the crowd.” Currently, the site receives more than 5.4 million unique visitors a month – up threefold from a year ago – who view and create ranked lists over an extremely wide variety of subjects. Read full article
Ranker included on 2012 OnHollywood Companies to Watch List
Los Angeles, October 18, 2012 – Ranker today was announced by AlwaysOn as one of the OnHollywood 100 winners. Inclusion in the OnHollywood 100 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing and entrenched Hollywood entertainment. Ranker was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.
Ranker and the OnHollywood 100 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn’s sixth annual OnHollywood on October 29th and 30th, 2012, at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, CA. See Full List of Winners
From $1.5B to half a trillion dollars: PayPal celebrates a 10th anniversary
Ten years ago today, eBay announced an acquisition that might rank as one of the most successful Silicon Valley purchases ever. In fact, it sits third on Ranker’s list of smartest tech acquisitions. I’m talking, of course, about PayPal, the “subsidiary” that now accounts for well over a third of eBay’s total revenue — and gaining. Read the Full Article
7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Time On
If Colbert’s new teeshirt and your new case of untreatable gonorrhea aren’t enough to keep you busy this afternoon, take a peek at these seven sites. We’ve hand picked them with the express purpose of distracting you and making you laugh. You’re welcome. As always, be sure to vote for your favorites and let us know if you come across any awesome time wasters you think we should feature. Read Full Article
5 Sites That Could Have Made All The Difference In Protesting SOPA
It’s the day after “the big internet blackout,” as my NBC news station referred to the SOPA and PIPA antipiracy bills as this morning, and all systems appear to be back on schedule. Wikipedia is no longer blacked out, Reddit is up and running once more, and Google‘s infamous Doodle is no longer blocked by a big black box. All is well online, even to a point where sites like Ranker are already ranking the funniest online reactions of the horrors that come with being Wiki-less for 24 hours. Read Full Article
Should the Quality of Customer Service Factor Into Your Investing Strategy?
Having worked in the service industry for more than a decade, I’ve come to appreciate those who work on the other side of the counter. I personally know the rigors of dealing with a cornucopia of attitudes that can range from deplorable to overwhelmingly pleasant. Read Full Article
Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board
Los Angeles-based Ranker, the online service which allows anyone to list and rank things on any topic, said today that it has named Mani Dhillon as Chief Operating Officer, and tapped former MySpace CEO Michael Jones for its board. Read Full Article
Interview Clark Benson: Founder & CEO of Ranker.com
Ranker is a social site/platform for ranking anything, powered by semantic technology that aggregates opinions into ‘wisdom of crowds’ rankings.” Clark Benson is the Founder and CEO of Ranker.com. Prior to Ranker, Clark founded four other successful companies, including eCrush, which he sold to the Hearst Corporation in 2007. Read Full Article
Creating Semantic Lists at Ranker
A recent interview with Ranker CEO and Founder Clark Benson takes a look at what how the semantic start-up is making the most of crowdsourcing. Benson stated, “My whole life, I’ve been making lists of things… I also like the power of semantic data on the web, and the idea of linked data, so that you can really extract a lot of meaningful data and value from facts or opinions in a linked way. Read Full Article
Interview with Clark Benson, Ranker
One of the biggest forces that has emerged in the Internet in recent years has been crowdsourcing, the way the web has empowered users to drive the creation of content and information online. For today’s interview, we spoke with Clark Benson, CEO and Founder of Ranker (www.ranker.com), on how the firm is looking to harness that same force to power its own startup, which offers up a way for users to create their own ranked lists of pretty much anything. Read Full Article
Ranker raises $1.3 million for endless lists
Ranker, a site for listing and ranking anything and everything, announced Monday that it has raised a $1.3 million Series A round of funding led by Tim Draper at Draper Associates. Draper is joined by Rincon Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments, Factual founder Gil Elbaz, Pasadena Angels and previous investor Siemer Venture Capital. Read Full Article
Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral
I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour with Jon Steinberg, president of Buzzfeed, a company who focuses on helping media companies make their content go viral. Read Full Article
Ranker Lands $1.3 Million From Tim Draper And Others, Tries To Rank *Everything*
Exclusive – Ranker has secured a $1.3 million Series A round of funding led by Tim Draper at Draper Associates. Other investors who are backing the list making service include Rincon Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments, Factual founder Gil Elbaz, Pasadena Angels and previous investor Siemer Venture Capital. read full article
Deals & More: Ranker gets $1.4M to let users rank any topic
Ranker raises $1.4M for user-generated rankings: The list aggregation company has raised a first round of funding led by Tim Draper at Draper Associates/DFJ with participation from Rincon Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments and others. Based in Los Angeles, the startup allows site visitors to vote on topics, which Ranker then combines into rankings. Read Full Article
Deals & More: Ranker gets $1.4M to let users rank any topic
Ranker raises $1.4M for user-generated rankings: The list aggregation company has raised a first round of funding led by Tim Draper at Draper Associates/DFJ with participation from Rincon Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments and others. Read Full Article
Ranker Raises $1.3M
Los Angeles-based Ranker, the startup headed by Clark Benson which allows users to rank anything they want in a list, has raised $1.3M in a Series A funding. Read Full Article
Ranker Lands $1.3 Million From Tim Draper And Others, Tries To Rank *Everything*
Exclusive – Ranker has secured a $1.3 million Series A round of funding led by Tim Draper at Draper Associates. Other investors who are backing the list making service include Rincon Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments, Factual founder Gil Elbaz, Pasadena Angels and previous investor Siemer… Read Full Article
Ranker Lands $1.3 Million From Tim Draper And Others, Tries To Rank *Everything*
Exclusive – Ranker has secured a $1.3 million Series A round of funding led by Tim Draper at Draper Associates. Other investors who are backing the list making service include Rincon Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments, Factual founder Gil Elbaz, Pasadena Angels… Read Full Article
Clark Benson: Founder of Ranker & Serial Entrepreneur
Clark Benson is the founder of Ranker, a consumer web startup that is a platform for ranking . . . anything. Ranker is Benson’s 5th startup; all prior startups were successes – real businesses, real profitability. Read Full Article
Ranker Leaves Beta, Launches ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ Lists
List making platform Ranker has officially left beta after 10 months, with today’s launch of the Community Lists feature. A service for “ranking anything in the universe,” Ranker has a database of over 6 million items for list inclusion, with over 10,000 lists being created during Ranker’s beta. Read Full Article
The Viral Growth of eCrush, and Launch of Ranker – With Clark Benson
Today, Clark is building Ranker, a platform for ranking anything in the universe. We spent some time in the interview talking about how he’s growing it. Read Full Article
Ranker Gets $750K
Los Angeles-based Ranker, an online web site which allows users to create their own lists, and share them with friends, said Thursday evening that the firm has raised $750,000 in a seed investment round, part of a planned $1M funding effort. According to the firm, the round was led by Siemer Venture Capital, along with un-named angel investors. Ranker said that those angels include investors in founder Clark Benson’s former startup, eCrush, which was sold to Hearst Corporation in 2006. The new funding brings the company’s total raised to $1.75M. Read Full Article
Ranker Nets $750K In Seed Money
Up-and-coming list aggregator Ranker.com is announcing another $750,000 in seed financing, part of a planned $1 million second round. The first $1 million came from company founder Clark Benson, who sold eCrush to Hearst Media in 2006. The second round is led by Siemer Venture Capital and includes a group of angels affiliated with eCrush. Read Full Article
There’s something about a list that the average Web surfer just can’t resist. Those numbered nuggets of snarky opinion draw us in every time. Ranker, in fact, has built a whole site around lists. You can browse lists created by other users (“Top 10 Muppet Mashups,” “Literary Classics You Should Pretend You’ve Read,” and “Most Selfish Professional Athletes” are just a few choices), or you can use Ranker’s free tools to create your own list. Read Full Article
Ranker – Top Lists Of Anything You Can Imagine
Ranker– Top 10 lists of virtually any possible category humanly imaginable, Ranker offers community-based lists of everything (that’s why they call it ‘rank the universe’) from facts, film, travel, universities and beers to auto models, entertainment, artwork and many, many others. Read Full Article
Ranker gives users a forum to share their favorite things. The site allows users to list various items that cover a wide range of categories. These items are then given a rank by the user and can be voted on by others in the Ranker community. Users can show their love of an item by voting for it on Ranker. The categories listed include sports, television, music, film, people, cars, tech, books, comics, arts, travel, places, food, drink, and world. Read Full Article