Ricky Van Veen is the co-founder of CollegeHumor.com. Launched from his Wake Forest University dorm room in 1999, the website has grown to become a leading source of comedy content on the Internet. CollegeHumor attracts more than 12 million unique users every month. The site’s popular original sketches and series have generated more than 2.5 billion views, helping CollegeHumor maintain the eighth most-subscribed YouTube Channel with more than 3 million subscribers. The award-winning website continues to be a pioneer in the development, production and marketing of digital content, and the brand has expanded into apparel and other forms of entertainment including film, television, books and live comedy shows.
In addition to establishing the site, Van Veen co-authored two CollegeHumor-branded books, was Executive Producer/Actor/Writer on MTV’s The CollegeHumor Show, and most recently, served as Producer on Coffee Town (CollegeHumor’s first feature film, set for release in 2013).
Together with his partners at CollegeHumor, Van Veen launched the websites BustedTees.com and Vimeo.com under the umbrella company Connected Ventures, in order to further capitalize on CollegeHumor’s existing user base. In August 2006, media company IAC purchased a controlling stake in Connected Ventures. Since then, Van Veen has helped launch multiple projects at IAC. This includes the 2009 launch of Notional, a New York-based production company that creates television content (Food Network Chopped and mobile photo game Bout).
Van Veen has spoken at industry events including HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, SXSW, CNN/Mashable Media Summit and Internet Week, and has lectured at schools such as Princeton and the Wharton School of Business. He once won two New Yorker caption contests in a row.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Van Veen graduated from Wake Forest in 2003 and currently resides in New York City. He lied about the New Yorker caption contests.