Freelancer Platform for Content Creators Gets Acquired

 Blis, a digital platform where companies can find and hire freelance content creators, has been acquired by Third Summit Media it was announced today in a press release.

 Third Summit is aiming to assemble a collective of agile companies that offer full-stack, enterprise-level digital media and advertising solutions to the mid-tier marketplace. The firm helps independent creators, small agencies, developing brands and corporate in-house teams attain workflows and technology that would otherwise be inaccessible, competing with multinational agencies while retaining the agility of a startup.

Blis is a California-based startup, that was co-founded by former Google and Apple executives. Both founders will join the Third Summit team from their office in Silicon Valley.

According to the release, Third Summit will maintain and strengthen the startup in the run-up to spring 2020, after which the company will launch Alteon Community—its new, fully integrated talent marketplace—and migrate over existing Blis users and enterprise clients.

“Fundamentally, our companies’ business models and philosophies are very much aligned,” said Matt Cimaglia, co-founder and CEO of Third Summit. “Talking with the founders of Blis, we agreed that the future of work means empowering gig workers to thrive in a world where too many solutions feel like ad hoc afterthoughts. We want to help create jobs and reduce the stress for everyone working in the creative industry, which still relies on many analog processes today.”

Matt Cimaglia

The ultimate goal will be integrating the startup into the Third Summit ecosystem to assist brands, studios, agencies and the estimated 4.1 million production freelancers.