Business Wire

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Business Wire
Founded1961;59 years ago (1961)
Founder Lorry I. Lokey
Headquarters 101 California Street, ,
Number of locations
29 (2018) [1]
Key people
Parent Berkshire Hathaway
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Business Wire is a US company that disseminates full-text press releases from thousands of companies and organizations worldwide to news media, financial markets, disclosure systems, investors, information web sites, databases, bloggers, social networks and other audiences. [3] [4] It is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.



Business Wire was founded in 1961 [5] by Lorry I. Lokey. It started by sending releases to 16 media outlets in California. [6] Business Wire launched its website in May 1995.[ citation needed ] In 2000, ahead of its main competitor PR Newswire, Business Wire ended the practice of distributing news to financial outlets 15 minutes before anyone else, to provide immediate, equal access to company information as noted by the SEC's fair disclosure regulation (Reg FD). [7]

Business Wire's first wholly owned European operation launched in 2001, with the opening of an office in London. [8] On June 1, 2005, Business Wire entered the German Ad-Hoc market with a disclosure network for companies with primary or secondary listings on the Deutsche Boerse. The service was established in compliance with BaFin, Germany's national securities regulator. On September 15, 2005, Business Wire established Regulatory Disclosure networks in France, Sweden, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The move came in anticipation of the anticipated implementation of the EU's Transparency Obligations Directive (TOD). On January 1, 2007, Autorité des marchés financiers, the French Financial Markets Regulator, approved Business Wire to operate as a Regulatory Disclosure Service in France.

On January 10, 2005, Business Wire established an Asian hub with the opening of its Tokyo, Japan bureau, and later that year added Japanese, making the site available in seven languages. On January 17, 2006, Berkshire Hathaway announced that it was purchasing Business Wire for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition was completed on March 1, 2006. [9]

In 2008, Business Wire partnered with ImpreMedia to launch LatinoWire, a news distribution service that distributes brand content to Hispanic websites, media outlets, journalists and bloggers. [10] In 2011, Business Wire received a patent for the technological process of optimizing and distributing press releases to maximize their ability to be found and tracked in leading search engines. [11] The originality of the patent was question by SEO expert Danny Sullivan. [11]

On September 23, 2013, Business Wire announces exclusive distribution partnership with VentureBeat [12] On November 3, 2013, Business Wire opened its 32nd office in Hong Kong. [13]

In January 2014, Business Wire launched a new news and content distribution enhancement service. [14]

In the 2010s, Business Wire was the target of extensive successful attacks by Ukrainian hackers, who accessed not yet published press releases to enable insider trading. [15] The case, which also involved attacks on its competitor PR Newswire, was the world's largest known computer hacking and securities fraud according to the FBI, with profits exceeding $100 million in those trades that were made public by the SEC alone, but believed to be vastly higher than that by the authorities. [15]

In April 2017, its Chief Executive Officer and President Cathy Baron Tamraz retired and was replaced by long time CFO Geff Scott. [16]

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