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IndustryNews dissemination
Founded1982 (as Canadian Corporate News)
Area served
Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and Latin America
Key people
Adnan Ahmed (President and Chief Executive Officer)
ServicesOnline press release and content distribution. Social media monitoring and research.
Owner West Corporation
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Sysomos

Coordinates: 43°38′36″N79°22′51″W / 43.64328°N 79.380854°W / 43.64328; -79.380854 Marketwired was a press release distribution service headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1993 and incorporated in the U.S. in 1999. In 2018, it was merged into GlobeNewswire.

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Corporate history

Marketwired was founded as Internet Wire in October 1994 by PR agency owner Michael Terpin and online marketer Michael Shuler in Los Angeles, California, United States. It received $17.5 million in venture capital in January 2000. [1] The company changed its name to Market Wire in April, 2003, after making a partnership with NASDAQ, where its services would be recommended to listed companies. [2]

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In 2000, a former employee of Internet Wire used the service to perpetrate an insider trading scam. He shorted Emulex stock, then published a fraudulent press release reporting problems at Emulex Corporation, which lost 62 percent of its value in morning trading. He was found out by the FBI and sentenced to 44 months in prison. [3]

The Emulex hoax, an instance of securities fraud, was perpetrated by 23-year-old Mark Jakob on August 24, 2000.

In 2006, Marketwired (then known as Marketwire) was acquired by CCNMatthews, a 25-year-old news distribution company in Canada. The company adopted the name Marketwire unilaterally. At that point, it was majority-owned by OMERS Private Equity, [4] which manages the private equity activities of OMERS Administration Corporation, a Canadian pension fund. The company's history can be traced back to 1957.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) is a pension fund created by statute in 1962 to handle the retirement benefits of all local government employees in the Canadian province of Ontario. It has become one of the largest institutional investors in Canada. As of December 2018, OMERS had 97 billion Canadian dollars in net investment assets. OMERS serves 1,000 participating employers and almost half a million active, deferred and retired employees. OMERS members are employed by municipalities, school boards, transit systems, electrical utilities, emergency services and children's aid societies.

In July 2010, Marketwire acquired Sysomos, a social monitoring and analytics service, offering customers the ability to track their social presence across sites like Facebook and Twitter. [5]


Sysomos Inc. is a Toronto-based social media analytics company owned by Outside Insight market leaders Meltwater.

In October 2011, Marketwire filed a lawsuit accusing PR Newswire of trying to steal confidential information and trade secrets, seeking at least $25 million in damages. [6]

PR Newswire is a distributor of press releases headquartered in New York City. The service was created in 1954 to allow companies to electronically send press releases to news organizations, at first using teleprinters. The founder, Herbert Muschel, operated the service from his house in Manhattan for approximately 15 years. The business was eventually sold to Western Union and then United Newspapers of London. In December 2015, Cision Inc. announced it would acquire the company.

In April 2013, Marketwire re-branded, changing its name to Marketwired and introducing the tagline "The power of influence" with an updated logo. [7]

In February 2016, MarketWired was acquired by Nasdaq, Inc. [8]

In January 2018 Nasdaq's public relations business lines were acquired by West Corporation. Marketwired was merged into GlobeNewswire. [9]

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  1. "Internet Wire Launches Second-Generation Internet- Based Company News Service; Raises $17.5 Million First Round, Led By Sequoia Capital & Hummer Winblad Venture Partners". Market Wire. 2005.
  3. "Defendant in Emulex Hoax Sentenced": Securities and Exchange Commission, Litigation Release No. 17094, August 8, 2001.
  4. OMERS Private Equity
  5. "Marketwire Acquires Sysomos". Marketwired. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. "Stop the press releases! PR Newswire sued by rival". Reuters. October 26, 2011.
  7. "Marketwire Rebrands, Names Delaney COO, Former Yahoo VP As CTO". MediaPost. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  8. "Nasdaq to Acquire Marketwired" (Press release). Nasdaq, Inc. February 12, 2016.
  9. "West Corporation Agrees to Acquire NASDAQ'S Public Relations Solutions and digital Media Services Businesses -". Retrieved 2019-06-07.