Gawker memo: ‘International will be a major growth area for us in 2013’

Scott Kidder

Scott Kidder

Gawker Media announced Monday that it’s partnering with the largest digital network in India, which will be publishing Gizmodo and Lifehacker. Scott Kidder, the head of Gawker’s global operations, tells colleagues about the company’s international expansion in a memo put out this afternoon.

Read it after the jump.

From: Scott Kidder
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 2:58 PM
Subject: International Expansion: India, Latin America, Hungary, and more

International will be a major growth area for us in 2013, and the past few days have seen a flurry of activity: we’ve launched Gizmodo España and, both on the new Kinja platform, as well as announced a partnership with the Times Internet Group in India. PaidContent published a good overview, sharing on your social networks encouraged.

Led by Daniel Mauser, Gizmodo España is our first owned-and-operated international site. We’ve traditionally relied on partnerships to publish our brands internationally — such as Australia, Japan, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and others — the Kinja platform is designed with internationalization in mind and allows us to generate discussions in native languages.

Launched last week as the first site on the Kinja platform, is a Hungarian language news and gossip site and is led by Laci Szily. It also helps our Hungarian developers be closer to the product. Laci and his team join a growing Editorial presence in Budapest, led by Peter Orosz. The Budapest office has grown significantly over the past year — its staff number nearly 30, with 8 of them Editorial.

Finally, yesterday we announced our partnership with India’s Time Internet Group. They’re the largest digital network in India (and the digital subsidiary of the largest Indian media company) and will be publishing Gizmodo and Lifehacker.

Here’s some additional reading:

And Now Nick Denton Will Rule The World – Business Insider
Gawker Acquires Hispanic Media Company Guanabee – Folio
Times Internet Partners Gawker To Offer Indian Editions Of Gizmodo & Lifehacker – Medianama
Help us Welcome Gizmodo and Lifehacker to India – Times Internet

And did you know that even some of our partners have a Big Board? This photo is from Allure Media, our Australian partner, was taken by Erin Pettigrew earlier this week: