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March 11, 2020

#112: Blaine Vess, Co-Founder of Student Brands (Sold for $58.5 million), Investor, and Film Producer

#112: Blaine Vess, Co-Founder of Student Brands (Sold for $58.5 million), Investor, and Film Producer

Blaine founded what's now known as in 1999 as a freshman in college. He didn't raise any money and Barnes and Noble Education (NYSE:BNED) bought it for $58.5 million in August 2017. Blaine enjoys investing in for-profit and nonprofit organizations,...


Blaine founded what's now known as Student Brands in 1999 as a freshman in college. He didn't raise any money and Barnes and Noble Education (NYSE:BNED) bought it for $58.5 million in August 2017.

Blaine enjoys investing in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, especially when his experience is helpful to the founders. He's acquired about ten businesses as well.

Blaine has also co-created a couple of television shows and has produced some films. He's particularly interested in investing in meaningful documentaries and scripted films.