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"Zach Marks…The Next Zuckerberg..." - Huffington Post
Marks To Appear on an MTV2 Show This January
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zach Marks, age 13, founded Grom Social after being kicked off of Facebook twice by his parents. Zach's vision was to create a safe, educational, fun, and highly interactive digital social networking platform for kids between the ages of 5-16. So, Zach, along with his brothers, sister, and friends of the family developed the platform and brought the various characters to life. The beta platform of Grom Social was officially launched in November of 2012 as a "Social Network by Kids for Kids."
According, to Darren Marks, CEO, Grom Social has gained significant traction in recent weeks with membership in 201 countries and territories throughout the world. The average member views approximately 50 pages per visit while spending in excess of 31 minutes per visit. Marks stated, "The growth in the number of page views and the increase in the average online duration per visit demonstrate 'stickiness' amongst the members." Marks attributed this early success to the simple fact that the content and ideas within Grom are developed "By Kids for Kids."
Grom Social has also caught the attention of several corporate partners as well over the past few month including MTV2 and Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Grom Social and Zach will be featured on the inaugural MTV2 show "Jobs that Don't Suck" in early 2014. Also, the company has signed a strategic marketing agreement with FLVS, a worldwide leader in home school education. This agreement includes cross-marketing initiatives, as well as the development of a 3D educational game. "These agreements, as well as other pending agreements demonstrate the adoption and interest of the Grom Social brand by major media and corporate partners too," stated Marks.
Lastly, Zach Marks, Founder of Grom Social, was really excited about the new additions to the leadership team. Marks stated, "I'm really stoked that we added some great people to help with our gaming and entertainment growth." The additions to leadership team include the following:
Brenda Romero has joined Grom Social as Executive Vice President, Games. She will lead the strategic direction and gaming initiatives for the company. Mrs. Romero is an award winning game designer, artist, writer, and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981 at the age of 15. She is the recipient of the 2013 Women in Games Lifetime Achievement awarded by Microsoft and she was named one of Forbes "12 Women in Gaming to Watch" in 2013.
John Romero has joined Grom Social as an Advisor on gaming design and development, as well as technology. Mr. Romero is an award winning game designer, programmer, and artist whose works spans over 130 games, 107 of which have been published commercially including the iconic works Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, and Quake.
Eric Tannenbaum has joined Grom Social as an Advisor on media and entertainment partnerships, as well as initiatives. Mr. Tannenbaum is an Executive Producer of the hit CBS Two and a Half Men. He was the former President of Artist Television Group (ATG) and he served as President of Columbia Tri-Star Television.
For more information on Zach Marks and Grom Social please log onto www.gromsocial.com.
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