Speaker Biography

Ricky Van Veen  

TitleHead of Global Creative Strategy, Facebook
BioRicky Van Veen is the Head of Global Creative Strategy at Facebook, where he helps develop the company’s approach to content, and works with media partners to create original programming for the platform.

Prior to joining Facebook, Ricky co-founded leading comedy brand CollegeHumor and the video sharing site Vimeo. He helped grow CollegeHumor into the largest comedy property on the web and the most viewed comedy channel on YouTube, with over ten million subscribers.

CollegeHumor and Vimeo were acquired by IAC in 2006, where Ricky spent the next ten years overseeing the TV, film, print, and digital content efforts of Electus Digital (which comprises CollegeHumor, fan culture site Dorkly, and hip hop property WatchLoud). Electus Digital’s TV successes include series such as “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV and “Chopped” on the Food Network.

Ricky has presented at conferences including SXSW, TEDx, and Recode, and has been featured on Crain’s 40 under 40 and Vanity Fair’s New Establishment lists.

He is a board member of Horizons National, a non-profit organization with the mission of preventing low-income students from regressing academically during summer breaks. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.