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SEATTLE (Jan. 30, 2017) -- TheMaven Network Inc. (MVEN) announced today that the Seattle-based digital media startup has signed agreements with more than two dozen “Founding Channel Partners” to join its network of journalists, causes and independent media channels.

The network is targeted to launch later this quarter. Initial channels cover categories such as finance, politics, social issues, automotive, family, lifestyle, food and photography. Over the next several weeks, theMaven will announce details of these channel partner agreements and ongoing signings of new channel partners. theMaven anticipates greatly expanding the number of partners and topic coverage areas over the coming quarters.

CEO James Heckman and fellow co-founders presented theMaven’s new network platform and vision at its first partner conference last month in Dallas, and most of those founding partners will be testing and operating the new platform within a few weeks.

About theMaven:

theMaven is an expert-driven, group media network. The closed-network platform provides value to hand-picked, professional, independent publishers by providing broader distribution, greater engagement for their content with innovative community tools, improved monetization through efficient advertising partnerships and membership programs, and tools to better manage audience and growth. theMaven’s executive team includes senior executives and veteran engineers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, News Corp, Yahoo!, Rivals. com, Scout, the Platform and the NFL, including digital media pioneers James Heckman and Ross Levinsohn, as well as technology innovators Bill Sornsin and Ben Joldersma.

TheMaven is traded under the ticker symbol MVEN (OTC Pink).

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