See the King of VICE

By Ursula Terlecki

Last week we announced that we’ve partnered with Marketing Magazine and are giving you, two of our loyal readers, the opportunity to win a ticket to the Young Influencers Conference taking place on February 23.

In that post I mentioned the reason I’m beyond excited to attend the conference is because Shame Smith is one of the speakers. Because of my adoration for all things Shane Smith, this post is dedicated to him.

Shane Smith is the original hipster. Irreverent, fearless, witty and uncouth. He says what many think but are afraid to say, and does what most wish they could. Today, the CEO and founder of the youth media company VICE is one of the entertainment industry’s most respected executives.

Under his guidance, VICE launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, has expanded and diversified to include the world’s premier original online video destination, VICE.COM, an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency and a book-publishing division.

VICE.COM houses over 40 original online series dedicated to news, sports, fashion, music, technology, and the arts. As one of VICE’s leading on-air correspondents and executive producers, Smith has reported from such far-flung locations as North Korea, Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan and Liberia.

In 2010, Smith starred in the Vice Guide to Everything, a groundbreaking investigative series on MTV dedicated to covering the world’s most bizarre, dangerous, and shocking stories. VICE is currently developing a new HBO series that will feature Smith and comedian and political satirist Bill Maher as executive producers.

Smith graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, with a BA in English Literature and Political Science. Long time friend Johnny Knoxville called Smith, “a decent, sharply intelligent, great big charismatic grizzly bear of a man, and those are the exact qualities you want in a leader, or a drinking buddy.”

Smith enjoys cold white wine and long, bubbly baths—preferably simultaneously.

Memorable quotes from Shane Smith:

“At this point I don’t give a shit about money. Once you have a certain amount of money, it ceases to be an issue. I’d rather put my cultural imprint on the fabric of life. After money, all you want is immortality.” – Forbes Magazine, January 2012

“I came to America from Canada because Canada is stultifyingly boring and incredibly hypocritical. Thanks, Canada.” – Forbes Magazine, January 2012

“We have the biggest brands in the world lining up to do something with us.” – New York Times, August 2010

Here’s Shane speaking about his experience with North Korean slaves in Russia (Siberia):

For a chance to win a ticket to The Young Influencers Conference taking place on Thursday, February 23 (8am-4pm), email us your answer to the question below by February 16. We will draw two winners at random on February 17.  Send your response to:

Contest question: What city was Vice Magazine launched in and in what year?

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