System1 Co-Founder & CEO Chuck Ursini and Co-Founder & President Michael Blend Named 2018 National Entrepreneurs of the Year for Media, Entertainment and Communications

Michael Blend & Chuck Ursini recognized as entrepreneurs that break the mold in the Media, Entertainment and Communications industry


PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 20, 2018 — EY today announced that Co‑Founder & CEO Chuck Ursini and Co-Founder & President Michael Blend of System1, a leading data science company and world's largest independent marketplace for intent-based pay-per-click advertising, received the National Entrepreneurs Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Media, Entertainment and Communications category.

"Our mission is to build the world's leading independent digital marketing platform, and we are thrilled to be recognized for our progress towards creating a better advertising ecosystem for consumers and our advertising partners," said Chuck Ursini, CEO & Co-Founder. Michael Blend, President & Co-Founder, added "While we are honored to be recognized with these other influential entrepreneurs, the real credit goes to our amazing and dedicated team at System1."

Past US winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, and Jayshree Ullal and Andy Bechtolsheim of Arista Networks. In 2018, the award winners represented entrepreneurial companies employing more than 213,000 people with a job growth of 46 percent. They generated revenue of more than $66 billion, with revenue growth increasing more than 56 percent.

System1 was originally selected as a regional Entrepreneur Of The Year winner in the Media, Entertainment and Communications category from the Los Angeles region. It was selected for this national award from over 1,300 applicants nationwide.

About System1

System1 is the world's largest independent marketplace for keyword pay-per-click advertising. Our technology uses statistical and machine-learning models to identify how consumers will respond to a variety of inputs, digitally echoing how people naturally behave. This allows System1 to tap into and serve consumer intent on a massive scale.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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