About I/MS and Mitch Ratcliffe





We make media

We design technology

We help people and companies learn,
connect and grow

Internet/Media Strategies Inc. is Mitch Ratcliffe’s consulting and investment company. Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked on many varied projects. We provide media and business development, technology and software design, and hands-on editorial and community development services.

We’d be happy to talk more with you about what you dream of achieving, to see if we might be of help. Whether you are a startup with a new idea that needs help making a business of it or an established company seeking to change by engaging with the conversational marketplace through editorial and community systems, I/MS can be of service to you.

Some of our current and past clients include:

Audible Inc.

The Kelsey Group

Time Warner

America Online

SoftBank Ventures


ZD Net



TheDigs Network

Web-X Inc.

ON24 Inc.

Petkevich & Partners

Current advisory companies:





Current and past board of directors seats:

BuzzLogic Inc.

Tetriad LLC

Electric Classifieds Inc./Match.com


For 20 years Mitch Ratcliffe has chronicled and participated in the development of the Internet. From his early days on The W.E.L.L. to the advent of blogging and podcasting, Ratcliffe has developed new media products and services.

In the 1990s, Ratcliffe was covering networking, privacy and cryptography for MacWEEK, and was the editor of Digital Media, the first publication to anticipate the rise of the commercial and user-centric Internet. He was the host of the Digital World Conference in 1994 and 1995, becoming Vice President of Content for SoftBank Exposition and Conference Company. During his tenure, he contributed to the launch of the Java One Conference, Networld+Interop’s online efforts and several SoftBank-banked startups. He also led the acquisition of the Global Information Infrastructure Awards by SoftBank in 1995.

By 1996, Ratcliffe had launched Internet/Media Strategies to consult with and start and invest in companies. As an advisor for SoftBank, he led the investmetn in Electric Classifieds and Match.com, He consulted with Internet leaders like America Online, Audible, EarthWeb, Time Warner, Personify, and many others.

In 1999, Ratcliffe took on the news team development for ON24, the financial news network. He co-authored the business plans for the company and the news division, building the editorial and production teams from inception. He left in 2001, when I/MS partnered with The Petkevich Group, a San Francisco merchant bank focusing on healthcare and information technology. In 2002, he launched InnovationWorld, a provider of global foreign direct investment research.

In 2004, Ratcliffe partnered with Todd Parsons to found Persuadio, a social network analytics startup currently in beta testing under the name BuzzLogic. It is one of several companies in the I/MS portfolio.

Ratcliffe welcomes new project queries and can assemble the talented teams that can execute on aggressive inventive programming that is profitable and successful. I/MS builds communities and creates media that connect people.

To discuss what I/MS can do for your company, please contact us via email or at 253.581.1892.

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