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September 19, 2016 – From Journalist to Entrepreneur: Creating Your Next (and Biggest) Moneymaking Opportunity

With traditional journalism jobs disappearing, it’s more than likely that the challenge to earn a living is a lot higher than when you started your career. Instead of looking for employment, sometimes there are opportunities to parlay the expertise gained from covering business and finance to creatre you own company -which is exactly what panelists Charlie Welsh, Gabriel DeSanctis and Christian Murray each managed to do. Join us for a discussion about how each of them went from covering Wall Street and other companies to launching and running their own companies. Panel members will share the secret to their success, as well as some of the pitfalls they encountered. Learn what you can do to create your next career opportunity.


Charlie Welsh, founder of Inside Industrial International Industrials and co-founder of The Mergermarket Group, is an entrepreneur and financial/business/economics reporter and editor who has covered corporate strategy, corporate finance, capital markets and trade on a global basis since 1992. In 1999 he co-founded The Mergermarket Group, which became the highly influential global publisher of actionable business and capital markets intelligence. The company was private equity-backed and was sold in 2006 to the FT Group, a subsidiary of Pearson. It continued to operate as a successful, expanding and independently managed media business until November 2013 when it was sold to the London-based private equity group, BC Partners. The growth and expansion story continues unabated.

Charlie is based out of New York and continues to focus his efforts on the provision of actionable business news. In April 2014 he ceased working as Group Editor-in-Chief, and, following a brief stint as the 'Special Projects Editor', has set out on his own again. He currently is developing a new business intelligence service called Inside Industrial International Industrials, which is loosely based on the model established by XportReporter, a Mergermarket new product initiative focused on international trade opportunities for corporates. His expertise includes the following industries: corporate strategy, M&A, corporate finance and international trade (specifically the export-import of capital equipment and technologies with proprietary features).

Gabriel DeSanctis is CEO and Editor in Chief of REDD (Risk Event-Driven Distressed), the leading online provider of material intelligence on distressed and high yield event driven special situations.

REDD is a specialized online financial news and research service that delivers real-time news and analytics on over 300 Latin American companies, allowing emerging market asset managers and advisors to better assess risks and identify trading or business opportunities.

Gabe has 20-years’ experience as an emerging markets financial journalist through a career spanning the Russian and Asian crisis, Brazil’s 1999 devaluation and Argentina’s defaults. Previously, he covered emerging market debt for Technical Data, Thomson Global Markets, IFR Magazine, IFR Latin America and launched Debtwire’s emerging market effort in 2004 before founding REDD with partner and co-founder Valeria Girimonte in 2013.

Gabe has been quoted by Institutional Investor, Foreign Exchange and Money Markets Magazine, El Universal, and Veneconomia for his views on Latin America. His reports have been cited by some of the largest Latin American business publications including Ambito Financiero in Argentina, Brazil’s Valor Economico and Expansion in Mexico. He holds a BA in economics from Skidmore College and studied at the University of London and the Juilliard School of Music.

Christian Murray is founder and editor-in-chief of and three other Queens-based local news websites.

Christian established the Sunnyside Post in 2009, the LIC Post in 2012, the Astoriapost in 2014 and the Jackson Heights Post in 2015.

He spent several years covering politics at Newsday and wrote about investment banking for Reuters. He has also been published in the FT, Irish Voice, Financial Times Australia, Chicago Tribune and LA Times.

In 2001 Christian was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize  for a story on a New York real estate scam.

He has a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. Before becoming a reporter, Christian sold classified and display ads for the Irish Voice Newspaper.

Anyone interested in attending this event must sign up by Friday, September 16th. If your name is not on the list submitted to security you will not be able to get into the building.


When: Monday, September 19th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bloomberg, 731 Lexington Ave.