Folio Top Women: Carley Roney
Cofounder, XO GROUP
Carley Roney is cofounder of XO Group Inc., the premier consumer internet and media company devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between. After the nightmare of planning her own wedding, Roney and her partners founded The Knot in 1996 and quickly took the wedding world by storm with a fresh voice, stylish ideas, and up-to-date advice for modern nearly-weds. Today, The Knot reaches nearly every U.S. bride annually with premium multimedia content offerings on the web, mobile applications, social media, TV and in magazines and books.
Inspired by thousands of loyal users, Roney created The Nest and The Bump brands for young couples and first-time parents, offering multimedia content, tools, and community platforms designed specifically for the unique needs of couples setting up homes and preparing for baby. In 2010, Roney launched ijie.com, a multiplatform resource providing Western inspiration and local advice for weddings, relationships and pregnancy for the Chinese consumer.
Through Roney’s brands, millions of women in the "five years of firsts" life stages receive the information, content, ideas, and tips that are useful to their everyday lives. She’s an innovative leader in her field and continuously strives to elevate her brands to the next level.
As today’s leading expert on real-world weddings, young married life and parenting, Roney has appeared on television shows like Today, Good Morning America and The View. She has written more than a dozen books and her syndicated advice column "Ask Carley" appears in newspapers nationwide.
Roney helped develop Today Show’s "TODAY Ties the Knot," appearing as top wedding expert for 10 years. She then launched the first live-streaming, crowdsourced wedding on TheKnot.com in 2013, where America picked the couple and voted on every element. This year, Michael Dell invited Roney to speak on his SXSW entrepreneurship panel with the Shutterfly CEO and TripAdvisor founder.