Christopher Meigher's Communications
It takes a special person to become a true entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs share common personality traits, including drive, motivation, guts and passion. Christopher Meigher possessed all these characteristics and one additional attribute—an innovative idea.
The making of an entrepreneur
Christopher Meigher's publishing career was launched upon his graduation from college, when he accepted a position with media conglomerate Time Inc., New York City. Throughout his Time Inc. tenure, which spanned more than 23 years, Meigher's professional focus ebbed and flowed between numerous Time Inc. divisions, including acting as CEO for Time Distribution Services (at which time he built upon the publisher's newsstand business model) and as the second publisher for People magazine.
Following his stint with People, Meigher accepted the position as executive vice president of Time Inc. During his stay as executive vice president, Meigher began to explore an area that was largely untapped by the publisher—special interest, niche markets.
"While Time Inc. had some of the greatest titles running at that time, we didn't have entries in the faster-growing segment of special-interest publishing," Meigher recalls.
After exploring this niche, Meigher pitched the idea of a new special-interest division to his superiors and was subsequently appointed to founding Time Publishing Ventures.
Several highly successful titles sprouted from Time Publishing Ventures, including Parenting, Health and Martha Stewart Living.
After the success of Martha Stewart's entertainment books, Meigher recalls, "We determined that we could translate her lifestyle and entertaining instincts into a periodical."
The lucrative project capped a string of hits for the division, and also taught Meigher a great many lessons about entrepreneurial publishing.
"My position (with Time Publishing Ventures) allowed me to seek out and locate other entrepreneurs with ideas for niche markets," Meigher explains.
"The experience taught me a lot about entrepreneurial publishing and how you can create quality magazines without the lavish resources and support systems that a Time Inc. has," Meigher concludes.