Paul Budnitz, Founder of Social Media Sensation Ello to Speak at Champlain

Paul Budnitz

Please note date change: The talk has been moved from Jan. 28 to Feb. 10. 

Paul Budnitz, founder of Ello, will be speaking at Champlain as part of the Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz) Speaking From Experience lecture series on Feb. 10at 7 p.m. in Champlain's newly refurbished Alumni Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Budnitz is the serial entrepreneur who founded and built Kidrobot (a retailer of art toys) and Paul Budnitz Bicycles (luxury bicycles) before starting his latest venture Ello, the explosively growing social media site that people have called the "anti- Facebook," in that Ello accepts no ads and respects the privacy of its members. To assure that Ello always remains ad-free, Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). A Benefit Corporation is a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole—not just to make money for its investors. Learn more at

For more information on the Burlington-based company in national media, view this recent article on Budnitz and ELLO from Business Week.

Calendar Listing: Paul Budnitz, founder of social media site Ello, will speak at Champlain College on Feb. 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Champlain's Alumni Auditorium, 375 Maple Street, Burlington, Vt. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Bloch, Champlain BYOBiz Director, at

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit