American Society of Magazine Editors

David Liu


XO Group Inc.

David Liu is cofounder and Chairman of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO;, a leading technology and media company that helps millions of couples navigate and enjoy life's biggest moments together through industry-leading digital brands that include The Knot and The Bump.

In 1996, Liu and his business partners (including wife Carley Roney) predicted that Internet technology would enable the perfect solution to the frustrating, antiquated process of planning a wedding. Their vision: a bridal media brand that would reinvent the $70+ billion wedding industry by appealing to modern couples and providing 24/7 access to stylish editorial content, modern wedding advice, thousands of local professionals and an online community. The Knot has become the nation’s leading digital wedding resource with more than 12 million unique visitors per month to and more than 3,000 app downloads per day.

Under Liu’s leadership, XO Group Inc. expanded its reach to serve its audience across multiple lifestages from brides to newlyweds to first-time parents, adding The Nest and The Bump to its brand network. The company has extended these brands across multiple media platforms spanning magazines, books, mobile applications, TV shows and social media as well as a massive merchandising arm that includes gift registry services.

Since founding XO Group Inc. in 1996, Liu led the company from an Internet start-up to a publicly traded multimillion-dollar media leader in the wedding and lifestyle category, raising more than $150 million in public and private financing along the way. Liu also led the acquisition and integration of the company’s closest competitor, WeddingChannel Inc., uniting two leaders in the online bridal industry.

In 2008, Liu was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Media category. In 2011 he received the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award. Currently, Liu serves on the boards of MOCA and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA). He lives with his wife and three children in Brooklyn, New York.