The First 30 Days is a start-up media company focused on helping people through a major life change, event or decision. Ariane, who is the Founder and CEO of the company launched the web site in December 2005 with over 30 life change subjects and is preparing a major re-launch in February 2008.
With her experience in new media, she knew the impact it could have when used in the right way to help people, build community, and share information and resources. The Web seemed like the best place to reach people quickly. Ariane and her team are also continually focused on delivering its products through various media platforms.
Prior to her launch of First 30 Days and her time at Charlie Rose Productions, Ariane spent a year as a Senior Advisor on a Humanitarian Project, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AFRICA. The project involved the top 100 photojournalists placed in the 53 countries of Africa on a single day
Her previous professional experience includes being tapped by Time Warner to become the Managing Director of a new $500 million digital media venture fund in 2000. The Fund’s mission was to take non-controlling equity stakes in early stage, potentially strategic, technology companies.
After acquiring a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and International Relations at the age of 19, Ariane began her professional career at the Boston Consulting Group based in London. She worked in over a dozen countries during her tenure at BCG.
Upon receiving an MBA from Stanford University, deBonvoisin moved to New York, and began working with media giants BMG and Sony Music. She held the position of Strategic Assistant to the Worldwide Chairman and CEO of BMG Entertainment.
Ariane’s duties at BMG involved presentations to the Board, updates on profit center performances, analysis of new business initiatives, review of budgets and business plans. At SONY, her responsibilities included sourcing, evaluating, structuring and negotiating Internet deals for Sony Music and the Sony Venture Fund.
Ariane also is an accomplished athlete, having been a professional swimmer, a ski instructor, and completing a series of marathons and triathlons. Constantly seeking new adventures, she reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2001 and accompanied a group of students in Antarctica in December 2002.