We are saddened to learn that Bob Nylen, a co-founder of Beliefnet.com and the first board member of online health company Waterfront Media, died Dec. 24 of cancer at the age of 64. Nylen may best be known in publishing circles for cofounding the award-winning New England Monthly with Dan Okrent but he also played a major role in the two online content companies over the past decade. As Beliefnet co-founder Steven Waldman recalled in a memorial on the site, Nylen served as president when the site was founded in 1999, raised the funding, and volunteered several times for pay cuts during the struggles to keep it going (including Chapter 11 bankruptcy). Beliefnet was acquired by News Corp earlier this year. Following Beliefnet, he was the first board member of Waterfront Media; co-founder and CEO Ben Wolin said he was instrumental in helping the company through the last six years. The Boston Globe has more details about the Vietnam veteran's life; he earned two Purple Hearts and a bronze star.
By Staci D. Kramer