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XO Group Inc. was founded in 1996 by four good friends, two of whom had barely survived planning their own wedding due to the lack of local information and real-world resources available. With firsthand experience, a unique vision, and funding from America Online, they set out to reinvent the way couples plan their weddings -- and life’s most important celebrations. XO Group's first site, The Knot, quickly became the most popular online wedding resource and a highly successful offline brand, reaching millions of brides, grooms, and gift-givers worldwide. Today, with the addition of WeddingChannel.com, The Nest and The Bump brands, XO Group is one of the nation’s leading lifestage media and services companies.
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2014


March 2014 XO Group Inc. names Michael Steib as CEO and David Liu as Chairman of the Board
March 2014 The Bump creates #Moms4Moms Day
January 2014 The Knot Wedding LookBook App receives more than 1.6 million impressions in one day
January 2014 The Knot Wedding Planner App unveils unique search to provide inspiration and vendor recommendations

2013


November 2013 XO Group Inc. appoints Gillian Munson as Chief Financial Officer
November 2013 The Knot Wedding LookBook App debuts innovative mobile wedding dress search
July 2013 XO Group Inc. appoints Michael Steib as President
July 2013 The Knot releases first issue devoted entirely to same-sex weddings, Gay Weddings by The Knot
April 2013 The Bump announces winners of first Best of Baby Product Awards
February 2013 The Knot throws The Knot Dream Wedding, the first-ever live-streaming crowdsourced wedding
January 2013 The Knot Ultimate Planner and Organizer debuts on bookshelves nationwide
January 2013 The Bump launches My Pregnancy Calendar App for iOS

2012


November 2012 TheNest.com launches first-ever live shopping event with Amazon.com
November 2012 The Knot partners with Mashable to release first-ever statistics to reveal new social rules for weddings
September 2012
The Baby Bump Twins and Triplets Edition debuts on bookshelves nationwide.
August 2012 The Bump declares first-ever Public Display of Breastfeeding Day
July 2012 The Knot magazine becomes available on Apple Newsstand and Google Play
March 2012 The Bump and AMC Theatres launch mom and baby matinees
February 2012 The Bump partners With Mamasource.com to offer daily deals to moms

2011


June 2011 XO Group Inc. replaces The Knot Inc. as corporate name for the lifestage media and services company.
May 2011 The company celebrates its 15th annivesary since the founding of The Knot in 1996
April 2011 The Knot and WeddingChannel.com celebrate the Royal Wedding with 48 appearances by our editors across national and local media and in-depth coverage on both sites.

2010


November 2010 The Knot expands internationally with launch of Ai Jie in China.
October 2010 The Baby Bump debuts on bookshelves nationwide.
August 2010 WeddingChannel.com Deals lauches as first-ever exclusive group-buying program for brides.
June 2010 TheKnot.com reaches its 20-millionth member milestone.
May 2010 GiftRegistry360.com, a next generation universal gift registry service, launches online.
March 2010 The Nest Magazine hits newsstands.

2009


December 2009 The Knot Inc. celebrates tenth anniversary of its IPO by ringing the NASDAQ closing bell.
October 2009 Gift Registry 360, a universal registry tool, launches on Facebook.
August 2009 TheKnot.com.au launches in Australia.
May 2009 The Knot Inc. acquires an ecommerce company and expands selection of wedding supplies, gifts, and other merchandise.
May 2009 The Knot Inc. acquires Felicite.com patents & eWish, an online registry resource for boutique retailers.
April 2009 TheKnot.com launches live video broadcasts of bridal fashion shows.
January 2009 The Knot Inc. acquires WedSnap, the developers of the largest wedding planning Facebook application, Weddingbook.
January 2009 The Knot Inc. acquires Breastfeeding.com.

2008


September 2008
John Mueller named Chief Financial Officer of The Knot Inc.
August 2008 TheBump.com launches and an inaugural issue of The Bump magazine from The Knot is published.
May 2008 Carol Koh Evans named Chief Operating Officer of The Knot Inc.
May 2008 The Nest Baby Registry Search Engine launches providing new parents and gift-givers one-stop access to registries at top baby retailers, including Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod, Baby Universe, and RightStart.
February 2008 Nic Di Iorio named Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Technology Group of The Knot Inc.
February 2008 The Knot Inc. acquires The Bump Media Inc., publisher of The Bump local magazines and website dedicated to pregnancy and first-time parents.
January 2008
The Knot launches first-ever The Knot Real Wedding Awards to showcase real photos, videos, and presence of real couples who wed in 2007.

2007


September 2007 TheNestBaby.com and WeddingChannel.com seal content syndication deals with McClatchy-Tribune, extending the current partnership with The Nest.
August 2007 The Knot Inc. launches BridesDecide.com, a bipartisan site designed to encourage engaged women and recent brides to get engaged in the 2008 election; first-ever joint venture of TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com.
June 2007 Denise Favorule named Senior Vice President, Group Publisher of The Knot Inc.
May 2007 TheNestBaby.com launches with hip advice for first-time parents and local reviews powered by LilaGuide.com.
May 2007 The Knot Inc. unveils The Knot Best of Weddings magazine, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top 1,500 wedding professionals and venues in 40 US cities based on a survey of 25,000 recently married members.
April 2007 The Knot and Macy’s launch The Lifestyle Registry on TheKnot.com.
March 2007 The Knot Inc. launches LilaGuide.com, a hub for real-parent reviews of baby stores, services, and gear; the site goes live with 32,000 listings and over 120,000 reviews in 5,000 neighborhoods.

2006

October 2006 The Nest Newlywed Handbook: An Owner’s Manual to Modern Marriage debuts on bookshelves nationwide.
October 2006 The Knot Inc. appoints 3 new members to its board of directors: Eileen Naughton, Regional Director of Google (former president of the TIME Group and TIME Interactive); Ira Carlin, Chairman-International of MAGNA Global Worldwide (former Chairman and CEO of Universal McCann); and Peter Sachse, Chairman and CEO of Macys.com.
September 2006 The Knot Inc. completes its acquisition of WeddingChannel, Inc., securing a 90% market share of the online wedding planning industry.
August 2006 The Knot Inc. completes a secondary public offering on the NASDAQ; $114 million of stock is sold.
August 2006 The Nest magazine premieres in 400,000 newlyweds' mailboxes nationwide.
August 2006 The Knot Inc. launches PartySpot.com, the definitive online resource for planning parties from bar mitzvahs to baby showers.
July 2006 The Knot Inc. completes a $50.2 million common stock private placement.
July 2006 The Knot Inc. acquires LilaGuide Inc., the publisher of a leading for-parents-by-parents local guidebook series published in 23 US cities; takes its first step into the lucrative baby market.
June 2006 The Knot Inc. and WeddingChannel, Inc., enter into a definitive merger agreement.
June 2006 The Nest enters into a content syndication agreement with McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (formerly Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services); extends The Nest to a network of more than 600 newspapers worldwide.
May 2006 The Knot Inc. signs a multibook publishing deal with Clarkson Potter for The Knot and The Nest brands.
May 2006 MSN Video names The Knot the portal’s premier wedding video content provider.
May 2006 The Knot Inc. acquires Wed-O-Rama.com and WeddingTracker.com, personal wedding web page builder services.
April 2006 The Knot and Travel & Leisure publish cobranded luxury destination wedding and honeymoon guide, Travel & Romance magazine; launch Travel-Romance.com.
April 2006 The Knot partners with Gifts.com; adds Gifts.com “Registry Finder” service to TheKnot.com to help guests buy gifts from a roster of the country’s leading retailers.
March 2006 TheKnot.com reaches its 7-millionth member milestone.
March 2006 The Knot and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts unite to host The Wedding Event, a series of exclusive luxury interactive bridal events in New York, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, DC.

2005

December 2005 The Knot and American Express launch 2 co-brand, fee-free consumer credit cards: The Knot Credit Card from American Express (for couples planning their weddings) and The Nest Credit Card from American Express (for newlyweds).
June 2005 The Knot Inc. relaunches GreatBoyfriends.com with a fresh, new brand applied to its referral-based dating strategy.
May 2005 The Knot teams with Sony Classical to produce “The Knot Collection of Ceremony & Wedding Music,” the ultimate ceremony CD and playlist.
April 2005 The Knot Inc. names Target Club Wedd, the nation’s largest gift registry, a premier gift provider to The Knot Gift Registry Center; adds thousands of products to its shopping area -- from bedding and bath to iPods and flat-screen TVs -- and extends The Knot brand to Target stores.
March 2005 The Knot Inc. stock is relisted on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol KNOT.
March 2005 The Knot TV, the first all-weddings, all-the-time broadcast channel, launches on TheKnot.com; The New York Times recognizes The Knot as one of the web’s very first companies to launch a true broadcast television channel on the Internet.
March 2005 TheNest.com debuts nationally on ABC’s The View.
March 2005 TheKnot.com achieves its 6-millionth member milestone.
January 2005 The Knot Inc. launches TheNest.com, the first media property targeted to the serve the needs of newlyweds.
January 2005 The Knot Inc. acquires GreatBoyfriends.com, a unique, referral-based e-dating service that offers singles access to “pre-approved” potential suitors.
January 2005 The Knot links up with Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Meredith Vieira to host a special “Play to Pay for Your Wedding” stunt week.

2004

November 2004 The Knot Inc. adds luxury retailer Michael C. Fina, premier provider of china, crystal, and silver, to The Knot Gift Registry Center.
August 2004 The Knot and Comcast Digital Cable launch “The Knot Weddings” video-on-demand service, the first all-weddings TV channel.
June 2004 The Knot relaunches regional publications as The Knot weddings magazine series; consolidates markets to 18 key US regions and cities.
April 2004 TheKnot.com achieves its 5-millionth member milestone.
March 2004 The Oxygen Network orders 10 more episodes of Real Weddings from The Knot.
February 2004 PC Magazine Best of the Internet book ranks The Knot as the best wedding website.
January 2004 The second season of Real Weddings from The Knot airs on The Oxygen Network.

2003

November 2003 The Knot enters into a content distribution deal with Comcast High-Speed Internet to be the premier wedding expert on the portal’s Relationships Channel.
November 2003 The Knot Inc. completes a $10 million private common stock placement with T. Rowe Price and Capital Research.
October 2003 The Knot becomes a Scripps Howard News Service regular; Carley Roney’s weekly column is syndicated to 70+ newspapers nationwide.
September 2003 The Knot “Bridal Fashion Preview” premieres on The Oxygen Network.
August 2003 The Knot Inc. announces profitability milestone.
June 2003 TheKnot.com launches broadband application, “The Knot Video Runway”, the first subscription-based feature on TheKnot.com.
May 2003 The Knot Inc. launches PromSpot.com, marking the first extension of its lifestage media services model.
May 2003 TheKnot.com achieves its 4-millionth registered member milestone.
April 2003 The Knot partners with ABC’s The View for a 4-week "Fantasy Wedding" series.
February 2003 The Knot Inc. renews its content distribution partnerships with AOL and MSN.
January 2003 The Knot brings Real Weddings from The Knot to the television screen on The Oxygen Network.

2002

November 2002 The Knot and Editor in Chief Carley Roney help The Oprah Winfrey Show throw a fantasy wedding.
July 2002 TheKnot.com reaches its 3-millionth member milestone.
February 2002 The Knot Inc. receives a $5 million strategic investment from The May Department Stores Company and announces a marketing alliance to promote the online gift registries of The May Department Stores.
January 2002 The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns premieres in bookstores.

2001

October 2001 The Knot Inc. announces content distribution deal with Yahoo!
August 2001 TheKnot.com celebrates its 2-millionth member milestone.
February 2001 The Knot Inc. debuts revamped WEDDINGPAGES® magazines in 50 US cities.
January 2001 The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions hits bookstores nationwide.

2000

November 2000 The Knot Inc. inks a two-book deal with Chronicle Books.
November 2000 The Knot becomes the premier wedding content provider to MSN.
September 2000 The Knot Inc. announces strategic marketing and retailing partnerships with Linens ‘N Things and Fortunoff.
July 2000 TheKnot.com surpasses 1 million registered members.
June 2000 The Knot kicks off a 12-week interactive wedding planning series with NBC's The TODAY Show.
May 2000 TheKnot.com exceeds 1 million monthly first-time visitors.
February 2000 The Knot Inc. acquires WeddingPages, Inc.
February 2000 The Knot rolls out the premiere issue of The Knot Wedding Gowns magazine.
January 2000 The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner hits bookshelves.
January 2000 The Knot rolls out wedding areas across several AOL brands.

1999-1996

December 1999 The Knot Inc. raises $35 million in an initial public offering.
July 1999 The Knot Gift Registry expands its wide-ranging selection of gift items to more than 10,000 products.
April 1999 The Knot Inc. receives a $15 million strategic investment from e-commerce leader QVC.
January 1999 The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World hits bookstores.
November 1998 The Knot launches a full-service online gift registry, the first of its kind.
April 1998 The Knot Inc. receives a $3 million investment from Silicon Valley powerhouse Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
July 1997 The Knot Inc. launches on the web at www.theknot.com.
June 1996 The Knot Inc. receives $1.6 million in initial funding from AOL's Greenhouse.
September 1996 The Knot launches on America Online (AOL keyword: knot).