Newhouse alumna attends Nasdaq opening bell as her company makes historic IPO

By Wendy S. Loughlin

August 18, 2017

Amanda Romaniello ’10 spent this morning at Nasdaq Marketplace in Times Square, joining Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) chairman and CEO William J. Rouhana Jr. as he rang the opening bell.

Romaniello, an alumna of the magazine program in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, is chief of staff for CSS Entertainment. The company made history today as the largest exchange-listed initial public offering (IPO) completed under Regulation A+ (Reg A+) guidelines, and the first to list on the higher tier Nasdaq Global Market. Reg A+ guidelines provide an alternative to a traditional IPO and make it easier for smaller, early stage companies to access capital by allowing them to raise money and offer shares to the general public and not just accredited investors.

Photo of Sean Branagan, William Rouhana and Amanda Romaniello
William Rouhana (center) is joined by Sean Branagan and Amanda Romaniello '10 as he rings the opening bell at Nasdaq Aug. 18

Sean Branagan, director of the Newhouse Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, has been helping Romaniello and the CSS team connect with the startup community, and was invited by Romaniello to attend the opening bell.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, a video offshoot of the famed book series, produces and distributes high-quality, entertaining television and online video programming. Its investors include actor Ashton Kucher, who in June signed on as executive producer for two of the company’s new unscripted series. CSS Entertainment is also the exclusive distributor for Kucher’s digital media company APlus.com, which specializes in positive storytelling and social change.

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