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Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen turned Axios into an overnight media success story

VandeHei and Allen are No. 78 on the Recode 100.

Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Thank Donald Trump. Also thank a lively mix of scoops and summaries of stories other people wrote. And if you want to, thank a desire to show the folks at Politico — the last media company Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen helped create — that they can do it again.

But bigger and better — with a significant ownership stake, to boot.

A year ago, no one knew how to pronounce Axios. Now it’s a brand that connotes buzzy, insidery looks at what’s happening in the Trump White House and across Washington, delivered each morning via Allen’s email newsletter. VandeHei has ambitions to make a similar splash in other industries, like technology and finance.

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