Mode Media Shuts Down, Leaving Many of Its Freelancers Unpaid

Company abruptly calls it quits after 12 years

Just two years ago, Mode Media founder and chief executive Samir Arora described his Silicon Valley startup (formerly known as Glam Media) as "a pioneer of native advertising and content marketing" and boasted that after just 10 years, it had grown to become "the seventh largest U.S. media company, reaching 50 percent of the U.S. digital population."