The Washington Post Company started in 1877 when the firs publication of the newspaper took place. Since then they have come a long way to be recognized as one of the leading mass media companies in the country. The company went public in 1971 and is currently traded in the New York Stock Exchange. It also owns other brands than the newspaper. They hold the ownership of Kaplan, Inc. which is in to providing educational and career services for individuals. They also own the Slate Group, Express, El Tiempo Latino, the Gazette and Southern Maryland newspapers, the Herald (Everett, WA), Post-Newsweek Stations (Detroit, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Jacksonville), Cable ONE—a cable TV and Internet service provider in the zone of mid western, western, and southern states as well as Avenue100 Media Solutions which is an online lead generation provider.