Tag: business model

by David Cohn

Spot.Us recently launched a new design, so this is an opportune time to write a “State of the Spot” post — something we haven’t done since the website was six months old. I hope to lay out how far we’ve come and what’s on our plate and make a call to arms to the Spot.Us [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

In the search for new business models for community news sites, many experimental advertising platforms have been used. MinnPost has its Real-Time ads widget. Printcasting is trying out MediaBids. And Spot.us is planning something called Community-Centered Ads, where people could view an ad or fill out an advertiser’s survey in exchange for credits they can [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, is launching a for-profit news startup in Hawaii, where he and his family live. This is important news, and not just because he’s involved. A few months ago Pierre and Randy Ching founded Peer News. Their first project was a Twitter-related experiment called Ginx, which didn’t get critical mass and [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

A fierce and fascinating debate has broken out over the cover photo on Time magazine’s April 27 print edition. Time paid a pittance for the picture — at least a pittance next to what big magazines normally pay for cover art — and that’s made a lot of professional photographers furious. They should get over [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

(Note: This posting is from Jeremy Pennycook, a graduate student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He wrote this originally for our class website.) By Jeremy Pennycook The Internet killed journalism. At least, as we know it.  Legacy media is on a serious decline.  It’s hard to argue with [...] more »

by Aaditeshwar Seth

Moving from ideas to execution is an ultra cool feeling. Gram Vaani is finally on the go and we are all extremely excited to see our dreams taking shape. The garage startup mode I always used to wonder what a Silicon Valley garage startup would feel like. Well, here’s what it looks like — a [...] more »

by Christopher Csikszentmihályi

“What’s the business model?” It’s a question I hear again and again at meetings and events. The existing model for newspapers is quickly unraveling, so we need a ‘new new thing’ to serve some of the vital functions that newspapers used to. Whatever that new new thing may be, it is supposed to have a [...] more »

by Chris O'Brien

This past week, the National Association of Music Retailers landed in San Francisco to hold their 50th annual convention. Never heard of them? Neither had I, until I responded to a random email pitch and decided to attend for a few hours. Essentially, NARM is a trade group that includes every piece of the music [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

Returning to Chris O’Brien’s Business Model Challenge, here are some suggested approaches and models from the perspective of an entrepreneur and strategic consultant. For a more rigorous approach I would absolutely check out Chris’s recommended NewspaperNext report. That said, let’s try and smash some boxes or at least poke some holes in existing ones… 1) [...] more »

by Richard Anderson

VillageSoup is one of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation’s first year’s recipients of a Knight Brothers News Challenge Grant. It is in Gary Kebbel’s words, the only single platform, full service projected funded in 2007. I will try in this blog to share a view which will hopefully encourage others to engage [...] more »