Tag: startups

by John Clark

As our student startup teams embark on building a first prototype of a product idea, a common issue emerges: prioritizing what should go into the prototype. Something must go. Actually, almost everything should go. So in the Lab, we ask students to answer this question: What’s the one thing you need to know right now? [...] more »

by Heather Martino

New York City is home to a more than 1,000 new tech companies that host daily events, workshops, classes and conferences. Thanks to the Bloomberg administration’s Made in NY initiative, there’s never been a better time for a journalist to cover Silicon Alley and get involved in the burgeoning startup scene. Recognizing the strong connection [...] more »

by Aaron Mendelson

This story originally appeared on the Knight Foundation’s Knight Blog. Matter Three Demo Day from Matter Ventures. Journalists, media makers and tech investors gathered under the high ceilings of a former brass foundry on Thursday for the third demo day from Matter, the San Francisco-based media accelerator. Six startups received five months of financial support, [...] more »

by Zhai Yun Tan

“One hour to pitch, guys!” Eight students from Reese News Lab, dressed in their best, were prepared to pitch in the American Underground, the heart of startups in the Triangle. As everyone piled up in the van to leave for the destination nearly 30 minutes away, a jovial mood set in. They seem ready to [...] more »

by Zhai Yun Tan

The startup process is a dramatic roller coaster ride. It’s thrilling when you discover new gold mines, but crushing when you realize that your ideas are not that novel. My team had to go through the ride four times. Looking back, the biggest lesson I learned in the past six months is having the courage [...] more »

by Rachael Meleney

I think that I can speak for all eight of Reese News Lab’s summer startup interns when I say that we were constantly confronted with truths in the first week of our summer project: the exhilarating/terrifying/sobering truths of being an entrepreneur. Our first week at Reese News Lab was a continuous exercise in brain-expansion as [...] more »

by Alexa Schirtzinger

Recently, a group of Knight Fellows visited the offices of Matter, a media-focused venture capital firm in San Francisco, just around the corner from the playground where Twitter was born. It was an immersion in startup culture, which exhorts would-be entrepreneurs to “focus on the user,” “fail fast,” and embrace the idea that “life is [...] more »

by Pooja Kodavanti

“Ignore this book at your own peril.” –Seth Godin That’s spelled out on the front cover of “Rework,” a book written by two robust, march-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drum individuals who say they know what’s up in the growing business self-help industry. Authors Jason Fried and David Hansson founded 37signals, a privately held web application/design company. They decided to [...] more »

by Lincoln Pennington

One day during winter break, I stumbled upon an article about why professional journalists make good entrepreneurs. Reading the article was like a checklist of what I’ve experienced firsthand at Reese News Lab. While we may not have years of professional experience, student journalists have many of the same skills and habits. The author said [...] more »

by Desiree Everts

On the heels of announcing its most recent slew of News Challenge winners, the Knight Foundation has announced it is funding 24 early stage media projects. Knight’s Prototype Fund supports small projects with grants of $35,000 each in an effort to push media projects from ideas to actual demos. The fund, which accepts applications on [...] more »