Tag: startups

by Rafat Ali

Starting up a news site has become the easiest thing in the world over the last decade, but building a long-lasting media company from scratch is among the hardest tasks in startupland. Having worked on a couple of these myself, I’ve always believed one of the most underrated barriers to entry for a media startup [...] more »

by David Cohn

Circa is not my first tango with a startup. Even before Spot.Us, the startup I am perhaps still best known for, I have been part and parcel to various projects that were “starting up” even if their aim wasn’t to build a company (i.e., conference organizing or experiments that had sunset dates like Assignment Zero). [...] more »

by Ryan Graff

Click here to read the entire series This post was written by Ryan Graff of the Knight News Innovation Lab and originally appeared on the Lab’s blog. While the Knight Lab spent last week looking back at 2012, what we’re really excited about is 2013 and beyond. Nieman Journalism Lab has a whole series on [...] more »

by Adriano Farano

Our startup, Watchup, has just closed a $500,000 angel round, and since creating a startup is an increasingly appealing idea to a number of journalists, I thought I should share on Idea Lab what I believe every entrepreneur should know before starting raising a first round of funding. Watchup, an iPad-only app that unleashes the [...] more »

by Mathew Morgan

We just launched ShoutAbout.org publicly at the Mashable Social Good Summit late last month, and the process has been enlightening. First some background: ShoutAbout offers a free engagement tool for media sites that allows readers to bridge awareness of important issues with constructive ways to do something. Everything is crowdsourced. For folks thinking about getting [...] more »

by Tom Grasty

Two and a half years ago, I co-founded Stroome, a collaborative online video editing and publishing platform and 2010 Knight News Challenge winner. Like most first-time entrepreneurs, I was under the impression that the decisions made after we went live were the most important. It turns out, the success of most startups begins with a [...] more »

by Jake Shapiro

We announced PRX’s partnership with the Knight Foundation to create the Public Media Accelerator about a month ago. Since then, it’s become clear that the accelerator concept is new to many people in the non-profit and public media worlds, even as tech folks fret that accelerators have jumped the shark. Our tagline for the Public [...] more »

by Retha Hill

It was a few days before the end of the fall 2011 semester, and a friend at a small southern university was bemoaning the lack of innovative spirit among her students. She’d built in an entrepreneurial module into her class, but only a small percentage of the students took the bait to even try to [...] more »

by Nonny de la Peña

Journalism is dead! Long live journalism! And so it goes as we continue on through the process of Schumpeter’s gale of creative destruction. With pay walls that come and go and come again (or hacked with four lines of code) and linkbacks ever so briefly taking it on the chin, how is it that we [...] more »

by Philip Neustrom

I recently had a conversation with a friend who’s just been accepted into the Y Combinator startup seed fund. His organization, as is typical of the Y Combinator program, was given a very modest sum of money (less than $20,000). In exchange for acceptance into the program, he and his co-founder quit their jobs and [...] more »