Tag: startups

by Desiree Everts

Matter, a startup accelerator launched last year by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, announced seven media ventures on Thursday that have been chosen to “change media for good.” These seven startups will take part in a four-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, and design reviews to help them fine-tune their business plans [...] more »

by Nick Shchetko

The evening of August 26 was loud in the Reese News Lab: 16 students pitched their product ideas to the Lab to explore throughout the semester. Only four of the projects were selected. Would my idea survive the vetting process? The idea I’d chosen the idea of location-tailored news, with a probable monetization model of [...] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Spike Lee joins Zach Braff and Rob Ford’s Veronica Mars on the list of celebrities to turn to Kickstarter to fund a project. It now seems that no star is too big  —  or too cool  —  to crowdfund. But what does the arrival of big names mean for the future of crowdfunding? With big [...] more »

by Hetali Lodaya

With Jeff Bezos’ groundbreaking purchase of the Washington Post, many media analysts are speculating about the ways in which he might bring the Post into the digital age. Experts on the “Diane Rehm Show” noted that there are many challenges to successful implementation of a digital media strategy, including questions of monetization and infrastructure. For [...] more »

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 »