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Spirited Media is selling off its local sites and pivoting to consulting » Nieman Journalism Lab
“Local news scared certain investors outside of the strategic space. They said, ‘we love local journalism, but it just scares the hell out of us,'” Brady said.
journalism  local  location  media  business  entrepreneurs  philadelphia  denver 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Recession-Era Entrepreneur | Educations & Careers | East Bay Express
"People are doing lots of small things cobbling together a full living," said Lauren Venell, who teaches often sold-out DIY business classes at Workshop in San Francisco. Venell said her enrollees are mostly creative types — designers, crafters, and illustrators — who want to launch their own endeavors. Many hope to start curatorial businesses that recommend products or hand-pick items to sell. Most of them are in their twenties and thirties, or semi-retirees in their sixties, with few in between, Venell noted. And, for whatever reason, the majority are women.

Venell acknowledges the Bay Area's entrepreneurial pedigree, but says she's seen a new trend of people being drawn to start their own businesses out of economic necessity: getting laid off from their jobs or having their work hours reduced. "It didn't used to be that way," she said. "It was much more deliberate a few years ago. And now ... they're doing it with a little less preparation."
work  entrepreneurs  EastBay  creativity  jobs  recession 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Not Every Journalist Can Be an Entrepreneur
Most of the people I know in the news biz, and most of the students I teach, want to be reporters because they love to write, or get a charge out of chasing a big story, or are crusaders wanting to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and so on. Not many get into journalism to make a lot of money (if they did they'd be fools anyway.)
business  journalism  media  newspapers  entrepreneurs  work  identity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
“There’s a lot of pressure to play for the short term”: The Bay Citizen’s editor on its $15 million future » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
“The partnership, I think, has tended to push us in a little bit more traditional direction than we might have gone otherwise,” Weber told me. “There’s definitely an issue of orientation. If you’re thinking about something as a New York Times story, you think about it differently than if it’s just going to run on I think it’s made the coverage feel a little bit more traditional in its approach.” Were it not for the partnership, quite possibly, “we would be further along in developing the kind of voice and style of our own kind of journalism.”
entrepreneurs  journalism  media  bayarea  news  nytimes  reputation 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Is Portland the new Neverland? |
"Young people intuitively understand that the old model is broken and they are in the forefront of inventing the new institutional model of the future," says Charles Heying, an associate professor of urban studies and planning at PSU. "But to make this omelet, many eggs are getting broken." [...]
To ask whether this collectivism yields independence, Heying suggests, is the wrong question. "Portland may be deficient in personal wealth, (but) we have an abundance of 'social wealth,'" he said. "The social wealth comes from the livability of the city, its low cost of housing relative to other West Coast cities, vibrant neighborhoods, abundant and inexpensive activities including access to good food and entertainment." 
portland  oregon  business  youth  social  entrepreneurs  bicycling  beer  urban  interviews 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
OK Go's Damian Kulash on leaving Capitol Records | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“We only want to understand the logistics of the record business as long as it keeps us afloat creatively,” Kulash said. “Whenever I read music business magazines or blogs, I get nauseous. With the op-eds, we’re usually just chugging along as band, and when something gets in the way, I’ll say, ‘This counters common sense’ and write about it. But my great fear now is that if every musician is their own business, we’ll be self-selective towards very calculating musicians. I don’t think that being a clear thinker and being a great musician are mutually exclusive, but that’s not historically the trend."
music  business  video  marketing  corporations  entrepreneurs  identity  online 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Introducing GrowthSpur - Recovering Journalist
There’s no upfront cost to local sites for a GrowthSpur partnership. Our revenue model is a service fee on the advertising revenue we help you with. In other words, we make money if you make money.

How much money? We believe, based on our research and experience, that a well-run, sophisticated local site can bring in more than $100,000 a year in revenue from advertising, e-commerce and other sources. GrowthSpur exists to help local entrepreneurs achieve that level of success—and more.
journalism  business  news  media  entrepreneurs  local  online  blogging  marketing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A news entrepreneur lives her obsession and makes it pay | Knight Digital Media Center
I left my job as a reporter/blogger/columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News in January 2009. Now I work for myself as a blogger at, which helps people save money on everyday expenses. In almost six months of working for myself I’ve learned a few things.
entrepreneurs  media  journalism  blogging  identity  social  business  work  news  marketing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Warren Hellman to unveil new journalism model - San Francisco Business Times:
When you look under the hood of daily journalism, and the changes that have undermined newspapers’ classic print-advertising model, “I began to understand that we needed to put together a team to answer some basic questions,” including: “Is there a viable model anywhere in the world for us to emulate here in San Francisco?” “If there is not, how do we develop one?” “(H)ow would this model function in terms of news gathering and editorial content?”
journalism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  business  corporations  marketing  publishing  news  public  entrepreneurs 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . Life After Newspapers: One Reporter Takes on the Island of Alameda | PBS
I've found covering local news to be a lot more challenging than I expected, and in some respects a little more challenging than covering an issue beat.

For one, you have to be able to speak intelligently on everything from education policy to municipal finance to, in my case, environmental cleanup issues. And people are so invested in these local issues they aren't shy about letting you know when they think you've messed up -- in the most personal and derogatory terms possible, I might add.

That's another thing that I think was a shock for me in moving from print to online - the shift in what your readers want and expect from you in terms of their psychic needs (which shift from information to attention-getting, sometimes) and the kind of engagement they anticipate. I figure it'll take a lot of work for me to fine-tune that engagement level.
journalism  alameda  media  medianews  eastbay  bayarea  blogging  online  entrepreneurs  writing  parenting  wordpress 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Independent Minds - Andrew Keen - Trouble in Paris
In his latest book, Tribes, Seth Godin, a leading American marketing blogger, confesses to obsessively checking his email at 4.00 am while on holiday in Jamaica. “It took me a long time to figure out why I was so happy to be checking my email in the middle of the night,” he writes. “It had to do with passion. Other than sleeping, there was nothing I’d rather have been doing in that moment.” In Silicon Valley then, work is passion; in Europe, I suspect, passion at 4.00 am is something entirely different.
europe  culture  internet  social  usa  media  france  innovation  business  entrepreneurs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Could VC be a Casualty of the Recession?
There is a founder community just as there's a VC community. They all know one another, and techniques spread rapidly between them. If one tries a new programming language or a new hosting provider and gets good results, 6 months later half of them are using it. And the same is true for funding. The current generation of founders want to raise money from VCs, and Sequoia specifically, because Larry and Sergey took money from VCs, and Sequoia specifically. Imagine what it would do to the VC business if the next hot company didn't take VC at all.

VCs think they're playing a zero sum game. In fact, it's not even that. If you lose a deal to Benchmark, you lose that deal, but VC as an industry still wins. If you lose a deal to None, all VCs lose.
business  money  finance  future  economy  economics  capitalism  entrepreneurs  technology 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
gapingvoid: silicon valley startup
"I have this idea for a Silcon Valley startup. It's not really a startup. It's just some crazy guy with a laptop, a cellphone, a stack of blank business cards and some drawing pens."
entrepreneurs  marketing  weblogs 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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