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Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Spare Me Your Sh*tty Advertising - YouTube
"advertising business model doesn't make sense." for publishers! Business insider makes 50cent per user per year. ARPU. OUCH! It's like worse than brand awareness banner advertising. They recently started long-form reports to buy on vertical/topics like gigaom did. // news is free. analysis isn't (in-depth, maybe personal brand, industry standing (like TechCrunch turned out to be: worked for it many long nights for years. and then it all came crashing down rather quickly because the figure-head overstretched himself and wasn't in it for the long-run to do it as independent business) ... but don't to cottage cheese Wall Street a-like factory). // &! We are on the eve of war of ad blocking/content blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It - youtu.be/KFe3YOlRlRs
subscription  model  business  model  Retail  e-commerce  Amazon  Prime  convenience  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  Jet.com  Amazon  publishing  2.0  journalismus  paywall  pageviews  BuzzFeed  Insider  New  York  Times  NYT  NYTimes  Der  Spiegel  The  Guardian  ARPU  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  CPM  Facebook  Big  Data  ad  targeting  Programmatic  Content  Programmatic  Advertising  PandoDaily  Pando.com  The  Information  24-hour  news  cycle  The  Content  Wars  discovery  distribution  noise  noise  pollution  curation  curation  curator  creator  digital  contextual  Niche  Content  marketing  advertorial  paid  user  generated  branded  Newsfeed  Upworthy  Google  Search  ad  blocking  Google  Inc.  Apple  iOS  Android  AdBlock  blocking  Platform  Silo  TOS 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: In the Valley, pre-seed is a meme. In New York, it’s a necessity
// cost of entry? // unable to make it happen? // Can't you write software from anywhere? // problem, heavily diluted early on approaching A/B, traditional shops don't like the cap table of pre-seed, angels, seed, accelerator & Micro VC's already owning ~+40% ... you come to a traditional A/B shop and not one of the existing investors is actually leading the round or committed in paper do double down? // // from a financial perspective/investment/math --- in the PRIVATE MARKET thrown under the bus by NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (looking for their female unicorn or own Zuck) everyone can run 100 burger stands with unlimited/stellar returns in their spreadsheet model (bc cost of capital being 0 or negative). Despite the deflation of price of software & hosting (marginal cost, economics of abundance), Talent got bid up heavily (+200k/y in LA by Snapchat) in certain cities (SV, NY, London) // &! Steen Jakobsen - youtu.be/fnp5ETnKylU - min 16 avg guy does not have access to credit!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#mediabuzz | Howard Kurtz | Fox News
Amazon a cyber-sweatshop? SARAH LACY praised the New York Times reporting on Amazon: "When you freak out the tech world, you're a powerful news organization." // "brutally efficient" 'white and blue collar jobs being exposed to the same treatment manual work and service sector jobs have been treated by competition and globalisation (flat and borderless world), for the last +30 years. "it's what you don't say and how it gets interpreted down the line." // Investigative Journalism! NYT (paper), a institution, a stalwart of investigative journalism, reporting, holding companies and people accountable, .... same along the line of bit.ly/1NRsG5N - One overlooked theme emerging from the Times’s Amazon story is the power of the paper itself. // this story underlines, is a data point in time, you can look back on. and say the world went this way such and such // competing on price is the easiest thing to do! the first thing in reach! its about the hard things that actually leverage/multiplier
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The New York Times Won’t Skimp on the Cost of Journalism — Even if That Means Selling Itself | Re/code
It’s that kind of expensive-to-produce, influential reporting that makes the Times the Times, and the family owners, the Ochs-Sulzbergers, know that better than anyone. If — and here’s the kernel if — the business ever diminished to the point that required significant cuts to its editorial staff, the family, led by publisher Arthur Sulzberger, would seriously consider a sale to preserve it, multiple sources say. Curtailing the talent would destroy the paper’s very reason for being, the thinking goes. [...] The board has “obstinately stuck with the idea of a really, really large-scale, properly invested-in newsroom,” CEO Mark Thompson said in a recent interview with Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, adding that “it would be self-defeating to change that.” [...] The family’s focus is not on arbitrary numbers but on maintaining the quality and editorial independence of The New York Times.” [...] the business is shrinking while the price of its journalism is rising.
newsroom  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  New  York  Times  NYT  NYTimes 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm Moving My Business From San Francisco to St. Louis | Need/Want
// one VC/Angel said, its not that you run out of money, you run out of time to find the magic that makes things for your product work, MVP, Product/Market Fit, that kick up in net promoter score, that multiple in q/q growth, etc etc. // If you’re trying to bootstrap, being based in San Francisco is awful. [ Same with London and New York followed by LA and Seattle. ] Cheap cities are startup friendly. [ don't opt for Edinburgh, if go to Glasgow or Manchester (which got already a small start-up scene plus Media City, Salford) ] We’re an internet company. We don’t need to be tied to a specific location. Hiring remote and having a distributed work force is far cheaper than hiring locally and making everyone come into an office. // &! bit.ly/1EvpTcY
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin | World news | The Guardian
More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital [...] Her decision to leave London was mainly a financial one. “I was working seven days a week and paying £800 for a shared flat in Lewisham. We kept moving further and further into south-east London, until I felt I needed to leave entirely. I’m part of a big exodus; I know many people who have moved from east London to south-east London and then to Berlin. [...] Agora is one of many “co-working hubs” that have sprung up in the city, created for the ever-growing startup community (by 2020 an estimated 100,000 jobs are set to be generated by Berlin startups). Agora is one of many expat bubbles, catering to the ever-growing number of digital nomads. [...] I was just exhausted all the time. You go home to your expensive flat, but end up just sleeping in it, and then go back to work. There’s just more time here.” [...] In London, its office work, bars, sleep, repeat.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Backyard Effect: Finding The Secret Sauce For Growing An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | TechCrunch
It may take some time to uncover, but every region has a secret sauce. I call it the Backyard Effect. It’s when a region embraces and connects its unique assets to foster startup success. // [ Berlin; natural growth better with some hands-off subsidies? Instead of heavy state subsidies that raise all, even the losers and not so good ... noise in the system. also reform in Germany; bankruptcy law/insolvency law and formation of start-ups (choice of business entity form - see US Delaware C corp - without the incentive and loopholes to avoid taxes) ]
economies  of  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  microeconomies  microeconomic  policy  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley  Silicon  Alley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  meritocracy  meritocratic 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million | TechCrunch
[ especially consumer apps being hit driven business, already, that can go out of fashion as quickly as they came, might be a flash in a pan like Secret & work only on the SV/SF ] Competition in the Valley has started reaching a new peak, with candidates demanding all kinds of accoutrements just to change jobs. But it’s not just recruiting that has become more challenging. Sales, marketing, public relations — essentially every task that a startup has to do is just more difficult today given this cutthroat environment. The only way to respond to the higher threshold has been to raise ever more capital, and earlier as well. We now have the rise of the “instant unicorn” that can raise hundreds of millions of capital in just the first months of a company’s existence. That means companies are already worth billions, before they may have made their first million dollars in revenue or gotten their first million users. That’s the new normal, and founders have to be ready to adapt.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Put your start-up tent up at expensive places = less runway for your start-up = competitive disadvantage (burn rate). To get a MVP minimally viable product out the door, you don't need a $120k/y full-stack dev, for 90% of "ideas," Start-ups fail because they run out of time (= money to pay bills) to find traction, the formula for their "idea." Sure, there are bad ideas. But sometimes you need time to fix all the problems and test and optimise etc etc. A marathon of sprints. // "Burning Money For The Roof Above Your Head" &! So Silicon Valley is an extraordinarily competitive and expensive place to hire; the risks are high for you as a founder – and yet you have to hire faster than you ever have. Candidates are gone if you don’t catch them in a day. &! RE TECHCITY UK - RETS ARE ALREADY WAY UP IN THE AREA AND LONDON IS EXPENSIVE. AS IS NY. AND LA IS AWEFUL, always in the car and the pollution. // http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/14/sf-housing/
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
A Billion Gallons a Day | Living City | The New York Times - YouTube
"without water, a city doesn't exist." &! less chlorine via UV light treatment. is also cheaper long-term
NYC  New  York  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  rights  drinking  water  Aquifer  Aqueduct  infrastructure  investment  urban  planning  urbanisation 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot | TechCrunch
[operational cost low in Berlin. 'running out of cash before traction and revenue starts to climb'] “We have years and years of cash left,” Goldberg notes. It seems that even if there may be new kinds of overhead with the design, building, selling and distributing of furniture, it’s nothing compared to the burn of a startup with hundreds of employees and the challenges of grappling with inventory from dozens and dozens of suppliers. Real estate is one part of that cost base: in New York, Fab paid $250,000 per month for two floors of office space. In Berlin, the company spends $125,000 per year on rent. [min11 ... a choice you have to make about your business; scale with low margin ie Amazon, Zalando&co *commodity business. or the reverse. tight curated sought out offering with high margins with a shelf life of very few months *ie seasonal high end fashion, designer items of any kind, hand manufactured stuff] & techcrunch.com/2014/10/20/justin-kan-disrupt/ & youtu.be/CyIMNDCyuBM
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Andreessen: High burn rates risk more than just running out of cash | PandoDaily
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon) | TechCrunch
"The more you boost your burn, the more risk you take on. [...] The underlying point of Gurley’s and Wilson’s respective riffs is that many companies will have to reduce their burn in the future. And it won’t be easy. And the pair likely won’t be willing to give larger sums to companies that just torched their prior round in ways that they didn’t precisely approve of. Cash is the oxygen of business. When it runs out, the company dies." ... being nimble, frugal, Lean, conservative ... via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8338411
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Burn Baby Burn – AVC
From one of the comments: "f you're backing companies that have bootstrapped their start, you get a different, focussed culture & attitude on burn rates and costs. It forces you to think twice about every cost item. You're running as fast as you can to get traction, customers, product, team, everything aligned within tight costs. It's not about frugality but more aligned to reality. " +++ via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8324047 +++ !!! Fancy Offices - bit.ly/1piSnxO +++ !!! +++ "Gurley and Wilson point to sky high burn rates, not valuations as the red flag in Silicon Valley [...] Gurley and Wilson are lamenting the exorbitant burn rates that have become the norm among venture-backed startups and the lack of fear and accountability signaled by this hyper-aggressive approach." - bit.ly/1m93G0M +++ !!! +++ bit.ly/YQY2WS +++ !!! +++ "Which VCs Have the Most Portfolio Companies with $100M+ of Funding?" - bit.ly/1wo7BHF
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Venture Capitalist Sounds Alarm on Silicon Valley Risk - WSJ
"Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." And then you wrote: "Although we may have not reached the level of observing obvious greediness, there is most certainly an absence of fear. Those that managed companies in 2008, or 13 years ago in 2001, know exactly how fear feels. And this is not it." [...] Right now youve got private companies raising $200, $400, $500 million. If youre in a competitive ecosystem & you raise that amount of money, the only way you use it—because these companies are all human-based, theyre not like building stores—is to take your burn up. [2 things: exorbitant high burn rates like '99 & the allure of working for $ loosing companies. &the justification is 'it's Landgrab time,it's still day 1'] &living cost, employee cost &perk &rent cost in SV/SF &surroundings isnt helping either. rising cost is fuelling burn rates &valuations w/ big ABC-Rounds. Didnt we have the glorification of Lean ~3 years ago? A bubble is one WHEN IT POPS!
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Shrink Your Digital Footprint with Mark Cuban's Cyber Dust | Disrupt SF 2014 - YouTube
min 8:45 - Silicon Valley & Culture & Valuations (_cost of Living_!!! - Silicon Valley and surrounding areas ie SF and Palo Alto etc.) & FOMO (fear of missing out) ... arbitrage >> coming from the outside, selling it to the inside. +++ http://youtu.be/nXVKA__JohU
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Listen up, America: It’s time to start making mass transit free! - Salon.com
But where do the benefits of free ridership accrue, if not to riders themselves? To drivers, who enjoy less congested roads and free parking spaces? To local businesses, who reap the benefits of increased mobility and local spending power? To everyone, in the form of clean air? It’s not an abstract question when the bill comes due, and answering it has proven a formidable obstacle to cities, like San Francisco and Portland, that have studied the possibility of making transit free.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
SherpaVentures raises $154M maiden fund to offer a fresh take to value-added venture | PandoDaily
[ #building blocks, pillars - created out of necessity. ] But despite their influence, there’s limits to the bandwidth that Pishevar and Stanford have to serve their portfolio companies. With this in mind, the pair founded SherpaFoundry as a standalone consultancy alongside SherpaVentures. The advisory and incubation arm is led by a former Johnson & Johnson Tina Sharkey as its CEO. Unlike the portfolio services groups within other top VC firms, the idea at SherpaFoundry isn’t to help startups with marketing, PR, recruiting, or accounting, all services which Stanford points out are readily available in the broader Silicon Valley ecosystem. Rather, this concierge-like group exists entirely to add more abstract but higher impact value through strategy consulting, business development, and out-of-the-box recruiting. SherpaFoundry is separately capitalized will be compensated for its work through a mix of equity and cash. The group may even work with non-SherpaVentures companies.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
“Silicon Alley” is done, but New York is rising | PandoDaily
I’ve spent years traveling to startup hubs — both aspirational and actual ones — in most states in the US and at least 15 countries around the world. I’ve found an inverse relationship with a place having a Silicon-themed nickname and actually thriving as a startup ecosystem. In the rare cases where a place that calls itself “Silicon whatever” does tend to produce great startups at a regular pace, something interesting happens. It tends to stop calling itself by that name.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
- Startups - George Zachary of Charles River Ventures - TWiST #237 - YouTube
interesting point about deflationary pressures ... ... min 59 - re-training of workforce - for the workplaces of the future. // min 1:00:00 social divide between the havs and the havs not. // education has to marry (50/50) liberal arts and practical skill sets for the future. mandatory will have to be technology basics and programming intro.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce: We are nowhere with immigration and the clock is ticking | PandoDaily
Unfortunately, the clock is ticking and the competition in the entrepreneurial space is fierce. ... + SF and surroundings housing issues. price on talent. + Broadband oligopoly, + revolving door's in Washington, + health care & co, sick pay, holidays, child care, education (non-private), ... << lots of stuff that isn't big on employee benefits, ... >>> if it gets too cold in winter we can go to spain in december (just rent out a whole hotel). --- Europe - free place to travel and work. And other non-EU talent you can get a permit for; http://www.workpermit.com/germany/requirements_for_work_permit.htm - http://www.bund.de/EN/Working-In-Germany/Work-Permit/Work-Permit_node.html - http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht_node.html
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Michael Kinsley’s review of Glenn Greenwald’s book is the worst thing The NYT Book Review has ever run | PandoDaily
>> NYT probably got some hints from Washington, what tone that book review should have. ...."The Greater Good. It’s why cop cars break the speed limit when responding to robberies. It’s why Rosa Parks, arrested for violating the long-standing rules and customs of the Montgomery transit system, is nevertheless a hero. She chose the laws she liked and ignored the ones she didn’t. And she was right." .... HISTORY WILL BE MY JUDGE.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Jill Abramson was everything to young women at the New York Times.
The media called her “brusque” and  “polarizing.” But to young women at the New York Times, Jill Abramson was everything. [...] The mark Abramson made on her female employees wasn’t just a matter of optics. Abramson was committed to increasing women’s representation at the paper, and she got results. || + http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/05/15/jill_abramson_fired_from_the_new_york_times_here_s_why_it_stings.html + http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/19/313941751/fired-new-york-times-editor-losing-a-job-you-love-hurts + http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/05/16/3438585/jill-abramson-and-nora-ephron-its-personal/ ""Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you."" + http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/05/jill-abramson-grads-fungible
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Dear Jill: From One Pushy Media Dame to Another | Re/code
+ This has been a common theme in the coverage of the Abramson debacle — how different behavioral standards are applied to men and women, how strongly confident women get turned into waspish shrews, while men become commanding figures of authority. That’s the cliché, of course, but it does not make it any less true. || ++ http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/may/18/arthur-sulzberger-jill-abramson-new-york-times || ++ http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/19/313941751/fired-new-york-times-editor-losing-a-job-you-love-hurts + http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/may/18/arthur-sulzberger-jill-abramson-new-york-times
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
New York Times fights to limit criticism over apparent Abramson pay disparity | Media | theguardian.com
$475,000 vs $559,000 [...] The publication of the salary figures, which could not be independently confirmed but which neither the Times nor any of the protagonists denied, came as the newspaper fought waves of controversy over Abramson’s sudden dismissal. The revelations over the pay gap contributed to charges that sexism was at play. The failure of Sulzberger to articulate a justification for Abramson’s summary dismissal other than her style of managing the newsroom also led to charges that a man would not have been treated the same way. [...] The Times was playing damage control in its newsroom Thursday in an effort to reassure women in particular that Abramson had not been discriminated against. [...] [Fired her because they] didn’t think it was appropriate for her to take a warlike footing.” - http://nyr.kr/1mYSQG6 "brusque manner" SRSLY!? & http://nyr.kr/1hTB2J1 "ushed out for being “pushy,” a gendered critique." + http://nyr.kr/1g9SGgs
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
The New York Times Busted Lying Through its Teeth
NYT in the hands of a billionaire from Mexico. there had been before, non -coverage, about Carlos Slim (owner of telco's in mexico). and Washington Post was bought by Jeff Bezos. Press & dissemination of news - is one of the commanding heights of an modern economy (book).
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Newspaper Industry Is Running Out of Time to Adapt to Digital Future - NYTimes.com
Between operational fiascos and flailing attempts to slash costs on the fly, it’s clear that the print newspaper business, which has been fretting over a looming crisis for the last 15 years, is struggling to stay afloat. There are smart people trying to innovate, and tons of great journalism is published daily, but the financial distress is more visible by the week.

“Most newspapers are in a place right now that they are going to have to make big cuts somewhere, and big seams are bound to show up at some point,” said Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst at the Poynter Institute.

- Those of us who work inside the racket like to think of our business as unique, but with underfunded pension plans, unserviceable debt and legacy manufacturing processes and union agreements, the newspaper industry looks a lot like, well, steel, autos and textiles.
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july 2012 by asterisk2a

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