A class on persuasive technology at Stanford University ended up becoming a laboratory for start-ups making simple products aimed at attracting large numbers of users. Related Article: » http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/technology/08class.html?_r=1
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This is a useful and straightforward introduction to thinking about paying an employee in cash vs. paying them with equity (an ownership stake in the startup).
Here’s an interesting discussion on PaidContent.org (a site we talked about in last night’s class) about the rationale and impact of Apple’s decision to collect a 30% on subscriptions, which we talked about in class:
How far have newspapers fallen? In advance of our class discussion about the state of digital content revenue and the fate of newspapers, here is what industry experts were thinking five years ago. In 2006, I interviewed industry experts about where newspapers were headed. Here’s what they said.
Remember my business idea, the one that I’m still finding the best elevator pitch for?
Well, Matthew Wells (@mattwells) from the Guardian, who I met through Jeff Jarvis (before I had even met Jeff in person) is behind a very similar project: a real-time geo-based feed of vetted network of Twitter users throughout the Middle East.
Several million people will read the website Politico next month. Yet only a tiny fraction of these folks will actually pick up a hard copy of the publication, which circulates for free throughout the Washington D.C. area. Here’s why I note this. According to a case study by CSJ, Politico’s newspaper accounts for nearly two-thirds of the publication’s revenue. The circulation number cited in the study is something like 27,000. I wonder where or what shape Politico might be in if it didn’t have its print component. On the one hand, it’s essential to the site’s business model (a model that’s still operating largely in the red). On the other hand, it remains a secondary consideration for John Harris and Jim VandeHei, who dreamed up Politico only four years ago. They envisioned a publication exclusively on the web. They were reluctant to accept a print side to Politico, even at their financial backer’s urging. Eventually, they gave in. And, if we look at the streams of revenue, probably for the better. It leaves me scratching my head. How essential is print to our online ecosystem? And to what extent does print revenue still propel the news gathering and content that becomes the source for online consumption?