29 Jul 2014

Lessons Learned From Project Thunderdome

Illuminating post-mortem on Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Goals vs. success breakdown:

1. To serve as a centralized national news desk for our properties so that we didn’t have multiple papers producing the same story about the royal baby or the Kentucky Derby or the Academy Awards. The hope was that we would then be able to devote more resources to local news in our markets — Mixed Success (positive on content, negative on devoting more resources to local)

2. To produce news products that DFM could launch across all its properties and then sell against — Failure, due to technical / integration challenges

3. To collectively provide skills to our newsrooms that we could not afford in every newsroom, specifically data, video, curation and graphics services — Great Success, papers loved it


26 Jul 2014

Fire Island evenings

Fire Island evenings

25 Jul 2014

Terrifyingly accurate: sucker steak and business class carrots (via Here’s What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like - Eater IDK - @Eater)

Terrifyingly accurate: sucker steak and business class carrots (via Here’s What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like - Eater IDK - @Eater)

23 Jul 2014

Superpowers for everyone — not just Superusers.

 (via The next age of @Foursquare begins today | The Verge)

Superpowers for everyone — not just Superusers.

(via The next age of @Foursquare begins today | The Verge)

21 Jul 2014

I used to think that people who could not keep up with The New Yorker were shallow individuals with suspect priorities. Now I think of them as just another desperate fellow traveler, bobbing in a sea of information none of us will see to the bottom of.

David Carr, finally feeling the pain of infinite information (and the New Yorker’s nearly infinite article lengths)

Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind - NYTimes.com

19 Jul 2014

Pratt Campus at Twilight (at Pratt Institute)

Pratt Campus at Twilight (at Pratt Institute)

15 Jul 2014

Le Tricolore!

Le Tricolore!

11 Jul 2014

Thoughts on three years at Amazon.

shehab:

I recently left Amazon after three years as a Product Manager (PM) in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Kindle. Some thoughts on my journey, Amazon, and personal takeaways on building products for one of the iconic companies of our generation:

Dubai to Seattle

As a born and bred Dubai-an who had…

Fascinating and eloquent inside look at being an Amazon Product Manager from a friend and former Columbia classmate.


3 Jul 2014

We think that there’s a huge opportunity between the Business Insiders of the world, which are colloquial and fun and often unreliable and occasionally slanderous and definitely picking our stuff off … and the Wall Street Journals of the world, which are accurate, reliable, based on access and frequently dull. There’s a huge space for us to play in.

— Justin Smith

The new Bloomberg Media | Capital New York

2 Jul 2014

Vox Is the Conde Nast for Next Generation

Jim Bankoff:

"We don’t want to be another portal where everything is just general." (Focus on verticals creates authority and brand permission)

"We’re closer to the cable company than a magazine company." (On increasing importance of video)