’60 to 70 percent of the job is changing culture’

'The startup world is full of young people, money, and optimism. The media world, the vast majority of the time, is not.' The words of an entrepreneurial young British journalist explaining why he has refused job offers from newspapers after he quit to launch his own news products. The quote comes … [Read more...]

“Doing things is the best way to learn. To try means to fail. To fail means to learn.”

Continuing my theme of 'failing in newsrooms', Olga Lucia Lozano, pictured, co-founder of a leading investigative journalism site in Colombia, La Silla Vacia (The Empty Chair), shares the fruits of her own mistakes as a 'news entrepreneur'. "Don't think about it, do it. Doing things is the best way … [Read more...]

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How often a startup is launched in London, according to @techcitynews And how many never get funding, ever? https://twitter.com/albionlondon/status/358135307419398145 … [Read more...]

“World of Warcraft is the best way to teach kids…”

"...It is so much more efficient to teach kids in a virtual world than it is in the real world." A curveball quote from Garratt Gallagher, chief executive of Romotive, whose day job is developing a product that turns your iPhone into a robot. As this PandoDaily video shows, Romo allows you to put … [Read more...]

The ‘age of context’ and perfect information: Robert Scoble and ‘Mr Silicon Valley’ Marc Andreessen

Consumer electronics is undergoing a shift as radical as the dawn of the internet, with consequences for commerce but also for journalism. And it while it's part of mobile, it's also bigger than mobile. So suggests Robert Scoble, the video blogger and former Microsoft tech evangelist. We are moving … [Read more...]

“Disrupt yourself, before somebody else disrupts you.”

The concluding tag-line on a Nieman Journalism Lab podcast I heard recently. Crucial to interrogate your own assumptions and more importantly, to get over any reticence and just do it. What's the worst that can happen? Someone says no? … [Read more...]

The Summly summary: the 16-year-old who wants to stop us being ‘inundated with drivel’

...with a little help from Stephen Fry. The pitch is this: Summly is an app developed by 16-year-old Briton Nick D'Aloisio that writes news summaries using an algorithm, making bite sized pieces of news that are easy to consume on a mobile screen - and if you want to read a longer version … [Read more...]

The newspaper innovator’s dilemma

Some choice insights on the 'boiling frog' question for newspapers from HBS professor Clay Christensen in a Nieman Lab interview. By that I mean, when do newspapers realise their goose (or frog) is really cooked? But beyond that, two lessons from Mr Christensen stand out: approaching the question … [Read more...]

Boom in the Silicon Savannah

The new tech hub where mobile has leapfrogged computers, allowing for an explosion of growth in a pristine market, according to this article in the Economist An astonishing two thirds of Kenya's adults have used mobile money, the most in the world by a long shot. As Main Street USA comes round to … [Read more...]

Velvet ropes and the marriage of content/commerce

An inspiring week, catching Thrillist head dude Ben Lerer chatting to PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy and explaining how content and commerce can live side by side without being mobbed by ads. Not necessarily convincing, but probably tenable given that the 'content' is all fizzy copy about food/drink, … [Read more...]