840,000

The number of unique users in the first month of Quartz, the Atlantic business news startup. Not bad for something out of nothing, and reporters who double as coders. … [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...]

Innovation in newspapers: marginal vs radical?

Many big-brand newspapers appear to be adopting a marginal iteration approach to establishing their new identity in the digital space. Softly softly, tip-toe tip-toe, experiment small improvements to their digital products and then test and learn from that data before repeating the process. That … [Read more...]

‘The future of the news will be written in code’

A step change in digital news is upon us. As I teed up in a recent blog posting, the business news startup Quartz went live last week with a bold statement of intent that included an intriguing proposition in its About us section: "Developers and journalists, sometimes one-and-the-same, sit next to … [Read more...]

Flipboard’s Mike McCue: from paper to pixels, the mom test, and the magic innovation checklist

The man who represents the anti-thesis of paywalls, Flipboard's Mike McCue, came to talk to my newspaper recently and tickled some stirrings of thought among some cynical hacks. McCue, a genial 44-year-old technologist and serial entrepreneur, made a packet selling companies he'd built to … [Read more...]

‘The whole middle of the newspaper business is just gone.’

'The whole middle of the newspaper business is just gone.” The verdict of NYT journo figurehead David Carr, according to a report of his interview with a CBC radio host in Toronto, published in good old GigaOm. He was running the rule over the industry and suggesting that the sectors that will … [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...]

Medium is well done, but is it the future of publishing?

What Twitter lads did next... But do we need another blogging platform? … [Read more...]

Making of an entrepreneur: can it be done?

A shorter version of Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck, the business book du jour, by one of its authors. They would say yes, of course you can work on it, and that the X factor is Guts, ie the balls to take the risk. Now tell that to a big newspaper that knows it needs to innovate but doesn't know … [Read more...]

The entrepreneurial vision a la Steve jobs

Steve Jobs interview: So the thing I would say is, when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. But life -- … [Read more...]