Category Archives: Media

The new new newspaper

There is speculation as to what Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is going to do with his latest acquisition, the venerable Washington Post. But it’s really not difficult to discern. Bezos is going to do to the media (newspapers, magazines and television) what Amazon did to bookstores and authors. One need only consider his mission statement… Read More

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Brave New World of Tech Start-ups

Tech entrepreneurs might as well be Martians when compared to those working in other business cultures. And a recent conference in Calgary illustrated the differences. There’s the dress code. Wall Street certainly remembers how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman, at the age of 28, pitched his gargantuan IPO in 2012 to investors dressed in jeans, running shoes… Read More

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Personal Democracy Forum’s powerful elite

NEW YORK CITY — The American political conversation has refined itself into a contest between tech-savvy Democrats with armies of volunteers and wealthy Republicans with backroom boys. In other words, politics has become a war between the suits and the nerds. In 2008 and in 2012, technology helped President Barack Obama team to out-fundraise, outspend… Read More

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The power of technology in democracies

Next week I’m heading off to the Personal Democracy Forum 2013 in New York City along with hundreds of others to mark its 10th anniversary. The Forum will highlight a few dozen remarkable speakers who will outline the latest insights and technologies that are being used to leverage activism among voters in order to bring… Read More

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How old media gave away the store

The biggest heist in history was when newspapers and magazines allowed Google to “crawl” their content to readers, to pay nothing and to sell ads around their stories. Google became, in other words, the ubiquitous newspaper right under the noses of proprietors who should have charged for content then. But they didn’t because most failed… Read More

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