Zinio case study – struggling, struggling, down.

Zinio is a first-of-its-kind digital production service for magazines. What interested me most about the study of Zinio’s Spain franchise was how it fought to create a good business model that was adapted to Europe’s market. In the U.S. magazine market, ad sales sustained the bulk of publications- 55% of the revenue, with 45% coming […]

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New York Times experiments with Twitter newsfeed

After the Guardian’s geo-based Twitter network for the MidEast, now it’s The New York Times’ turn to try their hand at integrating Twitter feeds. Here are my thoughts on their model: 1. It’s a hybrid. The Times has not relinquished what they treasure most (their Value Proposition, if you will): their own news analysis. So […]

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The myth of epiphany = the attainability of success

+ “Big thoughts are fun to romanticize, but it’s many small insights coming together that bring ideas into the world.” The idea that innovation comes about as a result of long moments of deliberation, association, trial and error — is actually very liberating. Scott Berkin (The Myths of Innovation) made me realize that innovation — […]

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Market research – questions I want to answer

We had a great session the other day, where Jeff went on to dissect my business idea – really tear it down to the core. Besides the research I will have to do with the back-end producers, people who are already doing this at some level, and the sources who would make up the network […]

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Connecting the dots – creating a Twitter newsroom

The business I envision is a real-time Twitter feed and platform of vetted journalists and bloggers, searchable by geo-location and topic. This is an web-based, online platform, I expect medium traffic. It’s going to be a global site. Mostly aimed at the younger generation — who are more tuned in to real-time news/connecting with people […]

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Guardian develops a real-time geo-based MidEast Twitter network

I ran into a tweet from @MattWells from UK’s Guardian today, in which he pointed out a new geo-based Twitter feed of vetted journalist, bloggers and on-the-ground citizen journalists tweeting from various regions of the MidEast. I see some similarities and differences from how I want to develop my own project: 1. The tweets appear […]

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