Startups For Journalists

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Lisa Williams, CEO and founder of Placeblogger and fellow at the MIT Media Lab, talks about bringing an entrepreneurial focus to journalism.

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Startups For Journalists

  1. 1. Screenshot of Placeblogger placeblogger
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  5. 5. Lisa on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lisawilliams Lisa on Twitter: @lisawilliams placeblogger
  6. 6. Startups for Journalists Lisa Williams Placeblogger.com placeblogger
  7. 7. But wait, I don’t want to be part of a startup placeblogger
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  9. 9. Journalism will survive the death of its institutions placeblogger
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  12. 12. Keep Calm & Don’t Panic placeblogger
  13. 13. Get Excited & Make Things placeblogger
  14. 14. Journalism is becoming a high-tech industry placeblogger
  15. 15. What this means for journalists placeblogger
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  17. 17. Shorter job tenures Projects, not companies Careers aren’t hierarchical anymore placeblogger
  18. 18. What it means for journalism placeblogger
  19. 19. Our problems are distributed and global Our media is consolidated and local placeblogger
  20. 20. Penguins placeblogger
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  23. 23. Veterans battlefield injuries placeblogger
  24. 24. Turn stories into signals placeblogger
  25. 25. Apple’s stock price placeblogger
  26. 26. Thinking like a startup placeblogger
  27. 27. How do I know if it’s a good idea? placeblogger
  28. 28. You don’t. placeblogger
  29. 29. What can you do without anyone’s permission? without anyone’s assistance? placeblogger
  30. 30. Learn to pitch placeblogger
  31. 31. Don’t do anything for free that you wouldn’t do for free indefinitely. placeblogger
  32. 32. Before there are companies there are projects placeblogger
  33. 33. But wait, how do they make money? placeblogger
  34. 34. They don’t. Many venture backed companies are “built to flip.” placeblogger
  35. 35. You don’t need a lot of money And VC/grant money does not make your idea better or more likely to succeed placeblogger
  36. 36. Site Startup Tech at Phase 2 Phase 2 Exit/ Capital launch tech financing Uniques Blogher >$10k Movable Drupal NBCi, Acquisition Type Venrock 8M $5M Television >$10k BBforum, MT, Bootstrap, Acquired by Without Pity Plone Prospero Advertisers Bravo 1M TechCrunch >10k Wordpress WPMU Bootstrap, ? ads, 1.8 conferences placeblogger
  37. 37. You don’t need tons of technical skill placeblogger
  38. 38. But it’s more fun if you’re more self-sufficient Because begging really sucks placeblogger
  39. 39. De-begify yourself • Post content (>1 day) – Open Source CMS (Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla) • Get a real URL (>1 day) – DNS/Domain name assignment • Put stuff on your server (3 days) – FTP/SFTP/SSH • Know what’s on your server, anyway (3 days) – Basic UNIX file management & command line • Make awesome web stuff (12 weeks) – PHP/MySQL/PHPMyAdmin placeblogger
  40. 40. You don’t need to do it forever All movies end All pieces of music end This does not make them failures placeblogger
  41. 41. “Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again.” placeblogger
  42. 42. Thanks! Lisa Williams lisa@placeblogger.com placeblogger
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  44. 44. together we can placeblogger
  45. 45. Thank you! Lisa Williams lisa@placeblogger.com And thanks to: Knight Foundation’s 21st Century News Challenge | newschallenge.org Raincity Studios | raincitystudios.com Boris Mann Francis Pilon Mark Yuasa Robert Scales Steve Krueger Audrey Yoo Erik Hermans Special thanks to: The Berkman Center for the Internet and Society | Tish Grier | Susan Mernit | Evan Williams | Andrew de Vigal | Dave Winer | Jay Rosen | Ellen Hume | Colleen Kaman | David Cohen | Andrew Hyde | Samantha Murphy | Amy Gahran | Meg Spohn placeblogger

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