Matter Two Entrepreneurial Innovations for Entrepreneurial Journalists

first_imgThe company opened its doors to six startups last year, and since launching, Ford says its startups are generating revenue, receiving several acquisition offers and launched three new products. The Second ClassThe seven companies that make up Matter Two offer discrete solutions in a number of media disciplines. Data-driven journalism, smarter programmatic advertising and universal platform publishing were just a few of the ideas that surfaced in the demos. Here’s a brief rundown:Beatroot: Founded by Mikko Koskinen and Ville Sundberg, Beatroot is for the data-driven journalist who wants to understand his or her audience better with actionable data-including impact, meaning the ability to trace how one story shaped media agendas or even policy.Butler: Founded by Jeff Wang and Jonathan Liu, Butler offers easy-to-use copy and paste analytics that gives users a much more granular look at visitor behavior. For instance, Bulter can determine not only how a user interacts with an interface, but also how they explore a site, and where in the funnel they might have dropped. Connu: Founded by Susannah Luthi and Niree Noel, Connu is a platform for short story fiction writers to distribute their work. The principal behind the product is to help independent writers scale their personal brand through distribution and audience development.Contextly: Founded by Ryan Singel (formally with WIRED) and Ben Autry, Contextly is an antidote to unintuitive automated content aggregators. In other words, with a simple backend tool, Contextly will allow publishers of any scale to surface recommended stories that tie back to the original entry point. The goal is to increase pages per visit, thus increasing the likelihood of binge consumption.Creative Action Network: Founded by Max Slavkin and Aaron Perry-Zucker, the Creative Action Network is a platform for independent artists to showcase and sell their work to a mass audience. It provides tech tools that optimize reach and discoverability.Made: Founded by Benjamin Evans, Nicolas Parzaile and Emma McGowan, Made is an invitation-only marketplace that connects freelance creatives with employers (and vice versa). The proprietary technology offers a more efficient experience for both the freelancer and hiring company. Think of it as a virtual agency, but with reduced costs for both parties. Phase one is for designers and developers, however the company plansi to scale it to a broader freelance community.Woopie: Founded by Martha Rotter and Stewart Curry, Woopie is designed to make digital publishing across all devices quicker and easier, without sacrificing original quality. Woopie is an acronym for “write only once, publish it everywhere.” The goal is to scale the product so that cumbersome PDF replicas are replaced by content that looks and feels native. The Bigger PictureEach of the startups are very much in their infancy, however they are beginning to earn revenue. Each are seeking somewhere between $300,000-$500,000 in a phase-one seeding. But Ford cautions onlookers to not dismiss where the companies are now, rather consider where they can go, and how they can reshape media.”Technology has been disrupting the traditional storytelling institutions that we have relied upon,” he says. “So the question is: What are we going to do about it? Everything big started small. Entrepreneurs are the ones creating the future of storytelling.”Moreover, these startups, in some cases, are creating tools for entrepreneurial journalists and those looking to forge their own way. While some of the tech is enticing to major players, there is an underlying commonality in that new technology is democrative and not exclusive. New York–On Tuesday, Feb. 25 a group of media executives, reporters and venture capitalists assembled at The Green Space for Matter Two Demo Days. Seven startups from around the world showcased beta and ready-for-market media products that could disrupt the media ecosystem and create new best practices. This was the group’s second demo after last weeks hometown San Francisco debut. What’s Matter?Corey Ford and Jake Shapiro founded Matter with a mission to holistically support entrepreneurs looking to improve storytelling. Support goes beyond the $50,000 in seeding Matter provides; it also includes an intensive 20-week accelerator course with hands-on training from experts in and around the media and tech communities.”Matter is about two things; culture and community,” Ford says. “A culture that encourages these teams to fail forward, and surrounding them with the community that can do just that. “last_img read more

Hearst Magazines UK Names Anna Jones CEO

first_imgHearst Magazines UK, the principal business for Hearst in the United Kingdom, has named Anna Jones its new chief executive officer per a joint announcement Monday by Hearst Magazines president David Carey and Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, to whom Jones will report.“Hearst Magazines UK is a vital part of our global portfolio,” says Carey. Calling Jones “strategic and collaborative,” Carey continues noting, “over the last five months, [Jones has] grown our digital business, established a new corporate sales structure to better serve clients, launched a new marketing platform, Hearst Empowering Women…and is rolling our the first issue of Town & Country in the U.K.”Jones, 39, was promoted to CEO from her role as chief operating officer at the company, a position she has held since November 2011. Prior to joining the company, she was digital and strategy director at Hachette Filipacchi UK and responsible for digital businesses, emerging platforms, group publishing for various weekly titles and strategic insight for brands, editors and senior managers.Jones’ CEO predecessor, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, left the company in November 2013 to join French media conglomerate Vivendi as senior executive vice president of media and content activities. Hearst Magazines UK distributes 19 magazines including editions of Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar and publishes 26 websites.last_img read more

FOLIO Recognizes the Top Women in Media

first_imgFOLIO: celebrated its first annual Top Women in Media luncheon at the Grand Hyatt on Wednesday, October 1st. Close to 200 list-makers and their well-wishers were on hand to help honor the group in six different categories: Corporate Visionaries, Industry Leadership, Director-Level Doers, Entrepeneurs, Rising Stars and Mentors.  FOLIO: created the list and event to recognize the women driving the agenda for the industry and in their companies—women who are innovating in new ways and guiding their businesses into new markets.  The luncheon was keynoted by Kay Koplovitz, the founder of USA Networks and the SyFy Channel and an inspiring business woman in her own right. Koplovitz encouraged the audience of women to seek parity in the market and strive for exponential thinking. Here, you will find the full list of honorees in each category and a link to each of the women’s profiles.Corporate Visionaries Marin Bright – Bright Business MediaElisabeth DeMarse – TheStreet IncMariette DiChristina – Scientific AmericanCharlene Finck – Farm Journal MediaSusan Fitzgerald – Madavor MediaMonica Gadsby – Starcom MediaVest GroupGillian Gorman Round – LuckyChristine Guilfoyle – Meredith CorpCarolyn Kremins – EpicuriousPoppy MacDonald – National JournalS. Mitra Kalita – QuartzKatherine Nicholls – Niche MediaMichela O’Connor Abrams – Dwell MediaMaria Rodale – Rodale IncLindsey Turrentine – CBS InteractiveKathy Savitt – YahooSamantha Skey – SheKnowsAmy Vaxman – Questex Media GroupNancy Weber – Meredith CorpEvelyn Webster – Time Inc Industry Leadership Anna Bager – Interactive Advertising BureauMary Berner – MPALynne Biggar – Time IncMyrna Blyth – AARPKris Flitcroft – AC Business MediaLaura Frerer-Schmidt – Women’s HealthNancy Gibbs – TimeConnie Guglielmo – CBS InteractiveStacey Hawes – EpsilonKaren Kovacs – PeopleLea Ann Leming – SheKnowsMonique Manso – People en EspanolJanice Min – The Hollywood ReporterJulia Turner – SlateEnedina Vega – MeredithDenise Warren – The New York TimesLisa Weinstein – Starcom MediaVest GroupCarey Witmer – MeredithDirector-Level Doers Nicole Dorrler – American Legacy FoundationJennifer Follett – The Channel CompanyTessa Gould – Huffington PostMarissa Hayes Aydlett – QuartzStaci L. Hallmon-Bazzani – ESSENCELisa Herdman – RPAKristina McMahon – Women’s HealthCathy McPhillips – Content Marketing InstituteJoy Robins – QuartzAnne Sachs – GlamourJoan-Marie Stiglich – SLACKEntrepreneurs Keisha Andrews-Rangel – nTrigue MediaAnne Hartnett – Agent PublishingJosie King – CFO PublishingKathy Leake – LocalResponseBabette Gaither Maxwell – Victory MediaAnna Murray – emedia llcJane Pratt – Say MediaMaureen Slocum – Zoomba GroupRachael Ray – Rachael RayCarley Roney – XO GroupLisa Sugar – PopSugarRising Stars Ankita Agarwal – AnomalyLindsey Benoit – Women’s HealthGrace Bacon – QuartzDanielle Balestra – CFO PublishingAmy Dickerson – Starcom MediaVest GroupNathalie Gorman – ALM MediaEmily Hirsch – MediaRadarLauren Indvik – Fashionista.comLee Ann Jarousse – Health ForumMolly McDonough – ABA JournalAlison Cooke Mintzer – Asset InternationalJulie Muroff – Light ReadingCandace Roulo – Penton MediaErica Schulz-Schueller – Cygnus Business MediaLindsey Unterberger – GlamourMentors Steffie Corcoran – Oklahoma TodaySusan DaMario – Summit Media GroupSusan Goodall – GlamourMary Grayson – Health ForumJoAnn M. Laing – Information StrategiesMaggie Murphy – Parade Media Grouplast_img read more

Bonniers Motorcycle Group Launches Marketing Services Division

first_imgEnthusiast media company Bonnier formed its Motorcycle Group when it bought nine titles from Source Interlink (now TEN: The Enthusiast Network) two years ago. Now, the group has its own marketing services team to match.  Bonnier consolidated the group’s custom advertising solutions under a new moniker called Quickshift. “We have been executing successful marketing programs for our clients for the past two years; this officially establishes a brand and division to manage this business,” says Andy Leisner, VP, group publisher, Bonnier Motorcycle Group, in a statement.  The division will work with the Motorcycle Group’s sales staff to deliver agency-like services—including video, PR, social media and custom content and events—for power sports advertisers.center_img The group claims to reach 8.3 million enthusiasts across its 12 brands, which include Cycle World and Motorcyclist. Bonnier Motorcycle Group general manager, marketing services Garrett Kai will head up the division.last_img read more

Barksdale AFB to Consider Opening Charter School

first_imgOfficials at Barksdale Air Force Base are considering opening a charter school, according to D.C. Machen, superintendent of Bossier Parish schools.Only eight military installations in the United States have charter schools, including Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse.A charter school could be opened on-base in two years; the local school board would need to approve its charter, reported KTBS. It also would need to admit the children of civilian families, which would require civilians to obtain security clearances.In contrast, a DOD school, which the wing commander prefers, would not have to deal with the security issue. Establishing a DOD school, though, could take 10 years, as it requires congressional approval, according to the story.Machen said that Bossier will continue to support Barksdale even if it pursues an on-base school.“Our pledge to Barksdale Air Force Base and the military families and our community is that we will continue to remain engaged in our daily efforts of meeting the needs of our students and military families regardless of the decision that will be made related to that issue,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Questions about Developer Selection Process Prompt Concord to Delay Council Vote

first_imgThe city of Concord has postponed Tuesday’s selection by the city council of a master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, located in the East Bay region in northern California, after one of the two candidates accused the other of improperly lobbying the city in violation of the negotiating agreement both finalists had signed.In a letter sent last week to Concord, the attorney for Catellus Development Corp. requested the city investigate its accusations about the conduct of Lennar Urban. Catellus also asked why city staff failed to recommend a preferred master developer as expected, reported the Contra Costa Times.“The reason that we’re sort of pausing this is to make sure we get all of the facts clearly outlined for the council and for the community, so that there isn’t any kind of dark cloud hanging over the decision we’re trying to make,” said Michael Wright, who had been executive director of the Concord Local Reuse Authority until his recent retirement. He now serves as a consultant for the project.The council, in consultation with the city manager, had earlier decided that the staff report on the two developers’ proposals would include a “balanced representation of the facts” but not recommend one over the other, Wright told the paper.The letter from Catellus also said that Lennar “may have arrangements with several prominent local companies that are also lobbying on its behalf.”Last month Concord Mayor Tim Grayson returned $12,600 in donations to his state Assembly campaign from firms linked to Lennar, including its public relations firm, an engineering firm that is a member of its project team for the Concord, and the president of a San Francisco-based investment fund that has loaned money to Lennar for its redevelopment of Hunters Point Shipyard.Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban, vigorously defended his firm’s conduct in an email to the Times.“Lennar has not engaged in any discussions, negotiations or lobbying prohibited under its agreement with the city and has prohibited its consultants from doing so,” Bonner said.“Lennar has full confidence that the city has engaged in a fair and thorough process. We are sorry to see that Catellus has chosen to smear the city of Concord in an apparent last-minute desperate act aimed at sabotaging the selection process,” Bonner said.The 5,046-acre weapons station site is still owned by the Navy with the first parcels of land expected to transfer in the spring of 2016. The city’s reuse plan calls for residential, commercial and office use clustered around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. Almost 70 percent of the property would be open space and recreational facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Southeast Leaders Discuss Uncertainty Facing Defense Communities at ADC Forum

first_imgSpeakers at ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday discussed a variety of ways communities can prepare for impacts at local installations stemming from statutory spending caps, force structure reductions and a looming BRAC round.Mike Cooper, president of ADC and chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, told attendees it was a precarious time for DOD and defense communities.While an installation such as Fort Bragg likely is safe from a potential closure, its host community shouldn’t get “fat, dumb and happy,” said John Simmons, managing partner of the D.C.-based The Roosevelt Group.Simmons encouraged communities, or the state, to invest local monies in infrastructure projects needed by the installations they host. That point was underscored during a panel of garrison commanders from four of the North Carolina’s installations who acknowledged the need for community investment in education and roadways, reported the Fayetteville Observer.The need to maintain Fort Bragg’s road system is generating “insurmountable expenses” for the post at a time when it is being forced to cope with funding constraints, said Col. Brent Funck.A handful of partnerships with local agencies, though, are expected to help trim Fort Bragg’s expenses, Funck said. One partnership is helping maintain the Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. The installation also is exploring a collaboration with Cumberland County for animal services, according to the story.Monday’s event was the second of a series of regional forums hosted by ADC to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities. The third forum is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 in Colorado Springs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Pentagon Takes First Step in Commissary Privatization

first_imgThe Defense Department shortly will issue a request for information from companies with the capability to take over the operation of all or part of the military commissary system.This initial step by DOD to better assess the feasibility of privatizing commissaries comes at the request of Congress.“This is a request for information only. It is important to emphasize that NO decision has been made to privatize commissaries and the department is NOT soliciting actual proposals for privatization,” DOD spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson told Military Times via email.Sakrisson emphasized that the department is committed to preserving the commissary benefit for military members but also is exploring options for reducing the government’s cost of delivering that benefit.The version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the Senate is scheduled to debate this week calls for a pilot program testing privatization at up to five commissaries at major installations, according to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who is renewing his effort to slow the test. Inhofe intends to offer an amendment to delay the pilot program until the department completes an assessment of the costs and benefits of privatization.“There are too many unknowns as to whether privatization could directly impact a military member’s ability to provide for their families as well as the potential for it to affect retention,” he said, according to a press release.Last year, Inhofe sponsored an amendment to the authorization bill on the Senate floor with Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) to postpone a similar pilot program. It was adopted and included in the final defense authorization measure signed into law.“I am committed to fighting this again on the Senate floor,” Inhofe said earlier this month following a visit to the Altus Air Force Base commissary.The assessment of the costs and benefits of privatization required under the amendment added last year to the authorization bill is under way, he said. The Senate and House versions of this year’s authorization bill would allow commissaries to introduce variable pricing as well, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Foo Fighters Billy Idol Greta Van Fleet To Play Cal Jam 18

first_imgAside from plenty of loud guitars, Cal Jam 18 will offer campers a full range of activities, including outdoor midnight movies, carnival rides, a pop-up record store, a comedy tent, and access to the water park.Tickets and camping packages go on sale this May 17 at 10 a.m. PT. Visit for more details.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Greta Van Fleet To Play Cal Jam 18 News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am ‘Wasting Light’: Foo Fighters win Best Rock Album Twitter center_img Music festival curated by Dave Grohl & Co. to offer music, camping and fun activities this fall in Southern CaliforniaTim McPhateGRAMMYs May 14, 2018 – 3:44 pm Another weekend of rock and roll abandon curated by the Foo Fighters? Yes, please.  Foo Fighters Bring Back Cal Jam 18 foo-fighters-billy-idol-greta-van-fleet-play-cal-jam-18 Following 2017’s installment, which made believers out of 30,000 music fans, the Foos have announced Cal Jam 18, which promises rock and roll shenanigans with more than 20 bands across four stages coming Oct. 5–6 to San Bernardino, Calif.On Oct. 5, the lineup will feature Bridget Everett, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld called “one of the greatest live performers I have ever seen in my life,” Mexico City’s Mexrrissey, who will perform a mix of covers of songs by the Smiths and Morrissey in Spanish, and punk-rock legend Billy Ido.Dave Grohl & Co. will headline Saturday, Oct. 6. Also performing that day will be Iggy Pop, who will join his all-star Post Pop Depression band featuring Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helders, among others. The Saturday lineup will be rounded out by GRAMMY winners Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, and Giant In The Trees, Nirvana alum Krist Novoselic’s new band, among others. Facebook last_img read more

Selena Gomez Cher Alicia Keys Rally To KeepFamiliesTogether

first_imgAt the Los Angeles march, GRAMMY winner John Legend took the stage along with Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo to support the efforts of those gathered. Meanwhile, Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen — holding their newborn son — gave a powerful speech to the marchers gathered around City Hall.”We love that the American story is filled with people who come from all over the world to have a better life here. America at its best is big, beautiful and diverse,” she said. “Too many people demonize immigrants, like they’re stealing something from the people born here. Immigrants don’t come here to take from us; they add to what makes America special. Making America great doesn’t mean building walls to keep people out. It means continuing to embrace the dreams of immigrants who add to our culture, our economy and our humanity.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend, Carole King, and many others came together in support of immigrant families Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 2, 2018 – 5:10 pm As people nationwide gathered to #KeepFamiliesTogether and support immigrant families and protest current immigration policies on June 30, many musicians, actors and activists lent their celebrity to the cause.Artists such as GRAMMY winners Alicia Keys, Carole King, Cher, and Lin-Manuel Miranda attended marches protesting the current White House administration’s immigration policies. Others, including Janelle Monáe, Selena Gomez and Questlove voiced their support on social media, posting under the hashtags #KeepFamilesTogether and #FamiliesBelongTogether. Twitter News Email Artists Rally To #KeepFamiliesTogether selena-gomez-cher-alicia-keys-rally-keepfamiliestogether Selena Gomez, Cher, Alicia Keys Rally To #KeepFamiliesTogether Facebook #Preach— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 30, 2018To find out what’s next and join your favorite artists to ensure our fellow human beings have the civil rights we all deserve, visit Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more