Ev Williams: Medium Wants To Help Build A Sustainable Economic Model For Journalism

2118601809_4fb4b88e70_z1At the Launch Conference in San Francisco today, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams took the stage to talk to conference founder Jason Calacanis about everything from his experience at Twitter and the rise of Vine to sharing his take on Google and Facebook as well as the latest from Medium, his latest effort to shape the future of digital publishing.

For those unfamiliar, a serial entrepreneur, Williams has played a key role in helping to shape the way we create and share content on the Web, as the co-founder of Pyra Labs, which produced Blogger — and was bought by Google in 2003. In doing so, Williams is often credited with coining the term “blogger” and helping to popularize both the term “blog” and the medium itself. After leaving Google, Williams went on to co-found Odeo and “idea incubator” Obvious, which produced both Twitter and, most recently, Medium (among others).

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With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book

TimFerrisFinalNecessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant’s publishing imprint is giving a fillip to BitTorrent — once a hotbed of piracy, and now a straight-laced and legal content distribution network — as a platform for marketing books. Tim Ferriss, one of the author’s signed to the Amazon imprint, has inked a deal with BitTorrent to promote his latest work, The 4-Hour Chef, a publishing deal first announced in August 2011 for hardover, e-book and audio editions of the book.

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GENWI Nabs $2M From Mike Maples, Roger McNamee To Help Publishers Go Mobile

GENWIDailyW_ArticleWhile magazines and newspapers have slowly made the transition from print to digital, they’re still coming to grips with mobile. For publications (big and small) to survive amidst the industry’s declining ad revenues, it’s imperative for publishers to be able to push their content on every available platform, particularly tablets, the device that’s really best suited to consuming digital content.

Founded in 2010, GENWI has developed a cloud publishing solution and mobile Content Management System (mCMS) that gives publishers an easy way to re-purpose their content and create engaging mobile apps. The startup’s platform provides templates and tools that make it easy for both small and enterprise publishers to customize both native and HTML5 apps and push their content out across those devices.

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Say Media Says Yes To $27M, Will Build Out Publishing Platform, Buy More Assets

saymediaAnother milestone for online publishing company SAY Media, just weeks after it had announced that Time Magazine publisher Kim Kelleher would be coming on board as president in September: today it confirmed that it has raised $27 million in funding, which it will use to make acquisitions and enhance its publishing platform.

The round was led by new investors New Enterprise Associates, Shea Ventures and Correlation Ventures, and also had participation from existing investors August Capital, First Round Capital, Maveron, WPP, Focus Ventures and Neoteny. Paul Hsiao, a partner at NEA, will be joining SAY’s board.

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Issuu: A Tool for Marketing, Not Just Magazines

Issuu is often associated with the thriving online shelter magazine industry, burgeoning fashion magazines, and other niche interest groups. But Issuu, with its easy-to-create PDF flip books, can be an invaluable marketing & business development tool as well. At KA+A, as we continue to broaden our client-base, Issuu has become a conduit to share our work with folks across the country. It began with a portfolio book we had designed and printed in small batches using Blurb (another great tool). We loved … Continue reading

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