The only take about the future of media is that media is the future


a16z is doubling-down on its in-house media project , and Forbes is building out a paid newsletter service that we think is very neat. Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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HubSpot acquires media startup The Hustle


Marketing software company HubSpot is acquiring The Hustle , the business and tech media startup behind the popular newsletter of the same name. We've had lots of media co's try to buy us. Most ad 1st media companies are dying.

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10 VCs say interactivity, regulation and independent creators will reshape digital media in 2021


The digital media industry will give us plenty to talk about this year. When we last surveyed venture capitalists about their media investments, the big topic was the impact that the pandemic would have on the industry, and on the prospects for new startups.

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Recount Media

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Eighteen months ago, I had breakfast with John Heilemann and he told me that his world, political media, was challenged in the shift from linear television (ie cable news) to real-time mobile (ie Twitter). Their company is called Recount Media and it has stayed largely under the radar for the last ten months as they built the team and started producing news content that promises “no b t, no bad faith, in five minutes or less.”.

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How China’s synthetic media startup Surreal nabs funding in 3 months


The experience convinced Xu that synthetic media would become mainstream because the tool could significantly “lower the cost of content production,” Xu said in an interview from Surreal’s 12-person office in Shenzhen. “Fundamentally, I think [synthetic media] provides a disruptive infrastructure. What if we no longer needed cameras to make videos and can instead generate them through a few lines of coding?

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4 secrets to successful social media

Entrepreneurs' Organization

billion users on social media. And every business owner and founder knows that social media is one of the most cost effective ways to market your products and services. . We asked members of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in Australia to explain how they use social media.

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How to Deliver a Powerful Media Interview for Your Business

Smart Hustle Magazine

Connecting your business, and yourself, with the media is extremely important for exposure. So once you have a media interview lined up, or even a presentation or upcoming video, how do you successfully present yourself? Media Training vs. Solo Training.

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Why Your Startup Needs an Active Social Media Presence


Technology is rapidly changing, and it has made social media platforms more prevalent than ever. billion social media users worldwide, it is crucial for startups in every industry to create a noteworthy online presence of their own.

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Why Your Startup Doesn’t Need Social Media Marketing

Entrepreneur's Handbook

entrepreneurship social-media startup marketing businessYou can have a million-dollar business without making a single post Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

This is going to be BIG.

Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. Some founders get more press, get speaking opportunities or have an easier time fundraising thanks to leads that started with social media. The Base Layer The very basic level of participation on social media isn’t posting—it’s listening.

Social Media Marketing Tips and More Shared by Small Biz Panel

Smart Hustle Magazine

Also, their social media marketing tips were extremely encouraging and insightful for all entrepreneurs. Include Social Media in Your Marketing. These entrepreneurs shared social media marketing tips that help them to be successful.

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6 Ways to Sell Your Business on Social Media

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

If you’re anything like the average millennial, you might be checking your social media feeds as often as 150 times per day. With a little bit of social media savvy and your own smartphone, you can sell more products and reach a wider audience of potential customers. According to social media platform Hootsuite , 3.48 billion people around the world use social media. Build your social media smarts and sell your brand with these five great tips.

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Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been online for nearly 30 years (yes, there was CompuServe and Prodigy before the www), blogging for 10 and using social media tools since the earliest days. I began experimenting with time-of-day, number of Tweets, headline text, etc and learned a ton about usage patterns of Twitter and I even invested in a social media analytics company called, an influencer network called Adly and a data firehose company called Datasift (who now powers the Facebook Topics feed).

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Should You Monetise Your Children on Social Media?

Entrepreneur's Handbook

startup social-media entrepreneurship business parentingThe good, the bad and the ugly of kidpreneurs Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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Quickly Unpacking Spotify’s Acquisition Of Gimlet Media


As I was scrolling through Twitter today and saw the rumors around Gimlet, the podcast media company, being acquired by Spotify for $200M in cash, I knew I had to stop, write this post, and share some thoughts on what’s going on. 5/ Underlying RSS Technology Not Optimal For 21st Century Media. I’ve been traveling all week, digging out of email, and closing two deals and — hence — have been pretty quiet online.

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The Founder of Told Me How to Fix Social Media?—?He Makes a Great Point

Entrepreneur's Handbook

We all know social media is broken, but people are making too much money to want to fix it. entrepreneurship social-media inspiration founders startupContinue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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Big Security Risk for Small Businesses Concerning Employee Social Media

Smart Hustle Magazine

A new Cyber Readiness Institute survey finds that small business owners say employee social media use is a security risk. More than 80% of companies allow employees to use personal devices for work, but 46% are not sure or have no clue what social media apps are on those devices.

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Group Nine Media forms a SPAC to fund acquisitions


Group Nine Media — which owns Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and PopSugar — is the latest company to form a SPAC, according to a filing with the SEC. The idea of consolidating digital media properties has been a recurring theme from executives over the past few years.

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Truth, Fiction and Media Literacy

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Media Literacy Educator / Sacred Heart University. Critical thinking, critical discourse and — frankly — critical understanding of our media-laden world are essential, universal skills. This balance has been threatened even further by media giants who may not consider the consequences of their actions. The reality is that media, while expanding in the form of technology, has diminished people’s ideas and perceptions. By Belinha De Abreu, Ph.D.

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The Value of Media Literacy Education

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

But given all these imperfections in the media landscape, how do we encourage good daily habits? The answer is media literacy education. Media literacy education is not new, but the recent intensified interest in building up these essential skills has cast light on some holes in traditional approaches. Without laying this foundation — the reasons to beware and the reasons to care — it can be too easy for media literacy training to breed hardened cynicism.

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The Importance of Local Media to Boost Startups in Rising Cities


In recent weeks, several major media organizations, including Verizon (Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL), Buzzfeed and Gannett, the owners of more than 120 local media organizations across the country, announced thousands of newsroom layoffs in an attempt to reduce costs. In each of the 38 cities we’ve visited on our bus tours, our team works with the local media to highlight local startups and the entrepreneurs behind them. rise-of-the-rest media startup

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Three views on the future of media startups


The Equity crew this week chewed through a trio of media stories , each dealing with private companies and their successes. It’s always fun to celebrate other journalists finding success in different ways, and this week felt like a moment for the media news landscape.

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Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

Both Sides of the Table

For much of 2013 I watched the press write articles about how the YouTube “MCNs” (multi-channel networks) were doomed and tried to square that with the data I was watching at the one I invested in, Maker Studios, who has had one hell of a year. Maker announced it has raised $62 million this year, acquired an amazing off-YouTube distribution network and grown its business in monetary terms by almost 300% year-over-year off of an already large base.

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With $62.5M in debt financing, Road Runner Media puts digital ads behind commercial vehicles


If Southern California-based Road Runner Media succeeds, you’ll start seeing a lot more ads while you’re driving. Advertising Tech Funding Fundings & Exits Recent Funding Startups TC Adtech Baseline Growth Capital Road Runner Media

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Solving for Banner Blindness. Solve Media.

Both Sides of the Table

Solve Media is that. In the early days of the Internet as an advertising medium the industry organized to create “standard ad units&# for which most media companies would sell their inventory. So the debate in the print media world is whether or not to insert a paywall between users and content. Enter “ Solve Media &# (there is a 101 second video that explains exactly what they do. Solve Media offers a middle ground that they believe solves the problem.

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4 Ways Business Owners Can Promote Small Business Saturday on Social Media


Local businesses host open house events, decorate their storefronts with customized marketing materials and engage with shoppers via social media to encourage their biggest shopping day of the year. You can use it to create custom posters, social media posts and more in just a few minutes.

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From Agency to Enterprise Software: The Evolution of Buddy Media

This is going to be BIG.

The other day I wrote a post about the lack of Enterprise Software disruption coming out of NYC —and a lot of people responded that I wasn’t citing Buddy Media. Buddy Media was an amazing exit, but I never really thought of it like “enterprise software” I thought about it more like an agency that had developed off the shelf social tools around its service solutions. Buddy Media can build an application and drive 1 million users in just a few months.

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Social Media Marketing for the Professional Photographers of America hosted by Li Hayes

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon had a chance to chat with Li Hayes and the network — Professional Photographers of America — on Facebook Live about how social media can help kickstart your business. All business owners should have a social media presence. Social media channels are perfect for that.

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An Investor’s Personal Social Media Tech Stack: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers

David Teten - VC

Gordon Platt, President, Gotham Media , observes, “You may meet people on-line, but when’s the last time you really made a long-term, financially meaningful commitment exclusively as the result of a virtual interaction?” I’ve listed below my current social media toolkit. I typically publish essays in a major media venue, and then cross-post it on my blog. I can only do so much unpaid work for the social media companies.

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What You Could Learn from @John About Teens and Social Media

Both Sides of the Table

He explained to me that especially for young girls social media apps are really intimidating because increasingly teens are judged by the number of followers they have or by the number of people who like their photos on Instagram. I sat down with John and filmed for my show – BothSidesTV – and discussed the nature of social media, of working with kids and of landing celebrities as users or investors in your company.

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Christine Gritmon Speaks about Power of Social Media Storytelling at Smart Hustle Marketing Conference 2021

Smart Hustle Magazine

As folks of all ages love to consume good stories, it is imperative to leverage social media stories to grow your business. But how will you tell stories in social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet? Storytelling plays a critical role in marketing.

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Amazon acquires podcast network Wondery


Media companies and streaming audio platforms are all making big bets on podcasting, with Spotify making a series of acquisitions including podcast network Gimlet , SiriusXM acquiring Stitcher and The New York Times acquiring Serial Productions.

The Power of Torso TV (Why Media is Racing to the Middle)

Both Sides of the Table

It was especially influential in my mind in thinking about media. At the simplest level you can think about markets in terms of the number of times media is consumed and/or purchased by people plotted against the total number of content of that media type that is available. This was how companies who produced media became big before the Internet. There were no physical forms to store the media – VHS, DVDs then DVRs have obviously changed this.

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Aflorithmic nabs $1.3M for AI-driven personalized audio-as-a-service


million in seed funding from Crowd Media Holdings , an Australia-based company focused on influencer-based ‘social commerce’ and marketing. Artificial Intelligence Fundings & Exits SaaS Startups Aflorithmic AI Crowd Media Holdings synthesized media voice cloning

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Solve Media: Advertising that Makes Sense

This is going to be BIG.

A day or two after I joined First Round , back in October, I ran into Ari Jacoby at the Ace Hotel. I had just finished reading “ Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom.” Needless to say, how the brain works and how it interprets messages was on my mind—especially around the ones we want to keep there, like education and in this case, branding.

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The Social Media Triangle


The classic example is the idea that in manufacturing you can have any two, but not all three from fast, cheap, good. (*) Much of the current debate about social media and how to regulate it is people shouting loudly past each other because they are pursuing different objectives in what I believe is a social media triangle: Freedom: there isn’t a central authority that can exert power over individual expression or appropriate rents generated by contributors to the system.

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Extra Crunch roundup: Edtech VC survey, 5 founder mistakes, fintech liquidity, more


10 VCs say interactivity, regulation and independent creators will reshape digital media in 2021. Since the pandemic disrupted the social rhythms of work and school, many of us have compensated by changing our relationship to digital media.