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Conde Nast in no Rush to Release New Magazine Apps

Here’s an interesting tidbit from Ad Age. Unless something changes and Conde Nast sees a real business developing, they are slowing their efforts to get all their glossy titles ported over to tablets through an app.

“It’s a shift,” one Conde publisher told reporter Nat Ives. “The official stance was we’re going to get all our magazines on the iPad because this is going to be such an important stream. The new change is maybe we can slow it down. They’re not all doing all that well, so why rush to get them all on there?”

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The Great Disruptor: Venrock’s David Pakman On Media Unbundling


As a venture investor in internet companies, I look for technology-based innovation which causes major disruption among incumbents. Since advertising is the dominant business model for most of the web, I think a lot about these technologies and their impact on the future. Clearly the new devices we use to access information and entertainment are wreaking havoc on traditional business models based around ad sales. But I think the biggest change is the way new modes of consumption are forcing the unbundling of packaged media across a wide spectrum of industries. Read More

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The Lean Machine Hits the New York Startup Scene

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“There is no point in building a mousetrap, if there aren’t any fucking mice around,” said Patrick Vlaskovits, leaning his back against the wall in the kitchen of General Assembly. The broad shouldered Californian was in town for the weekend as an advisor to the aspiring entrepreneurs participating in Lean Startup Machine, a 48  hour event where 12 teams conceived, built and tested a business. “A lot of engineers are great at building things, but not at finding out what customers really want.” Read More