How to make sense of a watershed moment in media.
The Sulzbergers say they’re not selling. But if they were...
"Evan Williams"—Nick Denton, owner of Gawker MediaDavid Paul Morris/Getty Images News “Evan Williams [who helped found Blogger and Twitter]. The New York Times on Medium wouldn’t just look beautiful—it could become a Wikipedia for all news.”"Fran Lebowitz"—Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair
South African entrepreneur Elon Musk, the Tesla founder who made his name by co-founding PayPal, unveiled plans Monday for a high-speed tubular transportation system called the "Hyperloop," which could shuttle passengers between San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.
The Washington Post, in grave financial trouble, was bought by a very wealthy man whose biographer called him “an energetic young tycoon.”1 Highly successful as a banker and Wall Street investor, the new publisher had never before worked at a newspaper, let alone owned one, but he had shown a fine head for business and was known to be far-sighted. He had plenty of new money and wanted to do something civic-minded.
What Jeff Bezos can teach The Washington Post
What’s intriguing about Jeff Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post this week, is not that he’s a digital guy or that he has a lot of money—though both certainly help—but that ever since he founded Amazon, he’s specialized in the long view. The company lost money for nine years, and Bezos continues to prioritize long-term investment over near-term profit.
Reporters and editors at the Washington Post have been doing their best to learn as much as they can about their new owner, but Amazon founder Jeff Bezos seems to be in no rush to get to know them.
A Katharine Graham biographer weighs in on the Washington Post sale.
A newspaper delivery network solves the last mile problem
Gee, what ever would an Amazon founder want with a delivery network that can bring things to 500,000 customers by 5 a.m.?
Businessweek senior writer Brad Stone has written a book about Amazon—titled The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon—that will be released by Little, Brown in October. Stone spent several years reporting the book; he interviewed Bezos, members of his family, and hundreds of former and current Amazon employees. But the first he heard of Bezos’s decision to buy The Washington Post, he told me, was an instant message yesterday afternoon from his editor at Businessweek.
His purchase of the Washington Post makes perfect sense
His purchase of the Washington Post makes perfect sense.