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Internet Week New York Headliners Announced

internetweekFair enough — all of our minds are still on SXSW. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mark your calendars for Internet Week, taking over New York City from May 19-25th. Organizers announced the first headlining speakers Wednesday and Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti, Netflix’s Neil Hunt, and Omar Epps are on the bill.

This year, there will be over 250 events — ranging from the Webby Awards to workshops on Google Analytics — throughout the city. If you want to cover it, you can sign up for press credentials here. If you aren’t technically press, you can get early bird VIP passes here starting at $325. Just don’t tell the guys in accounting.

Have you gone to Internet Week in the past? Would your far-away newsroom foot the bill for a spring retreat in the Big Apple? Tell us in the comments or @10,000Words.

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How to Launch a Successful Tech Startup

Although Paperless Post co-founder Alexa Hirschfeld was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Tech,” she has “never taken that stuff seriously.” In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That? series, the entrepreneur tells how the site got Condoleeza Rice as an early adopter and gives tips on launching a successful startup.

“She came through another gatekeeper, which is pretty much how all of our users come to us,” Hirschfeld said. “The invites went through our closed circle of Harvard friends initially, because we were both really paranoid. We had competitors then, and we were trying to smooth out the process of the workflow. We handed out user names and passwords very carefully back then, and Rice was maybe two or three degrees separated from someone we knew at the school.”

Read more in Hey, How’d You Build Paperless Post Into a Powerhouse, Alexa Hirschfeld? [subscription required]

Cover Startups at VentureBeat

Are you tech-startup-savvy? Well, if you can also crank out breaking news about the biz quickly, VentureBeat might like to assign you stories. And, lucky for you, many freelancers become regular contributors after showing their skills.

“We don’t want to keep people in freelancer limbo for too long,” said national editor Devindra Hardawar. “We like to take care of our writers.”

The site currently syndicates content to Reuters, The Christian Science Monitor and Business Insider, among others. It also gives some pretty generous traffic bonuses. So, if you’re interested in seeing your byline land on the site, check out some more tips from Mediabistro’s How To Pitch: VentureBeat. [AvantGuild subscription required]

Meograph: New Tool For Four-Dimensional Storytelling

A yet-to-be-launched tool called Meograph promises to let you easily “create, playback and share beautiful stories in the context of when and where.” It’s a tool that’s still in pre-beta, but journalists and news organizations can get priority access for an invite.

Meograph released a demo of what the tool can do, using the fictional KVWM San Diego TV station as an example use case. Based on the examples, I wouldn’t yet call the resulting product “beautiful,” but the storytelling format is a compelling mishmash: timeline + audio + Google Maps + images + video+  hyperlinks (for adding more context and linking to stories).

Misha Leybovich, founder and CEO, told me this via email about Meograph:

Meograph helps automatically create, share, and watch interactive multimedia stories.  Our first product pairs Google Earth with a timeline and multimedia overlays to tell stories in context of where and when.
Authoring is structured into a few simple prompts on an intuitive interface.  Viewers get a new form of media that they can watch in 2 min or dig into for an hour.  Sharing is easy: the two most viral types of media are videos and infographics … Meograph is both.

I’m not quite convinced that there are many use cases where this exact mishmash of media is the most powerful way to tell a story, but if you have any ideas, let me know in the comments. If you’re interested in testing the tool for a news organization, email journalism@memograph.com.

 

Break into Business Mags With Inc.

If you’ve been following start-up culture and are looking to break into business magazines, you might find a home in Inc.

While Inc. occupies the same shelf space of other business publications like EntrepreneurFast Company and Forbes, the magazine has a distinction that separates itself from its competitors.

“We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” said Alexandra BrezInc.‘s managing editor. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in community events. And we are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

For full pitching guidelines and info on the best sections to shoot for, read How To Pitch: Inc.

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