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Long-Form Journalism Site Narrative.ly Nears One-Year Anniversary

Launched out of Fort Greene last September, narrative.ly is the subject this week of a solid profile piece by Melissa Goldin for the Courier Life.

Goldin spoke with the long-form journalism site’s founder/EIC Noah Rosenberg and managing editor Brendan Spiegel to get a sense of where things stand for the Libyan-domain parked enterprise. Rosenberg launched it after earning an entrepreneurial journalism certificate from City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism:

Each week, the site chooses a theme, such as “Summer in the City” or “The Upper Crust” [or this week's "Meet Your Maker"]. Five stories are published each week — one per day — and range from the tale of a gay male escort meeting his first female client to gentrification in Crown Heights…

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Lower Manhattan Firm Bets Seven Figures on Shira Lazar

As first reported by TheWrap’s Lucas Shaw, Shira Lazar and business partner Damon Berger have taken a giant leap forward. Their weekday Web TV show venture What’s Trending is now partly owned by Bedrocket Media Ventures in exchange for a capital influx in the low seven-figure range.

Since Bedrocket is located right here in Lower Manhattan, on Broadway, FishbowlNY decided to check in with “disruptive media firm” founder-CEO Brian Bedol to find out how the Lazar deal came about. “I think I originally met Shira and Damon at VidCon last year [in Anaheim],” he explains. “I had been aware of What’s Trending, but didn’t know them.”

“It was one of those things that just started really as a conversation, where they invited me to have a drink and were just picking my brain a little bit on what they were doing,” Bedol continues. “They were beginning to look for capital to grow, and I really liked the way they approached the business and the way they thought. As I was trying to help with with a little advice, I began to think it would be a good partnership for Bedrocket.”

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Veteran Media Exec Deanna Brown Joins Digital Publisher Byliner

The stated mission of San Francisco subscription service byliner.com is as clear and direct as a literary opening sentence like “Call me Ishmael” or “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins:”

We publish award-winning original non-fiction and fiction, written to be read in two hours or less.

Now heading up those efforts as president is Deanna Brown, the former CEO of Federated Media Publishing. Before that, she was president of Scripps Networks Interactive and a VP-GM level influencer for both Yahoo and AOL. Early on in her illustrious career, Brown also founded Conde Nast’s digital division CondeNet.

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Elevator Pitch: ‘Burn Note’ Keeps Private Messages Private

Remember on “Mission Impossible” when messages would self destruct after an agent listened to them? In this episode of “Elevator Pitch,” Alan Meckler speaks with Jacob Robbins about his startup “Burn Note.”

“Burn Note” allows you to send a secure email and set a timer to destroy the message after it’s read…forever…without all the smoke and drama.

For more videos, check out mediabistroTV, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Elevator Pitch: Burn Note Keeps Private Messages Private

Remember on Mission Impossible when messages would self-destruct after an agent listened to them? In this episode of Elevator PitchAlan Meckler speaks with Jacob Robbins about his startup Burn Note.

Burn Note allows you to send a secure email and set a timer to destroy the message after it’s read… forever… without all the smoke and drama.

For more videos, check out mediabistroTV, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Social Shopping Site The Hunt Adds High-Profile Hollywood Investors

ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd likes to remind listeners that at Stanford, faculty are known to tell students that if they have a great idea, the best option is to drop out and fully pursue the opportunity. Less profitable studies can be completed later.

Well, here’s an idea that if it belonged to a 2012-13 Stanford undergrad, would fully merit that approach. The Hunt is a community-driven site designed to make photos shared through social media “shoppable.” For example, if you click on the nav-bar tab Hunt Types, your choices are: This Exactly; Similar To This; What Goes With This?; and This Look For Less. We clicked into the third category and soon were reading the user feedback under SHOES FOR THIS PROM DRESS.

This week, The Hunt announced it has closed its second round of funding, raising the seed total to $2.7 million. Among the latest investors are Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s AGR-ade Investments, Grammy Award winning songwriter-producer RedOne and ABC Entertainment Group executive vp of casting Keli Lee.

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New Show! Elevator Pitch Fast Forward: I-Ella

They came on the mediabistroTV series “Elevator Pitch” hoping someone would take a chance on their ideas. In our new show, “Elevator Pitch Fast Forward,” host Alan Meckler checks up on the new business owners to see how they’re doing.

In our first episode, we dropped in on I-Ella CEO and founder, Ella Gorgla to see where New York’s own fashion insider’s marketplace is today. Gorgla showed us how giving clients a red carpet experience put new life into her business. She also gave “Elevator Pitch” hopefuls some solid advice to make sure their startups never go out of style.

For more videos, check out mediabistroTV, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

New Show! Elevator Pitch Fast Forward: I-Ella

They came on the mediabistroTV series Elevator Pitch hoping someone would take a chance on their ideas. In our new show, Elevator Pitch Fast Forward, host Alan Meckler checks up on the new business owners to see how they’re doing.

In our first episode, we dropped in on I-Ella CEO and founder, Ella Gorgla to see where the fashion insider’s marketplace is today. Gorgla showed us how giving clients a red carpet experience put new life into her business. She also gave Elevator Pitch hopefuls some solid advice to make sure their startups never go out of style.

For more videos, check out mediabistroTV, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Chefs Feed Adds San Diego, Las Vegas

Twenty cities and over 600 participating top chefs. Those are the main ingredients for San Francisco startup Chefs Feed.

On Wednesday, the company added San Diego, Las Vegas, Boulder and Denver to the group of cities being served by its free recommendation App. There appears to be no limit to the appeal of Chefs Feed as the curated info comes straight from the mouths of individuals who know exactly what separates a great restaurant meal from just a great one.

Los Angeles is already on the Chefs Feed list, as is London, the App’s first international city. It’s probably only a matter of time before Canadian culinary hubs such as Vancouver and Toronto are added as well.

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Warner Bros. Looking for a Few Good Startups

Turner Broadcasting inaugurated its Media Camp accelerator program in San Francisco last year with six startups making the cut.

This spring, they’re expanding the program to LA and have now opened up the application process. Members of the four to six companies selected will spend 12 weeks mentoring with Warner Bros. staff and receive $20,000 per firm to help develop a studio-friendly idea.

The Business Insider wins the prize for best day-of-announcement (February 13) coverage. Reporter Kirsten Acuna spoke to a couple of different studio folks:

“It gives a pretty transparent view of the media and entertainment business for a lot of these startups,” says Darcy Antonellis, president and chief technology officer for Warner Bros. Technical Operations. “They can benefit from a deeper understanding of the commercial aspect of portions of our business that can help to inform what they’re building.”

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