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When Working, Henry Blodget Prefers to Stand

BusinessInsiderLogoAs Business Insider prepares to launch this fall its seventh international site – Business Insider UK – Guardian U.S. business correspondent Dominic Rushe caught up with CEO Henry Blodget in New York. Rushe’s article leads off with an intriguing, HB work habits reminder:

His desk is easy to spot in the open newsroom. It’s raised so he can spend the day working on his feet. The desks on either side are raised too. “That’s peer pressure for you,” he says.

He decided to stop sitting after reading articles on BI’s website about the health hazards. “More Terrifying Facts About How Sitting Will Kill You,” reads one. “ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? Watch Out! Your Job May Be Literally Killing You,” reads another.

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Quartz Adds Two, Promotes a Third

DanFrommerPicDan Frommer (pictured) is the new technology editor, starting this Friday; Annalisa Merelli is joining the Ideas team as a reporter; and Matt Phillips is now a markets and finance editor. Below is parsed info from the internal memos sent out by Quartz president and EIC  Kevin Delaney.

Frommer:

Dan is an experienced tech writer, beginning at Forbes and then from 2007 as one of the founding staff (with Henry Blodget and Peter Kafka) of Silicon Alley Insider, which later became Business Insider. He coded early versions of the site and wrote 5,700 posts while there.

Dan launched his own tech news site in 2011 called SplatF. Dan’s posts are rooted in scoops of analysis – and charts. This Netflix/AOL subscriber chart is my favorite example. We’re looking to Dan for much more of this great analytical and visual coverage of the tech industry for Quartz.

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Business Insider Christens New Office Space

Towards the front of the group photo provided to FishbowlNY, there are people like Business Insider sports editor Leah Goldman, tech reporter Alyson Shontell, video production head Justin Maiman and deputy lifestyle editor Julie Zeveloff. And at the very back, as diagrammed, there is almost imperceptibly company founder Henry Blodget. Trump New Media, this ain’t.

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The photo was taken at the brand new newsroom headquarters of BI at 150 Fifth. The building is a few blocks south of Madison Square Park and includes a spectacular roof deck.

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Henry Blodget Corrects Michael Wolff

Consider this a very enlightening episode of new media vs. old(er) media.

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Following the publication of Michael Wolff‘s latest op-ed in USA Today, Henry Blodget tried to get the paper to correct several factual errors. He writes that Wolff/USA Today did not contact Business Insider prior to the publication of the piece, but that’s pretty common when the template is op-ed rather than investigative feature journalism.

Faced with a lack of USA Today correction cooperation, Blodget went ahead and noted the Wolff article mistakes at his end. Our favorite correction:

USA Today says that we recently tried to sell our company for $100 million. This is wrong. We were lucky enough to be approached by a company that was kind enough to express interest in buying us and ask what we might be willing to sell for. As nutty as it may sound, this number was significantly higher than $100 million.

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Gauging the Next ‘Golden Age’ of Journalism

We’re still mulling over remarks made last Friday in Lawrence, KS by ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger. Accepting the prestigious William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the University of Kansas’s White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he talked a lot about “golden ages” of journalism.

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According to Steiger, the last such era started in the mid-1950s and ran through the mid-1970s. Ergo, ending right around the time a massive amount of students were compelled by Woodward and Bernstein to head to J-school. Steiger takes issue with Henry Blodget‘s 2013 declaration that a new golden age is upon us. He says we’re perhaps close, but not quite there yet:

“Creating millions of lone-wolf, single-person bloggers doesn’t get us to a golden age. It can give us cat photos that make us giggle, news scoops involving an original fact or two, a trenchant analysis of finance or politics or sculpture, video of Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift nuzzling their latest boyfriends, or possibly some movie and book reviews worth trusting. All nice to have but not game-changing.”

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Matt Yglesias Named Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s New Vox Media Venture

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Matt Yglesias will serve as executive editor of the new Vox Media venture founded by Ezra Klein, FishbowlNY has learned.

“That is my title,” Yglesias confirmed to FishbowlNY in an email Monday morning. “Now obviously the website itself needs a name and I suppose titles could change too as we build out the team, but ‘executive editor’ is the title Ezra and Melissa and I have had down on paper for me for months.”

Klein will be editor-in-chief.

Slate’s prolific economics blogger announced last week that he would join Klein, The Washington Post who recently quit to start his own publication with staff from his popular policy site, Wonkblog.

“There’s not much to say at this point,” Yglesias told The New York Times last Thursday, declining to provide details of his new position, “other than that I’m very excited to be part of this team and we’re hoping to announce some more stuff in the near future.”

But when Klein announced in a post on The Verge on Sunday that he would launch his new site with Vox, he and Yglesias chimed into the comments below. And, thanks to Vox’s comment system, which verifies official authors with a checkmark and job title, Yglesias revealed his role as executive editor.

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Michael Wolff: Business Insider Should Sell Now

BusinessInsiderLogoMichael Wolff has an opinion on pretty much everything. Does that make him right? No. Does his take matter more than someone else’s? Not really, my friend. But because he talks/writes a lot about media, we end up paying attention. Wolff’s latest target is Business Insider, the business and technology site edited by Henry Blodget. Wolff says it’s time for BI to sell. Before it’s too late.

According to Wolff, BI wants $100 million in cash, and that’s just not going to happen. He says BI should sell for less and do it now, because relying on digital ad dollars to support a business isn’t a good idea:

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Henry Blodget Defends Slideshows

PandoMonthlyLogoPandoDaily has some fun coverage of the moderated conversation the site hosted last night in New York with Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.

There’s Adam Penenberg‘s item, most notable for the way it recalls a 2005 New York Times op-ed written by Blodget. And there’s this separate bit of coverage from Hamish McKenzie, about portions of the conversation:

Business Insider has copped a lot of flak over its four-year existence for milking slideshows for page views. One example of such criticism: a piece I published that made fun of Nicholas Carlson’s 50-page slideshow about his first Airbnb experience.

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Aaron Gell to Lead Longform Revolution at Business Insider

Business Insider has hired Aaron Gell, the former New York Observer vet, to lead the site’s foray into longform articles. Gell left the Observer in January, weeks after the paper named Ken Kurson its editor-in-chief.

Henry Blodget, BI’s founder and CEO, told Capital New York that Gell was the right person to launch the new initiative. “He is a highly experienced editor with great ideas, and the writers he has worked with rave about him,” said Blodget. “Aaron’s mission will be to help us produce in-depth features that our readers love, and we can’t wait for him to start.” That start will be November 18.

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Business Insider CEO Does Not Want or Need a Bathroom Attendant

HenryBlodgetBILogoBreakfast at Balthazar led Business Insider editor and CEO Henry Blodget to pen a personal essay when he got back to the office. An essay that has nothing to do with the establishment’s menu items or other media patrons.

Rather, it’s all about the guy Blodget keeps forgetting is standing in the Balthazar men’s room, waiting patiently for him and other patrons by the sink. The BI exec breezily recounts the internal dialogue he had this morning as he once again faced this needless, antiquated custom:

Then I think, “And after that will come the worst part. I will have to walk over to the sink and watch him turn on the water for me before I get there. I will think, ‘Thanks, but I actually don’t need someone to turn on the water for me. First of all, it wastes water. Second, it makes me feel like I’m the kind of guy who dreams of being rich enough to be able to pay someone to turn on the water for me.’”

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