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Posts Tagged ‘Matt Marshall’

Dylan Tweney Named EIC of VentureBeat

VentureBeat logo GDylan Tweney, a senior editor at Wired.com from 2007 to 2011, has been named editor-in-chief of VentureBeat, a site covering emerging tech and companies. Tweney has served as executive editor of VentureBeat since 2011.

“Dylan is the ideal steward to lead VentureBeat to its next stage of development,” said Matt Marshall, CEO of VentureBeat, in a statement. “He has both a clear vision of where the editorial product needs to go and an eye for courting and developing talent. Given the great work he’s done as executive editor, we are excited to see what he will accomplish in his new role.”

Tweney’s appointment is effective immediately.

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What is the Right Editor-to-Contributor Ratio?

When AOL’s Patch announced it was, uh, acquiring (not hiring, as they will be unpaid) 8,000 new bloggers, Venture Beat editor Matt Marshall wrote a post highlighting the editor-contributor problem they would soon be facing:

It takes at least 20 percent of extra management to organize it all — that is, AOL will need at least 1,500-2000 extra editors to manage the writers, if you take the editor-writer ratio norm of other major news organizations.

At Street Fight, Toby Murdock, co-founder and CEO of Kapost, questions the tried and true logic: “But do we have to accept that overhead ratio of one editor for every four contributors in stone?”

In our discussions with editorial teams, a good amount of [editorial management] is administration: tracking editorial calendars, figuring out payment, etc. Productivity gains consistently come through technology that automates repeatable tasks such as these…

Editors’ tasks can largely be automated, hmm? It’s a bold theory. So what should take over as the ideal editor-contributor ratio? Writes Murdock: “Kapost has numerous customers with a 1:10 editor to contributor ratio.”

More unpaid bloggers, fewer paid editors, plus one very wealthy owner. Welcome to new media.

30 Minutes with a VC in Silicon Valley: Deadline Tomorrow at Noon

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DEMO executive producer Matt Marshall is currently touring California in search of new products to launch at the upcoming DEMO convention, held September 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Silicon Valley. (This is the technology showcase and networking forum where Skype launched its first implementation for mobile handsets and where Google acquired Picasa.) Marshall has led a series of informal gatherings worldwide where entrepreneurs can introduce their ideas to venture capitalists in their area.

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If you missed Marshall in San Diego and Irvine this week, the next session is in Silicon Valley next Tuesday, June 22, at the offices of Benchmark Capital on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. Benchmark Capital will invite 10 companies to give a 20-minute presentation and receive 10 minutes of feedback from Marshall and some of Benchmark’s general partners. The venture capital firm has invested in technology-driven companies since 1995, with a portfolio that includes Twitter, Polyvore and Yelp. This meeting will focus on cloud/infrastructure, SaaS, consumer internet and mobile companies. After that, they’ll head over to the Dutch Goose for a beer and burger party. Applicants have until tomorrow at noon to fill out this form. More events to follow.