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Posts Tagged ‘Nicholas Carlson’

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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Report: Ax Has Already Fallen on Top Patch Execs

We have been hearing the same rumor today. According to Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson, as Patch is gearing up for a very Black Friday August 9, it has already jettisoned two of its highest ranking execs:

Patch president/COO Steve Kalin and chief content officer Rachel Feddersen are out, a former Patch executive who remains in contact with people at the AOL-owned local news network says…

We’ve been unable to get AOL public relations to confirm or deny the news. An AOL spokesperson told us the company is not commenting on Patch personnel matters.

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Report: Patch Losses in 2011 Could Top $100 Million

Nicholas Carlson at BusinessInsider.com continues his aggressive reporting about Patch this afternoon with a pair of items that suggest the bulk of AOL red ink is being spilled across the network of hyper-local news sites.

According to documents obtained by Carlson, the outside sales force of 150 people or so enlisted by Patch has generated only $7.8 million in 2011 ad revenue. One source told Carlson his team was just handed new, impossible-to-meet December sales goals and that if these targets are not reached, he and his colleagues will be out of a job:

One sales person told us “it’s been a disaster,” because local advertisers can–and he says, should–more effectively spend their money on Groupons and Google search ads. Another sales person told us one of his clients spent $300 to sponsor a Patch site for two days, and got 12 clicks.

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Gawker, The Business Insider Join Forces

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This morning we noticed something strange: a Gawker post written by someone named The Business Insider. Some digging revealed the exact same post written by Nicholas Carlson, a former Gawker employee, on Business Insider’s Silicon Alley Insider.

Carlson confirmed to FishbowlNY that this article — which cites an anonymous source claiming AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore met recently to discuss a join spin-off of Time Warner — was part of a new partnership between the two Web companies. The article’s subject matter and tone make it a perfect pick up for Gawker, and we’re told this is the first time the site has republished a Business Insider story, although TBI has been picking up Gawker pieces since last month.

Now the question remains, beyond clicks, is there any other benefit to either side in sharing content?

Related: Gawker Launches Open Forums

Breaking: Portfolio Folds

cover_portfolio_190.jpgPortfolio magazine, the two-year-old Conde Nast business monthly, has folded as of this morning. Thus far, there’s been no official word on whether Web site Portfolio.com will live on in any capacity, but it’s not looking likely, as there’s no mention of future plans for the site in an early report from Portfolio.com media blogger Jeff Bercovici, in which he details that Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman learned of the magazine’s closure from Conde Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. just this morning. Silicon Alley Insider’s Nicholas Carlson reports that staffers were called into a meeting with Conde executives where they were told the magazine will be shuttered and “there was a round of applause” for the embattled Lipman.

Portfolio launched two years ago with a large budget and a slew of big-name contributors. Its high profile made Portfolio the target of endless speculation from media watchers, with rumors of its potential closure floating around for some time. This month’s issue of Portfolio had the smallest number of ad pages in the magazine’s history. We’ll update you with more news as this story develops…

Update: Full memo from Conde on Portfolio‘s closure and word on the number of casualties…

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A Dying Medium: How They Got There

225626046_a2bf5db0dc.jpgNicholas Carlson at ValleyWag pens “5 Ways The Newspapers Botched The Web”:

Here’s our theory: Daily deadlines did in the newspaper industry. The pressure of getting to press, the long-practiced art of doom-and-gloom headline writing, the flinchiness of easily spooked editors all made it impossible for ink-stained wretches to look farther into the future than the next edition.

He also delves into some botched tries at using the internet to create revenue.

It’s an industry autopsy done by the replacements. Ouch.