I’m in an ancient, cramped lower Manhattan cafe, waiting for a Man Who Does Not Exist. I order a large coffee, take a seat at a table of my own, and wait. At one of the others, a couple sits, existing. They’re not who I’m looking for.
About five minutes later a tallish man with faded brown hair comes in. He’s in his late twenties, wears a muted-toned plaid button-up shirt and a long peacoat; his face is haggard but handsome.
“Are you Cale?” asks the Man Who Does Not Exist.
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PandoDaily Acquires NSFW Corp to Double Down on Investigative Reporting (PandoDaily)
There are three people who have long been on my dream team to help me build PandoDaily. One of them I’ve still gotta work on. The second is Mike Tatum, who keeps saying no and then keeps doing work for us for free anyway. The third is joining us by way of acquisition. I’m sure regular readers can guess who I am talking about: Paul Carr. I’m thrilled to announce that PandoDaily has reached a deal to acquire his company, NSFW Corp. FishbowlNY The deal comes on the heels of a recent chronicling on PandoDaily of Carr’s journalism crowd-funding efforts. Looks like he just accelerated that initiative and we are personally thrilled that NSFW Corp will live on. The Guardian Carr’s last venture was surprisingly old-school. NSFW Corp, a news site that billed itself as “The Economist written by the Daily Show,” put out a print magazine — and it even put up a paywall. Despite winning fans, it didn’t make money. Poynter / MediaWire NSFW Corp tried to raise money to keep going independently in September. It laid off three people earlier in November.
In her item about PandoDaily’s agreement to acquire Paul Carr‘s NSFWCORP, she notes that there are still two other ideal partnerships on her radar and that this one is very safe one for NSFW:
We aren’t just getting Paul. I’m equally thrilled to announce that we’re also adding Mark Ames, Brad Jonas, Yasha Levine and David Sirota as full-time staffers. NSFWCORP contributors like John Dolan and Dayvid Figler will be making regular appearances too, and Katherine Dolan will continue to work her copy editing magic behind the scenes.
Here’s how the company’s product works. In order to view a piece of Internet content, you have to first send out a tweet about it. Before you start complaining, just think – if we’d all gotten into the habit of courtesy-clicking at least one ad on pages featuring Web content, the print media would still be thriving. From Deamicis’ piece:
BitWall users have four choices for making the “payment.” They can tweet the story out, pay in bitcoins for a full day of access to the site, pay in bitcoins just for that one article, or choose to watch an ad.
The founder, Nic Meliones, used the concept to win the 2013 Bitcoin Hackathon and get accepted to Adam Draper’s accelerator Boost.vc. Now, months after finishing the program Meliones has assembled his team and they’re starting to pitch publications on the product.
PandoDaily 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.
Carr is about halfway towards his critical-mass subscriber goal of 10,000 for the Las Vegas based long-form journalism site. Recently, he pitched a ten-year, $200 Web-print subscription and has from the beginning of his 15-month old venture hung it on paying writers well:
Carr employs a staff of eight writers. He pays freelancers about $1 a word for online pieces, with print rates ranging between $1,000 and $5,000 a story, which can be more than 10,000 words long.
Old email messages never die. They just linger on main and third-party servers until an enterprising reporter like Valleywag’s Sam Biddle can get their electronic hands on them and go to town.
Biddle’s rollicking piece resurrects a pair of July 2012 missives from PandoDaily founder Sarah Lacy and NSFW Corp. head honcho Paul Carr in the wake of her website’s inaugural LA event at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. The Carr email is the foul-typed piece de resistance, with the major highlights bold-ed by Biddle.
While much of the best Carr bits are NSF-headlining, there’s also this mid-point aside to Cross Campus CEO Ronen Olshansky:
But first, do me a favor: Google me. Read a few of my columns in the Guardian, the Times, the Wall Street Journal or on blogs like TechCrunch and — of course — PandoDaily. Or pick up one of my books.
There are three Internet ventures currently being incubated just below the New York Times cafeteria as part of the paper’s TimeSpace accelerator. They are: Mahaya, Delve and OpBandit.
Mahaya is beta-testing Seen, an aggregation tool for content shared via social media. Here for example is a taste of how that product summarized the fast-breaking events surrounding the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at SFO: