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Digital Publishing Gets A Little Smarter (and Better Looking) With Matter’s 2nd Round of Startups

matterdemodayThis week, Matter’s second round of start-ups took over New York City for a demo day at WNYC’s Greene Space. All of the companies spent the past 100 days in a work space in San Francisco, working with mentors and each other, to bring their ideas to fruition.

All the start-ups are focused on innovating in the media industry and a few specifically are targeting digital publishing. Contextly was the ‘oddball’ of the group, according to co-founder Ryan Singel, because they already had a bit of a foothold in the market. Forget Outbrain and recommended content recommendation faux pas (ever found a right wing article linked to on a liberal leaning news site? It happens.), Contextly’s algorithms help you find better content, micro-manage it as much as possible, and focuses on building reader engagement and community on your site. Says Singel: Read more

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Matter Announces Second Class of Start Ups for Media Accelerator Program

matter-media-startupsMatter, a start up accelerator, has announced seven start ups to take part in it’s second class. Backed by PRX, The Knight Foundation and KQED, Matter calls it a class or a program, but it’s more like media start up boot camp. The companies will all work together in a co-working space in San Francisco, attending speaking events, reviews, mentoring sessions and workshops for four months. The program culminates in a demo day in San Francisco and a showcase in New York.

Each start up receives a $50,000 investment to get them rolling. The companies participating in the program, which starts this week, focus on cross-publishing, collaboration and crowdsourcing. If you want to know what the future of publishing looks like, it’s probably something like this. Here’s a full list of the companies from Matter’s press release:

  • Connu – Connu helps emerging writers find, connect with and monetize audiences through publishing the best new short stories.
  • Contextly – Contextly enables publications of all sizes to be both informative and viable in the age of drive-by readers by marrying editorial wisdom to the power of algorithms.
  • The Creative Action Network – The Creative Action Network (CAN) is a marketplace for artists, causes and supporters to harness their talents for good by creating, buying and sharing original, crowdsourced creative content and merchandise.
  • Formidable – Formidable Corp. bursts the filter bubble to help connect you to people outside of your social circle.
  • Getcast – Getcast empowers creative professionals to take control of their careers by connecting them through a platform that helps them showcase their work, hone their craft and collaborate on a global scale.
  • Hacklog – Hacklog empowers individual journalists to be more relevant to their audiences, impactful with their stories and in charge of their careers by providing honest analytics.
  • Woop.ie – Woopie (Write Only Once, Publish It Everywhere) empowers writers and publishers to easily reach their audiences on all devices and platforms through a digital content publishing tool focused on responsive design.

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Media Innovators, Prepare Your Pitches For Matter Ventures

With a vast array of technological gizmos at our disposal, it’s easier than ever to take an idea for a new media tool and run with it.

But what if you had a support group to work around for 100 days, the cash to experiment with your endeavor and Silicon Valley entrepreneurial expertise?

That’s what Matter Ventures wants to give people with fresh media venture ideas. Their team wants to help you scale your startup and give you $50,000 for the design (both front and back ends), hacking and whatever else needs to be done for your media company. Partially funded by the Knight Foundation, Matter says its association with various news organizations gives entrepreneurs access to an audience for product testing and works as a media accelerator.

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