Hamish McKenzie's Stories

By Hamish McKenzie | My work for PandoDaily, with the boring parts taken out

Skift's approach to building a new media company: It's as much about data as it is about news

Despite the many miserable prognoses for the future of the media business, a few stubborn entrepreneurs still see fit to venture into content-driven …

Scroll down: The future of online media is in the cards

If HTML5 "cards" were listed on the share market, you would have seen a sharp increase in their price yesterday. While Google was exciting us at I/O …

Yes, the Valley can be vacuous – but it's more complicated than the New Yorker would have us believe

George Packer has a long story in this week’s New Yorker about Silicon Valley’s newfound zeal for politics. (The piece is so far available online …

Jaron Lanier: Information doesn't want to be free, and ads are screwed

Computer scientist and author Jaron Lanier has turned his back on the "information wants to free" meme to which he once subscribed, and he thinks …

Is Google building my dream email product? Maybe!

Soon after joining PandoDaily last year, I wrote a post about an imaginary email product that provided a more streamlined, better-organized inbox. …

Mark Zuckerberg's new political action group: More field organization than lobby shop

Today, the tech industry got another high-profile advocacy organization, this time reportedly backed by $20 million of Mark Zuckerberg’s money and a …

How Medium promises to be the antithesis of Twitter

If you were to assign to anyone the task of building the anti-Twitter for online publishing, probably your best choice would be to pick one of the …

The trouble with Tumblr's journalism experiment

To understand why Tumblr suddenly brought an end to its original-journalism project, Storyboard, after just a year, it helps to consider what …

The promise and the pain of HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live set. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, AOL)<p>One day, founding editor of Huffington Post and now president of HuffPost Live Roy Sekoff, was …

Cyworld, Protest, and Politics: Yong Joon Hyoung and the Story of a Korean Innovator

South Korea has never had a Mark Zuckerberg figure, but the man sitting opposite me in a dingy Seoul fried chicken house is probably the closest …

Hold up, Flipboard – what are you calling a "magazine"?

At the end of its big announcement about the next-generation of Flipboard yesterday, the startup signed off with the line “We can’t wait to see what …

I Know We're Supposed to Be Depressed About the State of News, But I Can't Help Being Excited

I've seen so many looks of pity when I inform people that I'm a journalist. They know that my industry is "dying". Stories of newspapers and …

Three Guys in a Garage Are Turning Your Eyes Into Powerful Remote Controls

Forget voice controls as the future of TV. Instead, it will be all about your eyes. The technology already exists, and it was built by three young …

Blogger turns to tips, briefly becomes "best-paid" journalist in his country

Last week, a friend of mine from Wellington, New Zealand, walked into what Americans would call a social security office, strolled up to a …

Vimeo launches tips jar for content creators. More of this, please, media industry

Vimeo has just launched a tip jar to help content creators earn money from their videos. A “pay to view” option is coming soon. These are the first …

Matthew Putman's super resolution and the poetry of nanotechnology

Matthew Putman was 31 when doctors found a tumor under his Adam’s Apple. He didn’t tell anyone. Not his parents. Not even his wife. He simply went …

Forged in battle: TroopID launches as a vet's personal mission to help his own

It was Captain Blake Hall’s second day in Iraq. He and the team of men under his command were on patrol with the platoon they would soon be …

Supercell: The cash-rich, little-known Finnish startup that could soon be worth $600M

There must be something in this Scandanavian water (other than ice, that is).<p>The next big thing in gaming comes to you from the land of Angry Birds …