Marc Sidwell

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Serial Box, A Startup Blending E-Books With Audio, Raises $1.65M Seed Round

Serial Box, a subscription-based startup that offers serialized stories in both written and audio form, has announced a seed investment round of …

Venture Capital

'And Then There Were None' by Eric Frank Russell

The caller-system clicked, cleared its throat and announced, ‘All personnel will stand by for general instructions at eight hours tomorrow.’<p>‘I …

GroundSource switched from an email newsletter to a SMS newsletter and actually got responses

Want to connect with and update audience. Spend time perfecting email newsletter. Ask subscribers for responses. Receive zero responses. Sound familiar?<p>This is the trap into which GroundSource, a platform known for its messaging-based engagement tools (now also offered to newsrooms as part of the …

Marketing

Silicon Valley Explores a New Investment: Your Home

Startups backed by deep-pocketed investors are looking at a new way to profit from rising home prices<p>Some well-funded startups have an unusual pitch for homeowners strapped for cash: Let’s own this house together.<p>A handful of companies, including those backed by marquee Silicon Valley names such as …

Venture Capital

The Second Sin of Magazine Publishing

In 2009, Alan Mutter famously warned publishers they were committing the “original sin” of giving away their content for free online. While the …

Marketing

What We Aren’t Hearing from Magazine Publishers in 2018

It’s taken a few years, but publishing executives are becoming much clearer about the strategies they are using to grow their brands. Granted, it’s …

Condé Nast

A new theory claims Homo sapiens beat out Neanderthals because of art

When considering what humans need to survive, art doesn’t seem high on the list. A hungry person will pick a sandwich over a painting, say. But there was a time when our ancestors’ survival was inextricably linked with their ability to create images. Prehistoric cave art helped make Homo sapiens …

Anthropology

The "Stories" format is coming to Google search next

AMP Stories launch in developer preview today<p>Google is launching a developer preview of something it’s calling “AMP Stories,” which are two words that only make sense if you’re obsessive about what’s happening with the way we consume content on our phones. So you might be tempted to ignore the …

Google Search

We need an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms

The best podcast in the history of the world ever (right now, according to me, your mileage might vary) is the declaratively titled <i>A History of Jazz</i>. …

Roman Empire

25 Things A Great Character Needs

1. A Personality<p>This seems rather obvious, sure — in a way it’s like saying, “What makes a really good tree is that it has <i>an essential treeness</i>” — …

Creative Writing

How The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook strategy helped double social subscriptions

In light of Facebook’s recently announced changes to its news feed (yet again), it could be time for many publishers to shift their FB acquisition …

Marketing

How The Financial Times Uses Reader Feedback To Launch And Test New Features

Monica Todd and Moshe Raphaely of the Financial TimesLast year, the Financial Times reached a milestone — 900,000 paying subscriptions. The company …

Journalism

New study: How to build revenue by connecting with your audience

<b>Social media has fundamentally changed</b> how publishers reach their readers—and publishers’ business models have had to adapt dramatically to that …

Columbia University

Another One Bites the Dust: Can Independent Web Journalism Survive?

Are we seeing the end of financially independent, free-spirited journalism on the web?The signs point to an answer that’s not encouraging. …

Journalism

China is making 1,000-UAV drone swarms now

These autonomous swarms can make decisions on how and when to repair themselves.<p>At the close of the Global Fortune Forum in Guangzhou on Dec. 7, the event's hosts set a world record for the largest drone swarm ever deployed. For 9 minutes, 1,180 drones danced and blinked out an aerial show. It was …

How one of the greatest chefs in the world is feeding the poor with a five-star soup kitchen

This is an <b>inspiration:</b><p>For chefs, worldwide renown often leads to lucrative expansion deals: Restaurants in tourism capitals like Tokyo, Hong Kong, …

Nonprofits

Be Smart: Mike Allen Wrote The Rules Of Washington And Now Donald Trump's Destroying Them

Every morning, Washington wakes up to Axios AM — Mike Allen's top 10 stories of the day, filled with short bits of breaking news, feuding White House insiders, and, some days, sober, moral pronouncements on how weird the Trump era is. Go deeper: Learn how Axios became a major player in Washington …

Donald Trump

Charlie Munger on Getting Rich, Wisdom, Focus, Fake Knowledge and More

“In the chronicles of American financial history,” writes David Clark in <i>The Tao of Charlie Munger: A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway's</i> …

Self-improvement

Wired Editor in Chief on Why Print “Makes Stuff Better”

It’s fairly easy to understand why a print publisher like Hoffman Media is still incredibly bullish on print. The publisher knows its audience and …

U.S. Postal Service

China's working on the next generation of military exoskeleton. Here's what it can do.

Getting ever closer to Iron Man-like capabilities.<p>Norinco, China's state-owned manufacturer of armored vehicles and heavy ground munitions, has debuted its second-generation military exoskeleton, a body brace designed to help infantry members carry some 100 pounds of weapons, supplies, and …

Military

China is betting big on electromagnetic railguns and catapults

Just as the U.S. Navy is pulling away from the technology.<p>China has been making under-the-radar advances in railguns and other electromagnetic technologies, a move that's particularly notable considering the U.S. Navy has just recently reduced its efforts developing this kind of technology.<p>As …

Writing for Online Engagement: Fiction in a Digital World | Rebecca Sky

Join writer and Wattpad Star Rebecca Sky for a new Skillshare class on writing fiction today! You'll peel back the curtain on online writing and …

Creative Writing

What Is Freedom of Conscience?

I assume that conscience is a human trait widespread enough to be generally characteristic, not originating in culture though inevitably modified by …

British History

The Return of Christian Humanism

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of …

T.S. Eliot

5 Ways Disney Is Killing the ‘Star Wars’ Golden Goose

The once mighty space saga is showing its age. Here's how Team Disney can fix the problem before it's too late.<p><b>All was well with The Force five-plus</b> …

Science Fiction

Ology

For the study of eggs, see Oology.<p>An <b>ology</b> or -logy, is a scientific discipline.<p><b>Ology</b> or <b>Ologies</b> may also refer to:<p>Ology (website), ology.com, defunct …

LUKE CAGE, Netflix And The Death Of Episodic TV

<b>1. STORIES WITHIN STORIES</b><p>HULK WORRIES WE'RE WITNESSING THE DEATH OF EPISODIC TV.<p>NOW, WHEN HULK USES THE PHRASE "EPISODIC TV," A LOT OF DIFFERENT …

The Best Serial Fiction You Should Be Reading

Bite-sized fiction is a growing market, especially in digital fiction. In addition to some new imprints and apps delivering specifically one-sitting …

Books

RadioPublic launches paid listens to help small podcasters monetize

Podcast company RadioPublic has adopted a new service for show creators to get paid for their work. The approach is designed for podcasts that don’t …

Music Industry