"Mercenaries have no place in your company and your culture. Doubters are a bit different. You certainly don’t want to create a culture of “yes maam” in your company. So some doubting is healthy. But it should be out in the open. The doubts should be expressed upfront and they should be discussed and debated. But once the decisions have been made, everyone needs to get behind them. Ongoing doubting is not helpful to a culture."

Source: avc.com


Avner Ronen and Boxee want to change the way you think about input one”

(via Can Boxee reinvent cable with the help of a TV antenna? | The Verge)

Boxee presented at NBT in 2009!

Source: theverge.com

Today, watch presentations from #waywire, PublishThis, NewsCredCrisisConnection, and The Internet Archive TV News Search & Borrow

The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation is streaming live at 10:30am PT/1:30. 


"It’s not just a focus on data that connects the most recent class of Knight News Challenge winners. They all are part of a distributed civic media community that works on open source code, collects and improves data, and collaborates across media organizations. These projects are “part of an infrastructure that helps journalists better understand and serve their communities through data,” commented Chris Sopher, Knight Foundation Journalism Program Associate, in an interview last week. To apply a coding metaphor, the Knight Foundation is funding the creation of patches for the source code of society. This isn’t a new focus: in 2011, Knight chose to help build the newsroom stack, from editorial search engines to data cleaning tools."

Source: radar.oreilly.com


Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg visited Boxee’s office and discussed the latest efforts to grow New York City’s technology industry.

See more photos at http://on.nyc.gov/PKpDys or watch the video at http://on.nyc.gov/PKq4bX.

Boxee was one of our first Next Big Thing presenters!

Source: nycdigital


Congratulations to the Winners of the Knight News Challenge!

A Knight Foundation contest that looked for the best cases of giving big data to the general public has announced its six winners.

Three projects present new data. OpenElections, Census.IRE.org, and Pop Up Archive plan to provide comprehensive, highly-searchable data for public research and enjoyment.

The other three — Safecast, LocalData, and Development Seed — have created new toolsets for people to contribute to big data, be it by measuring radition in Los Angeles or by using a smart phone to share data with Google Earth, Fusion Tables, and elsewhere.

Source: futurejournalismproject

Inspired by a pillar of antiquity, the Library of Alexandria, Brewster Kahle has a grand vision for the Internet Archive, the giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads. “We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans,” Mr. Kahle said. As of Tuesday, the archive’s online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news. The latest ambitious effort by the archive, which has already digitized millions of books and tried to collect everything published on every Web page for the last 15 years (that adds up to more than 150 billion Web pages), is intended not only for researchers, Mr. Kahle said, but also for average citizens who make up some of the site’s estimated two million visitors each day.  “The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues,” Mr. Kahle said. “If you want to know exactly what Mitt Romney said about health care in 2009, you’ll be able to find it.” 

-All the TV News Since 2009, on One Web Site

You can watch Kahle demo the Internet Archive at PaleyNext in Los Angeles on 10/16, streaming live here.

(via paleymediacouncil)

Source: The New York Times

"Facebook was always an outlier — a once in a decade success story by a young kid who came out of nowhere and built something huge. But while rare, we’ve seen those sorts of outliers before. Twitter is something even more uncommon: A company that has violated nearly every spoken or unspoken rule for how you build a successful company in the Valley. You hear it muttered everywhere in startup circles these days: This company should never have made it this far. And yet, here it is."

Source: pandodaily.com


Congrats to Sunlight grantee Politify on their launch!


Election 2012
Source: politify.com


Degrading authorship is something the web already does spectacularly well. Work gets chopped and sliced and repurposed. That last animated GIF you saw — do you know who made it? Probably not. That infonugget you saw on Gawker or The Atlantic — did it start there? Probably not. Sites like Buzzfeed are built largely on reshuffling the Internet, rearranging work into streams and slideshows.

It’s been a while since auteur theory made sense as an explanation of the web. And you know what? We’re better for it. In a world of functionally infinite content, relying on authorship doesn’t scale. We need people to mash things up, to point things out, to sample, to remix.”

- Joshua Benton on “Medium” in NiemanLab

Source: niemanlab.org