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  • Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    If you haven’t been following the Indie writing market I don’t blame you. It’s pretty crazy right now. After Amazon decided to tweak the royalties payouts to reflect how much readers actually read the books they downloaded as part of the Kindle Unlimited service writers have gone into an absolute tizzy over what’s fair and not fair and what it means to get paid for… Read More

  • An Interview With Nathaniel Popper, Author Of Digital Gold

    If you’ve been reading the site lately you’ll notice we’ve gone Digital Gold-crazy. First we started with an amazing excerpt outlining the story of 21.com. Then we posted a review and a podcast and now we present an short interview with the author in our studio in New York. Popper and I go through his theories behind the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, why the couldn’t… Read More

  • With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry little Gutenbergs, slinging their wares from India to Indiana. They can raise an army of fans to crowdfund their latest opus. But all is not rosy in the world of indie publishing. The tools – the things that were supposed to turn us… Read More

  • The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top. The effect on the prices of surrounding real estate has been profound. If you… Read More

  • Nestdrop Goes Back To Delivering Weed, Adding 9 Locations Along The West Coast

    Nestdrop Goes Back To Delivering Weed, Adding 9 Locations Along The West Coast

    Marijuana delivery startup Nestdrop is back in operation today, this time in 9 cities spread across the entire West Coast, including in Seattle, Portland, and 7 California locations. This now makes Nestdrop the only weed delivery service currently operating across multiple states. But things were not looking so good a few months ago for the startup. L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer filed… Read More

  • Edtech Tool RefME Bags $5M To Take The Tedium Out Of Referencing

    Edtech Tool RefME Bags $5M To Take The Tedium Out Of Referencing

    The copy-and-paste generation has another tedium-busting digital tool in its arsenal: RefME is a book-barcode scanning app that speeds up the task of creating, formatting and managing citations, references lists and bibliographies of academic source material. Read More

  • Derek Jeter, Budding Media Mogul, On Launching The Players’ Tribune

    Derek Jeter, Budding Media Mogul, On Launching The Players’ Tribune

    As his new company, The Players’ Tribune, plots its course toward dominance in the sports media market after its official launch on Tuesday, Derek Jeter gives us his thoughts on his company and the transition from iconic athlete to startup entrepreneur in the email interview below. Since Jeter took his final bow in Yankee pinstripes, the former shortstop has been working to reinvent… Read More

  • Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

    Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

    Chances are that you installed an ad blocking extension to skip YouTube’s pre-roll video ads. But now, many media companies suffer from these ad blockers and have no choice but to switch to a freemium model or find a way to shove some ads down your throat. Meet Secret Media, an advertising technology startup specialized in advertising encryption so that even the most sophisticated ad… Read More

  • Keen On… Jaron Lanier: Why Entrepreneurs Need To Make Their Customers Wealthy

    Keen On… Jaron Lanier: Why Entrepreneurs Need To Make Their Customers Wealthy

    In his acclaimed new book, Who Owns The Future?, which is out today, Lanier takes Silicon Valley to task for monopolizing ownership of the future. Read More