Medium

  • Medium now lets anyone publish behind its paywall

    Medium now lets anyone publish behind its paywall

    Medium is expanding its subscription efforts today by allowing any author or publisher to join its partner program. That’s the program where readers can pay a monthly fee (currently $5) to access content behind a metered paywall (plus, they get early access to new features). The writers who participate will then get a share of the revenue, based on what CEO Ev Williams (pictured above)… Read More

  • M&A
    Medium acquires Talkshow Industries, with CEO Michael Sippey becoming Medium’s head of product

    Medium acquires Talkshow Industries, with CEO Michael Sippey becoming Medium’s head of product

    Medium has a new head of product, while the startup behind the defunct texting app Talkshow appears to be done for good. Talkshow Industries was led by Michael Sippey, who’d spent two years as vice president of product at Twitter. The company’s first product was the Talkshow app, which allowed you to follow other users’ text message conversations. Read More

  • Medium launches audio versions of stories for members

    Medium launches audio versions of stories for members

    Medium has launched a new feature that could add more incentive to its paid membership program: audio stories. The paid member exclusive offering will provide an audio version of every story created specifically for its members, and will also be made available for some of the best posts on Medium, as selected from the company’s own staff. These aren’t just text-to-speech… Read More

  • Medium debuts its paid membership subscription program

    Medium debuts its paid membership subscription program

    Official platform of hot takes Medium has launched its new business model: paid subscriptions, which the company said it would debut sometime this quarter at Upfront Summit back in early February. Medium started the year with some tough times, including layoffs and a change in direction, so it’s got a lot riding on these subscriptions attracting some… well… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tech’s Rough Day on Wall Street

    Travis Kalanick quits the Trump advisory board, Domino’s updates its Facebook Messenger bot in time for the Super Bowl, GoPro and Amazon have a rough day on Wall Street and Medium plans to monetize. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Medium plans to launch a consumer subscription product this quarter

    Medium plans to launch a consumer subscription product this quarter

    Medium CEO Ev Williams announced today at Upfront Summit that his company will launch a consumer subscription product, with the first version coming this quarter. This could help develop an additional revenue stream apart from advertisements. Finding a strong revenue source is critical, since Medium decided to lay off 50 staff, close its New York office, and announce a new direction last… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Medium in the Hot Seat

    CES 2017 kicks off, Vine edges closer to its death, Medium is shifting strategies and streamlining and Netflix’s upcoming Korean TV show. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

    Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

    It’s not the happiest new year at social publishing platform Medium, apparently. According to a blog post from its CEO Ev Williams, also co-founder of Twitter, the well-funded startup is laying off 50 employees in non-engineering roles and shuttering its offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Williams took the rosiest possible angle on changes happening at Medium, titling his… Read More

  • Medium nabs Embed.ly to add to its list of publisher tools

    Medium nabs Embed.ly to add to its list of publisher tools

    Medium announced today that it has acquired Embed.ly to support publishers with backend APIs for embedding content. Embed.ly supports writers by providing analytics on content and customized recommendations and promotions. Their APIs are currently used by an all-star list of publishers, including The New York Times, NPR and The Atlantic. Companies like Reddit and Airbnb also use the… Read More

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