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a picture of Trey Anastasio by me, riding rail, in Nashville TN (2018)

If media companies are record labels and creators are rock stars then the audience are fans — and that introduces an entirely new business opportunity.

Media, like music, can only thrive when the audience and the creator travel down a path together, giving each other the opportunity to define one another. It’s a two-way street, not a top-down dictum. But what happens when a creator or artist gets so big that their audience starts building products on top of their work?

The media’s status quo is accelerating towards disruption. We’re seeing the development of new media brands (micro-labels) on platforms…


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Florian Klauer

In my last piece, I proposed that the media companies of tomorrow should look like the record labels of today. In the music industry, talent is the driving force behind its business. Talent is the source of the reputation and the end of the line when it comes to driving financial returns. Without world-class talent creating great products, it doesn’t matter how well you promote or polish it — the results will be the same.

The “monetize the individual” disruption in media serves as an opportunity for business reinvention of companies who choose to recognize and react to this newly…


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The media companies of tomorrow should look something like the record labels of today.

In the record industry, talent is the driving force behind the business. Talent is the source of the reputation and the end of the line when it comes to driving financial returns. Without great, world-class talent, it doesn’t matter how well you can promote or polish an artist, it will not have the same returns.

Business models are product strategy and revenue is a proxy for how an industry serves its customers. In media, traditionally, the economics place value and attribution on brand driven products that…


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Original post here.

Today The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing announces Zeus Platform, a suite of tools and services for its patent-pending advertising delivery system built for publishers, by publishers. In a guest blog post, The Post’s VP of Commercial Technology and Development Jarrod Dicker reveals the features behind the latest release and explains how Arc Publishing will make Zeus Platform available on any publishing system on any site on the web today, laying the foundation for a premium programmatic network.

Here at The Washington Post, we believe user experience (UX) and privacy should never be at odds with smart revenue…


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Po.et is building the bridge to a better web.

For the past 16 months, we have dedicated a lot of time, talent and resource for making this dream a reality. Our community has fueled our conversations and creative development, spending countless hours engaging the team on what matters most to them and where they see Po.et in the technology ecosystem.

Our conversations with publishers large and small have run the gamut from rights management to saving academic publishing to creating private content marketplaces. The potential for Po.et …


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In the United States, the new year is marked by a celebration which sees fireworks and champagne take over every city. An estimated 1 million people gather in Times Square to watch the “ball drop”, as they have since 1907 (21,000 head over to Madison Square Garden to see the band Phish), and the rest of the nation tunes into this event on live television. The New Year marks a time of renewal; of starting over — but it’s also an opportunity for everyone to look back on the events of the past 12 months. Here at Po.et, …


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Last week was a monumental moment in Po.et history: we launched on Bitcoin mainnet. As I mentioned in my “Mainnet Means Maturity” post, success for Po.et is defined as growth in the usage of everything we build. We don’t want to put in artificial and unnecessary barriers to bring increased value to your applications, projects and content. We want to be extremely mindful of the incentives we create and the culture we build, while quickly modeling and exploring what those incentives should look like. …


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Po.et is building the bridge to a better web, and today we’re excited to announce that the first major mile marker on our journey has been reached.

Po.et is officially ready for mainnet.

As I mentioned last week, Po.et as a protocol is more than just where the information lives. To us, the move to mainnet signifies that Po.et as a technology is open for all to use. We set out to build an environment where creators can have access to the first building blocks for bringing blockchain-enabled technologies to new and existing applications. If we are going to change…


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If you’ve been following Po.et closely, you know that we’re right around the corner from moving the Po.et protocol over from testnet to mainnet.

Po.et is special compared with other blockchain projects in that there’s not a devoted blockchain built specifically for our purposes. Instead, we’re leveraging the fundamental concepts behind proof of existence, writing to the Bitcoin network and layering additional functionalities on top. So, when we talk about about “mainnet,” we’re really talking about reaching a new level in both technical and conceptual maturity.

Our initial explorations of the protocol focused on getting out an MVP that allowed…


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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

The maturation process of building a protocol is an interesting challenge, especially when the protocol is focused on decentralization and tasked with the disruption of existing models. There’s a balance to strike between delivering product quickly while ensuring a stable foundation. And it’s not just about building what’s new, but also learning and leveraging the community of work that already exists. There’s a growing school of developers dedicated to building out concepts like the…

Jarrod Dicker

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