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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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Imagine this…

Dark Star, a publication, produces articles. Those articles can be purchased as NFTs, at any point in the ideation -> writing -> editing -> published lifecycle. There are two tiers of access to those articles: As a ‘Reader,’ for $10 bucks a month, I get to read all of the published articles. But as an ‘Investor,’ for $20 bucks a month, I get a share in the sale of the NFTs. …


Written by Jarrod Dicker, Jonathan Glick, and Tal Shachar. Originally published on Trends, Analysis, Lies and Statistics.

The places and ways to enjoy NFTs, especially for non-owners, essentially do not exist. While this is a problem, it makes sense. The breakthrough idea behind NFTs was that unique digital objects could be owned. So the initial set of applications were those directly involved in buying, selling, and storing. We needed marketplaces to shop and bid and wallets to pay with and hold our purchases. These are experiences that emphasize the private and personal nature of an NFT. But as with owned…


This post was originally published on Mirror & is a jarroddicker, flynnjamm & patrickxrivera joint

Media companies are talent companies. As that becomes increasingly obvious to the media industry at large, there has been an acceleration of development by both challengers and incumbents to position themselves to capture media’s most critical natural resource: people.

The creator economy served as a catalyst to disrupt legacy structures by introducing platforms & products that enable individuals to build a business around themselves. There are many reasons why individuals want to go independent which I explain in detail here (Media Companies as Record Labels)…


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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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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…


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 …


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, …


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. …

Jarrod Dicker

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