Mesh '09: Gabe Rivera (Founder, Techmeme) on 'Future of News'

Posted by Varun Mathur

Gabe Rivera of Techmeme.com participated in a panel discussion alongwith David Cohn of Spot.us and Rachel Nixon of NowPublic.com at a Mesh '09 session called the "Future of News". Some key points from the discussion (thanks to Jonathan Keebler of ScribbleLive!):

  • Gabe: Basic idea of Techmeme: run by an algorithm. The things that bloggers link to are usually interesting, newsworthy things. So construct a newspaper automatically. To reader, looks like a newspaper constructed by news articles around the web. But links determined by what bloggers are linking to.
  • Gabe: Techmeme now takes tips through tips@techmeme on Twitter.
  • Rachel: News organizations more slow moving, hard to do things. NowPublic sits on top of the conversations, monitoring, and trying to make sense of it. Been working on "Scan" which can monitor the conversation on Twitter in real-time.
  • David: Spot.us distributes the cost of hiring a journalism to the crowd. Inspired by kiva.org. They pay back for stories they sell. Any profit from a story goes back to original funders of story. 
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Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur is the Techvibes Community Manager in Toronto, focused on covering local tech startups, news and events. He is also a Co-founder and Product Manager at Zytran, a Toronto-based web startup which developed and launched Alertle.com - a personal news aggregator (Alertle's version 1.0 got widespread global coverage, with reviews written about it in various tech blogs and in over a dozen... more



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