I rant about the downfall of Patch, how its business model was flawed from the get-go, why hyperlocal journalism can’t scale the way technology does, and how, from a general perspective, Silicon Valley investors don’t value quality content.
In addition, I explain the real reason Facebook is introducing auto-play video ads, how news apps like Prismatic are chasing the “social platform” dream and not focusing on their core competency, how the oDesk/eLance merger is a sign of the apocalypse, and posit why certain industries cause customers to swear at them on the phone more than others.
Links from this episode:
- You can spend $9,599 on a Mac Pro, but should you?
- Goodbye, Patch: Good Idea, Bad Execution
- Patch is dying because local journalism is artisanal, not industrial
- Facebook Forces Video Ads on You Because Marketers Told It To
- Another content consumption app goes social. Shoot me.
- oDesk To Merge With eLance
- The Industries That Make Us Sweariest