This week’s SunnyMag is here. In this edition of the curated magazine, we bring you strong opinions around journalism in the new age. Matt Taibi of the Rolling Stones & Paul Carr of The New York Times on advocacy journalism. For entrepreneurs, there are lessons from the sale of TechCrunch & Huffington Post and life hacks that will save you a lot of time.
New New World
Journalism, Even When It’s Tilted: It makes sense that as the financial rewards for traditional journalism have eroded, advocacy journalism has gained new traction. It is now up to the consumer to assemble a news diet of his or her choice, adding in news that is produced by people who have skin in the game. More here.
Hey, MSM: All Journalism is Advocacy Journalism: Did he also “veer into” a long career as a shameless, ball-gargling prostitute for Wall Street? As Jeff Cohen eloquently pointed out on HuffPo, isn’t Sorkin the guy who’s always bragging about how close he is to top bankers and parroting their views on things? This is a man who admitted, in print, that he only went down to Zucotti Park after a bank C.E.O. asked him, “Is this Occupy thing a big deal?” Read more.
The Moral Obligation of India’s Media: But why do Indian readers need to be lured toward seriousness in the first place? Is it not the moral obligation of the fortunate among them to be interested in the extraordinary problems of the many? How can mainstream Indian journalism have the heart to be celebratory and frivolous, and not as grave, conscientious and despondent as, say, socialists? More here.
31 Signs You’re A Third Culture Kid: When you share this on Facebook, it will be liked by friends from 12 different countries. More here.
Are we witnessing the birth of a new Social Network? Imagine being able to connect with friends, create status updates that can be as detailed as blog posts, check into and recommend local restaurants, find great news stories and share them with connections, upload images and even create short video snippets. Sound familiar? Read more here.
Inside YouTube’s massive LA studio where it hopes to foster content that will rival television and cable: The Internet is certainly a magical place and has become the place to share information with everyone. YouTube has been one of the preeminent services to help people express themselves. But did you know that the video social network has physical locations where artists can go to get help with creating their videos? Read here.
How to Use a Single Metric to Run Your Startup: Collecting data is easy. There are lots of tools out there and ways to gather data about everything that’s happening with your business, from lead generation through to customer satisfaction. But what are we supposed to do with all that data? How does it help us focus on the key challenges at hand, provide us insights into our next steps, and drive success? Read more here.
Why It’s Better To Sell A Startup For $20 Million Instead Of $200 Million: It sounds impressive when a founder sells a startup for tens of millions of dollars. But it sounds really impressive when a company sells it for hundreds of millions of dollars. As a founder, which option is better? Read more here.
Lifestyle Entrepreneurs: Don’t Succumb to the Billion-Dollar Boys’ Club: And you thought entrepreneurship was all about raising money, courting investors, signing term sheets and working yourself to the bone trying to be the next-big-thing. Well, that’s hogwash! There is an equally valid business model of growing a business organically, avoiding investors, and focussing on being profitable. More here.
Why Focusing on Only One Buyer Will Lose You Sales: This is part of a series that describes a sales methodology for technology companies or frankly many other types of companies, too. More here.
A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings: Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and their meeting schedules. I’ll tackle the former in a future post. For now, I’d like to focus on increasing the value of meetings by sharing a practice our team has implemented to great effect. More here.
Simple Daily Habits Of The Delightfully Successful: I can’t promise you’ll be as successful as Warren Buffet or Bill Gates or whoever it is you think is super-successful. But I can promise that if you commit to doing the following, each and every day, you will quickly be a lot more successful. More here.
Big Game: The Birth of Kenya’s Games Industry. How a group of game developers beat the odds to create the Kenyan game industry. More here.
Civilization – the video game that is as much a history simulator as it is entertainment: For the last few months, I’ve been having a running debate with my girlfriend about the merits of video games. She’s very sweet about it, but I know that she really thinks that they’re a pointless, anti-social waste of time which blind children and boyfriends to the glorious adventures available in the real world. Well, I persist, and today, I discovered one of the best things I’ve read on the internet in months: a not-mad account of what happens if you play Civilization II for 10 (real) years, taking it well into the (virtual) fourth millennium. More here.
Can a Couple of Tables Make Bangalore’s ‘Rapist Lane’ Safe Again?: They call it Rapist Lane, this short stretch of street in Bangalore near the Srishti School of Art and Design. It earned that nickname because after dark, men tend to hang out here in their cars or with their motorbikes, drinking and harassing or molesting women who dare to pass. More here.
Che Guevara’s ‘betrayer’ tells his side of the story after 40 years: Ciro Bustos was 26 and at his in-laws’ house for a barbecue one spring Sunday in 1958 when he first heard the voice. It belonged to a fellow Argentinian, a doctor four years his senior who was fighting alongside Fidel Castro in the mountains of south-eastern Cuba. More here.
Simplified: Economics – and politics – of gas price hike: Mr Moily, you were right. There are import lobbies at work, but they are not the only ones. If you just look around in your ministry, and those of your cabinet colleagues, you will find different import, export, domestic, political, private sector, public sector, and economic pressure groups lurking in almost every corridor of power. More here.