Skype co-founder Janus Friis is at it again, launching a new, stealthy startup incubator that wants to reuse and share code across a number of projects.
The dismantling of Washington-based local news site TBD has some arguing that such local online-media ventures are doomed to failure, but others maintain that the site’s demise was a result of corporate infighting, and says nothing about the strength of the original concept.
One of the more high-profile experiments in hyper-local news, a Washington, D.C.-based startup with the unlikely name TBD, has had a somewhat troubled history — losing its general manager just months after launch — and now the site has been restructured, raising fears about its future.
TBD.com, a Washington-based experiment in online hyper-local journalism from Allbritton Communications, creators of the political news site Politico, launched this morning with much fanfare. Whether the new startup’s blend of local reporting and blog aggregation can win it an audience remains to be seen, however.
Can building a network of local bloggers turn online journalism into a money-maker? Two new media ventures are hoping that it can. One is Washington-based startup TBD. The other is a traditional media entity that is trying to remake itself online: Philadelphia-based Journal Register Co.