Comments on: Do online business models matter? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/08/31/do-online-business-models-matter/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Kaleberg http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/08/31/do-online-business-models-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-47967 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 03:43:38 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22410#comment-47967 Modern economic thought has been pushing the idea that each and every thing needs to generate a profit. Boeing tried that model with its 787, and got an expensive lesson in business and economics, though it isn’t clear what they’ve actually learned. In the real world, all one really needs is an aggregate profit.

BI seems to have picked up on this. Not every article, or even every reporter, needs to be profitable. It is perfectly reasonable to lose money in certain areas, as long as these losses are helping increasing overall profitability. That’s why we have multi-cellular life.

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By: AndrewDuffy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/08/31/do-online-business-models-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-47963 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 08:51:43 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22410#comment-47963 All good points Felix. Above all the Mayer piece was an exercise in branding, and it’s a bit of a shame that a lot of people in the journalism/content business don’t ‘get’ that. I think Buzzfeed in particular has been relentless in these kind of branding exercises, and IMO they’ve been one of the key pillars to its success over the past few years.

Good to see other publishers joining the party.

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By: Auros http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/08/31/do-online-business-models-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-47962 Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:57:39 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22410#comment-47962 To be fair, I think it does matter, quite a lot, whether IN FACT any of these firms is going to find a way to earn the money to cover their willingness to shell out for quality journalism. Just because Bilton is doing a terrible job intelligently addressing that question, doesn’t mean it is not an interesting question to discuss. (Similarly, the fact that many people, particularly stoners, say a lot of stupid things about the nature of consciousness, does not mean it’s not worth reading, say, Daniel Dennett.) Sturgeon’s Law applies.

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