Ten ‘most obvious business models’ for news now & in the future

After listing today’s staples, (1) advertising and (2) subscriptions, (Marc Andreessen) continued with (3) premium content (that is, “a paid tier on top of a free, ad-supported one”); (4) conferences and events; (5) cross-media (meaning that your news operation also generates books, movies, and the like); (6) crowd-funding; (7) micropayments, using Bitcoin; and (8) philanthropy. Nicholas Thompson, the editor of The New Yorker’s Web site and a co-founder of the digital sort-of-magazine The Atavist, chimed in with two more: (9) “while building product you’re passionate about, create software you then license widely!”—The Atavist’s approach—and (10) “fund investigative business stories + then short stocks before publishing,” a reference to the billionaire Mark Cuban’s controversial relationship with Sharesleuth.

Justin Fox riffs on web pioneer Marc Andreessen’s list of “most obvious eight business models for news now & in the future”.with contributions from The Atavist’s Nicholas Thompson.
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