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Não é o particular que nos importa mas o rationale por detrás - nota a sobreposição de tópicos aos que aqui cobrimos no último mês e intenções declaradas. Oh press: u just 2 easy. Fica o manifesto:

The Axios Manifesto

All of us left cool, safe jobs to start a new company with this shared belief: Media is broken — and too often a scam.

Stories are too long. Or too boring. Web sites are a maddening mess. Readers and advertisers alike are too often afterthoughts. They get duped by headlines that don't deliver and distracted by pop-up nonsense or unworthy clicks. Many now make money selling fake headlines, fake controversies and even fake news.

Can you imagine Ford being obsessed mainly with whether the engineers love the howl and design of the F-150 engine, instead of simply delivering an awesome truck people want to drive? Never. But that's what digital media companies too often do. They produce journalism the way journalists want to produce it. And they design their products to maximize short-term buzz or revenue — not deliver the best experience possible.

We are engineering Axios around a simple proposition: Deliver the cleanest, smartest, most efficient and trust-worthy experience for readers and advertisers alike.

Our guiding principles include:

Reader first The data on what news readers want is unmistakable: content they can trust — delivered way, way more efficiently. No bias. No nonsense. Every piece of content we produce will be broken and narrated with true expertise - and then summarized in one shareable element. You can decide whether to go deeper. Often, there's no need. We have one agenda: help people get smarter, faster. So we designed our content to move seamlessly from our platform to other ecosystems, including Facebook and Snapchat, to meet readers on their terms, not ours.

Elegant efficiency Make reading, watching and listening as clean and reader-friendly as possible. This means killing everything from banner ads and pop-ups to topic pages and other web features designed for clicks, not usability. Our site eliminates traditional click-based pages AND allows you to view our content without leaving your stream of news. Our design guru, Alexis Lloyd, coined the term "elegant efficiency" to guide our every iteration.

Smart, always Assume smart people want smart content — on our platform and beyond. Many don't want serious news and information. We focus only on those who do — and then resist all the traffic-based temptations to dumb things down. We have hired people with social media superpowers and asked them to quit using those powers to attract traffic for traffic’s sake, and instead use them as a force for good: Getting smart content in front of readers on our platforms and on Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn and other social ecosystems.

Don't sell BS It's hard to argue with a straight face that newspaper ads, or banners, or expensive, glossy native advertising programs are the most effective means for communicating. We developed a lower-cost, more measurable and adjustable way for advertisers to do native advertising within our platform AND within our content on Facebook. We want to work with advertisers so they feel they get awesome, measurable value — and the respect and return they deserve.

Smart Brevity If you think about your evolving habits for consuming news and information, you realize you have less time, and a shorter attention span. Our content, our ads and our platforms are designed specifically to adjust to these new habits and demands. We aim to make the experience more substantive and meaningful — and therefore more valuable. When we pull this off, it will free people up to spend time on content truly WORTHY of their time, on our platform or elsewhere.

Excellence, always Media is a tough business. But it is a business, not a right, or charity or hobby. You distinguish yourself by delivering at a very high level on promises you make to news consumers, advertisers and subscribers. We believe life is simple: If we think big, deliver on our big promises, and show authentic appreciation for those who read and support us, we will be successful. So, thank you for reading this.

"Axios is best described as what you get if the "Economist mated with Twitter"

Com a ressalva habitual. Apesar da sobreposição nos manifestos - deles e nosso à evolução - falham onde sempre falham e nos separa: $$$. Ao seu manifesto, acresce um business plan - e incompleto à data - onde nOS POSITIVOS o esvaziamos de propósitos. Para refreio de excitações além e comparação a devido tempo, o underline a reter sobre o "much-anticipated new media venture from Politico co-founder and former C.E.O. Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen" circa início dezembro 2016 (lança full speed em janeiro próximo):

[ com o ] public’s trust in journalists to be at rock bottom, VandeHei and company certainly see opportunity there (...) and that starts with the articulation of a seemingly new approach to media strategy. (...) As VandeHei sees it, the current news-media landscape can be bifurcated into two major categories. There are the existing big-media companies, such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others, who are "sitting on a hyper-expensive and extensive blob of technology that is outdated, that is filled with archives and so much information about your customers that you can’t get rid of it." These companies, he added, "are reliant on a type of advertising that you know is going to die, but you can’t leave it because it’s short-term revenue." He continued: "They are in a very difficult and painful transition. The reality of it is just setting in, and the amount of upheaval is going to be profound, and it drains not just resources but emotions and enthusiasm." Then, there are the news and media start-ups that have been built during the last 10 years, such as Business Insider, which rely on a model that VandeHei describes as "just give me a lot of traffic, I swear to God I will find a business model." As it happens, when one news outlet gets a lot of traffic, other companies follow the model, and then, eventually, "the law of supply and demand kicks in," which means that the price those outlets can charge for advertising "goes down, down, down," according to VandeHei. In that scenario, such companies will either go out of business or combine.
in "Exclusive: Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei Reveal Their Plan for Media Domination" 30 nov 2016
"Google and Facebook are gobbling up the media business—they now control two-thirds of the ad market—and conventional publishers are tanking. The media business needs radical overhaul, not knock-offs or wishful thinking."

Um resumo possível:

VandeHei thinks he can thread the needle between the legacy behemoths getting slammed by declines in print advertising, and the nimble upstarts who are seeing some forms of internet advertising race to zero (...) able to carve out a business model at a time when layoffs are rocking both new and old media.
in "People are buzzing about a new media company called 'Axios' — here's everything we know about it" 1 dez 2016

De onde destacamos duas intenções:

Acertam uma em duas. O despreendimento ao papel:

Axios is trying to do is occupy the space that (...) The New York Times and The Economist could have commanded if they weren’t tethered to their old print roots.
in "Exclusive: Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei Reveal Their Plan for Media Domination" 30 nov 2016

E a dependência ao papel:

Axios has to be freemium: to have 50% of revenue come from subscriptions, and 50% from advertising (...) VandeHei wants to sell $10,000-plus premium Axios subscriptions.
in "People are buzzing about a new media company called 'Axios' — here's everything we know about it" 1 dez 2016

Velhos vícios perdurarão. O manifesto fica, a ressalva também:
not punx thou.

E on tha topic of punx: sobre media estamos conversados pelo time bein', avancemos com a tech e mais especificamente, abrimos aquele outro tema - autenticidade - media, punx, comics.

automatismos intencionais?