SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
by Seth Fiegerman, courtesy mashable –
Watson has made a similar pitch before. In mid-2009, Watson launched The Stimulist, a news site that published and curated positive and inspiring stories for readers. And not just any readers: In interviews at the time, he said the website specifically catered to — you guessed it — “the change generation.”
As it so happens, I interned at The Stimulist for several months, though I never interacted with Watson directly. Each day, the website published six original stories, including one profile of a new face that people should know, one idea to spark a conversation and one blog post from Watson.
Watson received funding for the The Stimulist from Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners and used his position as a television anchor to draw attention to the website. The Stimulist frequently ran articles picked up by major news outlets like The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post — no small feat for a new website — but Watson struggled to balance the website with his up-and-coming television career and ultimately shut it down later that year.
Though Ozy Media isn’t live yet, Fortune‘s descriptions suggest that it will borrow some aspects from The Stimulist, including focusing on publishing just a few short stories each day and emphasizing the images on the page. Several of the website’s sections sound nearly identical to his previous media property as well: There will be profiles of up-and-comers, historical flashbacks and even a section called “Good Sh*t,” which also ran on The Stimulist.
The biggest difference appears to be Watson’s larger team of journalists to work on Ozy Media and his plans to focus more on holding live events tied to the website.
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