Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Today Nujobi.com as members of the NYC meet-up group received this note from Gideon Lichfield, Media Editor at The Economist. Nujobi.com intends to participate as Mr Lichfield suggests and work towards presenting solutions. Oddly enough Mr Lichfield posted this comment on a meet-up board 3 months ago and it was "snarled up" in their system until today. ....interesting. We called Mr Lichfield and received his approval to post this comment on our blog via a telephone conversation. we feel Nujobi.com is a solution to properly compensating content creators.
Mr Lichfield presents the SOPA arguments from a very logical viewpoint.
As one who sympathises with the opposition to SOPA/PIPA but, as a journalist covering the media, spends quite a lot of his time talking to people in the content industry who support the bills, I've been thinking about how to get this debate unstuck. It's stuck because, like many debates about deep-seated issues (I'm thinking Israel-Palestine, which I've also covered), it's rapidly become an argument about who is right, rather than about how to move things forward. And to move things forward, I think the onus is on the anti-SOPA crowd. Convinced as it is that these bills are based on an outdated conception of how content should be monetised (I am presuming that that's the implication in Glenn's "Isn't Piracy Missing the Point?" prompt), the anti-SOPA movement spends nearly all its energy on trying to prove its point and not nearly enough on suggesting ways for those whose livelihoods have up to now depended on IP protection to make a living differently. Because, just as the Israel-Palestine conflict is not, at its base, an ideological one about religion or historical rights (those are just layers added by each side to make the argument harder to win) but a power struggle about who gets to live on which piece of land henceforth, the SOPA dispute is not really an ideological one about whether piracy is wrong, but a power struggle about who gets to determine the ways in which people will make money from content henceforth. When we see a resource, we compete over it; it's what we have done since we were bacteria. There is a long-established industry that has an entrenched interest in living off content the old way, and on which many people's livelihoods depend; and there is a rapidly-growing new industry (I use "industry" here broadly: it includes Google and startups and VCs as well as cyber-activists and NGOs) that has a whole bunch of new ways in mind, and on which an increasing number of livelihoods is also coming to depend. And the outcome of SOPA will determine the fortunes of people in these industries.
Gideon Lichfield Media editor The Economist O: +1 212 541 0508 M: +1 917 459 0549 E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: @glichfield
Monday, April 2, 2012
I started playing football when I was about 7 years old.
In HS I was 5'7" and about 210 pounds like a stump. I played pulling guard and I was on the kick-off team. Before the game started I was always pretty nervous. My father would give me his speech about how great he was back in the day which I ignored. My mother would be sensible and say that it seemed like it would be a challenge to hit someone nearly six inches taller than me and be able to knock them down. She wanted me to be realistic and focus on the "how" instead of the woohoaaa. She told me that "for every disadvantage one faces there is an advantage somewhere that one can create". Her idea was that different has its advantages.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
In the summer of 2010 long before the Occupy (another circus), two 50 year old men in a hand painted van blah blah. Ok Man we discovered that the media was either incompetent or was by agenda ignoring reporting and the fat guy/lady with the live bands on the corner.
We did get lucky with the media twice, but not in the usual manner. We had to actually go undercover and do some investigative reporting on some mining operations. We did get paid a whole $50 for our two week effort and it was these instances of a stubborn media and the first hand example of the journalist marketplace that made Nujobi a business concept.
Reaction by the Venture capitalist was "why would you bring politics into a presentation" at the time I over reacted and got caught up in an arguing frenzy Duh I was supposed to be selling this cat on why he should invest. Instead I acted and told him that I really did not want his investment. It seems that my subconscious despises the state of the current "Death of a salesman" style of the start-up world was coming through.
I ain't no Willy Loman.
I guess I do not have much respect for the entire concept of getting up in front of a few men and women and doing a burlesque for your money presentation. At this time with the world economies are in free fall and job creation at it lowest we have a start-up arena that cares more about the pitch than the actual business model. I just do not give value to that process. A venture capitalist mostly uses other peoples money, businesses are first built with sweat and ingenuity. I am guessing that they had to pitch so they are transferring the sales pitch correlating that to what it takes to start and manage a business. Something is very wrong with the VC investment styles if we still are having a jobs crisis.
I am a veteran at running businesses and growing them from scratch. I can tell you that it takes more Steve Jobs than it does a bunch of people that cashed out of their businesses to have the vision of truly creating value. These guys are focused on exit strategy first and societal value added business last. If that is what they truly want then we do not have a marriage made in heaven. I am not stubborn I am smart and I know work ethic combined with money can win.
My type of Investor1. Invests long term.
2. Invests and steps away.
3. Makes iterate investments.
4. Recognizes the drive of an entrepreneur is more valuable than collaborative chaos.
5. Understands the notion of vision and negotiates clearly.
6. Recognizes that the entrepreneur is also motivated by money.
7. Knows an entrepreneur will step away when real maturation of product is accomplished.
8. Knows that entrepreneurs watching their concept grow is the greatest accomplishment.
9. An investor that is not a control freak
Want to invest? Call me 732-995-3914
Monday, March 12, 2012
Want to sell your stories to us or another publisher....read on!
News York City is in print and Digital, mobile and web
www.nujobi.com. Please register and upload your stories/content if you want your work to be in print in NYC.
We are doing a full print publication because we see something that the News industry needs. All stories we buy should have photos and-or video. Yes a NEWSPAPER wants your video and pics. we are looking for real stories that have a bite to them and yes you will get full credits and pay.
How much? Well that is for you to decide because you price it. We only buy through our website journalism marketplace www.nujobi.com. Please register and upload your stories/content if you want your to be in print in NYC.
We will be do seeking stories in select subject as listed below. We are also doing a full centerfold of a fascinating picture each week , very high resolution, picture should tell a story. We want something that people will stare at. Size required 10 x 21 print. Centerfold pic must be amazing , can be a person, an action, news, up and coming model, musician.nature.sports.whatever ,you decide we are buying! Your photographer signature and contact info should be included
Here is more on why.Here is a tweet that was sent at me from an economist after I stated that, since the inception of Facebook, the economy collapsed! ...."From: RT @thejohnbrian @mark_nejmeh Part of me sees a direct correlation: size of FB valuation and degree of Econ entropy/uncertainty."
I also have stated that since the Ipod, crime has decreased. Hmmm, I suppose we are really evaluating creative job- destruction just by sniffing around each other right now seeing if we can work together.
Let me just say ," if we are to rebuild jobs and job creation we must maintain journalistic integrity". May the information flow , may the creativity regenerate from your wisdom.
Ok enough with the philosophy. We started Nujobi because we want to re-invent Journalism because journalism effects job creation. No info, no knowledge , no imagination , no "Slum dog millionaires".
We have presented at enough start-up events to know that most venture capitalists believe that it is over for the old model of journalism. The journalist should be rewarded with followers not pay. Bing Bong we disagree.
Seeking articles in these categories and all you can think of
Our Sales Guru and all round Cool guy in an Uncool company
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Nujobi.com is the company please visit the site and download the app, Android or Iphone
1. Do I want to re-invent journalism.?2. Am I prepared to work for a few months for equity until the company has revenue to support me?
3. Do I really care about truth in Journalism or do I just want to be cool.
4. Do I want to take part in all forms of media, including video, audio, print, broadcast?
5. Am I creative and pragmatic?
6. Am I just going to do this until something better comes along?
7. Do I understand that the tech for Nujobi.com is built and Nujobi has value already and I would be working for part of that value? If I make the the vested time period ?
8. Do I want to work primarily in News, yet have interest in ultra-creative productions?
9. Do I realize this is NOT a cool start-up but I still have to know computer stuff and social media?
10. Do I know what Nujobi.com really is?
11. Do I now that a start-up in real life is UGLY?
12. Am I ready to send in my resume because this job eventually will pay $50,000 + to staff and $100,000 + to Executive Producer/Chief Editor?
13. Can I work for someone not as smart as me that really is not great with punctuation and grammar?
14. Do I realize that Nujobi is both a fair marketplace for content and also a media company that buys content?
15. Did I download the app and try it and did I register on the site so that I understand the software.
If you answered yes to every question except number 6 please send a resume to Mark@nujobi.com and or read this blog link. How I hire.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The crisis in data gathering and privacy is here but like using your mind to figure a puzzle it can be useful too.Feb. 4, 2012 , New York, NY,Columbia School of Journalism , At an open program called "liberate the data", The Columbia School of Journalism opened its doors to journalists and data geeks. The Journalism Data Derby was held in one of the lecture halls.approximately 50 people attended.The video on our blog today shows one of the presentations from the crime group. There were 6-7 groups formed that took tasks on in Science, finance, crime, etc., Nujobi attended to observe and learn about the power of data collection and the newest trends in reporting from that data.
Since much of Law enforcement has historically relied on the investigative research of journlalists in the past and the fact that there is data on pretty much on everyone, since FaceBook google,linkedin ,and other social media engines collect every key stroke and track your every move on the internet. We thought we better get the story before the story gets us.
The process we observed while at Columbia was scraping, (taking data from html that was published on the internet), taking scanned physical documents and scanning them in and scraping data from those documents. Many merges of different forms of data were categorized and organized into what each team felt was a logical format. Interestingly data joined together could ever be complete particularly from event driven cases. It certainly seems that journalism has moved more towards legal procedure and presentation....
Data can reveal so much and is important in News, in a court of law, . Lets take a look at some typical data you can mine for information about crime.