Category Archives: More than $100.000

Case Study: Kalpa Limited / China Files (Italy and Spain)


The name of the publication and / or company

Kalpa Limited (company) – China Files (publication)

Established

2009

Web Address

www.china-files.com

Form of the company

LTD

Describe your site or business in few words.

Simone Pieranni, founder of China Files, explains: “China Files is a startup based in Beijing, focusing on in-depth coverage of China-related issues for Italian- and Spanish-speaking media outlets. Our business model is that of the news-agency: producing multimedia stories (text, video, pictures, interactive features) to re-sell to mainstream outlets. Currently we work with more than 30 European and South-American media outlets (print, radio, broadcasting and online). Recently we have started to offer supplementary services, too, as, for example, press roundups on China-related issues for Italian and Spanish corporations, press office consultancy for institutions (e.g. European Union, Embassies) and companies investing in China. These services are more remunerative than producing editorial content, but our main focus remains the journalistic activity.”

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Case Study: YouReporter (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

YouReporter

Established

2008

Web Address

www.youreporter.it

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

YouReporter is a citizen journalism website that has become a popular destination for people interested in sharing breaking news videos or pictures. Content uploaded on YouReporter.com is often re-used by big media outlets, especially during crisis events as well as for the daily coverage of local news.

Angelo Cimarosti, founder of YouReporter, explains: “We launched YouReporter in 2008, as a purely amateur initiative. I am a broadcast journalist and I have always felt frustrated by the vast amount of videos and pictures available online (it is often impossible for reporters to find them). So, together with Stefano De Nicolo (a broadcast journalist), Luca Bauccio (a lawyer) and Alessandro Coscia (a programmer/designer) we decided to launch a citizen journalism website mainly focused on visual contributions. And this was the right insight at the right time. Around 2009 in Italy we have assisted to an explosion of mobile devices with video-recording capabilities and so our website has become a popular destination for many “citizen journalists” interested in reaching a wider audience. After a 2-year start-up period (with no business plan at all), in 2010 we decided to invest more time and money in YouReporter. That was also because managing a video-centered website means that you spend a lot of money in bandwidth, hosting etc. Presently our business model is focused on free content (accessible and re-usable by whoever is interested) subsidized by advertising. Thanks to the huge amount of monthly unique visitors (1.5 million in December 2011) we are sure that advertising alone can be enough for our sustainability.”

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Case Study: MedCity Media (USA)

The name of the publication and / or company

MedCity Media

Established

2008

Web Address

www.medcitynews.com

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

MedCity Media is to life science what TechCrunch and GigaOm are to technology: a destination portal (MedCityNews.com) for the latest on innovation and B2B insight. Our readers are the ones everyone wants: entrepreneurs, C-level hospital executives, investors and the innovation ecosystem. Our business model builds better, deeper and more lucrative relationships with customers because we leverage our content and our audience better than our peers.

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Case Study: Patient Power (USA)

The name of the publication and / or company

Patient Power LLC

Established

2005

Web Address

www.patientpower.info

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Patient Power produces audio and video interview programs on serious medical topics, relying on interviews with renowned experts and inspiring patients. It is supported financially by major medical centers, through limited advertising, and unrestricted educational grants from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Patients with illnesses such as cancers and chronic conditions rely on their programs to become better informed about the latest news for their condition.

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Case Study: Urheiluviikko.net (Finland / Malta)

The name of the publication and / or company

Urheiluviikko.net, High Roller Factory Ltd.

Established

The site was established by DeeReal t:mi in 2006. In 2010 the ownership of the site was transferred to High Roller Factory Ltd.

Web Address

 Urheiluviikko.net

Form of the company

Urheiluviikko.net was originally launched by DeeReal, Pekka Värre’s one man company. Currently the site is owned by High Roller Factory Ltd, a Maltese joint stock company.

Describe your site or business in few words.

Urheiluviikko.net is a website that is aimed for enthusiastic sport followers and sport betters. The main emphasis is on football, ice hockey and other sports favored by the Finns.

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Case Study: Demotix (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Demotix

Established

January 2009

Web Address

Demotix.com

Form of the company

Limited company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Turi Munthe, CEO:

“Demotix is an online platform that allows anyone anywhere to upload their news, video and images. We vet that material and then license it on to mainstream media. Essentially we are a ‘citizen journalism AP’ (= newswire). We split the revenue from sales 50/50 with our contributors.

On the other hand, we are increasingly becoming also a news publisher. Our secondary business model, as of very recently, is advertising revenue on Demotix.com as a news site. In January this year we were getting about 1,3 million page views a month, which is what prompted us to bring on advertising revenue. We share that with our contributors, so that they get 80% and Demotix gets 20%.

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Case Study: Blottr Digital Limited (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Blottr Digital Limited

Established

August 2010

Web Address

Blottr.com

Form of the company

Limited company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Adam Baker, the founder:

“Blottr is a citizen journalism news service that enables anyone to capture, report and collaborate on news they are witnessing from mobile to web instantly.

When I was watching the atrocities of 9/11 unfold, I was surprised it took CNN as long as it did to break the coverage of what was going on. Yet there were hundreds of people capturing the footage without an outlet for it. Then, maybe 2 years ago, I saw a documentary using that footage the citizens had been capturing, and it was really powerful – raw, really engaging. It got me thinking that there’s got to be a better way to enable people on the scene to report the news. I’m also a news junkie, I really love news. Here in the UK paywalls are going up and the mainstream media is laying off lots of editorial staff. So I thought this is probably a really good time to launch a service like Blottr.

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Case Study: News 3.0 (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

News 3.0

Established

2010

Web Address

www.lettera43.it

Form of the company

Joint-Stock Company

Describe your site or business in few words.

News 3.0 is a news production start-up launched in 2010 with a solid capital position (about 5 million Euro from several investors). It develops both horizontal and vertical information portals, plus web applications and other services.

Paolo Madron, founder of News 3.0 explains: “We started off with Lettera43, a product we like to call a ‘a daily magazine’, a mixture of worldwide news aggregation and in-depth news analysis – something along the lines of The Daily Beast in the USA. Then, in 2011 we launched two vertical websites – one dedicated to Economics (www.economiaweb.it), and another one to fashion (www.modainforma.it). Very soon two more portals, devoted to Travel and International Expo 2015 (which will take place in Milan, Italy), will be launched.

We are also working on information websites in English, with an integrated e-commerce platform on Italian lifestyle, targeting audiences in countries with a high GDP growth (China, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India).”

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Case Study: Formica Blu (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

 Formica Blu

Established

2005

Web Address

www.formicablu.it

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Elisabetta Tola, founder of Formica Blu, explains:

“Formica Blu focuses on journalism and science communication, using a cross-media approach that embraces paper, TV, radio and web. Beside our webzine and a web radio, we work as subcontractors for several news outlets (magazines, national and local radios, TV); we assist science editors, research groups and public organizations with information dissemination, communication plans, post-graduate training and audio-video productions. Although journalism (with that I mean our radio show “Radio3 Scienze” and our support to Wired, L’Espresso, Le Scienze, Mente&Cervello) guarantees us high visibility, the most of our profit comes from communication products. We also have independent science communication projects for which we seek bottom-up financing.”

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Case Study: Varese News (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

Varese News

Established

1997

Web Address

www.varesenews.it

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Varese News is an online-only local newspaper, often described as one of the best practice in Italian new media landscape. Founded in 1997 and having survived the Dot-com bubble, it gradually became the most read publication in the Varese area, surpassing even the well-established local daily La Prealpina. Having focused from the very beginning on technological innovation and community building, today their website has 80,000 unique visitors per day and it is financial sustainable. In 2000 the overall company structure was modified to include main trade associations, unions, some enterprises and other local institutions.

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