Jan 22, 2009

Businesses that will fail in 2009

The NYT has described one here. A new startup is going to assemble blog postings and print them in a free weekly paper, supported by advertising. Let me see if I can find all of the problems with this business model as compared to a traditional newspaper or a blog.
  • Cost of printing and physical distribution (blogs are virtually free)
  • Low responsiveness (blogs can be updated instantly)
  • No fact checking or editing (a real newspaper provides those, at least)
  • Environmental impact (blogs use less resources)

Basically, The Printed Blog has taken the worst parts of the newspaper business model and combined them with the worst parts of the blog model. And they're going to launch this in the worst economic environment in recent memory. Right.

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