So Betsy had this nice, tidy show agenda planned for today (the first day back in the studio after a brief hiatus.)
And while they managed to touch on issues like Zite’s sale to CNN, the ongoing state of mainstream media implosion (as evidenced by coverage of Hurricane Irene, overpayment of big fat management bonuses to failing news organizations and the like), well, Robert caught Betsy off-guard with the news that he’s backing away from All Things Critical – the effort discussed a mere 28 days ago (shortly after it launched) on this Redoing Media show, no less.
And the conversation took a quick hard right turn into what technology organizations (or traditional media organizations, for that matter) need to do in order to not only survive but thrive -and why Robert believes he’s never going to see a Portland company ever, EVER follow that path. So he’s looking at different, more fertile opportunities now, it seems.
Lessons to learn for both technology startups and future media moguls? Yep. Taken right from the playbook of Mr. Steven Jobs? Yep, again.
Betsy’s still trying to figure out what’s going on here – and Robert’s not talking about any of his future plans. Yet, anyway…but it’s safe to say that All Things Critical won’t be one of them.
Does this mean Betsy has to stop calling Robert a journalist? To quote the best oracle around (Mr. Magic 8 Ball): “Answer unclear. Ask again later.”
Perhaps all will be revealed on another future episode of Redoing Media? Betsy can only hope…