Good (not bye)
True/Slant began on July 1, 2008. Lewis, Coates and I sat in a room with nothing but an idea.
We got to work (collecting Steve and Michael on the way) and on April 8, 2009 we launched our alpha site.
Twelve hours later we were called boring by Business Insider’s Dan Frommer.
Former longtime AOL (TWX) news exec Lewis Dvorkin has been working on a secret new project for about a year. It launched today — True/Slant, yet another news aggregator/blog farm — and it looks like a flop.
A year passed and then Forbes announced it would be acquiring True/Slant.
Twenty days after that announcement Paul Carr took to TechCrunch declaring “RIP Forbes.”
I like the odds.
I feel incredibly proud and grateful to have shared the past 761 days with all of you, our T/S contributors and my True/Slant comrades. In his post today Michael used the word joy, and he’s right. Thank you all for that.
There’s a quote we often used from Jock Whitney, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune, and another I recently stumbled upon from Malcolm Forbes.
“News is more than what happens.”
“Presence is more than just being there.”
What is news presence in a multidimensional digital age? That’s one of the things I’m thinking about.
The True/Slant story isn’t one with a discrete ending. It is a step, with many more on the way.
On to the next one – at Forbes. Hoping to see you there, present and accounted for…