Thanks to the readers who pointed me to the Business 2.0 article in which Palo Alto venture capitalist Jim Lussier offered up to $3 million to fund a media startup based on a super-local premise. I’m not ready to accept, nor solicit money at this point. But I am slowly scaling up to move this blog into a larger undertaking.
Toward that end I achieved a personal milestone today — I’m blogging on a new platform and a hosted site (courtesy of Scot Hacker of Birdhouse Arts in Berkeley). I have another site under construction. It is called minimedia.org. I hope to turn minimedia.org into a trade organization of sorts. I wrote a business plan for this last year and tried to get funding. Some VCs took an interest but they deemed the plan unworkable, at least as a for-profit undertaking. I have to agree. I do, however, think an association could come together as an open source effort. In the coming weeks I’ll put my original, for-profit proposal up on the minimedia.org site along with some ideas about how to transform it into a non-profit venue, and generally try to stir things up.
Meanwhile, in looking around for more about Lussier’s offer, I visited a very interesting local site called BlufftonToday.com. It is the work of former newspaperman Steve Yelvington, and it appears to be a group blog that is also associated with a freely-distributed printed paper. I’m bookmarking this for further research. Thanks to Tim Porter for the pointer.
I also noticed that Lussier’s offer was linked to on CivicSpace, a non-profit community to help people learn how to use the Drupal open source community-building tool.
Finally, let me also thank Tim Bishop for sending me to the Business 2.0 link. Tim has posted a note on Bayosphere and other places suggesting a number of ways that people could volunteer typing, marketing or other skills to help create people locator pages for Katrina victims.
‘Cause if you ain’t Mass Media, you’re Mini Media