A recent story by Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times about MailChimp's non-Silicon Valley approach to creating a successful startup is an enlightening and inspiring read. Their revenue per employee roughly calculates to more than $700,000 per year, which is insane.
The New Yorker is an iconic magazine that’s been in print since 1925, and its online web presence is now on WordPress. Reported in the New York Times originally, the New Yorker is altering its online strategy, broadening the number of magazine articles available for free online. Their archive is now completely viewable online, going back to 2007….
I enjoyed a post about how The New York Times handled unprecedented traffic during the electron night in the US last year. The Times encountered an, “8,371 percent increase in the number of people visiting the site simultaneously.” Today, they are moving to Amazon Web Services and Google’s cloud platform.
Scott Taylor put the flow like this: Slack > Slack > Invisible City > Redis > Pusher > Web socket > React > WordPress Those were the steps to make a real time liveblog even more real time. Scott works at the Times and will also be the 4.4 release lead. Nieman Lab has more on…
The New York Times explains how they built a proprietary “collaborative editing CMS” for their newsrooms. It’s an impressive piece of software, but it’s a shame how much cool engineering goes into closed systems. Would the Times sharing this effort as an open-source project limit their business opportunities? 🤐
The New York Times did a brief interview with Matt Mullenweg that’s focused on his plans for Tumblr. Matt said bringing RSS feeds back to Tumblr is “high on [his] list” of priorities.
Sara Horowitz — who is the founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union — makes a compelling argument for how important freelancers are to the American economy. She highlights just how big the freelancer economy is: For better or worse, freelancing is becoming the new normal in America. There are now 53 million freelance…