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Talk of a merger between Gawker and Business Insider, helped along by Nick Denton and Henry Blodget, was the subject of frenzied speculation last week.
Offices were all a-Twitter late this morning after a rumor spread that Gawker’s Nick Denton and Business Insider’s Henry Blodget would announce a merger between Gawker and Business Insider when they took the stage at a media conference this afternoon.
Rumors of a merger between Business Insider and Gawker that made the rounds this morning have been greatly exaggerated.
“We had breakfast, as we regularly do. I admire Henry Blodget, Joe Weisenthal and Business Insider’s editorial management. They’d have more fun with us than at AOL, where they’d be yet another unhappy unit. And they’re having fun with the possibility alone,” Mr. Denton said in an email.
Julie Zeveloff, the editor of Business Insider’s lifestyle vertical, is going on safari to “the best hotel in the world,” as she has so often referred to it. Ms. Zeveloff has been invited to go on this safari by the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Africa Adventure Company and Singita Grumeti Group, and Coastal Aviation.
“No, I didn’t win the lottery and I’m not a lucky honeymooner,” she helpfully explained on the site. “I’ve been invited by the Tanzania Tourist Board to go on safari and visit several of the country’s best lodges, including the tented camp that Travel + Leisure has called ‘the best hotel in the world’ for the past two years.”
The newly revitalized Spin magazine is being un-revitalized, Gawker’s big new hire, Blodget’s big new profile, Borowitz’s old trolling tactic attracts new “fans,” and more media stories in today’s Power Lunch.
Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget has challenged journalism professor Dan Reimhold to a blog-off against BI’s pathologically prolific writer Joe Weisenthal, according to Poynter.
It all started when Mr. Reimhold, who teaches at the University of Tampa, wrote a mild blog post about how he would never teach his students to be Read More
Henry Blodget—the pale firecrotch king of Business Insider, whose greatest moment of intimacy with Jews came when one banned him from the securities industry for life—can’t decide who hates Jews: Is it everyone, or just some people? Or maybe it’s just him?
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Henry Blodget, BusinessInsider aggregator-in-chief, disgraced Merrill Lynch analyst and the pundit who spent the weeks leading up to the Facebook IPO hammering on what were at face incongruous themes—overpriced Facebook stock was “muppet-bait” and Mark Zuckerberg was the greatest—is out with a new Facebook trope that’s Internet fantastic:
The ongoing controversy Read More
“On the West Coast, they call it the Stanford swivel,” said serial entrepreneur Nihal Mehta. “Like when you’re at Stanford, you kind of have to look around to make sure other people aren’t hearing. I find myself doing the Stanford swivel at Soho House, just to make sure that folks aren’t eavesdropping.”
Mr. Mehta, whose latest venture, LocalResponse, helps brands find and reward consumers posting about them on social media, was discussing the downside of talking shop in the recently refurbished sixth-floor drawing room of Soho House. “I was kinda joking around last time I was there that we’d have to sign N.D.A.’s,” said Mr. Mehta.
The notion that members of the tony, $1,800-to-$2,400-a-year private club would have to worry about techies stealing their start-up idea—rather than, say, an I-banker squirreling away a stock tip—has to do with the changing demographics of Soho House. Where a seat at the bar once meant overhearing talk about “taking helicopters to the Hamptons,” as one member told The Observer, these days, depending on the hour, the sixth floor might have more in common with a start-up hub than the lunch crowd at Michael’s or Bull and Bear.
There are no women on the boards of the biggest Web 2.0 companies, Kara Swisher at All Things D wrote yesterday, citing Zynga, Facebook, Twitter and Groupon.
It’s crappy to see that the hottest companies on the Web are still missing women at the top. But it’s hardly a shocker. According to Read More