Ask NewsPicks' Founder Anything: Why I'm Acquiring Quartz
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Yusuke Umeda, CEO of Uzabase and the founder of NewsPick
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Can’t wait to see what comes next. The community piece of the equation has been great to see grow.
This is my personal message to the NewsPicks community in the US. I have been extremely proud to have you all be the first people to join us on this journey. Without your support, we wouldn't be here today and I look forward to seeing all of your excellent commentary for many years to come!
Very exciting to think about these two media businesses working together—with their combination of business models, audiences and talent.
Great to get the inside track on the acquisition.
I am excited to see this community grow even more. I have come to rely on Newspicks for its great curation of news and the ensuing insightful comments made by its smart users. Congratulations Yusuke.
I’ve had an opportunity to spend time with Yusuke, and his vision for business news is inspiring. The acquisition of Quartz gives a hint of where his ambitions point - with more to come.
Congrats Yusuke & NewsPicks/Quartz teams! I think the two teams are an excellent fit and I’m excited for the future of not just business news, but all news.
So many questions! Will there be a paid tier that blends Quartz content? Or will Quartz journalism appear on NP first, as a sort of early-news advantage for the NP community? I love the simplicity of the interface, but what’s the plan to scale the community? Will there be more profile options, and analytics?
Hi! Congratulations on the acquisition! Such a beautiful company. I saw that you would like to expand the business globally. Do you have any coming plan for Europe specifically?
This is so exciting! Looking forward to NewPicks’ next chapter!
This is why I started Cheddar. I didn’t think there was any high quality live business news product for the next generation. No innovation or new entrants in decades. And yes, Twitter and Facebook don’t solve this.
I actually use both Newspicks and Quartz regularly. I'm looking forward to seeing what will stem out of this acquisition
Congratulations! Excited and anticipating to see what’s in store!
Thank you for sharing your insight and vision! I look forward to NewsPicks’ community growing and to this new chapter. Congratulations, Chairman Umeda-san!
Key talent, consumer needs and product developments are well aligned for this organization. I’m enjoying this app, and look forward to turning attention back to Quartz as a reliable source of news.
In Japan, newspicks community is rich in diversity.
Some user find job, some user find new business and there is not only official communitis but unofficial communities.
I look forward to how US newspicks communities developing.
Looking forward to the “subscription” — definitely a fundamental piece for developing a community of information today. We’re right at the period of time that can redefine how a community and its trust system work.
Embodiment of why I love Newspicks and the great hope I have in its future, thank you for the honesty and passion you bring as founder and leader.
He has the grit, the power of passion.
Congratulations on the excellent partnership!
I strongly agree your comment, “the two key words for the future of the media business are “community” and “subscription.””
I would like to actively use English version on top of the Japanese version to catch up global tech/media trends with a hope that NewsPicks could be a promising solution to bridge the gap of global filter bubble around innovative tech trend news.
I am so excited what comes next to our world.
This is great, congrats and I am happy to be a part of this early process. What a great idea that will surely expand if watered correctly.
Congrats Yusuke, this is awesome!
I am using newspicks Japanese edition, from the early stage of this service, congratulations!
I really hope NewsPicks community in US make a healthy grow, without compromised by internal propaganda-promoters who creates “burnable” articles or promotions to agitate division and confrontation to get PVs and believers, which is now happening in NewsPicks Japanese version.
Interesting site with provative comments on a variety of topics
Good stuff. How were you able to finance this?
Congratulations on the Quartz acquisition Yusuke San, it’s a bold move and I am looking forward to seeing how you develop your model in the US. My question is, what does this mean for your venture with Dow Jones?
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