Posts tagged with ‘rob malda’

WaPo Labs: Innovation, R&D and the Newsroom

With more (usually larger) publishers introducing a labs team into their operations to serve as a startup incubator of technology ideas and products, we recently had the opportunity to speak with Rob Malda about his work at the Washington Post Company.

Malda, Chief Strategist and Editor at Large for WaPo Labs discusses what it is they do, and how the labs environment aids in the overall research and development necessary for publishers to succeed.

The WaPo Labs team has created the Washington Post Social Reader and the mobile app Trove, two personalized news readers, along with a number of other experiments that get tested out across such publications such as the Washington Post, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Root and Express.

You can view other videos with Rob here.

Building Passionate Communities the Slashdot Way

For geeks of a certain age, Slashdot was a revelation. Founded in the late 90s, the site aggregated news and views about software, science, gadgets, tech policy and more, all under the umbrella of its tag line: “News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.”

In a Web before social bookmarking and user generated content, Slashdot was (and still is) a rolling curation of the nerdiest news found online.

Behind all this was Slashdot’s creator, Rob Malda, who was known on the site as CmdrTaco, and his classmate at the time Jeff Bates.

But after fourteen years, thousands of posts and the sale of the site to (which later became Geeknet), Malda had enough and announced last fall that he was moving on. As he told me when we met at a conference two weeks ago, after years of doing the same thing it’s time to try something new.

That something new is Chief Strategist and Editor at Large for the Washington Post Company’s WaPo Labs, a team of technologists and journalists exploring new ways to create, work with and present information.

In this video though we focus on what Rob learned running Slashdot, and how to create and nurture passionate niche communities. The long and short of it is be authentic, follow your passions and an audience will follow.

You can view other videos with Rob here.

After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it’s finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college. Since then it has grown to be read by more than a million people, and has served Billions and Billions of Pages (yes, in my head I hear the voice). During my tenure I have done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it’s time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*.

Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, founder of Slashdot, announcing his resignation from the technology curation and community site.

As we said earlier, today’s a day of resignations.