Newslaundry co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri on building an alternative news model & paying to keep the news free!
Indians don’t pay for news! Well they do and today my guest is Abhinandan Sekhri, co-founder of Newslaundry, a news, current affairs & media analysis organisation. They are building an alternative news model , so in this episode he talks about building this high risk venture. Old media & new media business models. Not being dependent on eyeballs.
Find out which newspaper is worth reading. Dealing with Twitter trolls. Govt interference in the news. Thoughts on PM Modi, Arnab Goswami and what kept him going in the early days. And why the ‘self made man’ is a myth. Finally we talk about his experience of directing/producing Highway On My plate , the award winning travel and food program.
In this conversation we also talk about:
- Subscription stats
- How he got started
- Mistakes made
- The culture of paying for news
- Advice on building your own media company
- What questions would he ask PM Modi
- Working on a piece about the Delhi riots
- Great food experiences & not so great food experiences.
- Podcast recommendations
and much more
I am producing a brand new indian comedy drama called he ‘The Great indian Startup’ Check out the first episode now!
Rajeev quits his boring corporate job to start his own venture on comic books with his two friends Veronica and Siddharth. The plot revolves around various issues the entrepreneur faces in starting up — conflicts with girlfriend, family, fundraising, hiring, scaling. Original Scripted Comedy Drama coming soon!