Are RSS Ads Really Controversial?

Are ads in RSS feeds controversial? Hardly.

Today Paul Kedrosky calls the notion that wide-spread adoption of ads in RSS feeds won’t happen “silliness.” I completely agree.

Dave Morgan, the CEO of Tacoda, wrote a great piece last week, “RSS Advertising, Coming Fast.” He concludes, “This [ad insertion in RSS] is a hot space to watch… It will… become an important supplemental revenue stream to a lot of content owners and small publishers.”

Just as there was some initial pushback to ads on web pages and in e-mail, it’s natural to expect some friction with any impending change. The heart of the issue is that free content needs support from advertising revenue to continue. The situation isn’t any different with RSS as it is with any other technology delivery method. In my opinion, there isn’t any controversy.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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