NewsHound Makes it Easier

As I worry about next-generation consumer internet services becoming increasingly difficult, the Denver Post’s NewsHound service, which launched this week, takes a nice step in making things easier for the average non-techie. You can download the stand-alone client here. It’s a private-label RSS reader built on top of the NewsGator Media Platform, and the application definitely simplifies finding and reading content feeds for people in that area of the country (as it’s tee’d up with local content). That’s good news for consumers just learning about new ways to get fresh syndicated content, and not needing to worry about technical jargon like RSS/Atom/etc. And from a business standpoint, this deal is just one of many to come for NewsGator powering media companies’ RSS offerings.

(Disclosure: Masthead Venture Partners is an investor in NewsGator. See my previous post on why I like this investment.)

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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