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"alex mather" Discussed on WTOP
"Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia. Jim Krystle, a CBS News, Greensboro, North Carolina in Iraq, new rocket attacks are targeting areas near US troops, but Was behind them is not yet clear. Last year it was clear Iran was behind the attacks because the U. S drone had killed Iranian General Qassim Sulamani. But Iran was launching large ballistic missiles. These most recent attacks like the one Monday night in her bill were carried out with smaller, less lethal rockets. That means any one of a number of militia could have carried them out or It could have been what's left of Isis, which, by the way, according to some sources, is looking to stage a comeback. And that's wt of the national security correspondent. J. J. Green. Well, the case against Amy Cooper has been dropped and you probably remember it. It revolved around a viral video of Cooper lying to 911 dispatchers about a black man threatening her in New York's Central Park. He wasn't The case was dismissed because she completed a counseling program where she could learn about the harm of her actions. Prosecutors are okay with that, preferring restorative justice to anything else. Cooper got into a dispute with the man because he simply asked that she leash her dog. But when the latest Mars Rover makes its final descent to the Red Planet later this week, it will be. On Thursday, a teenager in Virginia will be watching closely and celebrating. As NASA announces the landing of the Mars rover there will be using a name created by a local middle schooler tried to write about in my essay. How How This name is a story about the human race 14 year old Alex Mather one than now. Son named the rover contest. Last year. They've grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County was one of 28,000 students who Internation wide the name. He chose perseverance. I'm excited. I'm curious. I'm mag a loss for words already, and we're not even there yet. Alex hopes to go to a science and technology high school and one day working NASA. Valerie Bonked. W T O P News coming up next Markets are mixed amid a training the big local bets on this coin. I'm Jeff label 12 53 Discover matches all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year automatically discover something brighter. Learn more at discover dot com slash match. Hey, there Easy listener Time..
"alex mather" Discussed on WTOP
"You by Lin, The plumber trusted same day service seven days a week. It's 7 21. Baltimore has been averaging close to one homicide every day since the start of this year, the least say there have been 38 killings in Maryland's most Populous city compared to 41 for the same period last year, and that does not include the killing of a 16 year old who died after being shot in the head inside and apartments that happened yesterday. Police say there have been 70 non deadly shootings so far this year. That's up from 65 during the same period last year. The mayor of Charlottesville, says that she's being investigated for using her city issued credit card to pay for gift cards for people who spoke at City Council meetings. Nicole you, Walker said in online post that the city has been investigating whether she misused funds by purchasing the gift cards and by making a donation to a nonprofit run by a person who spoke at a council meeting. Daily progress reports that city employees have known about Walker's purchases for at least two years, Walker says. Nobody told her those purchases weren't allowed. There's been a big decline in the Virginia Railway Express ridership since the beginning of the pandemic V. Ari says it's been running fewer daily trains, and it's uncertain about ridership projections over the next few years. Only 18 trains now service, the Fredericksburg and Manassas line That's down from 32 before the pandemic Ridership is about 90% below pre pandemic levels. The ari reports. The system's on time performance has never been better, though. In December on time performance hit 96% of Virginia Middle Schooler is going to have a special reason to really celebrate when NASA's rover lands on Mars on Thursday in between online middle school classes, 14 year old Alex Mather Will be watching the latest Mars rover as it lands on the Red Planet. I'm definitely going to walk the entire use that and then probably just stay glued to the TV, walking the press conferences after, but there's a special detail. He's the one who named it. NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover, the eighth grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, won the NASA named the rover essay contests out of 28,000 students who entered nationwide. Our civilization is pretty much built because of personal Vera. His goal is to go to a science and technology high school in one day working NASA on future missions. Valerie Bonked. W T. OBY News Coming up in MONEY news. Massive gambling resorts is proposed for dumb Freeze. It's 7 24 on Pepco. We're here to help our customers during these trying times. If you're facing financial challenges, we have programs like Customize payment arrangements that can help. Don't.
"alex mather" Discussed on WTOP
"It's now 6 21, almost a killing a day. That's what Baltimore has been averaging. Since January. 1st 38 people have been killed in Maryland's most populous city so far this year. That's down from 41 during the same period last year. Police do say, though there have been 70 non deadly Shooting so far this year, and that's up from 65 during the same period last year. Charlottesville Mayor Niko Walker says she's being investigated for using her city issued credit card to buy gift cards for people who spoke at City Council meetings in online posts. Walkers said no one told her those purchases were not allowed The daily progress reports. City employees have known about those purchases for at least two years. 6 22 here when the latest Mars Rover makes its final descent to the Red Planet on Thursday. Day. A teenager in Virginia is certainly going to be celebrating as NASA announces the landing of the Mars rover that will be using a name created by a local middle schooler tried to write about in my essay. How How This name is a story about the human race 14 year old Alex Mather one. The NASA named the rover contest last year. The eighth grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, was one of 28,000 students who Internation wide. The name. He chose perseverance. I'm excited. I'm curious. I'm I'm at a loss for words already, and we're not even there yet. Alex hopes to go to a science and technology high school and one day working NASA Valerie Bunk w T o P News. Ridership on V R E has dropped sharply since the start of the pandemic on Lee 18 Trains service, the Fredericksburg and Manassas lines Now that's down from 32 before the pandemic began a year ago. Ridership is about 90% below pre pandemic levels. But there's good news V R E reports. The system's on time performance has never been better. In December. It hits 96%. Up ahead here in money News. Some top business schools are opting out of MBA rankings This year. We'll tell you which ones and why. In just a moment, it's 6 23 is Dave Johnson. Because Fanduel Sports book is officially live in Virginia. You could watch sports.
NASA's Perseverance rover closes in on Mars
"6 22 here when the latest Mars Rover makes its final descent to the Red Planet on Thursday. Day. A teenager in Virginia is certainly going to be celebrating as NASA announces the landing of the Mars rover that will be using a name created by a local middle schooler tried to write about in my essay. How How This name is a story about the human race 14 year old Alex Mather one. The NASA named the rover contest last year. The eighth grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, was one of 28,000 students who Internation wide. The name. He chose perseverance. I'm excited. I'm curious. I'm I'm at a loss for words already, and we're not even there yet. Alex hopes to go to a science and technology high school and one day working NASA Valerie
"alex mather" Discussed on WTOP
"Rather of Oxon Hill in 27 year old Franklin Lamp right of Temple Hills, are charged with murder and are being held in the Prince George's County jail pending extradition to rather from Maryland to Virginia. Additional charges could be filed. Police officials say the suspects were caught with the assistance of Prince George's County police. The FBI shooting that took place on Columbia Pike near Glebe Road in the early Running hours of June 28th left one person dead, two others with minor injuries. 21 year old Donovan Green Jr was found dead inside a vehicle after someone fired gunshots from a car while fleeing the scene of a dispute between A bunch of people. New studies give more information about what treatment do's and don'ts work for covert. 19 British scientists published their research on the on ly drug showing some improvement to survival. The drug lower the risk of death by up to 36% for patients needing health breathing, but did not help people. Who were less ill to other studies found that the malaria drug hydroxy Clara Quinn, also does not help people with Onley Mild Corona virus symptoms for many current virus survivors. Life is not go back to normal after recovering doctor push on, Johnny says patients who recover still face an uphill battle and will face strengthen nutritional deficiencies for weeks before they can get back to full strength. Poor strengthen their extremities. And so they will need aggressive physical therapy for weeks and weeks before they get back to their strength off before calling. The other thing is new tradition. You know, they develop nutritional deficiencies. Dr Johnny says Survivors can develop a permanent reduction in lung capacity. Believe it or not, tickling is not always as harmless as it seems. You do it to your kids. Did someone do it to you? Tickle? You did tears. The tickler often thinks you like it and ignores your smile laced pleas to stop. New York Times says Tickle torture can be a form of bullying or even abuse. The author of Playful Parenting tells the times. It can overwhelm the nervous system and make kids feel helpless. Sure, some tickling is OK if your kid really enjoys it, but pay close attention. Make sure their laughter is born of enjoyment, not agony. Hillary Howard W. T. O P knew the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum of Celebrating Mars Day today. The annual celebration went online this year because of the pandemic. But you and your family can still watch a special episode about the Red Planet and take a virtual tour of Mars Sooner. Reporter Jaden Jefferson spoke to Alex Mather, the Virginia student who won the competition to name the 2020 Mars Rover. About what space exploration means to him. And when you think about the things that have happened in the past in history, like the Apollo missions, what are your thoughts on those missions? And how do you think those people that were involved in those projects felt? And how do you want to be part of history like they were? Those people take amazing things they took the are at least compared to our technology legal that they had. And they got to the moon and they digging again and again and again. Today is the final day of the Mars Day programming. It's 5 54 Hello, This's exterior medics confirming that will be at your home tomorrow morning to work on your siding. While we're there. We'll stay outside and we'll be happy to communicate by phone or from a safe social distance..
"alex mather" Discussed on WTOP
"From Vienna metro to the Pentagon for schedule info visit Fairfax connector dot com married upon the W. two project play of sunshine today a gorgeous finish to our weekend with thirties to start so chill you'll need a jacket this morning warming right up this afternoon into the low to mid sixties tomorrow even warmer low seventies for the first day of the week the big taste of spring there Tuesday looking like rain moves into the forecast we will see a mostly cloudy day mid sixties warm temperatures but again what throughout the morning and evening commute it looks dry on Wednesday with a chance of rain Wednesday night Thursday rain again I'm storm team four meteorologist for universal thirty one degrees in Fairfax it is thirty four in laurel and thirty seven outside WTOP studios brought to you by Len the plumber trusted same day service seven days a week it's seven twenty one guilty pleas from members of the brutal gang MS thirteen in connection with an attack in Arlington to members of MS thirteen pleaded guilty to the attack on Wednesday twenty five year old Juan Francisco Rivera Pineda and twenty four year old Jefferson No Way Amaya belong to a branch of MS thirteen operating out of Arlington county both men can now spend the next three decades behind bars it began with the threat by the gang against the nephew of the victim he was told not to sell drugs in their territory his uncle paid a terrible price the forty year old victim was confronted by gang members and four mile run park shot in the throat and arm and then stabbed in the back he was taken to the hospital and somehow managed to survive del Walters WTOP news a school in Virginia hosted a memorial service this weekend for pioneering African American mathematician and NASA researcher Catherine Johnson some seven hundred people went to the service at Hampton university Johnson calculated rocket paths for NASA's early space missions she died two weeks ago at the age of one hundred one NASA held a national contest in an effort to find a name for its new Mars rover a student in Fairfax county won that contest with the name perseverance Alex Mather a student at.
"alex mather" Discussed on WTOP
"Twenty daylight saving time guilty pleas by two more members of MS thirteen in connection with an attack that occurred in Arlington two members of MS thirteen pleaded guilty to the attack on Wednesday twenty five year old Juan Francisco Rivera Pineda and twenty four year old Jefferson No Way Amaya belong to a branch of MS thirteen operating out of Arlington county both men could now spend the next three decades behind bars it began with the threat by the gang against the nephew of the victim he was told not to sell drugs in their territory is uncle paid a terrible price the forty year old victim was confronted by gang members and four mile run park shot in the throat and arm and then stabbed in the back he was taken to the hospital and somehow managed to survive del Walters WTOP news already missing that our where we're Lou we've lost what if we just kept our clocks the way this way forever some Maryland lawmakers want to do just that and discuss legislation this past week which would call for a change in the federal act that governs time to sleep deprivation that comes with the the abrupt time change ending that and getting more light at night are among the reasons Maryland senator Justin ready a Republican from Carroll County energy education health and environmental affairs committee to move his bill forward the purpose of passing this bill would be to add her name to the list of states that are asking the federal government to amend the act and allow us to dot State daylight time permanently the uniform time act only allows standard time to be adopted right now Lisa van Buskirk says she's against it so many more Maryland students will be picked up by bus or walk to school in the dark during the winter relative to standard time a vote on the bill will happen in the coming weeks a similar bill is making its way through the state house Mike Morello WTOP news NASA has announced the name of the newest Mars rover which is set to launch this July from Florida and a middle school student from Fairfax county can say he's the one who named it Alex Mather a student at lake Braddock secondary schools as when the next mission to Mars takes off this summer the rover that'll be touring the red planet needed a name that would continue to embrace the very best human characteristics yes humans evolved as creatures who could learn to adapt to any situation no matter how harsh and rattling off names of previous Rovers like curiosity and opportunity matter said the most important human trait was missing person matters winning entry was one.
NASA's new Mars rover gets a name — Percy, for short
"The Mars twenty twenty rover has a new name perseverance we are species of explorers and we will meet many set backs on the way to Mars however we can persevere Alex Mather from lake Braddock secondary school in Virginia reading part of his essay that won the rover naming contest sponsored by NASA the biggest most high tech rover ever sent to Mars perseverance is set to launch this July from the Kennedy
"alex mather" Discussed on This Week in Startups
"Come from finance source speed of pay apple three thirty percent and then if happy is an exaggeration we are willing to pay that money You'd be happier if it was half. I'd be happier if it was market. But you know they've created their own market V ten three. Oh you like a credit card processor. Here's the thing though. I think it's worth it. I've I have had this discussion with many found by one hundred degrees worth it to be close if you give them their big they will feature you this and they will contact Jio and they will work with you. I love the folks. I work with Apple. They're wonderful people easily. They provide value. It's not even close. They believe in in like this. This is gonNA sound like I'm kissing there but but Well let's No I WANNA go. I WANNA get this podcast featuring six months guy. I think it's really important like we were moving moving as a as a society towards like really shitty products for a long time really cheap shitty things whether Iraq yeah schlock watches that were ten cents ends right whatever. They came along and created the best product in the history of products period. Yes and then they just continue the create products that are worth paying high margins for right like wells are well. We're not even close right like it's not even close and we will get any company now. They're they're they're spending money on their packaging. Now right people have realized the the the world has moved away from access to quality. I mean really really big deal. Sony Walkmans used in plastic that you needed to have industrial strength scissors to cut OKRA. And then half the people opening it would wind up with a kite and then ten percent of those who wind up in the emergency. We'll get stitches because they sold it in this ugly plastic. Now you open and you feel like it's a fabric you pull a string cheese and I love delight that the thing. That's the most satisfying when you peel the plastic wrapping your air podgy snaps optimism. But you you know that's the business we want to create too. Is We want to bring quality to media in the same way. They did that to physical products and that's been important to us. Yeah and so. I'm willing to pay it. What's what's the equivalent of the UNE? Boxing experience for you and editorial yeah. I think what we tried to do. And this is an ongoing experiment men but like if you join our product and you're a knicks. Giants Warriors Knicks Giants Yankees Yankees. You're likable New York mark. Now my grandfather was still alive. It'd be Matt's okay because we had the dodgers Matt's but my dad was Yankees shows a little bit of a problem And then on on Monday I gas giants next Rangers Yankees even my nephew In line with the proper. You know we've done some incredible journalism on those the teams that might have been a year ago two years ago. Whatever I know mark carrying wrote a story with Sarah about the the Yankees? That was wonderful right. It might be see your old at this point right and so how do we delight you in your first week and give you stories that just like make you feel like you just made the the best decision of your life. Oh so if I sign up and follow the warriors next is what I did. Yes you just email me. So we'll say Kevin Durant. We did the Hamptons five story. Yeah right a wonderful several story Klay playing tennis getting Gardner to play tennis with. I mean I'll charming right. He's the greatest and some great players. off the record. I'm sure so so you know. Can we get you those stories once once you read those stories. You're like I love this product. It's for me stranger things. Stranger things in your first week of Netflix. Are you ever leaving. No Right. I like that soundtrack. Just play just like an eighties kid. It is literally like hitting every note the season three. I mean it felt like it was made from me. I know spoilers. My wife and I haven't caught. I won't say anything you'll love it. It's GONNA be amazing. How do you handle the league's because you you have no tied to them other than access but people do play access games? As course Mister Dole in does which he should just be banned for like these access instead he plays? I'm considering committing nick. Suicide Seppuku this year. So I have a question for you. Mayor of San Francisco or owner of the Knicks. Yes both but order. Let's go let's go. I could never on the next no matter how much my net worth goes up the NBA goes up faster. So it's lost Costner. ASNA literally lost and they don't let you pass the hat anymore. So these words teams USA. Let you pass the hat Where like you could just get totally what that means means the normal people on Earth? What is on so it grows back and I know Yeah Wick from the Celtics. He got a group of fifty people together. Everybody putting five million dollars. You bought the Celtics up is it. He becomes the owner. You pass the hat warriors Joachim. Pass the HAT Chamois. And a bunch of the people put money in and then a bunch of people like Chad Hat Hurley and other people put in like literally million or five million dollars in the on one basis point at one point fifty basis points. Whatever it is so they have an ownership team that comes to every game sits in the front row? Now my understanding is you have to be bomber. Be Able to pay for the holding yourself. They don't want these ownership groups being so oh deluded down by so many people Yeah I think they just want to be able to go to one person and say okay bomber. Do this or okay Russian. Oligarch do that they went that productivity which means the Knicks at seven billion or four billion five. But whenever once going for I mean Bezos can by it could buy it care about sports but basis. I think this is the likely that's what I've heard on. The inside is that base us is going to buy. It could spending more time in New York. So I mean you can have that for the Atlantic but Anyway that's the rumor amongst the insiders that I know is that based on And that would be great. To Duncan Johnnie O.. C. You imagine she banned the Knicks and then he invited to sit courtside. What do you think about it? The China situation. 'cause you don't care about your you don't you're not behold into the league. ESPN's is no we have ESPN outside money. You don't okay no we don't care. So what do you personally feel about that situation. How Down Daryl Morey should be sanctioned fired or celebrated You know my I personal opinions around the political situation aside. I think it's shining a light on something that's important talk about as a country. Which is where's your money coming coming from right? You know where you know. Who are you beholden to and why and where are your values and You know there's there's a spectrum of all these things there's no right or wrong these are complicated situations And you know we always ask ourselves. Is that our company which is like. Let's make sure our money's coming from places where we can always be objective always always whether it be leagues whether it be other companies whether it be be countries right how can we be objective. And if you can't then then you're in a really tough spot. It's going to come back to bite you. You see all these cases of of cover ups right whether it be Universities and things don't don't don't hide when you hide the light will find its way and and it's finding its way to a really really complicated situation where there's a lot of people making a lot of money off of a lot of places that are doing really bad things six and these are. It's really gnarly. It's it's hard to unwind. It's hard to unwind ten years from from yao-ming ten now of building up this business in China China only to realize that if you even modestly modestly are in pro human rights in China that they will yank the chain and they've got the NBA on a leash and there yanking the chain. Now and my God for for Lebron James a billionaire. It's complicated honestly. It is not A. I think. You're being magnanimous Alex for me. It's not complicated. All if you make a billion dollars at three hundred million of it comes from China and then as a billionaire you made all that money and power and influence and then you have to Kowtow cares about the last three hundred. It's the first one hundred that matters. You know I personally very much agree with you. That said I from a big business perspective. I mean it's complicated. You know I think the the complicated part is you have athletes being put on the spot. Right it's hard to talk about this stuff because what I mean when it's complicated complicated. It's hard there's people in the country that lives are at risk right. Oh that that it's really complicated for the players to talk about the coaches you you know. Poor Steve Kerr right like that was so like it's complicated for these folks to represent at all moments. Everyone representing all things right. It's really hard you'd would have a unified voice when you've been basically turning a blind eye and my. My Wife's family is from Hong Kong. It's it's it's a really bad situation it. No one wins in these like you know when we talk about sports at the athletic the only thing we don't care who wins and loses. We just like the only thing that really really really sucks is when people get hurt. Play the best players on earth could hurt it like us just it. It's just negative like there's no positive to any of that right and I think things like this is just negative. It's you know when there's bad things happening in the world it's just negative. There's no positive to it at all. It just shows though when you engage with people who have human the rights violations and stuff like that and they're using their money to mass the human rights violations. Then what happens is we as has Americans go from being the beacon of hope in the world to the sellouts yup back as humans though when we buy when we want things to be cheap and you know. Are we willing to pay the money when folks in these countries aren't making the product right. It's all we're in. A you know. Globalization has created a really complicated world. And it does it. All of us have to ask those questions now on the light is very very bright. How do you think do you have journalists in China? We did during the during the controversy. We had multiple folks there and so it was complicated for us to did you not cover it because we covered it you covered it. Does that mean those journalists are at risk in some way for covering it. I mean we have to be very careful with folks on the ground. And what what they do and how they act and then you have people on the ground as journalists in China even seemed to go along with the teams how it's a wonderful experience for them to oh to see. The police are American writers or so American writers. There you feel safe with now that they're home. Yeah but if you had an opportunity already by do whoever comes in with the big dollar. Such pick a company Alibaba whoever and they say here's two hundred million. We're starting at LOCI watched the last episode of Silicon Valley. I didn't I didn't okay okay. Great there was a very China. There's no but it was a Chilean miner..
"alex mather" Discussed on Recode Media with Peter Kafka
"Know is something new to us and you know it's it's the the outside world it sometimes seems obvious but when you're in it and you're growing fast it's not simple it's a really complicated equation the trade would be fun in your own grow and it would take five years longer to than you would own close to one hundred percent of the company if you sell it for a few hundred million dollars you've made a life changing amount of money Kathy sell it for a few hundred million dollars your investors will be disappointed because you've raised how much so far we've raised about one hundred mind right so you've got to do much much more to have a what's considered a giant yeah yeah that's I mean selling the company is not a priority liquidity is not a priority things you're going to think about it we we think about them and it's not a priority what's the priority is building a really big profitable business and that starts with just hiring great people and having them do great work and what we felt in terms of raising the money was we can hire better people we can give them the benefits That we think they deserve twelve weeks paternity leave that I took And Greg thank you and those kind of things give us that retention around the best talent you know you're you're still in the same place that you've been for a while there's a bunch of reasons why right and you know Kara and this office in whatever it might be right in our waterloo circling water so delicious you agree those kind of things add up and we kept coming back to you know we said internal there's just no shortcuts and how do we hire the best people how do we pay them really well how do we let them travel as much as they want real debate about about do we go out and raise a ton of money we've had many opportunities I think what has happened is we had to have we've had many opportunities all the company and as founders you face that and you say and you kinda think about life on the other side and you say this is so much fun and how many opportunities do you get to actually build a company where you're hiring journalists they're doing the best work of their careers and people are paying I mean you just feels like lightning in a bottle and do this cynical translation you guys thank you can keep growing faster you can get a giant valuation for making much making much bigger business and eventually you will make that much more money it's a giant bet to take a founder to me it's not a I don I I hate to not be cynical because in many as I am cynical but you know as it comes to our company I'm not cynical at all this is the job of a lifetime and we take it very seriously that we're creating a journal awesome based company that is going to be profitable that is going to do great work going to make a difference in sports right now and that's like that to me is the priority and and our investors are extremely patient and there is not some rush for liquidity or or anything like that and and you know that it to us is is the priority and valuations are just not something we don't talk about valuations I think that's something that media talks about much more than the inside the company at least of the healthy companies I've spoken to in health the founders of healthy companies you know it's it's focusing on your metrics and win and then the employees wondering how much money they're they're absolutely and we have given our our employees many opportunities talk about that openly with us yeah can they see their four nine eight the internal here looking at that at all times should do more of that you guys are moving into video raise some money you've you've you've raised it's going to video that one puzzles me sure I get there's a rationale for video and the Ad World Right it's higher CPM's that's actually true and it seems to be sports the value of videos sports is I have live game rights those are super expensive you're not buying those definitely not right so and and then the core of your subscription offering is really well reported stuff you can't get anywhere else it's hard for me to figure out what video how we're video with video it's an experiment and we're testing awesome with video whether that be investigative stories whether the that'd be profiles on people you WanNa get to know we've done some stuff shack and get to know his business side and have a great store a great video story today on on Adhd and Some stuff going on at the University of listened to the podcast version of that and so you know these are things that we wanted to experiment with and you consider this an experiment yeah absolutely I mean we're it's reducing churn can you see any benefit from it yet we absolutely see benefit during a trial of fish subscriber or a trailer watches a video they're much more likely to subscribe and same with podcasts just sort of adds left for us you know the medium is is experimental just written were journalism I used to read you all things digital now I'm listening to you right and it's almost like you're my editors here like me to write more and podcasts killed the written star yeah but we're constantly thinking about best ways to tell stories and we love thirty for thirty's for example and how do we do content like that yes I mean thirty for thirty with a lot of ESPN stuff comes in the past I've done it because they've spent a ton of money on sports rights and then they have any to fill in space right and you can only do so within their organization who are really creative stories yes and then they don't get squished but it's worked out fine for we're speaking about a wheat less than a week after sports illustrated laid off a big chunk of their staff or towards at half the people who own sports illustrator noses now say less than half they're gonNA move to this model where they have some writers at a national level and then at a local level set of doing what you're doing and hiring beat reporters generally they're going to hire a general manager and try to who will try to get people to write for not very much money turns sounds like what are the lessons you're drawing from sports illustrated's troubles yeah I mean the first thing I think about is how did we get here right in the past year the company has changed hands three times and that's that's disappointing for the folks who work there the full really all just one sale though it is but more broadly how did sports illustrated sports illustrated in many ways was doing what you're doing yeah I mean it's just I'm in the birth of any new companies generally because there has been some incumbents that are incompetent lack imagination whatever and sports illustrated is probably one of the best examples in media of a absolutely amazing brand And I think of it like this Fox dot com slash twenty twenty podcasts..
"alex mather" Discussed on Recode Media with Peter Kafka
"Right there's a Nisha audience that likes us and and there's a tweet imbedded and there's a sentence above in a sentence low right evidence of those absolutely really that's I'm sorry but the and Sox you will love them Mac wellman wants me to tell you it's easy to buy them but of course by the mid on the web you guys know how to do that macworld and makes their own fabric It's Peter Kafka I'm the host of could media you probably know that because you're probably listening to recode media if you like this show at another show that you're going to want to check out this one's a live show come see this stuff in person in Hollywood it's called Code Media Look at.
"alex mather" Discussed on Recode Media with Peter Kafka
"Recode media Peter Cosker that's me live on tape from New York City Fox media headquarters this guy's been hard to get we got him welcome Alex Mather CEO of the athletic thanks Peter Think everyone knows we've been talking about on this podcast for about two years sure subscription only sports site should not be successful because no one pays for anything and no one pays for awards yet you guys are what three years old we are closing in on our fourth floor bringing unfortunately on the fourth year and how many do you have our most recent public announcement six hundred thousand were on north of that closing in on a million I think people inside the company by the end of this year. That's that's our hope even if not we'll be close we'll go over some basics and then we'll we'll share backup so ten bucks a month for subscription sixty dollars a year is general what we say you can buy annually by monthly motions but the rack rate is ten dollars dollars a month or sixty dollars a year that's right so we can do some math six hundred thousand in ten sixty bucks a year it's a real business it is we we were pretty proud lots of skepticism when you guys launched as you guys expand as you guys raise money and even when you put out subscriber numbers sure I'm sure you've heard this before or yes so you guys I think you'll Bloomberg every three months and say we have a new subscriber number and they write a profile I'm only half joking but I swear to God I've talked to a bunch of people who run sports sites that's six hundred thousand number can't be real that's gotTa be total subscribers over the last time with the company active subscribers it's people who are logging in every single day those are people paying you so thousand plus people paying you every day to read or wants to read you started at four years almost four years ago you and your co founder I think two origin stories I like there's one I like better oh you pick you tell me what you WanNa tell me I think there's only one truth I'd love to hear the alternate so I liked it yeah yeah yeah so I met my co-founder at strata where we both previously worked and strawberries community for endurance athletes also a subscription business it's usually cycling cycling running You can do other things on your picture hardcore cycling Nerd your shame maps etc exactly if you're writing a couple hundred miles a week or you're running a marathon you can track your activities there but also you could pay to get more analytics or or safety features and cool things like that accessible option business at a niche audience and I was lucky enough to join that company very early and helped build the this subscription backbone of the company and this is early two thousand eleven and so since two thousand eleven have been very deep in the subscription business model and learning the tricks in trades the little things that work but things that dome made lots of mistakes and continue to learn but I'm just really passionate about the subscription business model it's really simple you build something really great and people pay for it so you go to work for a successful subscription businesses in your thoughts as I want to build another success in business and there was a point in with should we had internationalized the company Strada had sort of The the fun really high-growth period was fading and I was interested in starting something from scratch and seeing if if I could do it on my own this is the story you told me the reason I like it because he's he doesn't normally the when you get a founder in any kind of training or done any kind of pitch and they go we wanted to solve this problem for Zimmer's or we wanted to figure out how to sell our our Pez dispensers and whatever it is oftentimes it's not true and I think a really good story is I wanted to start a Business with these characteristics which in your case is subscription yes and so how did you get to sports yeah and what part is exactly what you just said which is is a really frustrated sports fan I'm from Philadelphia who and I live in San Francisco so I don't necessarily care to read the local news paper which has politics and restaurants and you know the like show me footage of Dusit in there a Horse Poop is that's those are my people a- and which often happens in San Francisco for other reasons and so was really frustrated as a sports fan not getting the content that I wanted for the teams that I care about given that you know that use pin's of the world while they produce amazing content generally focus on the James or the Dallas cowboys and he don't do local they've tried look goal yeah national level doesn't I mean how many big companies have tried local in some form and local is a fistfight in forty seven different places at the same time and and you just didn't want to subscribe to the Philadelphia enquirer I wasn't getting the content that I liked I was getting kind of the same thing they've done for the past thirty years which is here's what happened or here's my very specific opinion and I'm just to kind of plug one of my favorite people ever is nate silver and five thirty and it was doc I love what fivethirtyeight does I love what grand did how do I bring those kind of things to a Philadelphia sports fan whenever those sites wrote how the Eagles are the sixers I would read that article like five times and how can we create that in a local market. Did you go to sports right away or did you try out other ideas sports from the beginning you weren't selling longhaired well I if you go back to two thousand before I joined Straw I was dreaming of this idea in sports and it was called the armchair way worse name than the athletic yeah luckily I settled on the athletic and the idea was take some of my favorite people who cover phillies sports many of which we've hired who are a little nerdier who breakdown plays who it deeper than perhaps the the newspaper writer who is is hitting a deadline to just say what happened they have a different job more blog ish content mixed with reporting I thought that that would be really interesting to fans and I was wrong most people don't really want like Benelux uh a lot of people do but you know and mouse it really came down to storytelling as we launched but I can yeah back to the origin saw convince my co-founder Adam who who was that strive as well to leave and said like you know media in general the struggles are very public and very known at this point but even five years ago it was very clear that facebook Google or taking over digital advertising right but five years ago there was boomlet in in in and investor interest in media but it was all around stuff that was going to be free that was going to be specifically facebook friendly you're sitting in an office that was was funded with some of that premise and so you were saying no we're not going to be free yeah that was a big challenge we're not going to distribute on facebook yeah so I mean imagine even when you're trying to raise money person we talked to to raise money from was telling us to go that route and go free energy also saying by the way don't even do sports because there's espy nation Lucia report there's the ESPN there's dudes blogs yeah I mean when you start anyone starts a company I mean there's so many people who tell you that there's so much competition there's so many reasons not to do what you're doing always sometimes those reasons are correct and and in many cases in our case it may be true I have no idea I do know that what I've my instincts in the very beginning was people will pay for good things I have always paid for HBO. I've always paid for the economist. These are the things that I like to consume and I have you know not problem paying an extra ten dollars on my cable bill for HBO or whatever the price is because if they launch a new show I watch there's no question about it and I felt that in sports no one was going to take on that challenge and no one was going to say we're going to hire really great people we're going to have have them do really great work and we're not gonNA cluttered with ads we're not going to focus on facebook we're gonNA look into those those incentives or You know those those rat races that those companies at that time we're looking into and all you know Kudos to you know the boxes and the Buzzfeed's of the world for building really big great businesses it's taken in a long time and there's a lot to be proud of in that model to forever everyone said it wouldn't work it's working to and but from our perspective we said well there is an a person percentage of the audience that would pay for really good stuff the subscription stuff that was out there sports illustrated not quite rip but close to it and then he is Vienne had had a subscription is mostly aimed serve at fantasy players concert deep ran Olympics again I sort of thinking was like all specific thing it's probably around gambling if they don't want to say gambling but if you're a mets fan or whomever probably between your local paper and the sports blog and whenever respiration does for the mets you've got enough but your thesis was now on the surface level so much content yeah right but if you actually dive deeper and look a lot of it's aggregated a lot of it's like you know companies taking the work of like you know if you look at the New Orleans Pelicans how many reporters are actually following that team I know we are we Bryan Curtis in here a couple of months ago a great story about other three and one of them had another job and they share car right I mean there are only so many people actually reporting the news and then there are companies that live on top of that and I think they discerning sports fan I can see right through that and want more they want depth how many outlets now you click on a salacious headlines still it's two thousand nineteen furlong yeah but you get my point a lot of it is surface level and we just felt that there's this opportunity for people to produce great content that people will read and there's a it's not a massive you know hundreds of millions of people reading it but HBO has Great Margins we hope longer term we have great.
"alex mather" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"So I think there's reason for them to assume that that that will work. I think the bigger questions. What happens when they no longer have any markets to expand into because that's where they get. A lot of their subscriber bumps, right? They go into a new market. They hire a couple of writers who if everything goes well, pretty much pay for themselves after a year in terms of recruiting new subscribers who follow them on Twitter or who followed their work at wherever they were before. The question becomes when they no longer have any place to expand into or they've plucked the low hanging fruit as it were, what happens then you know, then how do they, how do they kind of expand at that point? There's nothing stopping them from saying, we're going to implement some form of advertising. We're going to add some discrete on obtrusive ads not going to detract from your experience, but we need to do that because advertisers want to reach you guys are readers and we need the revenue. Yeah, I talked to a few people who on the, they wouldn't go on the record saying it, but they basically alluded to the fact that they thought that was somewhere in the future whether or not that actually comes to pass one thing or another because the athletic has leaned pretty. Heavily on the idea that their ad free. Obviously, there are ways to do ads that are not obstructive or particularly bothersome, you know if they're just like St. static images that aren't at trackers or whatever. But if it's basically like a sponsored image, but that being said, I think it's probably more likely they find revenue sources in the sponsored world, but not necessarily an ads that show up on articles. You know, whether it's like partnered events, I think events are probably a probably a area that could go into. So basically there are options for them. You know how to expand beyond just into new markets, but the, you know, as with everything else unit, they've kind of caught into something that was rela. I don't want to say easy because the founders worked very hard to put it together, but they were. They were working in a space that had pretty obvious gap in terms of. You know, like quality sports writing behind a paywall so that you weren't getting inundated with ads. Like, I mean, that was just kind of a basic thing that people observe Kenny Rosenfels bow ties will have little discreet ads on them. That is definitely some a highly valuable space. So a lot of the folks that they brought in Aaron are from local newspapers that are kind of imploding on their own. There's the famous quote, Alex Mather, the co, founder of the athletes told the New York Times about what was it like wanting to drink people's blood. Maybe I'm making more more more violent than it is supposed the actual quote. It was I don't have it memorized something like bleed newspapers, dry until the very end or something very, it definitely evoked vampiric image. I don't think are going out on a limb saying that, right. But I think as you noted in your piece, there's some element of vampirism there, but it's also like, you know, newspapers were destroying themselves or the owners of newspapers, where we're doing some vampiric work themselves of kind of sucking these places dry and leaving them as worn out husks and. For that, you know, allowing the athletic to kind of pick over the remains there. This is getting very, very violent and undiscussed as an image, but well, journalism century. I mean, that leads to the question of like, what exactly has been reconstituted here? Are they just kind of packaging what these old publications legacy media was doing under this new banner with like kind of cleaner design and no ads and people are just paying for what they were getting already. I mean, it's a really interesting question and different people have different answers. My my impression after reporting this article is that it's a large elements of just doing what's been done elsewhere before bringing it under, like you say, in a nicer package or more pleasant experience, the app is a legitimately good app. If you're a.
"alex mather" Discussed on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
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"alex mather" Discussed on Mason & Ireland
"Division winners a rice or they would advance and then you're what you'd have more these one game world cup last which i think a really cool to determined by the one thing i would want to be careful about is i do not want to see extra playoff series there i don't wanna see no no you be the same be determined on different ways on how you get there because right now you have for any trait you have eight total you've got you've got three division winners and a wild meaner total foreign each league this would be four division winners plus four wild cards so it would work yeah i just don't wanted to be like everybody gets in i don't want to be ever be the envy deserve the exact same amount of playoff teams ocab non on fine with that day here why why mantra i loved bobby travel chad yeah they just through those two out of could be louisville or nian i'd rather be somewhere like mexico city maybe may be okay that's to me all right let's see brand new subscription and app base sports site called the athletic is out there started last year subscribers pay sixty dollars per year it is cofounded by alex mather and he did a big profile in the new york times he said the f let excol is to drive every local newspaper sports department out of business he says quote we will wait every local paper out and let them continuously bleed until we are the last one standing we will suck them dry of their best talent at every moment we will make business extremely difficult for them.
"alex mather" Discussed on The Tim McKernan Show
"Cofounder um the chemist the athletic cofounder kind of neither here nor there it's nothing new to see somebody in sports media approach a new venture with bravado uh it's been going on for a few decades from my standpoint um i personally wouldn't recommmend it uh if you want to be cocky after you've done something that's that's your choice but uh when you haven't done anything yet it's a it's a it's questionable strategy even more so when as brian and i discussed one of the ways they were trying to get their riders to get people to subscribe to the athletic was by playing the role of the underdog and by saying they were going to do things the right way and they wanted to provide a spot for sports writers to have things done the right way well if you're talking bob bleeding everybody dry is that really the quote unquote right way but neither here nor there on that because when it gets down to it ah you know in the whole scheme of things it's kind of its words i would i would tell you this though they were words that alex mather later apologized for i actually blamed on having three beers before doing the interview and so what what i would tell you is this i was interested in doing something similar to what the athletic is doing and by that i mean the ondemand sportswriting site doing it here in st louis uh similar to what decay has done in pittsburgh.
"alex mather" Discussed on The Tim McKernan Show
"Hose um when trump point after jemil hill knows said you know this is kind of scary because i think he has pm not used to being in an adversarial relationship with the white house in a way something like the new york times or washington post would be right those people are used to being in a in a wo grade war or were in this case with powerful fficials that's not the case at espn i think the other thing is though that a lot of people within the bristow mothership don't really want to go there again they're probably people you'd put any fashionably political category um they want to be on television and they wanted their ambitious and they want to succeed and they're not going to put something on their twitter account that's going to get in the way you know they're just two for them their career and reporting on sports and succeeding at espn is more important then you know going to the barricades on these issues so i think a lot of them cut a look at your mail their sympathetic to her their friendly with her but it just doesn't affect them because they're never gonna say something like that on twitter brian altano nature probably we also wanted to get your perspective on a few other topics and sports median one that that i've been fascinated with 'cause i was interested in doing it here locally in st louis and then the athlete to swept everything up is these on to mine on demand sports media sites and in a new york times piece the executives from the athletic say the following quote we will wait every local paper out and let them continuously bleed until we are the last ones standing we will suck them dry of their best talented every moment we will make business extremely difficult for them and quote that comes from alex mather the cofounder of the ethnic a first off just your general impression of whether or not these sites are the future and then secondarily specific to the ethnic their cofounder saying that regarding local sports papers i think it's a totally different methods and they were founded with.
"alex mather" Discussed on The Tim McKernan Show
"Uh i'm not too proud to beg so please do so because it will help the the 'cause i'm sure as hell enjoying doing these things and hopefully or enjoying them as well as always say email bt mckernan it inside a steel that come with feedback i sincerely wanted good bad whatever but either way uh with with sports media specifically what has taken place over the last handful of days i find these stories to be fascinating it's one of the things that brian curtis covers and um we initially talks so this is kind of a twoparter accept were doing the second part first but i think it makes sense seamaster and i had a philosophical discussion on this the initially sat down a brian an eye to talk about jemil hill the critique coming from president trump uh from the white house and then also the comments from the athlete ex cofounder alex mather about bleeding newspapers sports pages dry and his comments in the new york times um and then whether or not on demand sports sites people paying for content getting content with podcast sir written content pie to pay will if that was truly the way people would beginning sports media in the future much less the present so that's where we started in then about three hours after brian and i tape what we'll be part to accept it was part one if you can follow this really doesn't matter at some more i matrix that i'm laying out improperly verbally but nonetheless that the barstool espn breakup takes place.
"alex mather" Discussed on Channel 33
"Kevin draper story the new york times he went to profile the athletic and find the find out what they were doing urge part of the quote from cofounder alex mather earlier uh with a leading newspapers continuously bleed out he's also went on to say we will suck them drive their best talented every moment we will making business extremely difficult for them better this an emperor pelt the team voice i think he also took some shots he said bleach a report is quote empty calories sb nation is empty calories the newspapers are doing nothing so everybody was rooting for the athletic ray seem like a nice thing and sports writers who are laid off or getting hired getting good jobs and now thanks to somebody who is not exports writer does not one of these people that wounding four they're weird sort of met in europe of this this is a try to kill america's newspapers and bleed them dry what did you make of that yeah i mean you can't the first time that we heard the owner who is the first higher the first big higher that they athletic made aren't even remember the first time they started popping up on may my radar there is a little bit of leg who the hell is this and then almost immediately once ever ruined once it sort of sunk in what they were doing it became this bastion of goodwill the entire across the entire eu landscape all of these it was it was like this big you know one wrestling terms it was like the hero running at the end of the match to make the save after the other good guys have been beaten down for fifteen minutes you know all these all these great writers getting laid off by newspapers by magazines by websites and then this startup comes along and they're like oh we're just gonna hire all of them and we're going to find a business model that will make it that make that will make publishing them viable buga that's the athletic exactly and then to come out i mean.