I’m delighted and honored to announce the OG ofentrepreneurs, Mark Cuban, as the investor in my upcoming company BizToc — a community for business news. In a time where everything is moving community-first, and the great unbundling is more prevalent than ever, news discovery & curation remains a playing field where small twists, prominent voices, and a sprinkle of serendipity have constantly realigned the market every few years. And it goes without saying that Marc will be a tremendous asset in a realm dominated by some of the industry’s most prominent players.

We’re now working hard to get this thing out in the world and see how you respond to it. If you’re interested in a preview, leave your email at biztoc.com, and we’ll be in touch.

Haters will say it’s photoshopped.

Originally published at https://thomas.me on February 19, 2021.


In 20 years of running the original gangster of news aggregators, I’ve learned one thing: Don’t break the grid.

Hvper.com is going to change. But the concept of putting the whole Web on a single page is not going anywhere — Yet, I think there’s something new to explore.
News consumption has shifted from relational to utilitarian. Based on affinity, you picked the publication first and consequently picked the headlines. The source was the message. In contrast, today, you stumble upon an article before even examining where it came from — most likely, it’s been bleached through intransparent algorithms and well-intentioned filters.
Now, this efficient influx of headlines does have its upsides. …


POPURLS is Dead — Here comes Upstract.com

Read the News Like it’s 2006

TL;DR: I sold popurls in 2010, 👉🏻 upstract.com is my new project.

At the peak of the Web 2.0 craze, I created Popurls, a simple news aggregator that emerged as a popularity phenomenon and became the paradigm for thousands of clones and part-time occupation for famous copycats. After a nice and long ride, Popurls got acquired by Idealab (America’s oldest Startup Incubator) but eventually fell off the radar for strategic reasons. At that time Facebook and Twitter had become the new firehose and infotainment monsters, eating the news industry without respite. But despite all prophecies of social gatekeepers and way more advanced news-reading apps, people kept…

Thomas Marban

No-Rest-Day Athlete, News Sommelier, Startups since ’97. W: thomas.me T: @thomas

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