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Art Is Like Weeds

They just pop up everywhere, all the time, regardless of what anybody does…

News from the Bloomberg… Apparently Arianna Huffington, which you know from The Huffington Post, is coming back to the writing world with a whole new company…

A decade after co-founding the news site that bears her name, Arianna Huffington is poised to expand her media empire with a startup focused on health and wellness.

Huffington, 65, has held talks with investors about a new media company called Thrive, said people familiar with the matter. It plans to provide lifestyle content contributed by celebrities and bloggers, and provide wellness consulting services to companies, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

Thrive is considering various business models, including advertising-supported content, conferences, and subscription-based wellness programs aimed at companies, the people said. Thrive plans to arrange classes for corporate clients to improve their employees’ well-being and productivity, while helping them retain talent, one of the people said.


Thrive sounds so blatant that it border on stupid… but whatever.

The point here is we are now living in a world of content / culture so vast that every single time you think one of these new media ventures is going to disappear in the vast maw of a big old world corporate giant… ten new ones pop up. And then after those ten new ones pop up? Another one is created by the very person who created the last one that got swallowed up…

Art is like weeds.. always popping up, always fighting to survive, always growing.


Back Story

The Huffington Post has a surprisingly long history for such a low quality media company.. almost a decade in all so far…

And when The Huffington Post was finally sold a few years back it was for a surprising sum… $315 million. That’s a lot of money for some writing. But then again, people generally don’t realize just how much money is involved in the business of art.

In November 2008, The Huffington Post completed US$15 million fundraising from investors to finance expansion, including more journalism and the provision of local news across the United States.

On February 7, 2011, AOL announced it would acquire The Huffington Post for US$315 million. As part of the deal, Arianna Huffington became president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, including The Huffington Post and existing AOL properties Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater (now HuffPost Celebrity), AOL Music, AOL Latino (now HuffPost Voices), AutoBlog, Patch and StyleList.

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