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The future of publishing lives on and around the web

Richard Nash outlines his gameplan for uniting audiences and content

I’m at the Tools of Change for Publishing conference this week interviewing folks at the forefront of the publishing world. I’ll be posting a few videos here on Radar and you can find others at the TOC blog.

My favorite part of TOC is the energy. There’s a lot of positivity coursing through the venue. There’s a lot of forward thinking, too. And when you run into Richard Nash, founder of Cursor, you’re encountering the embodiment of all that TOC enthusiasm. He’s the anti-curmudgeon.

As you’ll see in the following interview, Nash is passionate about the web’s ability to connect audiences and authors with the topics that excite them. I found his thoughts on tagging really compelling (1:57 mark). It’s a useful reference point for the organic nature of web communities.

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Comment: The future of publishing lives on and around the web

  1. oh my goodness gracious, isn’t richard nash easy to like? :+)

    and that accent of his makes him sound so… intelligent! ;+)

    and optimism is _such_ a feel-good commodity these days…

    i must confess, i’ve written up one response after another,
    both to richard’s own posts and various interviews with him,
    and i shelve ’em because who wants to argue with richard nash?

    but mac, you just might have given me the motivation…

    yep, by calling richard “the anti-curmudgeon”, you have
    practically made it impossible for me to ignore the challenge.

    not that i particularly _enjoy_ being “the curmudgeon”, but
    when you talk about how stupid everyone is, i acknowledge
    that everyone is gonna start calling you (i.e, me) that, so i
    might as well embrace the role.

    therefore, i will dig out all of those replies which i’ve shelved,
    and demand something more than the glittering generalities
    that mr. nash has been dishing out.

    of course, all of you sycophants _like_ all the glitter, so yes,
    you can just ignore me, and continue praising richard highly.

    but we’ll see who’s right in the long run.

    oh, and just so you know, i would _love_ to see richard’s model
    work successfully. so it would be great if he can pull it off…
    (and even better if other people can replicate it, but unlikely,
    because — well — they just don’t have that beautiful accent.)

    so i’m rooting _for_ richard. not against him.

    but, you know, i’m also _realistic_, and all that.

    just what you’d expect from a curmudgeon, right?


    p.s. i’ll hold off until your little t.o.c. bonding thingee is over.