Rocky Mountain News staffers whose jobs were axed when the 150 year old paper announced its closure hope to start a new Internet venture, InDenverTimes.com. If 50,000 people sign up and agree to pay $4.99 per month for access to the subscription-based website by April 23, 2009, the group will move forward with their new website, on a less than ideal domain name. Unfortunately for them, Boulevards New Media, a Quantcast 360 company founded by Dan Pulcrano, owns Denver.com, the guide to Denver, Colorado.
This news also comes on the day the Seattle Post Intelligencer announced that they will no longer have a print edition of their daily paper, instead opting for an online newspaper. Unfortunately for the Post Intelligencer, spelling their name is a real pain in the ass. Incidentally, Boulevards New Media also happens to own Seattle.com, which is the guide to Seattle, Washington.
Media General’s purchase of Richmond.com is looking smarter and smarter each day, and Dan Pulcrano’s acquisition of some of the best city .com Internet properties makes him the biggest winner as the “old media” companies finally come to the same conclusion as Dan and his company… about 15 years too late.