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Matter Accelerator Announces First Class of Media Startups

Matter, an accelerator centered around for-profit media entrepreneurship, announced today the first six startups that will receive a $50,000 investment and three months of mentorship in San Francisco. The startups are: YouTube analytics platform ChannelMeter, news discovery app InkFold, citizen watchdog-journalism project OpenWatch, text-to-audio newsreader SpokenLayer, video playlist builder/broadcaster Station Creator, and “interactive storytelling” project Zeega. Matter’s partners and backers include the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX. Its CEO, Corey Ford, spoke with AllThingsD in December about those partners and the accelerator’s goals.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik