contentnext1.gifContentNext is an independent media and information company covering the business of digital media. The company operates two award winning sites: paidContent.org and MocoNews.net. By digital media, we mean the digital sectors where media and entertainment companies operate: online, wireless, desktop and off-desktop applications, products and services.

Areas of coverage include: online publishing, portals, content commerce technologies, digital music, digital movies, mobile content, digital sports, digital gaming, broadband content/IP-TV, RSS and XML Syndication, nanopublishing, B2B information industry where it is merging with B2C, venture investment, and mergers and acquisitions in the sector, and other related and emerging areas in digital media.

Sites and Publications

1). Flagship: paidContent.org site and newsletter…(Daily website and daily newsletter)
2). Main Spinoff: MocoNews.net: covers the mobile content market (Daily website, and 3-times a-week newsletter)
3). Broadband Content Report: Weekly newsletter covering the broadband content market.
4). Digital Media Jobs Blog: Jobs section…both premium/classified openings, and others jobs blogged from around other sites.
5). ContentNext Interview/Blogging Series: Blogs and interviews with leading thinkers and CEOs in digital cotnent sector…
6). Mobile Music Report: A monthly premium report which covers the mobile music market…Feb, March and April, May/June, & July/August reports are here…
7). Digital Media Deal Report: A quarterly report (right now) covering the venture capital investment, mergers & acquisitions, and IPOs in the digital media sector.

Recent Press & Quoted

ABCNews.com: Blogging For Dollars
Journalism.co.uk: Speedy tool for conference coverage: Rafat Ali…has been busy experimenting with audio blogging to cover the Digital Hollywood conference…
BtoB Magazine: Creating community: Ali, who operates his blog by himself, needs little more than reporting skills and a domain name to begin covering a narrow niche that mainstream b-to-b media overlook as being too small.
PR Week: As the blogging story develops, the media also should remember smaller operations
Wired News: Blogging for Bucks
CBS MarketWatch: “Rafat Ali, a pioneer in using the Web for an almost real-time business news feed…”
Editor & Publisher: Blogs Have a Place on News Web Sites: “Rafat Ali…is journalism’s poster boy for career independence from news companies.”
Business 2.0 (November Issue): Blogging for Dollars
InternetNews: Has IM Innovation Peaked?
Find/SVP: Best Business Websites: “PaidContent.org has become one of the premier blogs in the information industry.”
UK Association of Online Publishers: They will pay – but they demand choice: “Rafat Ali suggested that there is a tendency among publishers in the UK to approach paid content in terms of short-term survival tactics rather than long-term strategy.”
Journalism.co.uk: Confidence grows in paid content: “Rafat Ali said that the success of micropayments in the entertainment industry has increased consumer confidence in online spending.”
ClickZ: Content, or Malcontent?: Paid content: Rafat Ali discusses where it’s been and where it’s going.
Fred Wilson: Rafat Ali is doing a great job with his PaidContent.org blog. It’s really a must read for anyone in the information, media, or Internet business.
Web Talk Radio: Weblogs as Journalism (Audio Interview)
eContent Magazine: InSites: “Rafat Ali’s PaidContent.org is all content all the time.”
Media Life Magazine: On the prospects for paid content
InternetNews: A Growing Menu: Content-to-Go
ClickZ: Paid Subscription Blogging
Journalism.co.uk: UK web publishing perks up
PR Week magazine (U.S.): Stories on how the news is delivered interest PaidContent.org
New Media Age magazine (U.K.) : “Think Thin” (PaidContent.org featured as a case study)–not available online (July 24, 2003 issues)– Update: available on another site
Online Journalism Review: One-Man Blogs Prove There Is Money to Be Made by Online Journals
Online Journalism Review: Bloggers Rate the Most Influential Blogs
Poynter: New Breed of Fiercely Independent Journalists?
Rainy Day: Blogview with Rafat Ali
Netzeitung: Der Ein-Mann-Blogger-Journalist (in German)
The Register: This is the future of online newspapers
BBC Online: BBC sweeps European online awards (see end of the story)
Information Highways: UpClose: Rafat Ali


I am a biz-tech journalist and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.

Till September ’02, I was working as the managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter and section editor for Venture Reporter magazine, in New York City.

For SAR, I managed, wrote and edited daily news/feature stories on online media, technology, and hi-tech finance, which were sent out as part of the daily e-mail newsletter to about 50,000 subscribers.

For Venture Reporter, a bi-monthly magazine on venture capital business, I wrote features on venture money in the online media/entertainment industry and allied technologies, analyze startups in the sector, and interview venture capitalists investing in this sector.

Prior to that, I was the digital media reporter at Inside.com, the media news site which closed down in Oct 2001.

I completed B.Tech in Computer Engineering from India in 1996, and did my Masters in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2000. I was the Knight Foundation Fellow at Indiana for the duration of the course.


Rafat Ali
Editor/Publisher, PaidContent.org

Ph: 323-306-4321(Los Angeles)
E-mail: rali@paidcontent.org


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