Ozy — an internationally focused, higher-brow viral news site — reports it has reached three million unique monthly visitors since launching last fall with backers like Laurene Powell Jobs, Larry Sonsini, Ron Conway and Dan Rosensweig, who pulled together a $5.3 million seed round.

Carlos Watson, founder, TV personality and one of People Magazine 2004’s “Hottest Bachelors,” is hoping the site’s political and intellectual fare will appeal to a well-educated international set (yesterday’s headlines: “Churchill Was Far From Perfect,” “Coffee’s Islamic History,” “Fascinating Nonfiction Films”). And he’s even hired a preponderance of Rhodes Scholar contributors like Stephanie Bell and Libby Longino to make it happen.



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IsabellaStone
IsabellaStone

I heard about OZY a few weeks ago from a friend and now go often. The pieces are a rare find - interesting, irreverent and always uncovering something or someone you didn't know about. It's a great site to add to your list if you're a curious mind. 

nilblank
nilblank

On the surface, OZY has some claim to "future of journalism" banner being waved over their marquee. But flat design and smiling faces disguise the bitter truth. OZY enforces work-for-hire contracts on their contributors, apparently even the ones with high value honorifics. Sadly, Silicon Valley's move into journalism is just the standard bully boy model pioneered by Newscorp, Conde Nast and their ilk, only with open collars and false "we're all in this together" promises. 


I had high hopes. There was definitely promise in the editorial lean, unhitching stories of interest from 24/7 news cycle. But strong-arming away ownership of their freelancers work, research and ideas, while paying bargain basement fees,  shows what virus OZY is really trying to spread. They even insist on liability waivers that shift all legal accountability onto the contributor, who not only will no longer own the work but whose name might not even be attributed to it. Contributors are even legally obliged to ask permission to share their work on their own sites.


The sad truth is that OZY is just a shiny new breed of content mill with some pretty hype to dress up their long game profit model. Own work and ideas you had no part in generating, pay little for it, sell it on at a profit when no one is looking.

SBauer
SBauer

Love that site.  Glad to see it's catching on

Eric Olander
Eric Olander

This is just bad journalism. The headline declares 3 million uniques, the lead reinforces the headline and no where in the story is there any attribution or sourcing. Did this number come from Ozy (it sure smells like it) or was provided by an independent third-party metrics company like ComScore. 3 million is a huge number for a site like Ozy and so it's a bit disappointing for a site like ReCode to publish what is effectively a Pando Daily article. #Fail.

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