Lewis D’vorkin is a former Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) executive. D’vorkin informed paidContent that he has raised funding for a new venture called Public Post Inc. The early stage funding was provided by Forbes Media and Velocity Interactive Group. Public Post Inc. has not launched a public site yet, but the idea for Public Post is to have a news network that revolves around authors, journalists, bloggers, and filmmakers.
Content appearing on Public Post will be provided by “knowledgeable experts” rather than citizen journalists. This is very similar to the idea behind Google Knol. D’vorkin stated that the startup won’t be linked to any other news media companies even though Forbes invested in them.
D’vorkin also hired Andrea Spiegel, another former VP at AOL. Spiegel will be acting as Public Post’s chief product officer. Public Post is D’vorkin’s second startup. D’vorkin’s first startup was created in 1995 and was called Virtual City. Virtual City was funded by Newsweek.
D’vorkin’s role at AOL was pivotal in the development of TMZ.com and AOL Fanhouse. Velocity Interactive Group is led by former AOL CEO, Jonathan Miller.
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