LINKS 4/13: About 40,000 Verizon unionized workers go on strike; More on SAP's Q1 miss

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About 40,000 Verizon unionized workers walk off the job (Reuters)

“Robo-advisor” Betterment raises $100 million (Fortune)

Report Confirms Large Cloud Providers Drive Q1 Leasing (Data Center Knowledge)

Dish’s Sling TV Launches Multi-Stream Plan Stocked With Fox Nets, but Without ESPN (Variety)

Comcast asks court to throw out Channel 7's NBC affiliate lawsuit (Boaton Business Journal)

A Year After IPO, Aaron Levie’s Box Is Showing Signs of Growing Up (Re/code)
Levie says Box' biggest need is connection to a major ERP system, mentioning SAP specifically.

SAP pre-announces revenue miss for Q1 FY2016, maintains full year guidance – an analysis (Diginomica)

Anexinet names new CEO, absorbs ListenLogic (Philly Deals)

Starbucks rolls out a more personalized mobile app along with a revamped Rewards program (TechCrunch)

Making the Most of Clinical Trial Data (New York Times Editorial)

Federal Reserve's Beige Book Raises Worries About Spending (Fortune)

What's up with Comcast-backed BuzzFeed? (Update 4/27: What's up with Vox Media?)

Tom Paine

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Update 4/27: Vox Media is reportedly living up to expectations, pretty much, and just made key CFO and board additions, Bloomberg

Last summer Comcast's NBCU invested $200 million in new media venture BuzzFeed, giving it a valuation of roughly $1.5 billion. A week earlier, NBCUniversal made a $200 million equity investment in a similar media startup, Vox Media. Comcast may not have totally understood this segment, but saw the growth opportunity it offered as attractive.

Of course, a few hundred million doesn't matter that much to Comcast. Just look at the $4 billion it funded former CEO Michael Angelakis' private equity venture with.

But BuzzFeed may be facing some tough headwinds. Today, the Financial Times reported that BuzzFeed missed its revenue target by 32 percent in 2015, and adjusted its revenue projections for 2016 from $500 million to $250 million.

Explanations offered by FT include custom content creation for advertisers taking much longer to complete than expected. Also, extensive video production in conjunction with NBCU has not begun to materialize.

Despite a reputation for having somewhat simplistic content, BuzzFeed has been investing in producing higher quality journalism. BuzzFeed, by the way, disputes FT's reporting. Its hard to say at this point, if the FT reports are accurate, whether this is an out of control startup, or a valuable company that's taking longer than expected to scale.

No word that I can find on Vox' financial performance, but it recently announced its first strategic partnership with NBCU,  an initiative to sell cross-platform, premium digital advertising.

Another view of the turbulance at BuzzFeed and
other new media sites