A Google Scion Is Starting A New Publication With A Focus On International Tech Issues

A Google Scion Is Starting A New Publication With A Focus On International Tech Issues

  • Sophie Schmidt, the daughter of a billionaire Google executive, is founding a nonprofit that will cover "the surprising and complex effects of technology outside the US and Europe," with plans to launch by the end of the year.
  • Sophie Schmidt, a tech industry veteran and the daughter of Eric Schmidt, the former Google and Alphabet executive chair, is starting a new publication about the effects of technology on the non-Western world, BuzzFeed News has learned.
  • News of Schmidt's media startup comes just days after the stunning implosion of the Markup, a much-anticipated data journalism startup nonprofit also funded by a wealthy tech executive, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark.
  • More recently, Schmidt has hired media consultants, including the veteran digital media strategist Amy O'Leary, formerly of the New York Times and Upworthy, to start staffing discussions.
  • The source said the publication will be based in New York and will start as a website with a focus on medium- and longform narrative features and enterprise stories.


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