September 10, 2021
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What We Can Learn From The Wirecutter Paywall

It oftentimes feels like business models are dogma. You are either pro-subscription or pro-advertising. There is a right way and a wrong way to run a publication. I’ve had far more debates about this topic than almost anything else.

That’s why it wasn’t surprising to see the early responses to the news that The New York Times would be putting a paywall in front of Wirecutter. According to The Wall Street Journal:

Ben Clymer is founder and CEO of Hodinkee, a media and commerce company dedicated to the luxury watch market. What started as a personal blog thanks to a watch from his grandfather has turned into a highly respected business that can sell millions of dollars in watches in minutes.

In this episode, we went through the many different facets of the business, but a few things jumped out to me…

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