I’ve collected stories of success and failure as a journalist for decades. One thing the best stories seem to have in common… is good, honest, cohesive partnerships.
We’ve been lucky to build that at BringMeTheNews from the beginning. It’s evolved: different people at different critical stages of development.
I had little in the way of a ‘business background’ when I started.
While I brought the early expertise in news collection, dissemination, and even sales… Smithmier and his colleagues were helping me hammer out the model.
We were a good fit early-on, marrying our independent expertise. I literally moved in with them… and we worked on it together.
GKL’s other founding partner – A.J. Meyer – took a lead role in helping to imagine – and build – the news site.
One way to think about what we created with BringMeTheNews… is that it’s an advanced content marketing platform – for businesses. It’s wrapped in one of the cleanest local news delivery platforms you’ll find anywhere.
That platform is also home to the state’s top-ranked radio newscast – according to the Society of Professional Journalists – since its inception.
With GKL’s help… we now deliver news & sponsored content to about a million Minnesotans every week… on air and across devices.
I’ve told my friends – you can look at GKL as a group of developers… but not in the traditional sense. Sure they can develop software… websites… apps… but generally… that only comes after they’ve developed the concepts, the business plans, the management teams, and raised the capital.
Mostly – they’re developers of business. Creators.
After a few years of working alongside each other… I became an equity partner at GKL last fall.
Early success in both companies
Collectively, in less than three years, we’ve raised nearly $15M in investment capital for various concepts.
In the process… we’ve taken whole companies from concept… through ideation… build-out… and investment rounds – up through and including sale.
If you’d have told me when I was walking out of KARE Television three years ago… that we’d be where we are – collectively creating a hundred jobs… in about three years… (and still needing help!)… I’d have told you: “You’re crazy.”
But so far – it’s working! The jobs created, the revenue raised, the popular growth of our BringMeTheNews platform added more than a hundred thousand new users in just the last few months.
It turns out the re-invention business has been a tremendous business to jump into. We’re doing it here every day. To a person – living it personally and professionally.
You should come in sometime… if there’s one thing we really like more than actively building things… it’s imagining what’s next.