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@Shelton if you want people to join you and take you seriously you need to attract them to you by illustrating quite clearly that you have that capability that you say to have...
For example Is there anything in your sentence quoted below that might make a potential collaborator a bit nervous about joining you in a new venture?
"I don't live in New York City, but I could probably assemble a team of people able to write quality content. "
An alternative might be:
" I know 15 NYC based journalists and writers who have collectively written articles that have been read over a billion times in the last 3 years who I know will produce a months worth of content, including a sensational launch exclusive in the time it takes me to get a site together. I need $x dollars for content, $x for the site build, and $x for the initial advertising. If you can help get funding, and do the business paperwork, I guarantee you we will be trending on twitter by the end of September"
It does look like Gawker has an even chance of imploding so you had better get your skates on before Dlisted takes your readers...
All this said, I still come back to the "Why" ..why is your Gawker 2.0 better than any other?