In May of this year, Emerging Market Media appointed its first global Advisory Board. I say “global” because that is what we as a firm are. Growing, incredibly diverse and dispersed around the globe. From Cape Town to Singapore, our experienced correspondents live and work in key markets around the globe.

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So why now? We are approaching our second year of “business” and while our brand is growing, so are our overall mission and team. Having a solid stable of professionals backing us in spirit (at the very least) was the next and ideal step for us. Our Board, my cofounder and I agreed, would represent our brand, field our questions, engage with us on predetermined occasions and support us within their respective industries by raising awareness and visibility. …


In May of this year, Emerging Market Media appointed its first global Advisory Board. I say “global” because that is what we as a firm are. Growing, incredibly diverse and dispersed around the globe. From Cape Town to Singapore, our experienced correspondents live and work in key markets around the globe.

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So why now? We are approaching our second year of “business” and while our brand is growing, so are our overall mission and team. Having a solid stable of professionals backing us in spirit (at the very least) was the next and ideal step for us. Our Board, my cofounder and I agreed, would represent our brand, field our questions, engage with us on predetermined occasions and support us within their respective industries by raising awareness and visibility. …


As a young firm based in a city that offers no shortage of daily distractions, we’ve managed to evaluate, connect and begin to build products and services that we believe will be guiding us as we chart the next path on our entrepreneurial journey.

So what’s happened since I said goodbye to my cohort? A busy summer that saw a small-scale event in London, various goods and services finding their way to us, an increase in website traffic, an increase of subscribers and more visibility and support from industry partners.

While much of this is daily work and strategizing, it is also a combination of me, the CEO, leveraging what I absorbed during the first half of this year as a Tow-Knight Fellow. …


Post Tow-Knight, my team and I have much to be thankful for.

As a young firm headquartered in a city that offers no shortage of daily distractions, we’ve managed to evaluate, connect and begin to build products and services that we believe will be guiding us as we chart the next path on our entrepreneurial journey.

So what’s happened since I said goodbye to my cohort? …


Define Your Product, Refine Your Service

Journalists, reporters, editors and many media types do not see themselves as much more. They source, report, write, send copy to the desk or a specific editor and it’s on to the next one, unless questions arise in any copy.

For journalism to survive and remain sustainable in our big, bold digital world, the process cannot continue to end the way it still does for so many. Today, listening to and learning from any reactions and subsequent actions taken on what was delivered are just as important as all the legwork involved in getting the work published or produced.

So what happens next? Your op-ed, video or captivating narrative has been published and made the rounds. Switching gears from a service mindset to a product management mindset is what should come next. Because in a world in which we are all striving to be recognized, liked and followed, honing in on what is happening may not be the easiest, but it’s a must. …


We are just about at the 7-month mark since we went “live.” We’ve got a stable and growing website, a newsletter that will debut this spring and a lot ahead of us in regards to new site design and build, product development and more. Things are moving, as they say. And along with this movement comes the near daily questions of “what” we are doing and “how” we intend to keep it going.

Emerging Market Media is a niche business. While going through the initial corporation setup, we billed ourselves as a media company. Yes, we most definitely are. But so is News Corp. …


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So we did it. We officially told the world (or at least our personal and professional worlds) about our new media venture and our flagship website, Emerging Market Views. By 11am on Wednesday on October 19th, 2016, a full-page press release had gone out on BusinessWire and a fair number of our friends, work and business colleagues had not only seen it, but heard from myself and other team members personally. It was done. As my mentor Brian Lemond (CEO of Brooklyn United) told me, my firm was officially “out there.”

What now? I am coming into my own as not only a business owner, but as a CEO. I am managing budgets and expenses, wrangling sources, keeping an eye on our editorial voice and direction, and participating in a one-semester intensive as a Tow-Knight Fellow in New York City. And oh, getting our revenue streams and partnerships into place. Learning more and more as I go, but also building on the confidence I began this journey with. …


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So we did it. We officially told the world (or at least our personal and professional worlds) about our new media venture and our “flagship” website, Emerging Market Views. By 11am Wednesday on October 19th, 2016, a full-page press release had gone out on BusinessWire and a fair amount of our friends, work and business colleagues had not only seen it, but heard from myself and other team members personally. It was done. As my mentor Brian Lemond (CEO of Brooklyn United) told me, my firm was officially “out there”.

What now? I am coming in to my own as not only a business owner, but as a CEO. I am managing budgets and expenses, wrangling sources, keeping an eye on our editorial voice and direction, and participating in a one-semester intensive as a Tow-Knight Fellow in New York City. And oh, getting our revenue streams and partnerships into place. Learning more and more as I go, but also building on the confidence I began this journey with. …


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Some time during the summer of 2014, a professional colleague referred to me as an “expert.” We were sitting at a café in London’s Canary Wharf plotting out the day’s meetings over coffee, with me wondering how I would get through an unusually warm summer day on the London Underground. I didn’t get it at first, but an instance in our afternoon meeting made it a bit more clear.

By “expert” he meant I had insights, interest and passion. “You get it, Dawn,” is what he said. Coming from a career investment banker, you take it with tiny grains of salt and move on. But the work and reason why I was running around London that summer made it more and more clear — my knowledge of, and insights on the emerging markets was strong, and consistently being validated. …


A new platform focused solely on the Indian aviation industry? With a population over a billion and a non-stop domestic travel market, the demand to deliver timely and actionable information on the aviation sector is evident. From the executive suite to the rural traveler, a new B2B as well as consumer platform could be the next niche news start-up to emerge from India.

Armed with this idea and a dream, Binoy Prabhakar is now part of a select cohort of journalists and budding entrepreneurs immersed in a one-semester intensive studying journalism and building out their respective ventures.

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After nearly two decades in financial journalism, Binoy is seeking change. Not necessarily a change of career, but a change in skill set. A native of Kerala, India, the young father has found his way to New York City as a Tow-Knight Fellow, based at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. …

About

Dawn Kissi

Award-winning journalist, executive producer & entrepreneur. Native NY’er and @columbiajourn alum. Co-founder, Emerging Market Media.

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