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The start of something to save publishers on the open Web21689930742_e66a8e194e_ojohnnyryanBen Shaw snapped a few pictures. High-level meeting of publishers in the board room of The Financial Times publishers organised by PageFair.

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:03:01 +0000

In July I wrote on this blog that “online advertising is destroying itself“. That was two days before I joined PageFair and started to work on the problem. Earlier this month (September) I organised a meeting of global publishing leaders in the boardroom of The Financial Times to consider how best to address ad blocking. The […](image)

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Online advertising is destroying itself.Easter Island headsjohnnyryanthe_online_advertising_crisis

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:14:04 +0000

Online advertising is destroying itself. And it is doing so in a way that will fatally undermine online publishers’ sustainability. Increasingly brash formats and data snooping by online advertisers are driving millions of people to sever publishers’ revenue lifelines by blocking all advertising. The outlook is very bleak indeed. Publishers’ are desperate to extract revenues from […](image)

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Help me write a kids book that explains the digital ageboy-in-orange-shirt-full-1024x768johnnyryan

Sat, 09 May 2015 16:03:14 +0000

– So, I’m working on a new project. And I’d like your help with it. A few years ago I wrote a fairly detailed history of the Internet’s development, from the earliest days of networking to the present. That book had hundreds of footnotes, involved reading hundreds of technical documents, and gave me an excuse […](image)

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Design discussion with, 3fE, and Irish Design 2015johnnyryan

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:32:52 +0000

I spoke about design with John Collery (, Colin Harmon (3fE), and Laura Magahy (Irish Design 2015) in Dublin recently. Here are the highlights. As I wrote last year in The Irish Times, a happy customer is an extraordinary thing. So extraordinary that this first moment of happiness with a service can be a prelude […](image)

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Design matters for business, for startupsdieter-rams-braun-sk-61johnnyryan

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:35:59 +0000

Originally appeared in The Irish Times on 7 November 2014. Full story is at  A report by Sir George Cox for the UK Treasury in 2005 started with definitions of three key ingredients that could enhance business competitiveness: creativity, innovation, and design. Creativity, Cox said, is the inception of new ideas, approaches to problems or […](image)

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What start-ups need is proof, not passionPrototyping at UCD Innovation Academy workshopjohnnyryan

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:56:04 +0000

I wrote this article for The Irish Times. Full story is at After the dotcom bust, entrepreneurs came to realise the untested hunch was no longer adequate. In 1999, the start-up Webvan launched in the US with the intention of becoming the grocery service for online shoppers. It climbed to a multibillion dollar valuation at […](image)

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Designing services for smarter businessservice design masterclassjohnnyryan

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:46:36 +0000

I wrote this article on service design for The Irish Times, published on 5 September 2014. Article is at The Apple user or Nespresso drinker appreciates not only the physical good, but the entire experience of interacting with the business A customer’s relationship with a service is often unpleasant and short. But occasionally something […](image)

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Sustainable growth, not disruption04-gordon-gekko-wall-streetjohnnyryan

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:44:07 +0000

An edited version of this piece appears in The Irish Times , 1 August 2014 (online here) In defining the criteria by which the judges of The Startup Academy will adjudicate which companies would be accepted into the programme we have done something radical. Normally a competitive process like this might select only the startups […](image)

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Design Thinking, and thinking like a child, for product designStudents at The Innovation Academy tackle the marshmallow challengejohnnyryan

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:43:03 +0000

This is a slightly shortened piece I wrote for The Irish Times on Design Thinking in organisations. Full article is here Bring design thinking to your product Thinking like a child could save your business cash US technology investor Dave McClure coined a maxim that sums this challenge up: “Your solution is not my problem.” […](image)

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Lean Startup Strategy. Not just for startups.CorvairatWillowRun_2000johnnyryan

Sat, 03 May 2014 13:33:28 +0000

I spoke to Steve Blank, Alex Osterwalder, and the man who coined “Lean”, John Krafcik. Here is what they said. This article appeared in The Irish Times 2 May 2014 see link.  “U should apply Lean Start-up Strategy in everything u do. Even ur personal & love relationship. Think about it & makes sense.” Thus tweeted […](image)

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Press: “Innovation Academy UCD appoints Dr. Johnny Ryan as Executive Director”Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, speaks at the World Association of Newspaper Editors in Bangkok, 2014johnnyryan

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:01:27 +0000

Dublin, 8 April 2014:  The Innovation Academy, UCD, today announced that it has appointed Dr Johnny Ryan as Executive Director.  In his new role Dr. Ryan will take responsibility for the execution of the strategic mission and expansion of the Academy, and management of core operations including staff, programmes, and commercial operations. Dr. Ryan joins the […](image)

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New rolejohnnyryanImage

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:15:32 +0000

—- Note: When I wrote this post two years ago I did not complete it. Probably I was preoccupied by taking up the new role. I publish it now with the caveat that this is an early draft, long and meandering. The reader has been warned. —- Oscar mike. I’m on the move, and taking […](image)

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Big Data R&D for the newsroom1956 studyjohnnyryanUS newspaper circulation Ryan's loose theory of too much information

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:30:57 +0000

As the ratio between quantity of available information and our capacity to absorb it changes, we must be more selective. (image)

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New project: Prevent national health crises by mining public discussion and news to predict vaccination uptakejohnnyryanUntitled 3.001

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:48:33 +0000

Prevent national health crises by mining public discussion and news to predict vaccination uptake This is the proposal that I submitted yesterday to the Knight Foundation health data challenge. See the proposal, and vote on it if you like it, at the Knight News Challenge. Vaccines matter. We want to predict uptake by mining news […](image)

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Newspapers and audiencesjohnnyryanchart all interest 2chart trend in interest per monthly incomechart educationlevelchart TGI

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:04:57 +0000

I’ve received survey data back from a study we ran among Irish Times readers over the last week and they show some interesting things. I was interested to learn just how important readers said analysis was as part of their information intake from The Irish Times. We asked respondents what they valued most when they […](image)

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A look back at ReformCard: the political reform score cardjohnnyryan

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 11:20:41 +0000

ReformCard is a measurement tool to rank each political party based on the quality of their policies on political reform to inform the election 2011 debate. It provides the 25 proposals for political reform in Ireland which we believe provide the best possible combination to transform the political system and ensure it is fit for purpose in the 21st century.The starting point is that Ireland’s economic crisis exposed the malfunctioning of the political system. We need to change how politics works to ensure this never happens again.(image)

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Interview with internet pioneer Steve Crocker966675_10100558632827500_718649577_ojohnnyryan

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 21:42:39 +0000

In a bathroom, at three in the morning in April 1969, a graduate student named Steve Crocker started to write one of the most important documents of the last century. Though drafted in humble circumstances Crocker’s document would set the open, inclusive tone of the next half century of Internet engineering culture, and initiate the process of defining the rules that govern virtually all data exchange on the planet.(image)

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Silicon Republic interview: innovation at The Irish TimesJohnny Ryan speaks to Silicon Republicjohnnyryan

Fri, 24 May 2013 17:38:19 +0000

I had an opportunity to set out what we are doing at The Irish Times in innovation, research, and working with startups. (Hat tip to John Kennedy of Silicon Republic for letting me copy the video to video to display here.)Filed under: Business Strategy, Media (Culture / Content) Tagged: advertising, innovation, R&D, startups(image)

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Advertising’s historic pivot pointjohnnyryanJohnny Ryan at the Grand Finale of The Irish Times Digital Challenge

Mon, 13 May 2013 08:56:21 +0000

This is a piece I originally published in Contagious. An understandable malaise in ad agencies surrounds all things digital. Low revenues on the one hand and a new answerability to metrics on the other are accompanied by a sense that digital formats remain largely underdeveloped, and that new, possibly unwelcome, surprises await. This is a […](image)

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Startup networking at a 153 year old media companyjohnnyryan

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:04:24 +0000

If a 153 year old newspaper is to adapt, to experiment, and take useful risks, it makes sense to work with startups. Since The Irish Times’ initial eight week experiment in 2012, both the NYT and the BBC have followed with their own ways of incubating early stage digital businesses. But beyond incubation there is […](image)

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Obit: Aaron Swartzjohnnyryan

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:32:01 +0000

I wrote this obituary for The Irish Times last week. Aaron Swartz, Born: November 8th, 1986 Died: January 11th, 2013 Aaron Swartz took his own life in an apartment in Brooklyn on January 11th. Though only 26 when he died, Swartz had many claims to fame. At the age of 14, he had co-authored specification 1.0 […](image)

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Links are sacred (links, newspapers, and copyright)johnnyryan

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 02:22:56 +0000

This is my op ed in The Irish Times, 7 January 2013. In the early 1960s a Harvard graduate student named Ted Nelson developed the idea of ‘hypertext’, a system of digitised links between tidbits of information that would transcend the limitations of printed paper. The idea was wildly ambitious. A user could click various […](image)

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The 2012 tech topic, and a guess at the topic of 2013…johnnyryanfirst car phone

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:17:08 +0000

A brief note: I was asked to think about the hot topic in tech for 2012, and make a prediction for the hot topic of 2013 by Corriere della sera, an Italian newspaper. It might seem passé, but I think the hot topic of 2012 has been mobile Internet.  The ITU disclosed in June 2012 that mobile‐broadband […](image)

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An experiment in startups working with news media companies: looking back at The Irish Times Digital Challengejohnnyryan

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:28:05 +0000

(This post also appeared in The Irish Times on 4 October 2012.) LAST FRIDAY, at The Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay in Dublin, an Irish technology start-up company called GetBulb was announced as the overall winner of The Irish Times Digital Challenge. GetBulb has produced a system that can rapidly create data visualisations suitable for […](image)

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Piece on 3D printing in The Irish Times1224324316440_1johnnyryan

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:40:41 +0000

The Irish Times, 24 September 2012: “3D printers to manufacture a revolution”. (This is a condensed version of a longer piece – read full piece here) THE THREE trends toward cheaper 3D printing, consumer co-creation, and digital distribution should be understood as part of a great adjustment. The current stage of 3D printing is analogous to the […](image)

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Week One: The Irish Times Digital Challengejohnnyryan

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:54:48 +0000

I PREVIOUSLY POSTED THIS ON THE HUFFINGTON POST. RE POSTED HERE. Some months ago I set up The Irish Times Digital Challenge to invite digital entrepreneurs to propose ways to work with The Irish Times. Almost 81 early stage digital companies applied, of which 14 were invited to pitch in person. From this a final […](image)

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Startups and The Irish Timeslogo screenjohnnyryan

Wed, 02 May 2012 22:18:01 +0000

The Irish Times is a media company with a long history. To get a sense of this reflect on the fact that it was already half a century old when one of its printing presses was burnt down during the 1916 Rising, when the rebels used its massive rolls of newsprint as barricades. In 1994, […](image)

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5 rules: the smallest element of participation is now the individual node.Johnny Ryan speaking in Oslo, 2011johnnyryan

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:22:10 +0000

Video of a talk I gave in Oslo at the Norwegian Annual Communications/PR Forum “5 rules for PR in the digital era”.Filed under: Internet History, Media (Culture / Content) Tagged: centrifugal, internet, PR, Presentations, video(image)

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Crowd Manufacturing2012-03-10-tablejohnnyryan2012-03-10-table.jpg

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 11:00:31 +0000

Long after his death Isaac Newton’s unpublished papers finally revealed a hidden obsession with alchemy. Newton was interested in particular with the Philosopher’s Stone, a proto-scientific cum mystical experiment reputed to transmutate one material into another. The Crown feared that the alchemists would devalue the coinage if they did one day manage to make gold […](image)

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The Internet makes trust and insight scarce commodities, and makes newsroom veterans more valuablejohnnyryan

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:39:30 +0000

Recently I have been looking at the newspaper as a service and as a business (for reasons that will become apparent later). Something is becoming clear. While the Internet makes information plentiful, and this in turn may be a challenge to some aspects of the newspaper business, deep insight and trust remain as scarce as […](image)

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Interview on the history + future of the Netjohnnyryan

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:44:19 +0000

Jerry Brito, a tech thinker and writer for Time Magazine interviewed me about my recent book, A history of the Internet and the digital future as part of his ‘Surprisingly Free’ podcast series with techies. Jerry has an interesting background: he’s an academic, but he has also lead some interesting projects – see below – […](image)

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The 3 sided product problemjohnnyryanVisiCalc advertisement

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:41:39 +0000

This post is also on Huffington Post. The first item ever sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer. Startled that someone had bid for the broken item eBay’s founder, Pierre Omidyar, contacted the bidder to ask whether he understood that the laser pointer for which he had bid $14.83 was in fact broken? The […](image)

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“Peer-to-Peer Retail”: Social marketing/commerce is not just about ‘likes’johnnyryanLogo_Magenta-2

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 13:38:15 +0000

Owjo, the social commerce startup where I worked as evangelist/marketer/product guy, had a big problem. Its offering was so big, and so potentially transformative, that prospective customers couldn’t get a quick grasp of it. Part of my job was to break the product down, so that discrete offerings could be orientated to specific markets. The […](image)

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A Moore’s Law for 3D printing? (I need data)johnnyryanGordon Moore's shart

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:24:10 +0000

Moore’s Law (transistors per chip) and Hendy’s Law (pixels per dollar) have been useful predictors of where processing power and digital photography were going. Something similar would be really useful for 3D printing. I tried to plot a law for the quality of print per dollar of 3D printers for an article I have been […](image)

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3D printing – Johnny Ryan talks with Vyomesh Joshi, EVP of HP’s printing businessjohnnyryanVYOMESH JOSHI

Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:03:38 +0000

HP are interesting because they are the first major manufacturer to enter the 3D printing space, partnering last year with Stratasys to offer 3D printers directly to designers and architects at the sub $20,000 range. So I questioned Vyomesh Joshi, Executive Vice President of HP’s Imaging and Printing Group, about where HP is going. Johnny […](image)

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Owjo may be about to save Jaron Lanier’s “lost generation” of musicians, and put Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 True Fans in charge of distributionjohnnyryanNinja's Boot - Irish metal band

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:03:51 +0000

Owjo may be about to save Jaron Lanier's "lost generation" of musicians, and put Kevin Kelly's 1,000 True Fans in charge of distribution. (image)

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Principles, Norms, and Constraints: building a new national approach to digital issuesjohnnyryanDecision point Four tiered approach to determining Irish national approach to digital issues

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:04:17 +0000

Discussion document for the new IIEA National Digital Principles Group: We are present at a unique moment in time when the shape and character of the emerging digital area is becoming clear. To grasp the opportunity, consider as historical precedents the decades following Gutenberg’s Press, or early decades of the Industrial Age. Strategic and inventive […](image)

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Piece in Wired: “Dublin Web Summit highlights the under-reported successes of Irish tech”johnnyryan

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:49:40 +0000

Following on from my previous piece in Wired UK on the optimism at the Pub Summit, this piece takes a macro snapshot of the Dublin startup scene during last week’s Web Summit. See  Web Summit story on Wired UK here, or read on below.. Last Friday was a big tech day for Dublin. Web game […](image)

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Frederick Taylor, DEC, and Zynga: how does “idea fuel” filter to the top of perpetual beta organisations?johnnyryanDigital Equipment Corporation document

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:33:39 +0000

I broke bread with the speakers after the Dublin Web Summit on Friday (see my coverage of the Summit for Wired UK), and sat opposite Marcus Segal, Zynga’s Chief Operating Officer for Games. Segal is faced with a hell of a problem: Zynga is growing like a super nova, and the model it uses relies […](image)

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The “Android Paradox” – Google’s bright future at both ends of the marketjohnnyryanSony's game phone More...More...

Mon, 30 May 2011 10:38:07 +0000

Update 9 June 2011: What a mess. My original “Google’s bright future at both ends of the market” appeared in Business & Economy as “Android apps will be of low quality”. This is absolutely not what my line of reasoning was in the piece. I have asked B&E to change the title to something more […](image)

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