Washington Post Gets Aggressive On Technology With Bezos' Backing

Shailesh Prakash, The Washington Post CIORicky Carioti- Washington PostShailesh Prakash, The Washington Post CIO, and Marty Baron, Washington Post Executive Editor

Shailesh Prakash, the Washington Post Chief Information Officer charged with leading tech and product development at Jeff Bezos’ turnaround media company, gave an interview to TheMediaBriefing last week.

With Bezos’ backing, Prakash has expanded his team and opened “WPNYC,” a software development lab in New York. Prakash meets bi-weekly with Bezos and oversees his team on projects ranging from personalisation to video, mobile, and new ad integrations. He revealed how WaPo approaches new technologies:

“Often it’s quite hard to work out what is a fad and what is here to stay. It’s very easy to predict the future, but it’s very difficult to predict when that future will arrive. Some will take hold and others will take years and years. You’ll have spent money without any return.”

“I don’t think there is anyway other than to be completely open to continuously experiment. There isn’t a science to it. It’s much more about art.”

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