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Two weeks after Tumblr abruptly announced it was closing up Storyboard, its year-long journalism experiment that surfaced interesting content from within its blogging community, CEO David Karp opened up about why he decided to put it to rest.

"If we could just tell these stories in the same way great journalists can, it might be a lot more natural and potent than the product marketing that most companies do," Karp said in a discussion at Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference Tuesday afternoon. “But we didn't find the formula for it.”

Karp added that many others had the same idea, notably Facebook, which operates its own experimental journalism project, Facebook Stories.

"If we do too much storytelling ourselves, the fear is that we’re going to take away from our community of storytellers," Karp says. "They’re already terrific at this."

Don’t check your email!

Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.
The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Don’t check your email!

Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.

The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

When asked about revenue, Karp noted that whilst the company could immediately run Google Ads on its pages, the team is looking to experiment with ways to boost revenue, especially now the service is more than 5 years old. He says that over the next couple of years, the company will experiment with novel approaches to revenue, coming up with a revenue stream that is “really beneficial to the community”.

Tumblr now serving 120m people, 15 billion pageviews a month, from TNW
Have you ever wondered how Tumblr was born? Wonder no more! We just uploaded some fresh footage to our “Make Your Move” series on innovative entrepreneurs. Let the founder of Tumblr, David Karp tell you himself how it all came together, what inspires him, and what’s next for Tumblr.

Have you ever wondered how Tumblr was born? Wonder no more! We just uploaded some fresh footage to our “Make Your Move” series on innovative entrepreneurs. Let the founder of Tumblr, David Karp tell you himself how it all came together, what inspires him, and what’s next for Tumblr.