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Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
news website
Available in English
Created by Rafat Ali
Launched 2002; 20 years ago (2002)
Current status Defunct

paidContent was an online media hub that covered news, information and analysis of the business of digital media. It was founded in 2002 by journalist Rafat Ali to "chronicle the evolution of digital content that is shaping the future of the media, information and entertainment industries."[1]

Funded by Alan Patricof's Greycroft Partners in 2006, Rafat Ali's umbrella company, ContentNext, formerly had offices in Santa Monica, California and New York. ContentNext operated the,,, which covered the business of mobile content, and, which covered India's digital media markets.[2]

In 2008, ContentNext was purchased by Guardian Media Group for a reported $30 million.[3] It became a member of the Guardian Professional Group, though founder/editor Ali and CEO Richardson, formerly of Yahoo! Finance,[4] continued to run the media website as an independent business.[5]

On February 8, 2012, paidContent was acquired by GigaOM through the acquisition of ContentNext Media.[6] On November 12, paidContent was merged into GigaOm.[7]


  1. "The Economics of Digital Content | paidContent". 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2012-02-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Jemima Kiss (2008-07-11). "News & Media buys PaidContent publisher ContentNext | Media |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kiss, Jemima (2008-07-11). "Rafat Ali: from blogs to riches | Media |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Nathan Richardson's Modest Proposal Q&A by Dirk Smillie,, 2-3-09. Retrieved 3-13-09.
  5. Kaplan, David (2009-02-04). " - NYT's Keller: We're Looking For Ways To Charge For Online Content Again". Retrieved 2012-02-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Rusli, Evelyn M. (February 8, 2012). "GigaOM Acquires paidContent". DealBook NYTimes. Retrieved 26 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Why we are moving our media coverage over to Gigaom