At the end of the month, KoPoint, INC – the corporate entity – will cease to exist. KoPoint did not make enough money to scale the content or the business, so I’ve decided to dissolve the business. Closing my first company was a difficult but necessary decision.
Dissolving the corporate entity will allow KoPoint to flourish as a non-commercial creative venture! We will continue to publish great programs from our studio in soho. I’m fortunate to have worked with many great producers over the past year, and I’m looking forward to creating more cool shows with interesting people. Programming will focus more on interviews and structured conversations around interesting and niche topics. Programming will also remain awesome.
Here’s what’s happening with the business:
- I’m dissolving KoPoint, INC. While I’m proud of the company and what we created, I also need to make real decisions about what generates revenue at scale, and what does not.
- We’re doubling down on zombies. Really! In April we’ll launch The Zombie Apocalypse, INC. We recently acquired the domain TheZombieApocalypse.com, our zombie blog has taken off, and to that end we’re launching an ecommerce store. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that in addition to creating zombie merch, our small team has written a cool ebook, and is finishing an audiobook to be available in iTunes and on vinyl this summer.
As a creative force, KoPoint was a driving success. In a year, we produced great programs and talked with fascinating people. We built a small but loyal audio-focused audience. We sold some advertising. And KoPoint will continue to grow! Dropping the corporate pretense allows KoPoint to focus on creating relaxed and organic content.
Here’s what’s happening with KoPoint podcasts and content:
- We’re going to doubledown on audio. KoPoint.com will be a very flat and simple page with links to our iTunes and audio feeds.
- KoPoint’s primary podcast will feature more of my voice, joined in structured conversation with interesting people.
- We’ll continue to produce great shows from our studio in soho in-house shows will return in late-Spring. Shows will be more focused, and probably only one at a time. For example, we’ll do another season of Beer Diplomacy in late-Spring, with a renewed emphasis on NYC stand-up comedy. We’ll also do one-off longform episodes of the Comic Book Podcast with creators who live and work in NYC.
- We’ll release a few of our remaining syndicated shows. I have several cool stocked episodes from KoPoint producers to be released in the coming weeks.
- The KoPoint Wire – a curated feed of stuff our producers like – will return at wire.kopoint.com.
I’d like to thank SumAll for their continued support, the great hosts and producers I’ve worked with over the past year, and my rock-solid underwriters. KoPoint is, was, and will be devoted to creating excellent content with dedicated producers.
Thanks for listening, stay tuned, and long live The Zombie Apocalypse!
- Dan Patterson