Your candor is refreshing @jason
I was using both Circa and Inside for a month or so before I went full-on Circa only.
I'm a big news junky, but Inside was giving me everything, and much like the trend we're seeing in apps, I tend to prefer single-purpose news sources.
Circa gives me the top stories "I need to know" with an objective point of view, so I can trust the information because the "journalists" keep the books balanced. Their articles read like two articles from partisan news sources had a really cute baby that sleeps well at night and plays well with others.
I get editorial from Rachel Maddow Show podcast, Young Turks podcast, Product Hunt podcast obviously, and TWIST.
I get tech news from Launch/TC/Pando.
And the rest I discover from my FB + Twitter feeds.
When I consider Launch in contrast to Inside, I'm tempted to say that I would be more likely to check 4 apps on my phone that were specific to the 4 categories I care about than one big app that gives me every category and story.
Imagine every category in its own app like Launch with an editor of Jason's caliber on each... drool.
An Inside for fashion, health + fitness, science, Launch, entertainment, travel, sports, etc... each of these categories have endless subcats. When you handle them all in one app it prevents you from going deep on any specific one and you lose the junkies that should form the foundation of your active user base. That's why the magazine publishers have done so well. It's not so much about the editors (the message) as much as it is about the focused categories (the medium).
From a business perspective, also a compelling model. A mobile news network like this gives you the ability to reach audiences that have cohesive personas so you can sell advertising at a premium. Also lends well to partnerships, like a @rrhoover @eriktorenberg
Product Hunt edit series on the tech ticker (Launch). You can put Hearst/CN/Time to sleep.
An unbundled and distributed news ticker publishing network would also be more conducive to community building.
Just thinking about this I feel the urge to spin it up but you're way more obsessed than I would ever be about this problem, I just want the solution.
Have you ever given this thought? If so, why did you forego the network approach in favor of a platform?
One users's opinion!