In addition to these connections, Richardson tells me that #waywire is moving in the direction that makes sense: a place where younger crowds don’t have cable TV. So far, #waywire has backing from Eric Schmidt, Oprah Winfrey, First Round Capital and more. If anyone has a shot at cornering the market on a social news network for this audience, it’s this team.
Backers aren’t the same as talent, which is crucial for building a place where people want to spend their time. But, if anyone can inspire someone away from working at an Apple or Twitter, it’s Cory Booker.