Mark Potts

Co-Founder, Backfence.com and GrowthSpur
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

imageMark Potts is a leader in the development of innovative content and business strategies and products in online and print media. A serial entrepreneur, he has been an executive or consultant at numerous leading media and Internet companies. His blog, www.recoveringjournalist.com, is one of the leading sources of analysis of the intersection between technology and media, and he is regularly quoted in industry publications. Potts created one of the first electronic newspaper prototypes in the early 1990s, and then co-founded The Washington Post Co.'s digital division. As co-founder of Backfence Inc., he was a pioneer in the field of user-generated, hyperlocal citizens media. He is CEO and co-founder of GrowthSpur.com, which provides tools, training, technology and networks to support local news and information sites. He was acting vice president-editor at Philly.com, the web site for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. He also has served as chief product officer for Cahners Business Information (now Reed Business Information), where he managed Cahners Digital and oversaw the development of 120 trade magazine web sites, including Variety.com and PublishersWeekly.com. He was a member of the founding team of the @Home Network, where he led the creation of the first consumer broadband programming service. As a consultant, Potts has worked with The Washington Post Co., Philly.com, the Los Angeles Times, Variety.com, Cox Communications, HealthCentral Network, Allvoices.com, the Connecticut Mirror, Classified Ventures, Tribe Networks and others. A graduate of George Washington University, Potts was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Examiner and the Associated Press. He is the co-author of two business books. He serves on the advisory boards of Internet startups PaperG and MixedInk, and teaches a graduate course in media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.

KDMC Sessions

Revenue and Requirements in the For-Profit News Business
May 18, 2011, 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
PowerPoint: Presentation: Mark Potts: Show Me the Money
SEMINAR: News Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2011


All fields required.


[email protected] is now offering customized digital strategies training for news organizations that is designed to help leaders create versatile, innovative and collaborative cultures for the 21st Century. For more information please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Leadership 3.0 Blog



Upcoming Seminars