John Necef

John Necef

On a mission to make fact-first news easy to consume.

Member since August 25, 2020
  • About

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
The New Paper
Companies I work or worked for:
Jefferies, LinkedIn, The Hustle
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I wanted my work to be aligned with my sense of purpose.

My favorite startups:, Strava, Robinhood

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

The New Paper was founded with a clear mission: overcome sensational media by making fact-first news easy to consume.

While there is a general recognition of the problem we're solving (i.e. many folks agree that news media is increasingly noisy and polarized), no one was solving it in a meaningful way. So, my co-founder and I created The New Paper to be the solution.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Rewarding: Being able to focus my energy on something that I find meaningful.

Frustrating: The ongoing existence of the problem we're trying to solve as a company. When you're building something from scratch, you can't solve big issues overnight (as much as you want to). Thankfully that frustration translates to continued motivation for the team.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Founding a new company is essentially a series of mistakes (that you learn from) until they don't look like mistakes anymore. The first one you need to make is probably being a bit overly optimistic about the odds of success; otherwise, you'd never start in the first place. After that, I think it's increasingly specific to the person and the problem you’re trying to solve.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Follow the mission, work with people you respect and trust, remember to enjoy the journey

Full bio

John is co-founder of The New Paper, a media company focused on making fact-first news easy to consume.

By summarizing the day’s top stories into a text message-based news digest, The New Paper helps people start their day with a common set of facts. It offers a 7-day free trial, and then charge $5 per month per user.

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