Growing a tech company within a media company can be hard

Simon Owens
1 min readDec 7, 2022

The Wall Street Journal reports on why Jeff Bezos is considering spinning off Arc, the content management platform developed at the Washington Post, into its own company:

Incubating a tech startup inside a larger company — and drawing in the investment and talent needed to build it into a larger enterprise — can be challenging. Executives at the Post debated whether it was better to spin off Arc, which had drawn some interest from potential acquirers, or continue to build it in house, people familiar with deliberations at the news outlet said …

… Mr. Prakash at times pushed for greater investment in Arc and argued that as a stand-alone company it could do a better job recruiting top engineers, by offering them equity and giving them more freedom to work remotely than was possible at the Post, the people said.