When I was in Ask.com my team co-lead the launch of DailyBeast. One lesson I learnt from that experience: never under-estimate the importance of a good business deal.
DailyBeast received another wonderful prize. That is not just because there is some good technology behind it. That is mostly because they know what is News and they are focused in that business. I believe that technology is neutral and the focus must come from business deals.
very much deserved.