Forgive me, but someone is wrong on the internet. Ben Thompson is one of the first movers of the current newsletter boom. Yes, it's hard to define when the whole thing started, and yes, people have been taking payments for emails for far longer than Thompson's Stratechery has been published. But his claim is real, if for no other reason than that his newsletter was a) financially successful enough to enable him to work on it full time and b) aimed at the tech sector, and so able to spark a legion of imitators.
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