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❄️ Good Wednesday morning. Thank you for reading Axios — the first two words of our manifesto are: "Audience first." Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo scoops with data on the business and journalistic success of Axios, "the fast-twitch media darling," at our second anniversary: We came within $56,000 of profit last year — rare for a media startup.

  • Axios President Roy Schwartz told Pompeo: "[I]f they have the right mentality and the right management, media companies can be very good businesses."
  • CEO Jim VandeHei said: "We’re trying to grab people by the collar every day and saying, this is what’s happening with A.I., global warming, China, science."
  • Worthy of your time.