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@youflavio i guess you missed the 6k folks at LAUNCH Festival, the 40+ angel investments (go Uber!) and the sale of Weblogs Inc. to AOL.... and all of that is footnotes, as Inside.com will be a top 10 site. Globally.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Attn Jason Nation: Get your PandoMonthly tickets to see JCal now
This loser is lying... i never charged anyone to have lunch with VCs. Not real VC would stand for that anyway.
To be sure, i have spent my career fighting against this bullshit.
1. I *created* the TechCrunch50 conference in order to kill the DEMO conference... which now employees the former editor of TechCrunch (ugh!).
2. I split up with Arrington and did LAUNCH which provides not only free slots on stage, it also gives away 5,000 tickets a year to founders... while TechCrunch Disrupt has secretly turned into a pay-to-play event ($10k as someone pointed out to be in the startup alley).
3. Not only does the LAUNCH Festival not charge, I now have the LAUNCH Fund which has invested in five of the winners (already), and will invest ~$10m over the next 3-5 years in the winners.
In summary: I helped kill payola, I then gave free tickets to the events and now I'm *paying* (aka investing) in the best companies.
This cat is a complete loser and anyone who goes to the event is supporting something really bad.
4 months, 1 week ago on Startup snake oil: Scamming early stage entrepreneurs
@David_Brown I think Kevin is not taking a carry because he is a full-time investor for Google (You should ask him), and I think the reason he is so far ahead of me is because he has a bigger track record and he is working with Google--not because of the carry. No professional investor expects to get a carry free fund... in fact, you want the manager to be well compensated and funded.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Calacanis plays God: How to go from zero to $1M in a weekend thanks to AngelList Syndicates
@jonathanjaeger obviously I'm going to make sure they are worthy. the last team was awesome and they got into a top accelerator after the hackathon and my investment. So, i'm confident we will see something similar. Also, i'm going to let members of syndicate decide if they want to do these two investments, so the total amount raised might be less.
@Kevrmoore I think for the top couple of folks you'll see a fairly large track record.... like maybe 30-50 deals (or more). That's the great part about angel list, you can see all the investments they've made. also, all future investments are being tracked with more details (i.e. returns).
I suspect in the future I will just publish my exact returns on AngelList and folks can decide. also, folks are doing this with very small amounts (relative to their ability).
@bfeld it's just awesome that Brad is going big with AngelList Syndicates. It's a huge experiment for all of us, and it's going to have a very big impact I predict.
@hankgreen Well said Hank. I think another way of saying this is "what value is the MSN bringing to the equation today?" and "What value is YouTube bringing to the table?"
The follow up questions become, "what could an MCN bring to the table?"and "what else could YouTube bring to the table to make this sustainable?"
7 months ago on Sorry, Jason. Here’s where you’re wrong about Multi-Channel Networks
@jebbdykstra99 wait, Michael got a basic fact wrong?! say it ain't so. :-p
@mcarney @Calacanis @jason @beachmint Well, at least I talked to the founders... which is more than you did before writing their obituary. And you never apologized to the team over there.... these are people's livelihood at stake and you blew it. you should be apologizing and making it right.
You damaged your reputation and PandoDaily's with your poor reporting.
I don't mean to lay into you kid, but you don't get to fuckup basic reporting as badly as you did and then try to take on my analysis in such a weak way.
Do yourself a favor and don't ever put "sorry Jason" in another piece... don't even think it. Instead, I suggest starting your pieces with "thank you Jason, for educating me" next time. :-)
Back to school kid. best @jason
@mcarney @Calacanis @jason @beachmint So, the authority on Beachmint is the guy who said the founders were fired and the money was given back to investors? How's that prediction working for you?
Nice try kid.
Pro tip: spend another couple of years writing fact-based articles and then maybe someone will care about your barely sophomoric analysis of my pieces.
You don't have the credibility or intellectual horsepower to mix it up.... back to school with you.
Thanks for trying, but please leave the analysis to the big boys and girls, and get focused on your basic reporting skills. You know, like fact-checking and calling a company before your put it in the dead pool.
I just can't take you seriously after the Beachmint debacle.
PS - Have you apologized to the investors and team at @beachmint yet? To your readers?
@Codeslubber i guess you missed a) paul carr's full head of hair, b) sarah and c) peter. there were, for the record, only two fat balding white guys: me and the other jason. :-p
9 months, 1 week ago on Jason Calacanis: Why I told YouTube to go away and keep their money
@rynblck agree.... it was one person too many.... this is why i have three folks total (including myself on This Week in STartups).
@lamarrwilson yeah, right now youtube is awesome platform for building your brand... but sucks for making a business.
@hankgreen Thanks for the comment Hank. Yes, we have a large business on YouTube as well--per funding. However the horrible CPMs ($1-2?!?!) after YouTube's take makes it impossible to build a business on youtube with a few notable exceptions (think easy to film, $50 a minute, comedy). the vast majority of content is simply not sustainable on YouTube.... their CPMs and fill rates are too low.
With YouTube funding *part* of $500 a minute content you still can't get over the hump..... the CPMs suck so bad, the fill rates are horrible and there is no marketing.
read this post to get the full picture of what i'm saying
love to hear your feedback after you read that .
@jonathanjaeger I agree... if you're only stuck $50k you can climb out..... so, state and city schools sound like a great solution. Frankly, I want to live in a society where college education is affordable and paid for... because if everyone "levels up" in the country we can beat the other counties out there in the world in the race for the remaining jobs (not to mention the race to build global brands). the taxes those "level uppers" will pay in return for their education will easily pay for the investment.
11 months, 1 week ago on Should you pay $250K to go to college?
@DougKalish Awesome feedback. This is very emotional for folks, but for me it's simply keeping an open mind to your choices... if my daughter comes to me and says "i want to spend the $250k you were going to spend on college on trying five different startup ideas for $50k each while living in the pool house" I would be overjoyed!!!
@mediainvestors It's irrelevant. There, I said it. :-)
Seriously, someone hiring you doesn't care if you learned your machine learning skills or photoshop sills on youTube, at MIT or from a friend--they care that you have them. And how good they are. Paper is an indication that you have a skill..... so it's a nice way to sort through the applications. A better way to sort is to see folks take a test/do the actual work.
Thanks for doing such amazing interviews @launch Kym! you rocked it! @jason
12 months ago on Could MyTime be a Groupon that works?
@owenthomas come on Owen, man up. You did a lot of horrible reporting and printed anything anonymous you got. You forgot what it ment to be a journalist, a decent person and a friend. You need to really look at the years you spent at Valleywag being a huge dbag and make good.
I was fond of you back in the day, but you went to a dark place. Life is short and the smart/important people have long memories. I'm just saying you did very bad work and you should try to rehabilitate you're image by doing a better job.
just my .02 as a former fan/friend.
1 year, 4 months ago on Sacca: Betrayals at Twitter cut deeper than junior high