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We had an open platform, and when folks told is the short articles were ranking we simply de indexed anything under 200 words.

So, the point is we followed the rules, asked for advice on how to do it right and they still slaughtered us and many other competitors.

It was a blatant move to kill competitors they eventually replaced with boxes that came above organic results.

Matt would lie over and over and say 'you don't have a penalty!' And 'we haven't changed organic results in our favor!'

They didn't change the organic in their favor that much, they moved organic results down the page and put themselves above the organic results. It was a huge lie, in the face of crushing everyone's results.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Matt Cutts, Google’s Head of Webspam, is going on indefinite leave. Publishers likely won’t miss him

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Google and @mattcutts used to be loved by partners (including me), now they are feared. That's a troubling sign--for google.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Matt Cutts, Google’s Head of Webspam, is going on indefinite leave. Publishers likely won’t miss him

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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. 


12 months ago on Startup snake oil: Scamming early stage entrepreneurs

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@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. 

1 year ago on Calacanis plays God: How to go from zero to $1M in a weekend thanks to AngelList Syndicates

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@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. 

1 year ago on Calacanis plays God: How to go from zero to $1M in a weekend thanks to AngelList Syndicates

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@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). 

1 year ago on Calacanis plays God: How to go from zero to $1M in a weekend thanks to AngelList Syndicates

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@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. 

1 year ago on Calacanis plays God: How to go from zero to $1M in a weekend thanks to AngelList Syndicates

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@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?" 

1 year, 2 months ago on Sorry, Jason. Here’s where you’re wrong about Multi-Channel Networks

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@jebbdykstra99 wait, Michael got a basic fact wrong?! say it ain't so. :-p

1 year, 2 months ago on Sorry, Jason. Here’s where you’re wrong about Multi-Channel Networks

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@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  

1 year, 2 months ago on Sorry, Jason. Here’s where you’re wrong about Multi-Channel Networks

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@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. 

Seriously. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Sorry, Jason. Here’s where you’re wrong about Multi-Channel Networks

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Dear Michael,

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. 

best @jason  

PS - Have you apologized to the investors and team at @beachmint yet? To your readers?  

1 year, 2 months ago on Sorry, Jason. Here’s where you’re wrong about Multi-Channel Networks

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@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

1 year, 5 months ago on Jason Calacanis: Why I told YouTube to go away and keep their money

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@rynblck agree.... it was one person too many.... this is why i have three folks total (including myself on This Week in STartups). 

1 year, 5 months ago on Jason Calacanis: Why I told YouTube to go away and keep their money

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@lamarrwilson yeah, right now youtube is awesome platform for building your brand... but sucks for making a business. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Jason Calacanis: Why I told YouTube to go away and keep their money

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@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. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Should you pay $250K to go to college?

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@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!!! 

1 year, 6 months ago on Should you pay $250K to go to college?

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@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. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Should you pay $250K to go to college?

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Thanks for doing such amazing interviews @launch Kym! you rocked it! @jason 

1 year, 7 months ago on Could MyTime be a Groupon that works?

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 @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, 12 months ago on Sacca: Betrayals at Twitter cut deeper than junior high

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 @andrewbaron  @owenthomas  @Chris Sacca Of course Andrew! Agree 100%. Owen was a solid journalist back in the day, then he lost his way and started making stuff up to get page views inside of the Valleywag debacle.

 

Everyone's opinion of Owen is that a) he's a huge douche, b) he makes stuff up and C) that it's sad because he used to do good work. 

 

Owen: focus on facts and be a good person. Life is short. 

1 year, 12 months ago on Sacca: Betrayals at Twitter cut deeper than junior high

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The issue Adam is the cost to value of higher education. If college was, say, $5,000 or $10,000 a year, and students could leave school with $10-20k in loans, I think it would be an OK investment.

 

However, students coming out of NYU are stuck $100-200k by the time the graduate and try and find a $30-40k job that, ironically, has nothing to do with their degree the majority of times.

 

So, you're correct at the $20-40k over four year price point, and the "skip school" folks are correct at the $100-200k in debt price point. 

2 years ago on Entrepreneurs Should Stay in School

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 @clayhebert Agreed it will be hard to be #1 in the services space--but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. That's why I said the company needs to split into two big units and let them both create their own cultures: hacker and content. These are two very different groups of people I'm sure you would agree. Getting the content out of the HQ in the Valley and in Los angeles means that you would be able to make Sunnyvale the hacker den and LA the content hub. I think Yahoo Mail is second only to GMAIL and it has a lot of loyal fans. it's 85% of the product GMAIL is... which means they could close the gap in three years.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Now… Yahoo?

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 @JohnWantz Thanks John.... happy to be here. As I mentioned, Sarah and Paul and I are all good friends for a long time and I'm excited to be in the mix here at PandoDaily.  

2 years, 5 months ago on What Now… Yahoo?

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I would put the disclaimer about them being investors at the top of the post. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Andreessen Horowitz Confirms Its Scout Program, Calls Out Lazy Angels Who Hate Competition

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 @harvardlaw74 Note: that was not me. I don't know who posted that as me, but I would never call Sarah an idiot. 

2 years, 6 months ago on As Wall Street Points Fingers at Groupon, Three Fingers Point Back

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 @Calacanis Note: this is not me. :-) 

2 years, 6 months ago on As Wall Street Points Fingers at Groupon, Three Fingers Point Back

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