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@paulcarr @jimmy5804 Not sure what the coincidence is. My name is Josh Harr and I live in Salt Lake. Look me up in LinkedIn if you want. I defended Business Insider because I enjoy reading the site despite its weaknesses.
And the fact that both of my previous posts were criticisms of you... not a coincidence I guess. Not a fan.
2 years ago on What a difference six months can make: The consistent and in no way disingenuous messaging of Travis Kalanick
When you carry on such an obvious vendetta, it really does make you look worse than the company you're slamming. I have nothing to do with Uber - they don't offer it in my city and I've never used it. But this kind of thing is par for the course in most any company (compare comments between Jobs and Schimdt in before/after Android).
I really like BI. Here's why.
1) A few times a month, BI (usually Blodget) will write a quantitative article about a company from the point of view of a wall street analyst. None of the other mainstream tech blogs do anything like that. I love it. So much more interesting than getting the funding scoop on some startup in a market I care nothing about.
2) Yes, it's true - the top-10 this or that isn't journalism. So what. If it's interesting or useful, I'll read it. And it often is. In my opinion, this is about the same quality of material as hearing some self-important tech journalist (not just you, although you are - without a doubt - the all-time king of self-important tech journalists) spew out his or her opinion on some dynamic in the industry. I'd say about 1 in 10 of these kinds of posts has any deep insight, and I usually read the first paragraph and blow by them.
And yes, Blodget really screwed up earlier in life. He's open and candid about it and he built up a successful business by working really hard after being shut out of the industry he'd spent his life in. I respect that.
I read this blog only because I think Sarah is really good (I thought the CEO dinner video series was pretty good for example).
2 years, 5 months ago on Oddly Enough, I Don’t Hate Business Insider Because Of Its Brilliance