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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Calacanis’

Henry Blodget Defends Slideshows

PandoMonthlyLogoPandoDaily has some fun coverage of the moderated conversation the site hosted last night in New York with Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.

There’s Adam Penenberg‘s item, most notable for the way it recalls a 2005 New York Times op-ed written by Blodget. And there’s this separate bit of coverage from Hamish McKenzie, about portions of the conversation:

Business Insider has copped a lot of flak over its four-year existence for milking slideshows for page views. One example of such criticism: a piece I published that made fun of Nicholas Carlson’s 50-page slideshow about his first Airbnb experience.

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VentureBeat Profiles Innovators of LA’s ‘Silicon Beach’

If you happen to see a guy in LA wearing a hoodie, shorts, and flip-flops, he could very well be one of the new, powerful faces of LA’s resurgent tech scene.

Someone like Paige Craig (pictured, out of uniform), the former Marine who now dispenses cubicle orders at Santa Monica start-up Better Works. At the top of today’s enlightening VentureBeat article, Craig offers an intriguing and succinct explanation as to why, in the past three years, LA has been able to lay a real claim to the nickname “Silicon Beach:”

Beyond the colorful nightlife and perfect weather, Craig defines what is, for him, the crux of Los Angeles’ entrepreneurial community: a connection to average consumers’ needs and the all-important hustle.

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E! Entertainment Founder Invests in Start-Up ThisWeekIn

Jarl Mohn, a.k.a. Lee Masters, has thrown his support behind the ambitious themed online chat show network ThisWeekIn created by Kevin Pollak, Jason Calacanis and Mark Jeffrey. The founder of E! Entertainment and E! Online has made an undisclosed investment in the company and is joining the Board of Directors.

Per today’s press release:

“Jarl’s background reads like a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the media industry,” said Jeffrey, co-founder and CEO of ThisWeekIn. “He has successfully ushered in multiple new media paradigms, from celebrity entertainment to music videos, digital, and now – live and social. Insights like his can only come from experience, and we’re confident his vision will accelerate ThisWeekIn’s prominence as the go-to Web TV network.”

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Santa Monica Start-Up Showcases This Week in Everything

Yet another sign of the impending 500,000 channel universe is the staggering array of programming being spawned out of the Santa Monica studios of ThisWeekIn.com, the start-up co-founded in 2010 by Jason Calacanis, actor Kevin Pollak and Mark Jeffrey.

Former CineVegas maestro Eric Tinch co-hosts This Week in Movies; stand-up comic Ed Crasnick tees up This Week in Comedy; and for the 11th edition of The Annie Duke Show posted January 4th, the namesake poker playing hostess welcomed actor-Huffington Post contributor Steven Weber and magician Jamy Ian Swiss.

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Did NYT Make A Mistake By Pairing With Apple On iPad App?

Web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has a message to send to New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (and any other newspaper publisher who sells content through Apple’s App Store): you’re making a huge mistake.

Over the weekend, Calacanis sounded off on the Times iPad app and the future of journalism on his vid-cast This Week in Startups, sending a message to Sulzberger himself:

“If you are a publisher of a newspaper, magazine, or book, and you sell your products through the App Store, you are a fool…As a newspaper… your business is predicated having a relationship with the reader. That reader gives you their credit card number, their address, and their name…. When somebody buys something through the App Store, you get nothing.”

Plus, you give Steve Jobs a cut of your revenue, Calacanis added. The solution? Only provide your content through the mobile Web browser.

Other publishers take note — the Times may already be dealing with Apple, but you can still save yourself. And get a leg up on the Gray Lady, too.

Read more: Calacanis To Sulzberger: If You Sell The Times Through The Apple App Store ‘You Are An Idiot’ –BayNewser