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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Kincaid’

Former TechCrunch Writer Offers ‘Startup PR Advice’ for $300/45 Min

You should probably know that Jason Kincaid once covered startups for TechCrunch. He’s the guy whose blog post prompted Evernote CEO Phil Libin to write a nice damage control follow-up last week.

He’s also now a pricey PR consultant, as Valleywag revealed this afternoon by sharing a link to the Google Helpout page advertising his services.

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Find out what his rate will get you after the jump.

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Evernote CEO Does Damage Control via Blog Post

Here’s a unique case of damage control in the tech world.

As you can see from the tweet above, popular tech journo Jason Kincaid wrote a blog post laying out his complaints with Evernote‘s performance and calling it “the bug-ridden elephant”. While Kincaid wrote that he loves the service enough to be “familiar with [its] warts”, he also can’t handle certain shortcomings in terms of memory and customer service. Fair enough.

In a move that reflects the way tech does things, Evernote CEO Phil Libin contacted him personally and then responded in a shockingly respectful post promising better software quality in 2014.

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Tech Reporters Freak Out After eWeek Breaks Google Embargo

Last time we checked, we thought TechCrunch, the wildly popular tech blog, wasn’t taking embargoes. Or they were, sometimes. In fact, their policy was pretty unclear, and could basically summed up as: it depends.

Exhibit A is a tweet last night from TechCrunch reporter Jason Kincaid:

Tech press, I invite you all to raise your collective middle finger toward eWeek for botching the Gmail embargo.

Google was set to announce a new feature to Gmail, and had what seems like most of the major players lined up with their embargo of the news.

Then, eWeek’s Clint Boulton had his story go live, in advance of the embargo, leading everyone to scramble.

It’s unclear right now if Boulton’s move was intentional, but this leads us back to our original question: does TechCrunch take embargoed news?

Facebook PR “Punks” TechCrunch

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It looks like Facebook PR is getting sick of bloggers and reporters who don’t call them to fact check before writing stories, specifically the popular blog TechCrunch. In a post late yesterday, titled “Yeah Ok, So Facebook Punk’d Us,” editor Michael Arrington lays out how TechCrunch reporter Jason Kincaid fell for a Facebook PR prank.

Long story short, Facebook added a fake feature, “Fax This Photo” below all pictures, that only TechCrunch employees could see. Noticing the new feature, Kincaid emailed Facebook for comment. When he didn’t hear back from them after 25-minutes, he posted: “Facebook Now Lets You Fax Your Photos. I Have No Idea Why Anyone Would Want To Do This.”

Of course, about an hour later, Facebook PR confirmed the hoax to Kincaid, which was then followed by the update post by Arrington. Would something like this fly with The New York Times? Definitely not, as The Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson pointed out (see comments). However, was it a funny way to remind TechCrunch to call sources before posting? Yes.

[image via TechCrunch]