Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Background on the "This Week In" controversy

For background on the mini-controversy over This Week In, someone pointed me to this transcript from TWIT 237. 

The bottom line is a I asked for Leo's blessing and he gave it to me.

I'm now $150,000 in the hole on the website and my hope is to build a DIRECTORY of all the TWI shows in the world, of which our 15-30 will be but 10%. 

all is good in the world folks... let's not make too much of a big deal out of this.

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The TWIT 237 transcript

Leo Laporte Utah.

Jason Calacanis Utah.

Leo Laporte Prisoners. Jason Calacanis does a host of shows now. He is the king of This Week in..., you now officially take the title. In fact you have, right?

Jason Calacanis I got the clearance from the godfather. You gave me clearance to buy it, I bought it. And I hope to build a couple of shows and everybody is like, ‘Leo must hate you.’

Leo Laporte No, no, no, no.

Jason Calacanis ‘How did you do this to Leo?’ And I’m like, listen I asked for permission. I genuflected and I said, listen godfather I would like to…

Leo Laporte I couldn’t stop you, Mel Allen, ask Mel Allen; he’s the guy who owns This Week in Baseball. It’s the generic, but I’m thrilled that you do it and I am glad you’re doing it. You do This Week in Startups.

Jason Calacanis Yeah, and it’s doing great and we do This Week in Cloud Computing and that’s got sponsors.

Leo Laporte And you’re doing a This Week in Android apps, right?

Jason Calacanis And This Week in Android, yes. So it is going to do like niche one that you don’t get to, and, as you know, I actually even clear with you like, ‘Hey I’m thinking of doing these ones are you going to do them?’ So I am basically like I respect what you have done in the space enough that I don’t want to step in your toes.

Leo Laporte And there’s plenty of room, believe me. I need more people succeeding in this because I don’t want to be the only guy out here doing it.

Jason Calacanis What’s happening is it’s very much like Weblogs, Inc. We have all these blog stories building on each other. I get one sponsor, then they buy yours, and you know I forward sponsored onto you all the time. We are educating them on this new medium.

Leo Laporte Exactly.

Jason Calacanis Like, it’s worth sponsoring and...

Leo Laporte It’s early enough that there’s no competition going on.

Jason Calacanis There’s no competition right now. In another two years, it’s on.

Leo Laporte Yeah, I am going to kill you. I am going to kill you, Jason. Yer outta here!

Jason Calacanis [ph] The swords (79:33) are coming out.

Leo Laporte Yer outta here! Jason Calacanis...

Brett Larson The garbage man’s coming to take you out!

Leo Laporte And the garbage man – if you find a horse head in your bed Jason, you’ll know where. Actually…

Brett Larson The snow clean up begins tomorrow. Leave anything you don’t need in the drift.

Jason Calacanis Actually this is my prediction. I predict that there’ll be three or four networks like This Week in and Leo’s and they’ll all wind up merging and be like this mega company.

Leo Laporte Yeah. I don’t want to run it

Jason Calacanis [ph] Adam Ferry’s (80:01) doing interesting stuff. No, I just think it’s going to be an exit for everybody because somebody will come and say hey let’s put five of these things together and get scale. You have five things making a million or two million dollars each. Put them together, all of a sudden you’ve got scale.

Leo Laporte Great idea.

Dwight Silverman And then you get rid of everybody.

Leo Laporte Yeah, that’s all right; by then I’m old, I want to be on the beach anyway. is Jason’s human-powered website that has great information on it. Dwight Silverman is at the Tech Blog at and you could read his stuff there, including his weekly linkroll which Dwight I had to confess gives me the backbone of the newscasts for the whole week.

Dwight Silverman Well I have a great time doing it. I think that I missed a link post yesterday because I was helping with our earthquake/tsunami coverage, and I felt horribly guilty and I thought of you Leo, I thought I’ve let Leo down…

Leo Laporte Yeah you have let me down. I don’t have any stories from Friday.

Dwight Silverman But we had good coverage from the tsunami and earthquake. So…

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The TechCrunch40 2007: Where are they now?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Taking London for a walk in baby bjorn thingy. Do I look like a dork or not? Be honest.

My official statement on the @leolaporte controversy. #twit #twist #twi

Yesterday, and earlier today, Leo Laporte made on-air statements that he was not happy with my use of the "This Week In" format of shows. 

Someone posted a video of it on YouTube.
Obviously I'm shocked, and to be honest a little hurt, by this since I consider Leo a friend, mentor and a long-time collaborator.

Some background for the record
1. Leo gave me his blessing for starting This Week In Startups and for doing my "This Week In" Network.
2. I offered Leo the domain name before I bought it. 
3. I would have never used the domain name without his blessing--this situation is EXACTLY why I cleared it with him in advance.
4. I've invested over six figures in the company and brand. My intent is to launch 30 shows in this space of three years.
5. I admire and respect Leo. I will not get dragged into a big public fight with him. I respect him, and myself, too much. 
6. There are 500 possible "This Week In... " shows either of us could do. There are also dozens of other folks doing independent TWI shows for the past couple of decades. 

Some solutions I've proposed
1. Leo can have first shot at any topics. There are so many topics we really don't need to fight over them. 
2. I will partner with Leo on advertising sales for our two networks. Right now I'm guessing Leo gives 30-50% of his advertising revenue to his 3rd party ad network. I would give him 100% of his sales and take zero--yes 0%--of the advertising we sell for his network. If he sells into our network he could take 25%. The reason I would do this is obvious: we are much stronger joining forces as partner on advertising then apart. 
3. We would partner with him on any shows he wanted to jointly. Can you imagine how amazing a DAILY show would be with Leo and I as hosts? I think our chemistry is second to NO ONE on This Week in Tech with the exception of Dvorak. When we're on This Week in Tech together it's powerful, funny, insightful and controversial--everything you want a RADIO show to be.

all the best,


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Your Daily London for a Sunday with Daddy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How to File for a Tax Extension

Great Mahalo page: 

How to File for a Tax Extension

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Epic email flame/thread!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jason Calacanis
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Subject: Open Angel Forum - LA Forum #2 - Question from Richard Pawlowski
To: Richard Royce
Cc: Tyler Crowley ,

Thank you for the kind words.

You are correct, we are very elite, altruistic and knowledgeable.

Best Jason

On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Richard Royce wrote:
> Real smart of you Jason,
> especially in LA, where most of us investors do NOT want to travel to some events -  because they are a waste of time. Now I know it can't be worth it. You seem to trying to set yourself up as an elitist, altruistic and know-it-all group. You may want to check out our Tech Coast Angels..
> Good luck..
>  Richard PawlowskiVenturEXPO
> Quote of the month: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair
> On Apr 13, 2010, at 3:17 PM,

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

From the stage

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Backstage at the Streamys

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Zadi wins best host... Congrats!

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Live from streamys

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This Week in Startups Watching Parties/Meetups #twist

A bunch of super fans have asked me about doing This Week in Startups later in the day so that they could host a "TWIST Meetup" or watching party. As such, I'm wondering what the @TWIST superfans thing of:

a) Having #TWIST @ 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern on Friday.
b) Would you host a watching party/meetup?
c) In what city would you host and home many people do you think would come?

best j 

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The Daily London #supercute

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2nd most disturbing COMMERCIAL:Bristol Palin PSA on teen pregnancy

Very odd Tiger Woods Nike Ad with his father talking to him

VIDEO: Meet Jaylin Fleming, the new 10-year old LeBron James

VIDEO: Meet Jaylin Fleming, the new 10-year old LeBron James

Jaylin Fleming is a 10-year-old basketball prodigy hailing from Chicago, Illinois. He currently is a fifth-grader playing for Beasley Academic Center in Chicago, but has already drawn significant interest and rave accolades from the likes of the New York Knicks and the hometown Chicago Bulls, including starting point guard and reigning 2009 Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose. Most notably, he was invited to work out and practice with both the Knicks and the Bulls.1

Coached by his father John Fleming, as well as school team coaches, Fleming is a down-to-earth athlete who places a great deal of emphasis on off-court activities, namely school, video games, and Bible studies. A devoutly religious family, the Flemings strive to make sure that Jaylin is a humble and composed adolescent who will grow and develop in character throughout high school and collegiate play.2

Whether or not he will become a future NBA star remains to be seen, since it is difficult to judge the basketball potentials of a player his age. However, Fleming's potential is undeniable, as well as his work ethic and perseverance. Jaylin himself states that "I never feel pressure to play...I want to play basketball. I just stay humble and keep working hard." Regarding his burgeoning basketball career, he states only that "I'm a humble kid who's trying to achieve a goal."3

Fleming has garnered positive reviews from many coaches outside his own school. "You can tell by his passion for the game, how much he loves the game of basketball," says Morgan Park coach Nick Irving. "You can see that he has the desire for it. Jaylin has a look in his eyes that he won't be denied."4

"I've never actually seen a kid like this," says Knicks head athletic trainer Roger Hinds. "As far as his age, he's the best that I've seen," says Refiloe Lethunya, a former Division I player, coach and NBA scout.5

Perhaps the most significant accolade comes from Derrick Rose, himself a relatively young basketball star with the hometown Bulls. "He's better than me -- that's what's crazy about it," Rose says. "His talent is one of a kind. Kids his age rarely do the stuff he does....He does moves that a grown-up does."6

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The Daily London: I'm so happy daddy!

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The yesterday london :-) her first dress.... In car seat

Monday, April 5, 2010

.@jason is giving away 20 free iPads to his friends, followers & retweeters! details:

@jason's 20 iPad Giveway! 

As a thank you to my loyal friends and followers and retweeters I'm going to give away an iPad every time my Twitter accounts (@contests or @jason) or Google Buzz follower counts adds 5,000. In order to win you have to be one of my followers and you have to have retweeted me in the last 30 days. The more you've retweeted me the greater your chances to win. Yes, this is a shameless way to increase my social media footprint. 5,000 followers / $500 for an ipad = .10 a follower by my math--that seems like a no-brainer! 

Let's get this party started everyone!

Right now I have 92,500 followers on @jason, 9,000 on @contests on Twitter and 6,000 follower on Google Buzz... let the retweets and follows begin. 

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Earthquake caught on video during Kevin Pollak show w/Henry Winkler!

Earthquake caught on video during Kevin Pollak show w/Henry Winkler! 

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Friday, April 2, 2010

new feature: mini profiles on mouse over.

added a cool feature to Mahalo Answers today: Mini profiles that popup showing people's expertise and best answers on mouse over. 

super cool.... brings the best of someone's profile to the activity area. 


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Amazing photos from a ski trip when I was like 10 years old!

Amazing photos from a ski trip when I was like 10 years old!

David Letterman Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself in Line for iPad

BREAKING: Marvel Comics for iPad VIDEO & Photos