Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Office Hours" stage at the LAUNCH Conference March 7/8

At the LAUNCH Conference on March 7th and 8th we're going to host a
second stage for the first time.

discussion here:

The stage is going to be called "Office Hours with..." and it will
feature moderated Q&A sessions with only 50-75 seats in the room. Yes,
it's a inspired by the awesome "office hours" format pionered by Paul
Graham of Ycombinator. :-)

Each "office hour" session will be 40 minutes and it will feature an
all-star moderator like +Jason Nazar. I've reached out to +Mark Suster
and +Andrew Warner to be my other two. Three of the best interviewers
in my circle, and guys I can really trust with this very important
stage while I'm running the main stage.

Other notes about the "Office Hours" stage:

1. We're accepting pitches for speakers... just email office hours in subject line please).
2. These will all be recorded and made available to the public in HD.
So, if you miss any of them you're ok.
3. We're going to these in groups of three.
4. We're going to focus on angel investors and founders, but we're
open to anyone you think would be helpful to hear from.
5. Seating will be first come. If there is a line we will clear the
room after every group of three speakers.
6. Yes, this will slightly take away from the main stage, but it's
only 75 people out of the 2,000 at the event so it shouldn't be
perceivable. And with our awesomely affordable ticket prices most
folks are sending 3-4 people.


a) who do you want to host office hours?
b) any thoughts for a fourth moderator?
c) any criticism or concerns?

best jason

tickets here:

there are still a couple of $1 tickets for under 10 employee and under
$100k in funding startups.

Also, I really need some help from sponsors and I lost my sales person
who quit on me over the holiday break with almost no notice eight
weeks from the conference... grrrrr...... if you're interested in a)
helping sales or b) sponsoring the event email me

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dave Morin discusses the awesome

I think +Dave Morin's frank founder-to-founder discussion on This Week
in Startups is among the top 2-3 episodes (and we've done 216).

Really appreciate it when a founder like Dave just puts it all out
there for other entrepreneurs to learn and be inspired.

Jason on Twitter This Week in Startups

Monday, December 12, 2011

$5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jason Calacanis
Date: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM
Subject: $5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years

We are 86 days out from the LAUNCH Festival on March 7th and 8th, where 2,000 folks will come see about 40 amazing new products debut on stage.

And I want you to launch something awesome (or at least join us and be inspired)!

This is the fifth year I've hosted a LAUNCH event. Wow.

Dropbox, Mint, Yammer, ZocDoc, FitBit, TripIt, Red Beacon, Room77 and Powerset are among the amazing companies that I've been privileged to coach in rehearsals.

Those companies combined have a market cap of over $5B now.

In only five years!


Of course we can't take any credit for their success. They would have their success with or without the help of the conference, but my team is so proud to have played a tiny role in helping these juggernauts launch!

Now we're looking for the next 40 companies to make the debut... and I'm hoping you're one of them!

There is a rolling application process. This means we look at applications as they come in. Apply here:

Other important updates:

1. BOOKSTRAP TICKETS: We're giving 200 tickets to startups with under $100k in money raised and under 10 employees. (There is a $1 processing fee for these tickets).

2. STARTUP TICKETS: Startups with 10 employees or more -- or $250k raised -- can buy a ticket for just $299 (what a deal!). It's important to support the conference, so please buy these. You can save money buying four tickets for $1,000, or ten tickets for $2,000 and send your whole company:

3. TICKETS: Conference tickets are only $999. If you're a lawyer, accountant, big company VP, baller, investor, supporter, venture capitalist, head hunter or angel, these tickets are for you! They include seating in the VIP area, where you'll have an ethernet connection at your class-room style table PLUS waiter service. This means you won't miss any of the action, and you'll have power to charge your laptop and phone. Receive 10% off if you buy before January 1st:

4. DEMO PIT TABLES: We're giving away the first 100 tables in our demo pit for just $500. That includes the table, four tickets, electricity and internet. That is less than our cost for the tables. To apply for one of these table click here. After the first 100 tables are sold the price will go to $1,500:

5. SPONSORS: We can't put this show on without the support of sponsors. There are multiple levels available. Please contact or call Jason Krute at (323) 639-3205 for more information.

If you have any questions just hit reply!

all the best,


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This Week In Startups--Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

awesome episode... 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
To: Jason <>

On This Week in Startups, distinguished VC Shervin Pishevar ( of Menlo Ventures joined us in studio for a chat. Shervin's also an entrepreneur and angel investor, so he had wisdom to share from nearly every facet of startup life. In the candid interview, Shervin even talked about his experience growing up as the child of immigrants and how it feels to be living "the American dream."

Watch the full episode here:

Or, you can watch just a few of the many highlights from the show below:
       • 14 minutes: Is entrepreneurship and startup culture a religious experience for Shervin? Watch:
       • 24 minutes: How Shervin found strength to keep going as a founder. Watch:
       • 47 minutes: Shervin tells us how quickly he's able to make investment decisions. Watch:

Want to share this episode with others? Just tweet this: "Watch @Jason's candid sit down with Menlo Ventures VC (and angel, and entrepreneur) Shervin Pishevar on #TWiST:"

On Friday, Dec. 9 at 1pm PT we'll be back with a very special, live-from-San-Francisco News Roundtable Panel! Joining us are entrepreneur and CEO Peter Horan ( and CNET journalist Rafe Needleman ( Be sure to join us to watch and discuss in the chats here:

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TWiST #212 with Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

0:00-2:00 Welcome, very happy to have you on the show today, Shervin.
2:00-3:30 How do you describe yourself at this point? What do you do?
3:30-5:30 So you recently went to Egypt with Sean Penn?
5:30-11:15 Thank you to SurveyMonkey for sponsoring the program!
11:15-12:30 How does this relate to entrepreneurship, the situation in the middle east?
12:30-14:15 Didn’t the Arab Spring start because a small business owner’s livelihood was compromised?
14:15-16:30 Is entrepreneurship in a way a religious or spiritual experience for you?
16:30-18:45 So you gave a chunk of your stock to the charity Invisible Children?
18:45-20:15 It takes amazing sacrifices to make the companies, so how do you achieve a balance in life?
20:15-21:15 Are you an investor in Path or just a fan?
21:15-22:15 How much better is their second version?
22:15-24:00 How do you go from having your app panned just one year ago to now being the talk of the town?
24:00-26:15 How does an entrepreneur have the courage to admit that their an idea is a failure and put it to bed rather than flame out?
26:15-28:00 The genius of Path is that, where Facebook turned the world upside down and made everything public, Dave (Morin, the founder) said forget growth, we want privacy.
28:00-31:15 Thank you to MailChimp for sponsoring the program!
31:15-35:45 What was the toughest moment of your career?
35:45-36:30 So you’ve had some experience, gotten a thicker skin?
36:30-38:15 It’s almost your brand to be relentlessly positive, isn’t it? Were you always this way?
38:15-42:00 Can your parents even comprehend how much of an American dream you’re living?
42:00-44:15 Tyler: I see you regularly checking in at the White House, Shervin. What’s going on in those meetings?
44:15-47:00 Were you too tired to start another company? Is that why you became a VC?
47:00-48:45 When you’re talking to an entrepreneur for the first time, how long does it take you to know whether or not you want to invest in them?
48:45-50:30 The story in the Wall Street Journal about there being too many incubators--true or not true?
50:30-52:30 So you think the incubators are catalysts, but they’re not the sole way that companies should be--or can be--born?
52:30-55:15 Tyler recounts the first time that Jason and Shervin ever met--and didn’t exactly get along.
55:15-55:30 Thank you so much for joining us today, Shervin. And thank you to MailChimp and Survey Monkey for sponsoring the show.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dan Gould of on This Week In Startups

This was a great show... 

best jason 

On Tuesday's TWiST, Jason welcomed Dan Gould ( of Chill ( and Namesake ( Dan's a serial entrepreneur with a successful exit under his belt who has built one of the most addictive video sites ever--not bad for a high school and college dropout! Dan offered up some sage advice to new and seasoned founders alike on a rapid release cycle, knowing your market and not being satisfied with average success.

If you missed us live, check out the full episode here:

Or you can check out just a few of the many highlights from the show below:
       •       15 minutes: How Dan saw that Namesake was a moderate success--and why that wasn't a good thing. Watch:
       •       41 minutes: Dan tells the fascinating story of how he sold Newroo in the blink of an eye. Watch:
       •       51 minutes: Kirin Kalia is back for another round of "Guess the Fake Startup." Watch:

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We'll be back on Friday, Nov. 11 at 1pm PT with Rick Marini ( of Branchout ( Join us on Friday to watch and chat along here:

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TWiST #204 Dan Gould of Chill

0:00-3:00 Welcome everyone, we’re live today with Dan Gould, co-founder of Chill and Namesake.
3:00-4:00 If you want to help influence the direction of the show, go to to join the Backchannel Producers’ Program.
4:00-8:30 Thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show. Everyone remember to thank @GoToMeeting on Twitter!
8:30-9:00 You’re a product guy at the core, yes?
9:00-10:30 Let’s talk about Chill. What’s it about?
10:30-12:00 What was the inspiration for the product?
12:00-12:30 Was Namesake supposed to be a more high-end Twitter?
12:30-14:30 Why didn’t that work?
14:30-15:30 What was the one single thing that made Facebook so successful?
15:30-17:30 So what did you observe at Namesake three months in?
17:30-18:30 What was the good thing you learned from Namesake’s moderate success?
18:30-20:30 Tyler: I think it’s the same reason the movie theatres do as well as they do when people could just be watching the movie at home.
20:30-23:00 How do you get a deal with Snoop Dogg?
23:00-24:00 Could you ever live and work in the Valley? Would you want to?
24:00-25:15 Dan: LA right now is all about technology meeting entertainment.
25:15-28:30 Thank you to Scott Walker Corporate Law for sponsoring the show. Everyone tweet a thank you to @ScottEdWalker!
30:00-35:00 Tell us about Newroo.
35:00-36:30 Do you remember how we met?
36:30-38:00 Isn’t Flipboard having the same issues with fair use right now?
38:00-41:30 Dan tells the tale of how he made the deal with Fox when they acquired Newroo.
41:30-44:00 Do you have any regrets about the sale?
44:00-47:00 And what happened after the handshake agreement?
47:00-47:30 Question from the chat: What’s your best advice to young computer science entrepreneurs?
47:30-49:45 What do you think about incubators? Would you have joined one if they existed back then?
49:45-51:00 Question from the chat: What is the best way to get initial or angel funding?
51:00-57:30 Let’s play the “Guess the Fake Startup” game with Kirin Kalia.
57:30-1:04:30 We also have a Chart of the Week to take a look at: 3.5M People in the US Use AOL’s Dialup Service.
1:04:30-1:07:45 Is Google still better at the long-tail products? Does Bing to anything better?
1:07:45-1:09:45 Dan: I like to look for future tech that’s in a weird space that people aren’t looking at and make something of it.
1:09:45-1:11:15 Jason: If you earned that nest egg, you protect it all costs. I learned that from Mark Cuban.
1:11:15-1:12:00 Tyler, how much of your own money have you put into Skweal?
1:12:00-1:13:30 Question from EP Margaret Johns: What is Chill’s plan for a revenue stream?
1:13:30-1:15:15 Are you on a collision course with streaming services?
1:15:15-1:18:00 What do you think of putting some sort of commerce level in Chill, like tipping the DJ?
1:18:00-1:19:00 How many nights a week are you at a strip club, Dan?
1:19:00-1:22:00 Thank you for joining us today, Dan. And thank you to GoToMeeting and Walker Corporate Law for sponsoring us today!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stunning swordfish

Fw: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow!

Go to this!

From: Ryan and Peter / gdgt <>
Sender: "Ryan and Peter / gdgt" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:42:39 -0400
ReplyTo: Ryan and Peter / gdgt <>
Subject: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow!


gdgt live in LA
October 28th

Hey, Los Angeles! gdgt live is LA is tomorrow. Are you going? Come hang out with us on tomorrow, October 28th at Club Nokia. Doors open at 7:30pm. You'll be able to meet with folks from some of your favorite tech brands and play with their latest gadgets.

Sponsors include AT&T, IncipioLenovo, Windows Phone, HTC,  Sonos, Logitech, 3M, G-Technology, Microvision, T-Mobile, and more. We'll even have a couple of hot local startups on hand.

The event is FREE, all-ages, and open to the public. We'll even have drink tickets for folks over 21. Everything starts at 7:30pm and you can RSVP here. Make sure you get there early -- we'll only be open until 10pm!

When: Friday, October 28th, 2011 from 7:30pm – 10pm
Where: Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
Who: Over 20 of the hottest brands in tech. See who will be there!
How: This event is free, all-ages, and open to the public. Invite your friends! RSVP here.

Finally, please help us spread the word by tweeting about the event with the hashtag #gdgtLA, posting on Facebook, and maybe even telling a few people about it in person.

Cool things happening at gdgt live in LA


Show up to gdgt live in LA early and you’ll have your choice of a sweet gdgt t-shirt or smartphone case just for showing up. There will also be chances to win some amazing gear like a Lenovo X120e laptop, a Sonos PLAY:3, the new E-PM1 from Olympus, a SHOWXX+ laser pico projector from MicroVision and lots more.

Windows Phone After Party – The fun doesn’t have to end at 10:00pm. Our friends at Windows Phone are throwing an epic after party following our event. It’s happening at the Conga Room starting at 9:30pm and runs until midnight. You can register here.

You’ll get to play with all the new Windows Phone hardware, chat it up with some key Windows Phone folks, and also enjoy some great food and drinks on the house. There will also be plenty of chances to win a new Windows Phone and other awesome prizes.

AT&T Revolve Project – At every stop on the gdgt live 2011 Tour, AT&T has been asking folks too bring in their old cell phones so they can take a video of them as part of the Revolve Project which showcases the evolution of mobile technology. Also, if you don’t want that phone anymore, leave it with AT&T and they will recycle it through Cell Phones for Soldiers, a charity organization that turns old cellphones into phone cars for our troops overseas.

WeVideo – Make sure to take some video at the show and visit the WeVideo table so they can show you how to upload it to the cloud. Once there, they will edit it all into one very cool crowdsourced video of the event.

SRS Labs – Need another reason to show up early? The first 100 people in line for gdgt live in LA will receive an iWOW 3D by SRS Labs. It connects to your iOS device and can drastically improve your listening experience.

Logitech – The first 20 people to bring an old mouse or keyboard to the Logitech table will walk away with a brand new Logitech color mouse.

Postcards on the Run – During the show, you’ll be able to turn your photos into real, old school postcards for free thanks to the winner of our startup table giveaway contest. Just snap a photo, write a message, and send it off to someone in your address book and they will receive an honest-to-goodness postcard in the mail. Just make sure you download the app in advance.

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Open Angel Forum Boston has started!

Taken at Dogpatch Labs Cambridge

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Presenting the chairplug... The chug! Part chair, part plug!

Taken at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

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Saturday, October 22, 2011



Waze is the best app ever created for Iphone

. @jaredkim at fang

Samovar tea

Mahalo's next iPad app: Learn Pilates (4th app!)!/id470318355?ls=1&mt=8Our fourth iPad app is out..... "Learn Pilates."

These apps are part "for dummies" text and images, combined with videos you would see in a DVD series.

We're testing the $1.99 price right now, but it seems that folks will easily pay $4.99 to $9.99 for these type of quality, HD apps since they are used to paying $25 for a book and $40-100 for a DVD set. 

The other three apps are Walkthrough for Angry Birds (you know, like those really well selling strategy books for video games), Learn Guitar and How to Draw app!!/id470318355?ls=1&mt=8

This is the beta of our platform--our minimal viable product--but it's actually better than 99% of stuff in the app store so we're happy with that. 

However, the next three or four months of development will really be much more innovative in terms of "made for the tablet" features. I'm sooo excited about the iPad, education and tablet computing. 

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Eric Ries of The Lean Startup -- guest of the year?

awesome episode... 

Yesterday's show featured Jason's (@Jason) interview with author and startup expert Eric Ries (@ericries) of The Lean Startup. Eric had some excellent advice for entrepreneurs of all levels, from shortening the gestation periods of your ideas into startups to managing those painful, but often necessary, 'pivots.'

If you missed us live, check out the full episode here:

Or you can check out just a few of the many highlights from the show below:

  • 6:55: Eric explains "Minimum Viable Product." Watch:
  • 23 minutes: Jason and Eric explain the key to getting over the "Fear of Feedback." Watch:
  • 57 minutes: Jason calls for a "Startup Spiritual Revival," where audience members bring the trials and tribulations of their business to the stage to be healed by these two experts. Watch:
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We'll be back on Tuesday, October 21 with Jason's another live meetup, this time with our fans in Chile! Join us at 4pm PT here: to watch and chat along!

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Eric Ries of The Lean Startup, This Week in Startups #199

0:00-2:00 Hey everyone this is ThisWeekIn Startups, my guest Eric Ries of Lean Startups is here. 
1:00 What is Lean Startups?
2:45 It’s all about addressing the customers needs.
4:10 Talking about the shortening gestation period for new startups. 
6:19: Being lean isn’t about how much money you raise.
6:55: What’s the one piece of advice that makes people so drawn to it? Is it the Minimum Viable Product?
7:00-13:00 Survey Monkey 
14:45 Software VS. Hardware startups.
15:33 The impact of Web 2.0 on startups.
16:30 The ‘Summer of Startups’ which are creating money, which are glorified ponzi schemes?
17:50 It’s so much easier to make money today, with ecommerce. Will we not see a lot of these companies meander, when they make enough money to exist but not to progress?
19:09 All overnight successes had 2 years of failure under their belts. Twitter is an example.
20:00 Jason talks his Twitter past.
22:00 Eric talks network effects.
23:00 The key to getting over the fear of costumer feedback: feedback doesn’t tell you about you, it tells you about them. 
23:49 Haters are the best sources of great feedback, your fans won’t get into details. 
25:20 Feedback is the key, and entrepreneurs are afraid of feedback. 
25:50 Discussion of the ‘Steve Jobs Philosophy.’
29:16 Quality vs. Speed and ‘Avatar Teleportation.’
31:50 Let’s unpack testing.
32:00-36:00 MailChimp
40:10 Discussion of Facebook, World of Warcraft, and Viral Coefficient 
41:30 You left out a couple of ways to build a business. 
42:39 What do you think of Groupon? 
44:49 Eric’s Accounting Revolution
46:17 Greatest entrepreneurship movie of all time, Ghostbusters.
48:10: How do you know when to pivot, or when to perservere? 
51:30 #1 Signal that teams need to pivot
52:35 Early launch is prematurely marketing your own demise. 
53:30: Eric on the indicators of traction
54:30 Democratization of entrepreneurship
56:00 No audience questions, but audience horror stories, and Jason and Eric try and save your companies. Who is struggling in their business, let’s have a revival!
57:00 The startup revival begins. 
60:00 A pivot is a change in strategy, without a change in vision.
61:55 Woosh Traffic; what to do when your expenses match your revenue. 
67:30; note-taking program for universities. How to get through a pivot, how to get through institutional sales. 
1:12:55 If you can measure it, you can manage it. 
1:13:30 Terry, Stumeroom (Netflix for costumes). What kind of metrics are needed to be used to see where the business will go, how to generate interest?
1:18:30 How to balance between assessment of business, without exposing yourself to being ripped off
1:20:00 Ideas mean nothing, execution is everything
1:21:10 An empty can makes the most noise. Talking about your idea before a consumer can engage is useless. 
1:22:00 Quantifying viral coefficient. 
1:24:00 Is there such a thing as over-iteration?
1:28:06 Jason and Eric break down Mahalo. Youtube Vs. iPad apps, which has better sustainable growth? 
1:32:00 How do you build an organization on an operational basis?
1:35:00 In a startup, rip up your job description. Your job is to do whatever it takes to make the company succeed. 
1:35:00 This has been a great night. Give it up for Eric, let’s all go to Main Street!

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I'm about to break 100k followers in Google+


The growth of Google+ is just stunning... like amazing. 

99,600 followers.... should break 100k today. took me five years to break 100k on twitter... took three months on Google+

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