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  • Jason Calacanis 17:04:18 on 2017-01-19 Permalink
    Tags: Inside.com   

    Inside.com launches 14th newsletter 

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    Inside.com has launched its 14th newsletter: inside.com/facebook. Our mission is “to make you smarter & better at your job.”

    We write every single newsletter with this in mind, and we’ve perfected a format that is wildly addicting to our readers. We read hundreds of stories in a vertical, and we summarize the top 12 of them perfectly so that you can quickly get up to speed.

    We respect our readers and don’t try to trick them into clicking on links to get more page views. In fact, we only want one page from you ever, and that’s on the signup form for the topic you care most about.

    https://inside.com/ev (electric vehicles, autonomous driving, etc.)
    https://inside.com/streaming <– netflix, amazon, etc,
    https://inside.com/technically-sentient <— AI, Machine Learning
    https://inside.com/readthisthing <— one great long read a day
    Some upcoming newsletters you can vote on:

     

     
  • Jason Calacanis 08:15:27 on 2016-06-23 Permalink
    Tags: Inside.com   

    Introducing Inside VR & AR 

    Today we’re launching our latest newsletter: Inside VR & AR.

    As you might have guessed, it’s just like the Launch Ticker (i.e. highly curated, in-depth, no bs) except it’s focused on news related to virtual/augmented reality.

    If you’re an investor, work in media or in technology and want to know what’s happening with VR/AR, or you’re a VR/AR enthusiast – we think you’ll like this newsletter. We’ve been iterating on it in private beta with a group of 50 investors and founders who operate in the virtual and/or augmented reality space, and have dialed in an editorial angle/process that we think will resonate with you.

    Four asks:

    1. Head over to Product Hunt and look for Inside VR/AR, and leave a comment or show your support (I’m doing a Q&A right now)   
    2. Subscribe: vrar.inside.com
    3. Forward to friends who are interested in VR/AR!
    4. Click to tweet a one-click subscribe card for Inside VR & AR (can edit before sending)

    As always, post a comment and let us know what you think. – @jason

     
  • Jason Calacanis 03:08:35 on 2016-03-23 Permalink
    Tags: for sale, Inside.com, ,   

    For sale: A dozen Youtube Channels with 4M+ subscribers 

    Now that Inside.com is 100% focused on our email newsletter, we’re looking for a new home for the following channels on YouTude. If you’re interested in discussing a deal, please ping me at this form.

    My plan is to auction them off on May 1st if we don’t find a buyer by then.

    It’s just amazing how much these channels have grown! My guess is that it would cost $1 to gain each subscriber we have on these channels (between content and marketing cost)–and three to five years.

    The sale would include all of the videos and related IP.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 17:08:13 on 2015-06-01 Permalink
    Tags: drone, Drones, Inside.com, insidedrones.com, Technology, vhs   

    Drones in 2015 are like VHS recorders in 1985 

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    A year ago I thought drones were stupid and overhyped. They crashed, they were expensive, and there wasn’t much use for them.

    This year I got to spend time flying drones with Chris Anderson at 3DR’s HQ in Berkeley. They’re located in the middle of an industrial park reminiscent of the original Terminator set — it’s awesome.

    After seeing his latest product I’m 100% convinced that drones are nearly ready for prime time.

    Using a drone in 2015 is like using a VHS recorder in 1985: you look like a huge attention-seeking dork, but everyone wants to talk to you about the technology. My Great Uncle Joe DeFalco used to be the family “VHS recording dork” at the drunken McCabe/Kennedy holiday parties in Brooklyn and Jersey, walking up to everyone yelling “Identify yourself!”

    It was like being interrogated by the Stasi, but despite how annoying he was, those tapes are invaluable today.

    30 years later we all have an HD camera in our pockets and are creating walls of video recordings at amusement parks. In fact, you could fit about 50 mobile phones in amount of space that an old VHS tape took up.

    There are three reasons I think drones are no longer toys:

    1. They are dead simple to fly
    2. They don’t require massive maintenance & assembly
    3. The “prosumer grade” ones are now $1,000
    4. Commercial applications are everywhere
    5. Regulation is reaching reasonable

    In fact, it’s getting hard to crash a drone. If you hit the down control it slows down no matter how fast you try to crash it. If you try to fly the new ones into the White House they stop at the gate, which has been geofenced as a no-fly zone.

    A year or two from now, when you try to run one into a tree or wall, it will sense it and stop six inches away. Drones will also be able sense each other, avoiding any chance of a mid-air collision.

    Right now when you look up in the sky you see nothing except the occasional jet. Once an a while we see a helicopter. In another 20 years you will look up and be able to count a couple of dozen drones at any given point in time.

    When we die, we will be talking about the time when the skies were open and clear. The time when you didn’t hear the buzzing of drones doing their work. Just like our (great) grandparents remember the time when we didn’t have highways or a driveway with a car in our front yards.

    Any time I’m obsessed with something to this degree I basically start a media product around it. So, if you want to see this trend emerge every day I’ve created a very simple solution:

    InsideDrones.com: the top 25 stories about drones today — ranked by you. 

    It’s like the LAUNCH Ticker, except it’s about just drones (and it’s free, not $100 like the Ticker).

    We have a dedicated iOS app called Inside Drones (Android next!) and an @insidedrones twitter handle you can follow to.

    I’m thinking of doing an Inside Drones event this fall. Just need an underwriting sponsor (hint hint).

    Do let me know what you think.

    best @jason

    Those Links One more Time:

    Web: http://www.insidedrones.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/insidedrones
    iPhone App:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inside-drones/id977357311?mt=8

     
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