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  • Jason Calacanis 18:18:06 on 2017-01-03 Permalink
    Tags: ces, travel, TWiST,   

    Heading to CES 2017; looking for interviews 

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    Going to CES Wednesday until Sunday, currently attending the Core Dinner (Wednesday), DFJ dinner (Friday) and taping three episodes of This Week in Startups at James Siminoff’s Ring booth (GREAT product btw, I have two). Staying with my boy Tony Hsieh in his trailer park in an Airstream.

    Have two of three interviews for TWIST locked up… need one more remarkable CEO/founder in the gadget/hardware/tech space…. cc: Jacqui Deegan, my producer (jacqui@launch.co).

    Might do a quick hit for CNBC while there, have time for 1-2 other interviews if folks need a talking head.

    The main goal: don’t get the CES flu.

    Who else is going / what are your goals? <– click here for Facebook discussion about CES.

  • Valerie Stimac 16:56:56 on 2016-02-06 Permalink
    Tags: TWiST   

    This Week in Startups: News Roundtable with Marketplace’s Molly Wood and The Guardian’s Nellie Bowles 

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    On episode 619 of This Week in Startups, Jason sits down for another News Roundtable, with Molly Wood from Marketplace, and Nellie Bowles from The Guardian. Through the course of conversation, they touch on some of the hottest issues in startups and Silicon Valley news: ongoing developments from Theranos, the competitiveness of incubators like Y Combinator, room for improvement at both LinkedIn and Yahoo, and how San Francisco is faring as the Super Bowl approaches. Here are some of the highlights from their conversation.

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    Who Wants to Write the Theranos Narrative?

    Following on the heels of his conversation with Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou in episode 617, Jason is eager to hear both Nellie and Molly’s perspective on Theranos — and how Elizabeth Holmes’ role in the drama will impact female founders elsewhere. Additionally, they discuss the irony of Theranos’ latest headline looking for a ‘Writer’ to join the team; both writers give their opinion on the opportunity (or lack thereof).

    What Jason Really Thinks About Y Combinator

    After discussing Theranos, conversation turns toward how the right outside guidance is crucial to creating successful startups, and the role incubators play. Y Combinator comes up, and Jason gives Molly and Nellie a peek behind the veil at some of the dynamics going on with VCs and incubators in the Valley. They also discuss how founders can adapt to the often treacherous political and social pitfalls that abound.

    LinkedIn Stock’s 40+% Nosedive

    Jason then brings up another headline from the day: LinkedIn’s stock plummeting over 40% with relatively no provocation. Molly gives her opinion about how spooked the entire market is right now (echoing sentiments from the last News Roundtable with Mattermark’s Danielle Morrill and NYT’s Katie Benner), and the group discusses how LinkedIn both provides value, and could improve their product offering.

    The Scorecard from Marissa Mayer’s Time at Yahoo

    Next, the group dives into ongoing news about Yahoo including mass staff departures and a lawsuit against Marissa Mayer for unfair HR practices in favor of women. Molly and Nellie both provide opinions on the many failures of Yahoo in the past several years, and Nellie ends by saying it’s okay that Yahoo’s sun has set.

    San Francisco and Super Bowl 50

    The conversation ends on a discussion of San Francisco, in the context of the Super Bowl and the latest news about corruption related to Mayor Ed Lee. The group as a whole laments the social problems that seems to be more prevalent in the city despite its current ‘boom’ status, and Nellie ends with a great discussion of how tensions in San Francisco are preventing it from adapting and growing to meet the needs of those living there.

    Want to hear the whole conversation? The full episode with Molly and Nellie, as well as past episodes are all available on This Week in Startups.


    2:59 - 11:24: Jason, Nellie, and Molly discuss the ongoing news about Theranos, the frenzy in the biotech industry, how investors and journalists play into these frenzies, and the need for governance.

    14:39 – 17:30: Jason asks Molly and Nellie about how Elizabeth Holmes’ role in Theranos will affect female founders in the Valley.

    19:20 – 21:13: Jason lets Molly and Nellie know about the opportunity to be a ‘writer’ at Theranos, and they discuss.

    21:13 – 26:19: Jason, Nellie, and Molly discuss Y Combinator and the dynamics of incubators and investors/VCs at events like Demo Day.

    29:20 – 32:30: Molly asks Jason about how founders and entrepreneurs are faring in the current Silicon Valley atmosphere with the competitive incubators.

    32:30 – 34:20: Jason continues discussing how Y Combinator interacts with VCs and other interested parties.

    34:20 – 36:50: Molly sounds off about LinkedIn’s stock decline and how guidance plays a role in the success of companies.

    36:50 – 41:07: Jason, Nellie, and Molly chat about startups offering customer support, Amazon, romcoms, Jeb Bush and Trump.

    41:07 – 43:33: Nellie, Molly, and Jason discuss LinkedIn’s product and what improvements they can make

    43:33 – 44:21 – Molly gives some insight into the skittishness of investors and the market right now.

    44:21 – 47:08: The conversation on LinkedIn continues, and turns toward Theranos again.

    48:15 – 56:04: Jason opens the door to discuss developments at Yahoo including Marissa Meyer’s track record.

    56:05 – 59:58: The group discusses San Francisco and SB50.

    59:48 – 68:05: Jason lays the foundation for conversation around the latest controversy surrounding Ed Lee, and the social problems San Francisco is facing.

    – Valerie Stimac, TWiST Archivist

  • Jason Calacanis 17:16:02 on 2015-06-09 Permalink
    Tags: jobs, this week in startups, TWiST   

    The best job for an audio/video genius in San Francisco! 

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    16078702253_798ca60c79_kFor the past six years I’ve taped of 500 episodes of my podcast, This Week in Startups. We’ve had the most amazing guests on the show, from Travis at Uber (Ep. 180) to Chris Sacca to Glenn Beck to VC John Doerr (ep 520) to Anne Wojcicki (Ep521) to Fred Wilson (Ep 523) to Yancey at Kickstarter to Chamath to Evan from Twitter to Kevin from Instagram to Andrew from Groupon to Tim Ferris… the list goes on and on and on and on.

    The show has massive reach and massive resources now. We tape in our own studio, we have the latest cameras, microphones and technology.

    Most importantly, we have an Emmy Award Winning producer named Jacqui!

    We do live shows that sell out in seconds with 500 attendees.

    Most importantly, we have hell of a good time! We laugh and joke and sit in awe of the subjects we get to interview.

    The show is doing so good that we are adding two full-time directors and video editors. We are looking for at least one with a lot of experience, and the second one can either have a lot of experience or a lot of hustle!

    You can Apply here

    If you ever want to reach me and pitch me on working on my team, I have the winners@calacanis.com email always open!

    Working for me will level you up and you’ll have me as an advocate for life. I’ve invested in my alumni’s startups, and helped get my former team members the greatest gigs in the world. I’m loyal like a bulldog and I love seeing my people do their best work and go on to great things.


    Working for me is like joining the Navy Seals: most folks can’t do it, but those who can go on to change the world — and push themselves to a levels they didn’t even know they could.

    This Week in Startups is pure joy at this point, with a ton of resources to do things correctly.

    Join us as we tell these stories!

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