I wrote a book

Friends, I wrote a book about angel investing, starting companies and the future. It’s called ANGEL and it’s coming out July 18th. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/N6o9W ] They offered me a ghost writer, but I decided to write it myself. It took 19 long days, but I think it came out great. If you’re a founder, investor or in any way involved in technology you’re going to get a lot out of it. If you’re not in the industry, but you’re interested in breaking in and understanding how it works, well, ANGEL is a candid look at how it works and how you can break in. I wrote the book because I believe that the best way to generate outsized results is to own stock in high-growth, private, early-stage technology companies. If you’ve ever come to one of my events, or appreciate the podcast Continue reading "I wrote a book"

Billion Dollar Startup Ideas: The HBO of Podcasting

tl;dr: Someone is going to create the Netflix or HBO of podcasting, but it will take a legendary investor to put up $100 million to start a subscription-based network.

This post was originally published in the Inside Podcasting newsletter. Subscribe here for free!

Eight years ago I started a podcast called CalacanisCast. We quickly changed the name to This Week in Startups, and over the past seven years we’ve done over 700 episodes, twice a week, week after week.

This year we will hit $1m in revenue, 95% from loyal advertisers who are thrilled with the performance of their advertisements and my spectacularly heartfelt “reads.”

[ Note: We created something at the start called “white-listed advertising” which stated that I would never accept a sponsor unless I, or one of my team members, loved the product. We turned down things like LifeLock and e-cigarettes that would have been lucrative but Continue reading "Billion Dollar Startup Ideas: The HBO of Podcasting"

Airpods are Apple’s Best Product Since the iPad

To say Apple’s product launches since the iPad have been underwhelming to Apple fans would be an understatement.

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Apple Watch: everyone I know bought one, almost no one I know wears one. It’s confusing and not very useful.

Siri: after a four-year lead, Apple’s most fascinating service has been embarrassed by the prowess and ubiquity of Amazon’s Alexa — which is finding its way into TVs and washing machines!

Macbook Pro: After taking years to upgrade the standard laptop for developers and creatives, Apple released an underpowered and overpriced computer with all the important ports removed, creating a healthy market for used Macbook Pros.

Let those three missteps sink in for a moment.

Apple’s products used to be drool-worthy by default, now consumers expect to be let down by Tim Cook. In the words of POTUS… SAD!

The iPhone Continue reading "Airpods are Apple’s Best Product Since the iPad"

The Syndicate

[ Tl;dr: We’re creating the world’s largest startup angel syndicate at the LAUNCH Festival on April 6th & 7th. –@Jason Calacanis ] For close to 100 years non-accredited investors — currently defined as those making less than $200,000 a year or with less than one million in net worth excluding their home — have not been able to invest in private companies. That all changed this past May when the SEC started allowing everyone in the United States access to what I believe is the greatest wealth creation vehicle in the world today: startups. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/HaLW5 ] Over the past 10 years startups like Dropbox, Mint (sold to Intuit for $170m), Yammer (sold to Microsoft for $1.2b), Fitbit (went public in June 2015), PowerSet (sold to Microsoft for $100m), Clicker (sold to CNET for $100m), Trello (sold to Atlassian for $425m), Continue reading "The Syndicate"

Inside.com launches 14th newsletter

66UImi1 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,

Donald Trump

From the Inside team:

TL;DR: We just launched Inside Trump, and we think you should check it out.

We’ve been busy at Inside over the past year building a network of email newsletters. We’ve added a dozen newsletters and 10xed our audience since March of last year, and have nailed down an editorial model that delivers huge value to our fast-growing readership.

Our team has become masterful at deeply understanding a topic, tracking down the most important people, companies, and developments, consuming every bit of news and information around it, and delivering a must-read roundup inspired by the famous presidential daily briefings. Given that coverage of Trump is absolutely ubiquitous, we knew we had a challenging undertaking with Inside Trump, but we set out build it. After much back-and-forth with our most loyal readers, and many Google Doc iterations of what this newsletter might be, we think we’ve got Continue reading "Donald Trump"

LAUNCH Incubator is looking for a Program Director

Program Director, LAUNCH Incubator
LAUNCH is looking for a driven and resourceful leader to develop content, curriculum and events for founders in the LAUNCH Incubator, as well as for our alumni and potential investments. The ideal candidate is resourceful and a great communicator, who can listen to our founders, determine what speakers, skills and content would be most helpful to them in building their businesses, and quickly build content for them.
Responsibilities
  • Develop content for the LAUNCH Incubator, LAUNCH Festival, LAUNCH SCALE, Angel Summit and This Week in Startups that helps founders grow.
  • Manage mentors & speakers for 18 sessions of the LAUNCH Incubator. (Each session has five mentors, so this would be 90 mentors per year.)
  • Understand Lean Startup methodology to optimize your efforts.
  • Build and maintain relationships with our network of influencers.
  • Identify key topics, events, and issues for influencers to offer input on.
  • Communicate actively with Continue reading "LAUNCH Incubator is looking for a Program Director"