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.
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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"
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!
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"
Program Director, LAUNCH IncubatorLAUNCH 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.
- 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"
Today, we’re excited to be launching Inside Streaming, as it has been the most popular list on the site, having recently reached its subscriber goal.
Here’s a bit more about the newsletter:
We’ve all been there. You’ve got a few hours to kill before bed and just want to start binging a great new show, but every app and platform and channel has added 18 new things since the last time you checked. And how are you supposed to know a “Bosch” from a “Goliath” without wasting valuable time watching something that might stink?
Enter Inside Streaming, a weekly email keeping you up-to-date on everything great that’s streaming now Continue reading "Inside Streaming"
The Inside.com network of newsletters continues to grow. Today we’re launching our eleventh newsletter: Inside Amazon.
It’s an in-depth, twice-weekly look at everything happening at The Everything Store. Our team is tapped into the analysts, journalists, bloggers, insiders, and experts surrounding Amazon’s various lines of business — and bringing you all the most important news in a quick and easy read.
If you own $AMZN stock, sell products on the Amazon platform, build software on AWS, or simply have an Amazon Prime membership, we think you’ll find Inside Amazon really interesting.
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As some of you know, I’ve tried to stay out of politics my whole life, instead focusing on creating and funding startups — which in turn create jobs.
My core belief is that if people have great jobs, you’re going to have a great society. That’s why so many elections seem to revolve, predictably, around the issue of employment.
This election was about jobs, specifically the blue collar ones.
The consensus view, from everything we’re reading, about what happened on November 8th is:
- Trump won because non-college educated, white voters who feel disenfranchised came out in greater numbers than anyone anticipated, while Hillary didn’t draw out as many voters as Obama did.   [Chart 3]
- Many voted for Trump, despite some obvious and significant concerns, because they wanted a profound change in Washington.
- Polling was significantly off, causing false confidence for the Democrats.
This leads to a lot of questions:
I’m excited to announce another fantastic newsletter today: Technically Sentient. It’s all about artificial intelligence, robotics, and neurotechnology.
This one is special, because it’s not starting from scratch like our other newsletters have. Rob May has been doing a fantastic job writing it over the past couple of years, and now he’s bringing his expertise to Inside to reach our smart, sophisticated audience.
If you think this is interesting, here are a couple of things you can do:
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Artificial intelligence is one of the most important areas of technology emerging today, and Rob really has his finger to the pulse of it. If you care about AI, this newsletter is simply a must-read.
As always, leave a comment and Continue reading "Technically Sentient"
2. Project Titan is anything but
3. The Underwhelming Watch
4. How is Apple MIA on VR & AR?
5. Machine Learning & AI
6. Jobs said Continue reading "The Six Reasons Smart Folks are Worried About Apple"
On November 14-15 we will invite 2,000 of you to join us for the 4th edition of our SCALE conference.
The SCALE conference has two tracks featuring 26 speakers each, and we focus on the two most important aspects of running a startup:
2. Raising Money
This year we are also introducing “Founder | Investor: Speed Dating,” which will be 12-minute sessions between the 100 startups we’ve determined are the “most likely to scale” in the next 18 months and the 50 investors we think are the most active and helpful in the industry (both VCs & angels). Founders & investors apply for speed dating here.
There are seven ways you can participate in the event:
1. FREE TICKETS FOR FOUNDERS: Founders can come for free by clicking to tweet this message (limited to the first 1,000 folks): http://ctt.ec/lt362
2. Buy a Summit Continue reading "Scale v4.0"
PART 1Continue reading "Ed Catmull, President of Pixar & Disney Animation, & author of “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration”"
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