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Dynamic paywalls are the future. Algorithmically predict if someone might actually pay (developed nation, pay for other content, love this topic), and if not, let them in for free. A lot of apps are going to copy Quora here
We're live now discussing the future of knowledge after the death of Yahoo Answers…
How will creators & knowledge bases collide? I'm asking Quora's CEO @adamdangelo (seen in that lovely @fallinginsand portrait) tonight on PressClub…
Love how Quora is embracing Q&A creators! New flexible monetization: -Sell subscriptions for your exclusive Quora Space -Contribute content to Quora+ to get proportional payouts -Earn ad revenue from your Space -Quora’s algorithm can help automatically decide what you paywall
Whoa, some guy who 😉looks like 😉 Tony Hawk is doing live commentary on the Olympic skateboarding
Revealing some of my PR playbook at @therouteapp's e-commerce conference tomorrow. Come learn what reporters really want to see. Free for startups!…
Our very own @Quora CEO, @adamdangelo will be interviewed on Clubhouse this Thursday, August 5 at 6 PM PT by @JoshConstine Hosted by PressClub. Tune in!…
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What do you call when the worst possible user behavior becomes tradition? RSVP etiquette should be private No’s, public Yes’s! Facebook, I’m looking at you.
Corona beer to Delta Airlines
Yahoo Answers is dead and Wikipedia hasn't changed in a decade, but Quora's Q&A site keeps evolving. What should I ask its CEO @adamdangelo as we discuss the future of knowledge sharing? RSVP:…
Which awesome podcasts do you wish were full-scale communities with chat rooms or non-audio content?
Over the last few weeks we’ve personally built websites for a number of creators @BuildWithSpore Why? Because showing value is better than talking about it. Here are some of the websites we built starting with @JoshConstine Press Club
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SF teachers' union: Refused to re-open schools for a whole year unless they got access to vaccines (& pushed themselves to the front of the line ahead of other essential workers like MTA). Now defends the right of anti-vaxxers to expose your unvaccinated child to Delta variant.…
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@panzer @JoshConstine Epic episode of PressClub today. Y’all killed it and shared lots of knowledge 💣s for founders like me. Thank you.6
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What are your questions about startup PR? Reply and I'll ask our experts. We're live now!…
Want more startup PR tips? Sign up for my talk with TechCrunch’s editor & Edelman PR…
My top startup PR tips: -A personal blog post > a sterile press release -Pitch what matters to their readers, not to your biz -Brief emails get responses. The problem, your solution, evidence you’ll win, & the news
Agenda for my day as Chief Guitar Officer to this little boss: -Wake up: Beck’s The Golden Age -Playtime: Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark -Bath time: Ra Ra Riot’s Water -Bedtime: Flaming Lips’ Do You Realize -Dream feed: Modest Mouse’s Float On
the tech buzzword hype cycle plays out the same way every time. FIRST, a startup breaks out and VCs rush to fund it.
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Why is startup PR getting harder? -More launches & fundings -Exhaustion with "X raises Y for Z" stories -Big tech stealing attention How can startups break through? I'll ask TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief @panzer & Edelman PR on PressClub, 6pm tmrw. RSVP:…
It was the Brief’s respect for its readers time that made us at SignalFire proud to fund @HobbsNews & @andreamhuey. Now with the teams from Squad, Revue, Breaker, and Brief, Twitter is becoming the best place to build the future of media
A good day for journalism. Only-what-you-need newsreader app Brief’s team is joining Twitter. They pioneered lock-screen widgets & summaries that combatted info overload instead of demanding page views.…
What AWS did for servers, Bubble does for programming - making it easy so builders can focus on what's new After 7yrs of bootstrapping, we at SignalFire were honored that @estraschnov & @jphaas1 let us lead their seed. Now they're empowering a generation!…
How does the world make all the software it needs with too few engineers? No-Code, the democratization of development Bubble is now helping 1M people create apps & startups without a computer science degree. In a huge moment for the No-Code movement, it just raised $100M!
The "Creatorization of the enterprise" is a big trend I see emerging. Businesses are getting serious about: -Growing an owned community, not just a social app following -Making cohort-based-courses for staff -Empowering employees outside of marketing to make content
SF is becoming the safest place in the country to socialize. 500 bars just went vax-only. It’s the anti-vaxxer/anti-maskers’ turn to stay home
What if Shark Tank was a mobile app? Stonks is a fun & efficient way to demo for top investors. What early startups with $250K+ revenue should pitch?…
8 hours later and I’m still laughing about the guy who named his daughter Amanda Laurie-Anne
Monarch tracks your checking, credit cards, brokerage, real estate, and crypto, and automatically adjusts finances so you hit your goals. TechCrunch reveals it's growing fast!…
Only 35% of American families are considered financially healthy. We're funding Monarch to fix that. It connects a savings plan to your bank accounts to put you on personal finance autopilot!
No PressClub today as we're committed to only bringing you great shows, and some guests dropped out. We'll be back with an epic on the future on knowledge + Q&A sites next week! Check out our recent podcast on fintech for creators in the meantime…
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Clubhouse opens to everyone today! -500K daily rooms -10M new users in the last 2 months -90M DMs since Backchannel launched last week
Finally met @YuanlingY, my co-author of our inescapable Creator Economy report, and look what we found!
Product Hunt launches a startup accelerator called Hyper: -$300K investment -8-week educational program -Distribution as a value-add Smart, given all the competition for attention. Congrats @joshbuckley…
What happened to themed restaurants like Mars 2112 and Rainforest Cafe? Can we bring those back?
When a startup sharing huge registered user numbers finally reveals its daily active user count
Interesting hour long discussion on financing problems in content creation by @JoshConstine with guest @alexandravbotez. Botez is probably the most interesting person to watch in the VC 🤝 content creator space as both a very successful creator and founder with VC…m
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I wrote about why there’s no version of the future where we stream concerts less. Artists will get paid more to simulcast to fans too far from tour dates…
Our baby: *Cries* me: “You don’t even have a job!”
My music career journey: 13: Sold burned CDs 15: Bar Mitzvah DJ 17: Radio DJ 19: Concert organizer 21: Rapper manager 23: Album critic 25: PM for Bon Jovi's tix/site 30: Reporter on music tech 36: Investor in future of concert streaming. I wrote this!…
Educate yourself about fundraising before you get mired in negotiations, invest, or write about it! My mentor @WaynejHu's new YouTube channel is a great crash course…
Protective provisions: A way to veto changes that endanger an investor's equity. The standard includes a majority of Preferred Stock consent for creation of any senior security, dividend, repurchase, or board change. Don't let them block hires/fires, comp changes, or pivots! 6/
Founder vesting: Typically founders get 1/4th of their equity each year for 4 years. Founders often view this negatively, but it's an important "pre-nup". Founder divorces are a frequent startup killer. You don't want a co-founder suddenly walking away with all their shares. 5/
Price & Options Pools: Many first-time founders focus on valuation, but price isn't the only determinant for dilution. The employee options pool for hiring typically comes out of the pre-money so dilution isn't shared with the investor. Standard is 10% but can be negotiated! 4/
Warrants: VCs will ask for warrants - the right to purchase stock at a specific price at a later date - as compensation for coming in early and catalyzing a round. This is not standard! Avoid it! Other investors will just ask for the same deal when they find out. 3/
Liquidity Preference: Who gets paid out first at exit. 2X or 3X means a VC gets multiple times their $ back before founders get any! If there's none left, sucks for everyone else. Keep pref at 1X or the team & other investors might get nothing unless the company becomes huge. 2/
Startup fundraising legal-ese is absurdly confusing. Here are the key terms and how to understand them... 1/
"The notion of a special bond with a creator is contrived, and what seems like unfettered access to their lives is curated. It’s the intimacy you’d get from any imaginary friend." Fantastic piece by @fadeke_adegbuyi on parasocial relationships…
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On a special PressClub, we're talking with livestreamed startup investing app @Stonks_dot_com plus judging some startup pitches!
As a dad & a live music fanatic, so happy we funded Flymachine. See shows with no babysitter required! I wrote about how it’s fixing concert streaming with overlaid video chat:…
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