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We're so excited to have the Model X at our event! Check out the photo and videos.
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That is hella cool
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Check out Jason's tips for a great demo and his insights into this year's LAUNCH Festival.
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Great Advice
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It's an honor to win a prize at the LAUNCH Festival, where just 40 startups get to debut or launch new products on stage. But how about winning serious dough? Oh, and we're not done yet.
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If you needed another reason to launch at LAUNCH in SF March 7 & 8, look no further -- we're so excited to be working with TechStars to make this the best event for startups ever!
http://www.launch.is/blog/wow-techstars-to-accept-a-launch-festival-startup.html
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Thx, great reminders about focusing on the simple things that really matter.

In fact in relation to point B, it was actually Jason's post in 2010 on domain names (http://www.launch.is/blog/how-to-name-your-startup-and-land-the-perfect-domain.html) that inspired me to push past all boundaries to get the domain name that i REALLY wanted and not settle for a .co second best... after 4 months of negotiation we successfully acquired http://www.jobpage.com which we are now proud to be using as our primary domain name.
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Are you an Amazon Prime member? +Jason Calacanis thinks you won't be able to resist the cult for much longer, as he explains in his latest editorial.
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Latest editorial by +Jason Calacanis.


"I recently had author Warren Bennis on "This Week in Startups" and he said something that struck me deeply:

"Leaders define reality."

The interview was so long we broke it into two parts. It's a commitment, but if you watch it I think you'll get a lot our of it. Part one & two.

The origin of the quote seems to be Napoleon Bonaparte: "The leader's role is to define reality, then give hope."

The challenge is that as a founder, you're going to be faced with brutal reality after brutal reality.

Looking back at my three big startups I can recall each of these "reality defining" discussions, and there is some advice I can give on them..."
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We love a good parody -- this one from TechStars Boston company Kinvey will get you in the holiday spirit and make you snort your eggnog when you see the Brad Feld and David Cohen cameos. Happy Holidays from the LAUNCH team!
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Just when you thought we were done announcing prize money...BOOM!
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Respected Mr. Jason, 

Kindly watch The Most Important SCIENTIFIC Message of “ENLIGHTENMENT” and “ONENESS” that can Heal our World and Solve All Human Problems and Conflicts.
 
http://youtu.be/wN9z0XEEb4w 

I have a Business Project / Venture that can Establish "GLOBAL PEACE" and also "MINT" - MONEY..!!! (which can used for GOOD Cause)...!!!!!! 

A Business Venture that can make HUGE Profits and Most Importantly "HELP" in establishing "PEACE" on Earth @ GOD speed. I have an infallible idea that would help in spreading “PEACE” in every nook and corner of the World..!!! 

Kindly see the video and if you think this video has the potential to establish Global Peace, only then we shall discuss further. 

Thanking you. GOD BLESS YOU.

Gagan Polanki
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This is unprecedented -- the LAUNCH Festival will give out a total of $269k now that Charles River Ventures has agreed to invest $100k in one of the winners. Are you going to be at our event March 7 & 8 in SF?
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By Jason Calacanis

"The fabulously successful incubator Y Combinator released its 9th RFS last week with a bizarre title.

RFS is short for "requests for startups," as in, "We would love to accept startups in this genre for our next class and give them a huge pile of cash from Yuri Milner and Ron Conway -- two of the biggest names in the Valley."

And what did Y Combinator request?

More mobile social? More education 2.0 startups? More core technology?

Nope.

They asked for companies that will "Kill Hollywood."

Facepalm."
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This is wrong, Jason. Hollywood has not realized that the can't win with the old paradigm. To them, all this Internet stuff is still just illegal stuff designed to steal their property. It's good for Netflix, Google, and anyone else to make new business models that can help show Hollywood how they can survive and thrive going forward, but in the meantime I think it's good for Y Combinator to solicit models that can also show them how they will die gruesome negative cashflow deaths if they stay the course with their failed 20th century structure.
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Every day a couple of dozen folks email me asking me to tell them what I think of their products.

When I have the time, or interest, to respond I generally ask myself a battery of questions:

a. Is the logo iconic?
b. Could you tell me the domain name over the phone once and have me type it in correctly?
c. Is it clear within 10 seconds what the purpose of this product or service is? Does it matter if it is clear?
d. Is the design world-class?

Those are tactical questions that let me know the person has skills. Everyone can pass those tests with a couple of months of hard work.

My two brutal questions, which you can't simply pass with a couple of months of hard work, are how recommendable and unforgettable your product is.

Here is how I ask them:

1. Would I recommend this product?
2. Will I remember this product next month and next year?
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Latest editorial by +Jason Calacanis!


"For the better part of the last two decades we've compared the lean-forward experience of computers with the lean-back experience of television.

At Mahalo today, as we were brainstorming new apps, we discussed an idea I had for a new app. Our president Jason Rapp asked, "Well, do you see it as a lean forward or a lean back experience?"

I thought for a minute and said, "Neither, it's more of a tablet experience. What would you call that? We need a name for that."

Then it hit me. Duh?

"It's the curl-up experience!" I blurted out.

Everyone nodded in complete understanding.

In fact, the most important experience in media is no longer learning forward into your computer, or leaning back to consume video, it's curling..."
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LAUNCH Festival - March 7 & 8, San Francisco
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LAUNCH is a newsletter, blog and conference focused on startup companies, and the venture capitalists and angel investors who fund them. LAUNCH was founded in November 2010 by serial entrepreneur, angel investor and writer Jason McCabe Calacanis.

Our annual LAUNCH Festival -- the fifth such event Jason has hosted -- takes place March 7 & 8, 2012 at the San Francisco Design Center. For all the details, check out http://conference.launch.co.
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