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Funny @nicknotned (@nickdenton) story about failure & competition from WIRED magazine… good memories. :-)


from wired: Nick Denton
In 2004, while vacationing in Brazil, I learned that Jason Calacanis
had set up a rival blog network and hired away Pete Rojas, the editor
of our gadget site, Gizmodo. There I was, a mogul at leisure, stopping
by an Internet café only to find that one of my top editors had been
secretly working on a copycat site. It was the business equivalent of
a kick in the balls and a sucky way to end a vacation. Engadget soon
overtook Gizmodo. But I’m grateful to Calacanis.

I had been taking it easy, and he roused the competitor in me. Gizmodo
now has some 10 times the traffic it had then; it’s eclipsing
Engadget. I always say to myself: It’s never as bad (or as good) as it
seems at the time.

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Hello, my name is Jason. Welcome to my blog on the interwebs. You can reach me on twitter @jason and by email at jason@inside.com. My Skype is jasoncalacanis, and my mobile phone is 310-456-4900.

I only pick up numbers I recognize, and in terms of emailing me, the best strategy is to write short, blunt and to the point requests. I can quickly respond to short messages, and many times I simply don't have the time to read five page pitches. In terms of taking meetings, I only do that after reviewing an actual product (not a business plan). So, the best time to ping me is when you have mockups or an alpha site. I don't read business plans, and I've never written one.

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