NSA, Dropbox, Zynga, SEC, Yelp – TWiST News Roundtable

Tyler Crowley is back from Sweden! He joined Dalton Caldwell, CEO of App.net, and Jason to discuss Microsoft’s reorg, Yelps’ new delivery service, Dropbox’s move to become your always-on hard drive, why Facebook Graph Search & other FB products suck, the SEC allowing startups to say they’re raising money, the latest on NSA leaks & more.


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How should we do the ads in This Week in Startups

Having an interesting discussion with my pal Fred Wilson over at his blogs, in the comments, about the five minutes worth of ads, my intro and theme music.

Really good feedback, as I was just using this new “pandora for talk radio” App “Swell.” It’s a clever App where the amount of time you listen to a show defines how much you like it. That means we need to *start* with content and back load the ads a bit.

Note: one thing I hate about this Swell app is it *doesn’t* let you subscribe to my podcast AND they are turning off hyperlinks in my show description. That’s just lame, immature product design. Like we really don’t get what you’re doing there Swell team… you’re obviously trying to keep people in the App. That’s stupid and it makes me not want to promote you. For that reason I didn’t even include link to the App… see how that feels Swell team? Makes you feel crummy that I turned your link off in here? Think of all the clicks you lost!

That’s how I feel about your turning off my links.

Instagram Video, NSA PRISM, MakerBot, FAB, John McAfee- TWiST News Roundtable

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Jason & guests Jason Shellen of Boxer and Anil Dash of ThinkUp talked about the latest NSA news (with a quick federal agency tutorial from Anil), Fab’s $1B valuation, John McAfee’s crazy “How to Uninstall McAfee” video, Tesla’s 90-second battery swap and Instagram video vs Vine. Plus, Jason Shellen revealed what Google Reader could have been (had Google management listened and understood social back in ’05), and Anil Dash made the case for 3D printers as a mass-market device.


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My Kara Swisher Interview Featured on iTunes

Kara, the co-executive editor of All Things Digital, was my amazing guest at “This Week in Startups” LIVE in San Francisco earlier this month. She is honest, smart & naughty. In another life we could host a drive-time talk show! 🙂

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes — both video and audio.

On Friday's TWiST – Gary Vaynerchuck

Joining me this Friday (at a special time – 11:00 AM) on This Week in Startups is everyone’s favorite twittering wine expert, Gary Vaynerchuck!  You all know Gary from hosting WineLibraryTV, but he’s also got a new book out – Crush It!  Tune in to check out what happens when Gary and I sit down to talk business.

You can watch live at http://www.thisweekinstartups.com.

About Gary:

Gary Vaynerchuk has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. After primarily utilizing traditional advertising techniques to build his family’s local wine business into a national industry leader, Gary rapidly leveraged social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to promote Wine Library TV, his video blog about wine. As his viewership swelled to over 80,000 a day, doors opened to a book deal, several national TV appearances, and a flurry of speaking engagements around the world. Gary’s dual identity as both business guru and wine guy has made him the “Social Media Sommelier.” His impact on the wine world has been commemorated via his inclusion in the 2009 Decanter Power List, an index of the 50 most influential figures in the industry.

In addition to the Web 2.0 keynote above, Gary’s remarks on personal branding, social media, and business at FOWA, Strategic Profits, and South By Southwest occasioned praise from established web denizens including Kathy Sierra and earned the admiration of countless bloggers and aspiring entrepreneurs