Guest : Jason Calacanis, founder and ceo of Mahalo.com
Aired : Sunday October 14th, 2007
Robert Scoble of Scobleizer fame did a series of video blogs a while back that really drummed up a lot of attention on how SEO-resistant sites like Mahalo, TechMeme and Facebook were going to "kick Google's butt" in four years. To find out why human powered search results will give Google and the other search engines a run for their money we went right to the source. Mahalo.com founder and ceo Jason Calacanis fills us in on how Mahalo is using humans to deliver higher quality search results and discusses why search engine optimization professionals aren't too happy with him. Jason also talks about why his definition of Web 3.0 has stirred up controversy, and also shares his thoughts on why the economy may be on the downturn.
Plus check out Brent's rant on why DirecTV's VP Ellen Filipiak is committing another tragic case of Customer Relationship Mis-management, and Paul Greenberg's take on the situation.
Jason McCabe Calacanis is CEO and founder of Mahalo. He also was CEO and co-founder of Weblogs Inc., a network of widely read blogs including Engadget – ranked # 1 by Technorati - Joystiq, Autoblog, and Blogging Baby. Founded in January of 2004, Weblogs, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL in November of 2005. Calacanis, who was appointed a senior vice president of AOL, maintains editorial supervision over Weblogs, Inc. In June of 2006, Calacanis and relaunched Netscape, the iconic browser owned by AOL and was named its general manager.
Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Calacanis was CEO and founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published print and online publications including the Silicon Alley Reporter, a must-read monthly that chronicled New York’s internet and new media industries. The company also produced of high-profile industry specific conferences in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After the industry consolidated, the company’s flagship publication changed its focus and became Venture Reporter, which was purchased by Dow Jones.
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