Today we're talking about how to start a company in 2010 and 2011. A little background: I started covering startups in 1998 at a magazine called Red Herring. I wrote a daily column about startups called Catch of the Day. Over three years, I interviewed the leaders of over 1000 companies.
Most of those companies are now out of business. The methods of starting companies in that dotcom bubble were, clearly, temporary. The companies didn't last. Today we're going to try to learn from the last bubble, look at the current state of the economy and of technology, and try to come up with some guidelines for starting a new tech business today.
Our guests: First, in the studio, we have James Joaqin, CEO of the browser bookmark sync company XMarks. I asked James to be on this show, though, because he was also co-founder of a dotcom bubble company called When.com, a calendaring app that was acquired by AOL in 1999 for $200 million, almost exactly one year after the company was founded. When.com won the lottery. We'll be talking about that, and whether we think it's possible, or even desirable, to have that happen again. James was also co-founder and CEO of Ofoto, which was acquired by Kodak.
And joining us from Santa Monica:Jason Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo and co-founder of ThisWeekIn, a podcast network for which Jason just happens to host a podcast called This Week in Startups. If, after this show, you want a deeper dive into the workings of starting a tech business, be sure to check it out. Jason is an angel investor in companies and was previously CEO founder Weblogs Inc, which launched blogs like Engadget -- which AOL acquired.
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