Jose daVeiga did this interview as a way of turning the page on his startup, KlickSports, a mobile game that fans could play while watching live sports. In this interview we covered how things went sideways after roughly 10 years from the birth of an idea, filing of a patent, deciding to build a business, getting traction, raising capital, and its final ramp down.
I wasn’t sure whether it was appropriate to even ask Gary Brooks about his childhood, but he reassured me in our pre-interview that as a member of the open source community he wanted to be open about who he was.
To answer that question, I invited Andy Kessler, frormerly the Co-founder and President of Velocity Capital Management, where he famously turned US$100 million into US$1 billion between 1996 and 2001. In his latest book, Eat People, he talks about…
If you get a past Mixergy interviewee to come to the event I’m putting together @ SXSW, I’ll give you and the interviewee a free ticket.
It shouldn’t be too hard. Many past interviewees are already planning to be at SXSW. If you tell them they can have a free ticket to this (sold out) event, they’ll be grateful. Especially since it’ll give them a chance to meet each other and get to know the people who heard their Mixergy interviews.
Jonathan Benassaya built Connect’In Advertising as a way for brands to buy ads in video games. Then Microsoft, maker of pretty much the only game console that could run ads at the time, bought his competition and took over his market. He had 3 months of cash in the bank and his business was vaporized. That’s when he made a dramatic move. Within days, he moved his company to China — even though he had zero experience with the country — and rebuilt it. Less than a year later, he sold it to NGI for…
Neil Strauss developed a skill that I bet you’d like.
If you read The Game, you saw him use it to transform himself from an average frustrated chump to a master pickup artist. When you read his upcoming book, Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, you’ll see how he uses it to get celebrities like Tom Cruise and Madonna to open up.
Neil Strauss can create extreme rapport quickly, and in this interview he’ll show you how he does it.
Getting average internet users to give up their email addresses is easy. You just offer a free ring tone or Brintney Spears computer wallpaper and they hand over their addresses.
With tech founders, on the other hand, you have to earn every ounce of trust and work hard for every single email. Which is why I think it’s so impressive that StartupDigest, an upstart that’s been around for about a year, managed to grow its email list to 100,000 subscriptions.