about this episode
Jason Calacanis hosts This Week in Startups All Jayter Show.
02:24 Sponsor Break
04:55 – Call #1: Melissa Ulto (aka Miixxy)
Complaint: As a freelancer, she resented Jason’s request for freelancers to submit Launch Conference logo designs for free. She feels that, as Jason stands to profit from the conference, and has enough funds from previous investments and companies, he could easily afford to hire a talented designer and compensate them fairly rather than attempting to exploit free labor by making empty promises for tweets and exposure. Thinks Jason is a “cheap millionaire”
Key Quote: “i’m an idiot because i believe you should pay designers for their work? actually, that’s employment law. look it up. :)”
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31:38 Sponsor Break
31:55 Call #2: Ben Cook (aka Skitzzo)
Complaint: Skitzzo is an SEO who refers to Mahalo as a “spam factory” and strongly disagrees with the recent decision to change the site’s Terms of Service, which he feels is unfair to freelance writers. He feels that Jason is “stealing” from writers who believed they would earn revenue share for the work they put in to their pages. He also feels Jason should allow Mahalo writers to take their content off of his site and place it elsewhere on the Web.
Key Quote: “Jason Calacanis, Mahalo’s founder, has responded to the criticism of this move in several places. Unfortunately, none of the responses actually address the fact that his company is stealing money from the pockets of the very people who helped build his site.”
Complaint: Objects to what he calls Jason’s “narcissistic personality, constant self-promotion and outright lying.” He feels Jason has been repeatedly proved to be a liar and a hypocrite in TechCrunch and points to blog posts on the SEO blog “Smackdown!” as evidence.
Key Quote: (From Twitter) “First episode of #TWiPkr tonight. I bet it features @Jason explaining how his poker playing is as incredible as his business skills?”
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