E1097: Understanding the travel collapse & how media can thrive going forward with Skift CEO & Founder Rafat Ali

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Show Notes:
0:00 Start
0:33 Jason intros Skift Founder Rafat Ali & they discuss Jason hiring Rafat in the early 2000’s, having younger Jason as a crazy boss
12:30 LinkedIn Jobs – Get a $50 credit toward your first job post at https://www.linkedin.com/twist
14:18 Skift’s amazing capital efficiency, steady growth, “eating what you kill”, Jason coming back to NY
20:41 COVID’s impact on Skift, being 3 weeks away from going under & surviving
26:05 Squarespace – save 10% by using code TWIST at https://www.squarespace.com
27:59 Rafat done being feisty on Twitter & why he is writing more now
33:04 Taking a 1000+ person event fully virtual
40:15 What is the proper cadence for virtual events, is there a way to bundle it into a subscription?
42:43 Putting up a paywall, hiring researchers vs. journalists, finding meaning at work
51:35 Starting PaidContent.org while working for Jason, why blogs took off
56:46 Benefits of remote work & hiring from anywhere, which media companies will have an advantage going forward
1:09:43 Which areas of travel are prospering, Airbnb IPO & when travel will fully bounce back?

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