E276: News Panel with Bill Lee and Sean Percival – TWiST



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Today on TWiST, panelists Bill Lee (of the newly launched Twist app) and Sean Percival, co-founder of Wittlebee, discussed the tragedy in Colorado, Marissa Mayer’s move to Yahoo, Kayak’s IPO and more.

1:00 Welcome everyone to today’s News Panel with guests Lon Harris, Bill Lee and Sean Percival.
2:15 Bill, welcome back to the program. Tell us about your new app.
3:45 Sean, what’s going on with Wittlebee?
4:30 Lon, how is Ranker?
5:30 Thank you so much to Sourcebits for sponsoring the show. Everyone thank them @sourcebits.
7:15 First story: The tragedy that happened last night at the Dark Night Rises screening in Colorado. When things like this happen in the age of social media, are mistakes inevitable?
8:30 Sean, what do you think about gaffes like this?
10:45 Bill, what do you think about the importance of being responsive on social media?
11:30 On Monday, Google’s Marissa Mayer accepted the CEO position at Yahoo. What do you think of Yahoo’s pick?
15:30 Jason: All Marissa needs to do is one single deal like what Google did with YouTube, she can turn the ship around.
16:00 What do you think, Bill?
20:00 PayPal announced this week that it has purchased Card.io, in a move to take on mobile payment company Square. How long until the average American is used to using this system to make these type of payments?
21:15 Bill: I’m not a big fan of this. This smells like an aqui-hire to me.
23:00 Thank you so much to MailChimp for supporting TWiST! If you want to support them, send them a thanks @MailChimp!
27:00 Kayak debuted on the stock market on Thursday, July 19. Are you buying?
30:30 Bill, would you buy Kayak stock today?
32:00 Tyler, what are your thoughts on Kayak?
32:30 Let’s talk about Betaworks acquiring the news site Digg. Is there a lesson to be learned here?
36:00 How much of your Facebook experience is about reading news and following links?
40:00 Design-focused shopping site Fab secured a $105M A round.
43:00 Bill, explain to the audience how painful it is when you pass on something brilliant.
44:45 Foursquare has rolled out new updates for consumers and for merchants.
47:45 Bill, do you use Foursquare? What’s your take on their future?
48:15 Bill: I think Foursquare will be acquired by Yahoo this year.
49:00 Why doesn’t Twitter have a location database, similar to the Facebook feature to add where you are to an update?
54:15 What’s the place in the world for the next 100 companies coming out of an incubator?
57:00 How do you save face when you have to sell your company or fold?
58:30 Final story: YouTube has rolled out face-blurring functionality in cases where people need/want anonymity.
59:30 Software developer Sparrow (and makers of a Gmail client app) was acquired by Google today.
1:01:30 If you want $20 off your order at Wittlebee, use the promo code TWIST at checkout.
1:02:00 Everyone be sure to download Bill’s new Twist app on iTunes.
1:05:45 Bill, how did you get the domain name twist.com?
1:06:00 Lon, congrats on all the success at Ranker.com.
1:09:45 Thank you to our sponsors, we’ll see you next time.

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