E152: The Second Annual TWISTEE Awards on This Week in Startups



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TWiST Episode #152: The Second Annual TWISTEE Awards
We’re celebrating two years of This Week in Startups success with the second annual TWISTEE Awards! Join Jason, Lon and Tyler as they look back at the good, bad and hilarious of the past year and present awards for categories like Best Jason Rant and Best Insight from Tyler.

0:00-1:00 Introduction of the 2nd annual TWISTEE Awards
1:00-3:00 Explanation of the history of the TWISTEE Awards
3:00-4:00 Ad for MailChimp.
4:00-6:00 A look back at TWiST
6:00-8:00 A brief musical interlude from Jason, Lon and Tyler
8:00-8:30 Message from Gary Vaynerchuk
8:30-11:00 First TWISTEE category: Best Shark Tank pitch
11:00-12:30 And the winner is… TicketCake!
12:30-16:00 Next TWISTEE category: Best Jason Anecdote
16:00-16:30 And the winner is… Jason proposes selling his SEO services
16:30-18:30 Now the TWISTEE for Best Guest Quote
18:30-19:00 And the winner is… Gary Vaynerchuk for, “What the ROI on my mother?”
19:00-20:00 Ad for iStockphoto.
20:00-22:30 Now the TWISTEE for Best Question Jason Asked a Guest
22:30-23:00 And the winner is… Jason asks Dave McClure, “Do you have to be insane to be successful?”
23:00-25:00 Now the TWISTEE for Best Guest Anecdote
25:00-26:00 And the winner is… Ian Rogers on his NEXT tattoo
26:00-28:30 Now the TWISTEE for Best Insight from Tyler
28:30-29:00 And the winner is… “It’s like a BigMac in the Vatican.”
29:00-30:00 A touching look back at all of the companies who deadpooled in the last year: In Memorium.
30:00-33:00 Now the TWISTEE for Best Jason Rant
33:00-34:00 And the winner is… When Jason missed out on investing in Zynga
34:00-37:30 Now the TWISTEE for Best Guest or Episode
37:30-38:00 And the winner is… Ian Rogers!
38:00-40:00 Jason has a special gift of thanks for Lon and Tyler
40:00-44:00 Thank you to the fans, sponsors and everyone who makes this show possible!

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Jason: @jason
Tyler: @steepdecline
Lon: @lons

Special Thanks to the members of the TWiST List Producer Program!
Executive Producers

  • Louis-Eric Simard
  • Benjamin Gifford
  • Jacek Artymiak
  • Octavian Mihai
  • Will Paoletto
  • Geoffrey Clapp
  • Eien Hyett
  • Jeff Hoffer
  • Kyle Lonzo
  • Austin Miller
  • Rashaun Sourles
  • Robb Kunz
  • Greg Berry
  • Sean Lynch
  • Mary Ann Halford
  • Jim Joyce
  • Morgan Howard
  • Margaret Johns
  • Kyle M. Brown
  • Paul Cole
  • Nick Duncan
  • Magnus Ingvarsson


  • Eli Coler
  • Ted Inoue
  • Radek Rybicki
  • Hunter Owens
  • Christian Owens
  • Ben Altieri
  • Casey Wach
  • Cam Collins
  • Ildar Khakimov
  • Matti Hallanoro
  • Rodrigo Dauster
  • Rodrigo Fuentes
  • Anthony Ortenzi
  • Daniel de la Cruz
  • Michael Hofmann

Associate Producers

  • Brad Pineau
  • Kat Ganesan
  • Nicholas Christian
  • Mau Frontier
  • Kyle Braatz
  • Serena Ehrlich
  • Nathan Hangen
  • Lauri Hahne
  • JD
  • Trudy Baidoo
  • Ian Gerstel
  • Julian Hearn
  • Alex Lotoczko
  • James Kennedy
  • Benoit Curdy
  • Asher Nevins
  • Mike Kaltschnee
  • Paul Higgins
  • Patrick Altman
  • Turki Fahad


  • Ryan Hoover
  • Michael Cranston
  • Josiah Thomas
  • João Fernandes
  • Petrus Theron
  • Michael Wild
  • Adrian Grant
  • Dale Emmons
  • Kieran McGrady
  • Tim de Jardine
  • Alejandro Vasquez
  • C. Dain Miller
  • Joshua Opatz
  • Milan Babuskov
  • Chris Rowe
  • Nelson Melo
  • James Dawson
  • Toddy Mladenov
  • Daniel Torres
  • Chris Macke


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