Here is the email I sent to my list on Wednesday with why.
————— Forwarded message ————— From: Jason Calacanis <email@example.com> Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 5:07 PM Subject: I’m deleting my Facebook page Date: May 19th 2010 JasonNation Members: 23,286 emails strong Location: Mahalo HQ, Santa Monica Republishing: Republish anywhere (with header/footer) Subscribe/Unsub: www.jasonnation.com Some exciting news: http://tcrn.ch/bR35Xu ============================
Toyota and Tesla Motors team up to make electric cars Tesla Motors is partnering with Toyota to make electric cars at a defunct auto plant in California in a deal that is expected to create thousands of jobs, the two companies announced Thursday. Part of the deal will involve Toyota purchasing $50 million of Tesla’s common stock, the companies said in a joint statement.“Toyota is a company founded on innovation, quality, and commitment to sustainable mobility. It is an honor and a powerful endorsement of our technology that Toyota would choose to invest in and partner with Tesla,” said Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk. “We look forward to learning and benefiting from Toyota’s legendary engineering, manufacturing, and production expertise.” The companies intend to collaborate on the development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system and engineering support, Toyota President Akio Toyoda in a joint press conference Thursday.“Through this partnership, by working together with a venture business such as Tesla, Toyota would like to learn from the challenging spirit, quick decision-making, and flexibility that Tesla has. Decades ago, Toyota was also born as a venture business. By partnering with Tesla, my hope is that all Toyota employees will recall that ‘venture business spirit,’ and take on the challenges of the future.” The venture is expected to create thousands of jobs at the recently shuttered New United Motor Manufacturing plant, or Nummi, in Fremont.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also spoke at Thursday’s press conference and thanked the companies for bringing their business to the state. “This all hapened because we created tax incentives for this company and this partnertship,” Schwarzenegger said.Musk said several former employees of the plant have already been rehired.
funny… ————— Forwarded message ————— From: Date: Sat, May 15, 2010 at 10:54 PM Subject: On becoming an A-list blogger To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Jason, I’m a real fan of your podcasts, TWIST and the new VC podcast. Just writing to ask if you might be interested in placing these five cartoons about blogging (attached) as one post in your newsletter. I’m hoping you may have been a reader of User Friendly: The Comic Strip at some point in time. Illiad wrote the strip for 12 years beginning in 1997. The site quickly became the most popular webcomic. It was getting 15,000,000 monthly page views at its peak. But last year Illiad penned his last strip. The news now is that UF has launched their first app in Apple’s store. This app contains the first few weeks of the strip, back when Illiad had no idea his doodling would become so popular. I thought many of your readers would really get much fun out of seeing this short series of later cartoons. Many of the people listening to your podcasts and reading your newsletter are trying to get their word out with blogs. I’ve not yet heard you talk specifically about the frustrations of trying to get links - this is what these cartoons portray, in a very funny way. cheers, tktktktkt
We have cheese plates at 5pm brought to everyone’s desk at Mahalo. our director of technology does the selections and pairings….. we’re thinking of adding one ounce of wine. :-) …. you know, because I’m such a horrible boss I have to bribe people with fine cheeses. :-p
————— Forwarded message ————— From: Jacob Burch Date: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM Subject: Today in Cheese Hey All, We’ll be having a small sampling of two very fine cheeses, spanning the atlantic today. The quoted descriptions are provided wonderfully to us by Andrew’s Cheese Shop. The softer, whiter cheese on the plate is a goat’s milk cheese named Leonora, produced in Spain. "Named after the region of Leon, Spain, this rustic goat’s mulk cheese has a beautiful natural, rustic rind and a pure white interior. The Spanish goat cheeses like this one tend to be much grassier and earthy than most others. The aroma is of mushrooms and truffle and the taste is of grass and tart lemons. ”
—— The harder, slightly yellowed cheese is the Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, produced in Bracco and Jeffrey’s neighbor state of Vermont. "Cabot is very much a cooperative creamery. It is a union of 330 family farmers in Vermont that has existed since 1919. The quintessentially American product won the 2005 World Cheese Award for "Best Cheddar in the WOrld." Then in 2006 they won Best in Show at the American Cheese Championship. Taste this and tell me there are no great American cheeses, I dare you.”
Note: YoungStartups is charging to be on stage--don't participate VCs Kleiner & Bain
————— Forwarded message ————— From: small startup Date: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM Subject: Hey Jason- $1500 pay-to-play scam, with Kleiner, Bain supporting it! To: email@example.com I think you know this one but just fyi… I don’t know what’s more appalling, the price or the participants!
————— Forwarded message ————— From: Avi Maderer Date: To: Wanted to confirm you received my email about applying to present at the 2010 New York Venture Summit being held on June 17th at the Hotel Penn in New York City. This exclusive venture capital summit, will bring together over 500 VCs, private investors, corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies; and will feature more than 40 leading VCs on interactive panel discussions; presentations by 50 cutting edge startups on three tracks (Tech, Life Sciences, Clean-tech); and high-level networking opportunities. First round of VCs confirmed to speak includes: David Anthony, Managing Partner, 21 Ventures | Eric Aguiar, Partner, Thomas, McNerney and Partners | David J. Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital | Steve Brotman, Managing Director & Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee, Greenhill SAVP | Doug Chertok, Venture Partner, Dace Ventures | Patrick Chung, Managing Director, SK Telecom Ventures | Paul Cummings, Principal, Honda Strategic Venturing | Issam Dairanieh, Technology Principal, BP Alternative Energy Ventures | Daniel Deeney, Partner, New Venture Partners | Suzette Dutch, Managing Partner, Triathlon Medical Ventures | Joyce Erony, Managing Director, Signet Healthcare Partners | Matt Fates, Partner, Ascent Venture Partners | Doug Fisher, Principal, InterWest Partners | Allison Goldberg, Managing Director & Group Vice President, Time Warner Investments | Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner, Rho Ventures | Dan Keoppel, Executive Director, Strategic Investments, Verizon Communications | Noah J. Kroloff, Partner, NGN Capital | Sean Marsh, Co-founder / General Partner, Point Judith Capital | Jim Peters, Managing Partner, Geisinger Ventures | Gavin B. Samuels, M.D., MBA, Senior Partnering Director, Teva Innovative Ventures | Reese Schroeder, Managing Director, Motorola Ventures | Deepak Sindwani, Principal, Bain Capital Ventures | Jeff Steinle, Sr. Director, Corporate Development, Medtronic | Bart Stuck, Managing Director, Signal Lake | Jake Tarr, Managing Director, Kinetic Ventures | David H. Wells, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers | Sharon Wienbar, Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners | Brett Zbar, Partner, Aisling Capital | Ryan Ziegler, Principal, Edison Venture Fund | David Zilberman, Principal, Comcast Interactive Capital. Featured Company Benefits include: · Recognition as Top Innovator · Access to leading VCs, Corporate VCs, private investors and investment bankers · Presentation slot · Three Complimentary passes for company executives · Additional discounted registrations · Two page Company Profile published in event guide distributed to all attendees and investors · Media Exposure · Two complimentary passes to attend Featured Company Coaching session with VCs, followed by cocktail reception Fee to present: $1,485 Alternatively you may register to attend at the “early bird” rate of $490. Let me know if you have any questions and/or would like to receive the application to present. Avi Maderer youngStartup Ventures "Where Innovation Meets Capital" p: 212.202.1004 f: 209.844.4397 e: firstname.lastname@example.org u: www.youngstartup.com FOLLOW US: YouTube | Flickr