Okay so it is not an hour of Mike. When you have Jason Calacanis doing the interviewing, the guy feels like he is half the guest himself, and so this is 30 minutes of Jason and 30 minutes of Mike. But it's a good interview. Jason being an entrepreneur himself has really been able to bring out the story from Mike. It was an hour well spent for me.
Michael Yavonditte: An Exemplary Entrepreneur/Investor
March 25: Stern: Entrepreneurs Exchange Summit
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- Hashable: South by Southwest's 2011 Breakout Company? (blogs.forbes.com) 5-month old company Hashable, a mobile networking site, becoming the darling or breakout company of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival ...... a real-time, ever evolving LinkedIn. Over the past few years, SXSW has built buzz around the hot new consumer web companies. In 2009, that company was Foursquare. ...... he’s making the biggest one-time marketing investment of his career at South by Southwest. Hashable paid airfare, hotel costs and other fees at South by Southwest for 15 of the company’s most active users and subsidized part of the cost for five more. Hashable also hosted a party last night, Saturday March 12, 2011 for hundreds. ...... calling it the next Zynga, Facebook or Twitter. ...... predicting that 2012, if anything, will be Hashable’s breakout year. Yet, he raises the question: “Am I the next billion dollar company?” As he pauses to ponder that question, he says: “I don’t know. Well think about it, am I?” ...... Hashable just launched to the general public a week ago, after five months of invite-only beta testing. Spend some time on Twitter, and you’ll inevitably find that those you’re following have #justmet or #raninto someone. ...... Union Square Ventures led Hashable’s $4 million financing round in November 2010 and has been an investor since 2008 when Yavonditte founded Tracked, a competitor to Yahoo! Finance and Hashable’s predecessor. “Union Square and Fred Wilson are clearly the best venture firm in New York City by a mile,” he says. “I honestly don’t see another firm here. I can’t name another one. If they exist, they don’t have any cache with me.” ........ He sold his firm, Quigo Technologies, a search engine marketing firm, to AOL for $340 million in 2007. His work at Quigo, he says, taught him that serious companies take time to build. “We’re five months into the development of Hashable. My last company took 5.5 years.” ......... The company’s promise of ridding the world of business cards ...... “The key to getting customer traction is removing a button and cutting a service down to key essentials. This year is about optimization and removing things and making the service smaller and easier to understand,” he says. “Hypergrowth will come when we simplify the service.” ...... a November 2010 $4 million fundraising round at a valuation around $27 million ...... he admits that when he raises money again, he’ll look to the West Coast. “You want someone fighting for you in Silicon Valley and helping you recruit,” he says. Who is the Union Square Ventures of Silicon Valley in Yavonditte’s eyes? Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners and Benchmark Capital, he says. ...... Jason Calacanis, Dave McClure, Don Dodge, and Vinod Khosla made it to the party.
- My 1st Interview: with Hashable Founder Mike Yavonditte (theguywithatie.com)
- IntoMobile chat: Hashable CEO Michael Yavonditte on killing the business card (intomobile.com)
- Hashable Kicks #ss at Taking Names (fastcompany.com)
- Michael Yavonditte, Founder/CEO of Hashable (startupcelebrity.com)
- CEO Mike Yavonditte Explains Why Hashable is Not Lame (observer.com)
- Hashable Sends Top 20 Users to SXSW (mashable.com)
- Meet Hashable's Hit Squad For SXSW (observer.com)
- Introducing Startup Celebrity (theguywithatie.com)
- Hashable: The next step in relationship tracking (building43.com)