- Startups - Kevin O'Connor of FindTheBest - TWiST #234

0:00-3:00 Welcome everyone, we're here today with Kevin O'Connor of FindTheBest. 3:00-6:00 Thank you to LiquidWeb for supporting independent media! Everyone thank them @LiquidWeb! 6:00-8:15 Where was DoubleClick founded? What was the original name? 8... [+]
0:00-3:00 Welcome everyone, we're here today with Kevin O'Connor of FindTheBest. 3:00-6:00 Thank you to LiquidWeb for supporting independent media! Everyone thank them @LiquidWeb! 6:00-8:15 Where was DoubleClick founded? What was the original name? 8:15-9:00 What was it like going to advertisers in those days? 9:00-11:00 And you grew very rapidly, yes? 11:00-13:30 You had a pretty meteoric rise, and then raised a huge IPO, yes? 13:30-15:00 And you handed over the reins to Kevin Ryan at some point? What did you do during that time? 15:00-16:00 Why do great entrepreneurs never make great venture capitalists? 16:00-16:45 Insight from Tyler: "It's like being the lifeguard at the pool." 16:45-18:30 How many hours a week do you think those VC work? 18:30-20:00 Do you remember Boo.com? 20:00-20:45 Jason explains the poker game guts. 20:45-22:00 What do you think that's out right now that's really impressive? 22:00-24:30 Jason and Kevin look at FindTheBest.com. 24:30-26:30 Is Google a content company at this point, in your mind? 26:30-29:15 Thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the program! Everyone thank @GoToMeeting and thank them for their support! 29:15-31:00 How do you get the results? Is it human and algorithm powered? 31:00-33:30 How do you then take those results and organize them? 33:30-34:45 How do you make money? Are you taking a commission? 34:45-37:00 How do you build a brand like this when Google is infringing on your space? 37:00-40:45 Is it Google's right to put their rankings above everyone else's? 40:45-44:15 Do you think Google is doing human search and they don't want to let on how many people they have doing it? 44:15-46:00 How is the company funded? How many people do you have? 46:00-47:30 Mobile: what's your focus there? 47:30-51:00 What is the score based on in any given category? 51:00-53:45 Megan Dickey of LAUNCH joins us to play Guess the Fake Startup game. 53:45- Kevin, as a consumer and investor, which of these would you use and which would you put money into? 59:30-1:00:15 The real company is Spread! 1:00:15-1:00:30 Thank you so much for joining us, Kevin. Everyone check out FindTheBest.com and follow Kevin @kjpoconnor. Support This Week in Startups and independent media by joining the TWiST Producer Program at TwistList.co! Multilingual? Translate this episode of TWiST into another language and email the transcript to [email protected] Keep up with the latest from our sister company, LAUNCH: 10 International Startup Scholarships http://www.launch.is/blog/10-international-startup-scholarships.html DOUBLE Boom! LAUNCH Hits $369k in Prizes Thanks to MailChimp's $100k! http://www.launch.is/blog/double-boom-launch-hits-369k-in-prizes-thanks-to-mailchimps.html Boom! LAUNCH Hits $269k in Prizes Thanks to Charles River Ventures http://www.launch.is/blog/boom-launch-hits-269k-in-prizes-thanks-to-charles-river-vent.html Whoa, LAUNCH Prize Money Hits $169k http://www.launch.is/blog/whoa-launch-prize-money-hits-169k.html We Need to Empower Hollywood--Not Kill Hollywood http://www.launch.is/blog/we-need-to-empower-hollywood-not-kill-hollywood.html FOLLOW ON TWITTER Jason: @jason Tyler: @steepdecline Kevin: @kjpoconnor LiquidWeb: @liquidweb GoToMeeting: @gotomeeting