Video: Calacanis Finds Religion, Claims It’s Time For Quality Over Quantity

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Last month at DLD in Munich, in front of top execs from investor Burda, Jason Calacanis offered a fairly staid explanation for the decision to “pivot” Mahalo from “human-powered” search/content factory to an education-centric enterprise. At Signal LA, not so staid. Calacanis came out swinging against low-quality mass content, invoking Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and offering mea culpas for his own example, but also calling out Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) for Associated Content and Answers, AOL (NYSE: AOL) for Seed, and newly public Demand Media (NYSE: DMD). Then, he went full Jason — calling for an ad boycott of Demand, among other things. The result was a lot more f*** you than planned as he demanded an end to the content farm arms race. Video below:

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Thomas Vu

OK I retract my original comment as I paused the video halfway to make it. The point on “How to Cook a Turkey” was excellent and I notice that Mahalo is now #3 in Google for that search.

Thomas Vu

He failed to beat these guys, so now he’s out of the business. OK. I realize he was a pioneer in weblogs, but he has lost a lot of credibility over time.

Francis Higgins

This is funny and delivered great! Colcannis is so right about the spam , but Google has an obligation to be fair to demand media; whos to say my content is better than yours?

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