Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

CEO at HODINKEE. Builder of internet things. Tech investor.

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON February 01, 2016

Discussion

Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
Hi all, can’t wait to answer your questions today. Join me for a conversation around startups, investing, body hacking, product design, podcasting, or whatever. No question is off limits.
Ryan Gilbert
Ryan Gilbert@ryangilbert · Making FAQ Pages easy @askfrequently
Hi Kevin! 1) Are there any new Foundation interviews coming in 2016? 2) What three words would you use to describe raccoons? 😬 Thank you!
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@_ryangilbert Nothing planned yet, I might turn this into an audio podcast so that I can crank them out faster, thoughts? re: raccoons: 1. evil 2. oily 3. beasts
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@kevinrose @_ryangilbert Nice work Kevin. 💪
Vlad Gidea
Vlad Gidea@gidea · Product Analytics
@kevinrose @_ryangilbert yeap, audio podcast would do just fine. we miss you guys and the funny stuff (aka insightful comments). Plus I bet there's so many things you'd like to say about what's going on these days :)
Michael A.
Michael A.@massoian
@kevinrose @_ryangilbert I prefer video, even if they are less frequent. Adds an interesting dimension to the conversations.
Amir Pakzadian
Amir Pakzadian@amirp · Founder of Bia2, ex PM @ Medium & Amazon
Hi Kevin. Google ( + Youtube), Apple, Spotify and Amazon are all working on music streaming services. What are your thoughts on where the music space is heading? Any predictions or cool opportunities you see?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@amirp I'd stay away from this space and let the giants slug it out. If Amazon can actually launch a product that doesn't look like an e-commerce site I'd be a fan. I love how they are bundling a bunch of free digital media with my Prime membership, more of that please.
Mohit
Mohit@mohitify · Developer - Product - UX - Mobile - SF
@kevinrose @amirp Haha. That Amazon comment.
Jeff Needles
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
Hey Kevin! This is awesome 💯 thanks for doing it. You've kinda gone from being a very public person (TSS, diggnation etc...) to a more private one... A couple questions around this: 1) Have you had any issues with people having a preconceived notion of publicness in what you do? 2) Was something inherently more difficult/challenging in living so publicly vs. not so much? 3) When can we see more toaster pup? He's the cutest dog ever.
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@jsneedles Thanks for the questions. I've never minded being a somewhat public person, meeting fans from TechTV/Diggnation/Digg, etc. was always a lot of fun. In the end, we're all geeks pumped up and excited by the same stuff -- it was always easy to relate to everyone. Then there was the time I was protested outside of my home, I think that's when I started to pull back a bit. At the time I was a VC at Google Ventures and the protestors pulled an old Diggnation joke from a few years prior (horrible joke based on the movie Clockwork Orange), they used this as ammunition and decided to stalk our family. I had Google security sitting outside my house at night for a few days. Honestly a pretty stressful time. After this and general tech burnout I needed some time off and a reboot. NYC was calling my name and now I'm out here :). Sorry, that was long, oh and more Toaster pics on my Instagram soon!
Andy Newman
Andy Newman@deleted-38874
Hey Kevin! Thanks for doing this. What's been the biggest adjustment since moving to NYC? Has it shifted your view of tech and how it fits into your life?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@andynewman Mostly finding new friends, I had a great crew back in SF. It's refreshing how it's not all tech talk in the cafes, I love the industry diversity here (people from finance, film, tech, fashion, etc.)
Joe Arcuri
Joe Arcuri@joearcuri · UX designer
When Digg pivoted after it was sold, it was such a big change from what you built, yet still remains a great site. The framework you and your team built with Digg can still being seen in sites like Product hunt, What was one take away from your time at Digg that had the most impact on you? oh yea..when are you bringing back the next live diggnation?, I saw you and Alex at SXSW, such a great time.
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@joearcuri Thank you for calling out the framework, I do love seeing sites like PH taking things to the next level, continuing to push things forward :) Tough question, I think my biggest takeaway is this: If you're starting something new, and this is your first company, maintain control at all costs. If you're inexperienced, seek our successful mentors that you can trust. Preferably unbiased with zero ties to your company. Be open and honest with them, hell, with everyone. If you don't know something, don't hide the fact, find people that do and take it head on. After a few months of running digg things started to take off, I was scared of the CEO role so I hired someone. Sadly, we didn't see eye to eye on many things, and I couldn't force him to make changes. Later when things started to decline we had to let him go. It was years of this battling that burnt me out, and sadly most of this could have been avoided if I had stepped up and confronted my fears in the beginning.
Rui Gouveia
Rui Gouveia@ruigouveia · Founder - Build Up Labs
Do you believe the Venture Builder / Startup Studio model has a viable future for creating stronger startups?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@ruigouveia I do believe in them as long as they are well capitalized. Obvious is a great example here. Medium took awhile (and lots of $$) until the product started to catch fire. The same can been seen w/ Expa. Operator and Reserve are great products but have yet to fully tip. If a studio is underfunded they won't have the time to iterate and find their audience.
Napoleon Suarez
Napoleon Suarez@napoleonsuarez · Founder, Fishbox
Kevin, congrats on joining HODINKEE! I've been following Ben and his team from afar and they're doing some pretty dope things. When you shut down Tiiny, you wrote a post on Medium about what you were going to do next and the first thing that you said was "No lifestyle businesses" https://medium.com/@kevinrose/we... To some, HODINKEE qualifies as a lifestyle business. I honestly don't see anything wrong with that, but I'm curious as to why you decided to change your mind on that one. Do you see HODINKEE as being something bigger than a lifestyle business? If so, can you explain how HODINKEE is different?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@napoleonsuarez Thanks for your questions! You are 100% correct. HODINKEE today is a lifestyle business, we closed out the year with revenue in the millions, but not hitting scale or going public anytime soon. That said, I look at last year as one of technical debt. We had to fix the backend, launch an app, fix the .com usability, etc. That's all done now, so 2016 will be about new products. Products that we hope will tap into something much larger. As I'm sure you know, new and vintage watch sales per year are in the double digit billions. We're investigating ways to reimagine portions of that pie.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Kevin, if you could time-travel back to 2004, but retain all of your knowledge, skills and experiences as of 02/2016, what product/company would you build? Would it be a different version of Digg?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@tomstocklein I probably just wait for bitcoin to be invented. Then buy a gazillion coins at .01 cents. Seriously tho, I'd just stay true to the core digg audience, building tools for them, not the publishers.
Greg Moore
Greg Moore@gmoore131 · http://thegregmoore.com
When you're evaluating an idea you want to work on, what's your process? Do you have a framework that helps you weed out weaker ideas?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@gmoore131 Yes, getting it into wireframes and on your phone as soon as possible. I've killed a few ideas after having a mock UI running on the phone and it not feeling right.
Mark&Patti Clifford
Mark&Patti Clifford@markjohn1 · It's All Mishegoss "California Dreamn'"
What do you believe the future of podcasting will be?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@markjohn1 I'd like some rich media associated w/ the audio stream -- why can't we attach images or links to the stream during key moments?
Mark&Patti Clifford
Mark&Patti Clifford@markjohn1 · It's All Mishegoss "California Dreamn'"
@kevinrose That would be great. Maybe that's a new product? I'm spending more time podcasting and see a great result with that over blogging. Especially when it comes to pushing out some news.
Martín Granados
Martín Granados@mvrtxn · Fullstack dev, Twitter is @mgranados_
What areas you think innovators should be focusing the most right now?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@mvrtxn I find we do our best work when it's something you're personally passionate about. So, I'd say to follow that and you'll find your focus.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
How did your Montessori education influence your approach to entrepreneurship, coding and product design?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@tomstocklein Montessori encouraged us to get our my hands dirty at a young age. The emphasis was on doing, not just reading.
neeharika sinha
neeharika sinha@neeeharika · Google, Threadchannel
Hello @kevinrose Great to meet you here for the AMA. Which are your favorite podcasts? In the early days of Digg what growth strategy worked for you? Any recommendation for a first time entrepreneur?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@neeeharika FoundMyFitness is a great podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podc.... Early Digg was all about embracing the small audience and giving them a voice. Support your early users and they will act as your larger microphone.
Alex Greene
Alex Greene@alexg473 · Engineer @ Spectrum Labs
Given a massive amount of time and money, as well as a large group of people dedicated to helping you, what is a problem in the world that you'd like to solve, or a system you'd like to improve?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@alexg473 We need to rethink how we deal with at-risk youth. School detention should be replaced with therapy. We need to focus on mental health for those in need. I'd love to see corporations embrace therapy as a mandatory (paid) benefit. Having witnessed domestic abuse as a boy, it's a problem that's close to my heart.
Sree Harsha Mudunuri
Sree Harsha Mudunuri@sree_harsha_mudunuri · Studying physics in Hampshire college
Next one big thing this world is gonna see dramatic change , and you want to be part of it ?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@sree_harsha_mudunuri I believe in the next ten years science will prove that too much technology (e.g. heads always in our phones) is actually a negative thing for the mind and longevity. I believe we'll be forced to find a sustainable balance between technology use and real life experiences. When I walk around NYC I try to avoid using my phone, rather I just observe others. Most of us are heads down in our phones, all the time. For fun, try this: pretend that you're a visitor to this planet and are observing humans for the first time, taking notes. When I do this, it appears humans are fully dependent on these devices. Twice now I've seen pedestrians almost stuck by traffic due to phone use. We use them first thing in the morning before leaving bed, and just before the lights go off. It's almost as if we're dependent upon them for some type of nourishment. But this nourishment comes as a tradeoff, less physical contact with others, not taking the time to enjoy our environment etc. etc. I have this idea for an Android app that would help by providing smart nudges around usage. Sadly, right now this type of app has limited appeal, as most of us would rather have all tech all the time.
Sree Harsha Mudunuri
Sree Harsha Mudunuri@sree_harsha_mudunuri · Studying physics in Hampshire college
@kevinrose Kevin, surprisingly I lost my phone just before my road trip in December, 2015. I decided to not get a new phone for next 15 days of my trip. It turned out to be insightful. While visiting theme parks I was the only person in the group without phone, so when my friends were using their phones I got time to look around. What you said is true about people always looking down in their phones. I used to look around, see what everyone is doing..etc. Keeping this aside. I got used to use phone only for calls and very few messages. So what is the result? I don't know if this is the right term but I started being aware in social situation, (eg. after the trip when i went out for coffee with a friend, i observed whenever there was a time gap between conversation, their eyes balls use to roll over the phone or hand automatically goes to check phone. Why do they do that? I feel it has become their reflex action, they don't know they are doing it normally.) And the change I observed in self is less of mental tiredness. Other thing which i observed is people don't talk directly looking into the eye but rather to their objects, so when i walk in public i try looking into eyes of people (not creepy, less then a second) and count how many smile back or react or roll their eyes away. Remember during one of your and Tim Ferris conversation, him mentioning about how during his conversation with someone, was distracting, when the other person received messages the person used to look at their apple watch. People think keeping busy themselves is always good, but they don't realize the productivity part. Checking mails all time then a fixed intervals during the day..etc. Taking breaks and sitting idle helps in concentrating and improving productivity during work. Hope you do come out with app soon, i really would love to see because i did think the same; about an app, but the question comes to my mind, is the solution for using less technology again using technology or can there be any other way. isn't it creating a loop? Sree
Chris Ziobehr
Chris Ziobehr@ziobehr · Advisor
Hey Kevin, great job over the years. I've been following your journey since the days of the screen savers. My question to you is why did you leave what seemed to be a cushy job at GV, which potentially gave you some great opportunities, to go back to the startup life? Then the move to Hodinkee?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@ziobehr GV was such a great experience. I was just talking to Bill (Maris, head of GV) a couple days ago, I miss that guy, we had some good times. I left because I was feeling the itch to build a product, and I couldn't do that while at GV. I still invest (personally, not through a fund) my last deal was Shyp (almost a year ago), and I'm looking at another potential deal now. HODINKEE is interesting because it's a massive unchanged industry (old mechanical watches), most brands still don't sell online -- there is potential to rethink this, lots of experiments coming this year. Thanks for following all these years, Chris!
Ryan Gilbert
Ryan Gilbert@ryangilbert · Making FAQ Pages easy @askfrequently
What are your long-term plans/goals with your new newsletter, The Journal?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@_ryangilbert I have some plans. I want to create an interactive newsletter (more on that in the coming weeks). I want the audience to be engaged and present. I'm going to spend a lot of time vetting these products, articles, podcasts, etc. you should feel confident clicking them. To that end, I'm going to develop some slightly strange features. One that I'll mention now: In the future should you stop reading my newsletter (meaning you haven't opened a few issues or clicked any links), I'm going to automatically unsubscribe you. I'd rather have a smaller list of people who actually want to read the content then fill your inbox with unopened mail.
Michael
Michael@deleted-2229
@kevinrose @_ryangilbert <3 I've been waiting for someone to do this. Sounds smart, plus it gives you better (more realistic) metrics.
Snah Desai
Snah Desai@s_haverford · Operations Analyst, ServiceTitan
Hey Kevin, If you had to choose one watch to own your entire life what would that watch be and why?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
Rui Delgado
Rui Delgado@rui · Tech Entrepreneur • Consultant • TV Nerd
How are you feeling in the NY ecosystem so far? What do you think are the most notable differences from the West Coast?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@rui seasons!
Mario Loria
Mario Loria@marioploria · Co-Founder, Arroyo Networks
For me, you are the guy I follow. From watching you (at age 12) on TechTV to seeing your face on TIME, watching your Foundation interviews and guest appearances on The New ScreenSavers... You have blazed a path in how to propel yourself inside of the startup community and surround yourself with technological brilliance, and through that, inspire change and forward thinking. tldr, You've been a huge inspiration to myself (and others), so Thanks for that! A few questions: 1) Who do you follow? Who is the guy/girl that you look up to or have grown up with? 2) What was your favorite watch of 2015? 3) What is the strongest thing a new startup can do to get noticed? 4) What are some of the criteria you look for in early companies when making a decision to invest? Thanks for bring on Product Hunt and fielding questions from all us noobs ;) ttyl!
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@marioploria Thanks for the kind words, Mario. Means a lot. Re: 1) Who do you follow? -- just like you guys I take a lot of inspiration from those around us. My Foundation guests are a reflection of people who have inspired me. I like Tony Fadell for his drive/product instincts, Tony Conrad for how he treats others, Ev Williams how he thoughtfully thinks through problems, Ben Horowitz for his advice during hard times, Jason Freid for his long time horizon, I could go on and on... Re: 2) Lange 1815 Handwerkskunst Re: 3) Right now, post on ProductHunt Re: 4) A founder that has discovered something true, that no one else sees (yet)
Mario Loria
Mario Loria@marioploria · Co-Founder, Arroyo Networks
@kevinrose Great reply! One day, I'll be able to afford that watch ;) ttyl, and appear more on tnss!!
Constantine Antonakos
Constantine Antonakos@conantonakos1
What happened with North Technologies? Why did you decide to merge with another company?
Alex Greene
Alex Greene@alexg473 · Engineer @ Spectrum Labs
Are there any plans for more Foundation interviews?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@alexg473 Yes, probably in the form of an audio podcast
Matthew Ferretti
Matthew Ferretti@matthew_ferretti
Hey Kevin! Can you talk about your latest progress and experiences using the Wim Hof method? Thanks!
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@matthew_ferretti It's been insane, video update coming soon!
Kevin Su
Kevin Su@imkevinsu · Software Engineer | Graphic Designer
In Tim Ferriss's podcast, Naval Ravikant says that the first thing a starting entrepreneur should do is move to a startup hub (ie. silicon valley). What is your advise on what a starting entrepreneur should do?
Alexander Parker
Alexander Parker@awesomeafalex
Do you think that a decentralized product such as Datt can work? http://datt.co/ The project has been described as a "decentralized reddit". Do you think that anyone outside of the "geek" community will use a product like this and see success?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@awesomeafalex Yes, I love the idea, obviously a lot of devil in the details. I mentioned something similar awhile ago: https://twitter.com/kevinrose/st...
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson@ldtmike · Executive Editor - Life, Data, Tech
Do you believe that VR is truly going to take off for the mainstream in the next two years? We've seen a ton of hype that everyone is going to own a VR headset in the next two years. Do you believe that? Do you think our mom's will use VR on a regular basis?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@ldtmike Two years, not likely... see this: https://medium.com/@kevinrose/fi...
Josh Sullivan
Josh Sullivan@jaysche_ · Software Engineer, QuoteFlow
Hi Kevin! Thanks for taking the time to do this, and for all the good memories from years past (TechTV, Diggnation, and now Foundation). Have you found that startups/companies that bootstrap as long as possible fail more often than those that take VC money? And if so, do you think it's because it's easier to detach due to time being the most expensive resource?
CHÜKA
CHÜKA@chukachase · Designer
what spaces have you been thinking about lately?
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Having already achieved a great level of entrepreneurial and financial success at a relatively young age, what drives you? What do you look forward to when you get up in the morning?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@tomstocklein Well, a couple things. I get a thrill out of building quality software. For example, even though HODINKEE and Watchville are for very niche audiences, I'm thrilled to see that collectively they have 800+ 5-star reviews. That means that people are enjoying the products we create. Also, I make sure that every day brings a new adventure. I think I drive my wife crazy in that I'm always trying new things. I once took a sewing class because I wanted to learn how to make wallets with leather. I'm now doing the 10 week "Wim Hof Method" in which you subject yourself to freezing ice baths... I hear about something interesting and then go super deep.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
@kevinrose Thanks for your response! I love that you still enjoy building quality software instead of "just" being an investor or philanthropist. Your approach to life/always trying new things is awesome as well. Reminded me of this quote: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. SPECIALIZATION IS FOR INSECTS." -Robert A. Heinlein
Ian Rumac
Ian Rumac@ianissoawesome · Android Developer @ Undabot
Hey Kevin, got two and half important questions! 1. What was the best pizza you ate in your life and where? B. What are your top 5 favourite non-unicorn startups? C. What is your favourite watch?
T. Lam ✌
T. Lam ✌@tlamvip · Interaction Designer from San Jose
Why is it so hard for an experienced designer to get a job at a Series A startup? Are most jobs offered through some type of connection? I think I got rejected MORE at a early stage startup vs a big corporation.
Ronen Bekerman
Ronen Bekerman@ronenbekerman · Architectural Visualisation Artist
Hi Kevin, Thanks a lot for this opportunity to ask you a question here. I've known you since The Screen Savers and follow you along with Tim Ferriss in your ever so random shows lately. My one questions would be "How do you decide what to focus on and bring to a successful end / result?". This question stem from me being one who has many ideas and find it very hard to focus on just one, or even wanting to focus on just one - I do know I want to execute and get results though ;) Thank you for the attention... And the lovely Boxes you send every 3 months ;) Cheers Ronen
Bilal Karim
Bilal Karim@beekay__ · Product Designer at Rubikloud
Hi Kevin, big fan of yours. Been following your journey since TheBroken and Digg days. What are your thoughts of investing in energy related startups? Have you made any investments in that category, and how was your experience?
Leo Zakour
Leo Zakour@leozakour · Entrepreneur & Product Designer.
Hey Kevin, thanks for the time. One question split on three: Why did Digg fail? What did you learn from it? And how do you apply the learned lessons?
Theoharis Dimarhos
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
Hey Kevin! What have you figured out about communities and why/why not people commit to them? What are the elements needed to a) bring people in and b) make them stay?
ethan
ethan@ethangj
Follower since TTV, but respectfully - Digg didn't make money, Pownce didn't, Milk didn't, North didn't. Do you think there's a systemic problem in startup culture of succeeding sideways, or becoming successful without any traditional or business metric of success? Does this pose a long term risk to the supposed sustainable, job-creating economic benefits of startups? If not, why not?
Ron De Giusti
Ron De Giusti@rdegiusti · CRM Solution Architect -- Consultant
Hi Kevin, 1st question: Have you ever gotten in to nootropics for body hacking? (Noopept) 2nd question: Hiring versus sub-contractors. For growing a company. What is your preference and why?
Adam Rauckhorst
Adam Rauckhorst@adamrauckhorst
How has the combination of Pilates and Wim Hof method affected you phsyically/mentally?
Arman Suleimenov
Arman Suleimenov@suleimenov · CTO, Horafin.com
Hi Kevin. Thanks for the Foundation and the Random Show. If you were running the startup studio/incubator and had capital/human resources to invest in/build 50 products in 2016, which areas would you focus on?
Mike Boyd
Mike Boyd@mike_boyd · CEO, Contact Light
Hi Kevin, what's the biggest/toughest lesson you've learned in building your businesses?
C Rice
C Rice@cristobalarroz · Owner, Exactly Done
How does the New York tech scene compare to San Francisco? What do you miss about the Bay Area?
Troy Rank
Troy Rank@troy_rank1 · Founder, Maxwell Motorbikes
Hey Kevin, When are we getting a new episode of The Broken? :)
Troy Rank
Troy Rank@troy_rank1 · Founder, Maxwell Motorbikes
I need my Ramzi fix, dog.
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@troy_rank1 hahah :)
Adam Rasheed
Adam Rasheed@arasheedphoto
What are your thoughts on the emerging gig-based economy? (people signing up as uber drivers, doing errands for taskrabbit, etc.)
Lee Lovell
Lee Lovell@leelovell · Developer
1. Year VR becomes mainstream? 2. Pepsi or Coke? :-)
C Rice
C Rice@cristobalarroz · Owner, Exactly Done
Would you like to travel to Mars in your lifetime? ... assuming it possible, but still risky
Rey Alejandro
Rey Alejandro@reyalejandroart · Product Designer at Kalibrr
What are the top 3 traits you look for companies before you invest?
Danielle Newnham
Danielle Newnham@daniellenewnham · Founder, The Junto Network. Author
Loved The Foundation Series. Who was your favourite to interview and why? Also, who was the one person you wanted on the show but couldn't make it happen?
Andrew Procter
Andrew Procter@andrewprocter · Partner, Treble
Do you consider Milk a success? Do you ever wish you'd kept doing it vs. taking a job?
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@andrewprocter I don't in that we never had a breakout idea. I do in that all of our investors and employees had a great financial outcome when Google acquired us.
Andrew Procter
Andrew Procter@andrewprocter · Partner, Treble
What do you think of the Parse shutdown, or of BaaS's in general?
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@kevinrose congrats on the first issue of The Journal! Are you thinking of doing it more often than monthly?
Craig Hunter
Craig Hunter@craighunter_ · General Manager, Ritual
When's the next Random Show?!
Kevin Rose
Kevin Rose@kevinrose · Builder of internet things.
@craighunter_ Tim's in SF and I'm in NYC, I think we're going to try and shoot these monthly, but as an audio podcast.
Frank Lucero
Frank Lucero@frank_lucero · freelance graphic designer
On the StartUp podcast, I heard Alex Bloomberg speak about the longer shelf life for his company, Gimlet. Is this a trend in the startup community? Will VC's be looking at companies with a longer game plan, with no short-term exit plan?
Mark&Patti Clifford
Mark&Patti Clifford@markjohn1 · It's All Mishegoss "California Dreamn'"
Hi Kevin, What are you looking for in news with social media.
Alex Greene
Alex Greene@alexg473 · Engineer @ Spectrum Labs
Mr. Rose, I have to ask, when are we going to see a Diggnation reunion? Also, what do you think the current Digg is doing right/wrong?
Chris Ryu Yamamoto
Chris Ryu Yamamoto@deleted-364020
A purely web-based product (like Facebook or Pinterest) would usually require technical founders to move with startup speed. Do you think this is still the case even with the rise of Code4Startup, Bubble, CodeMentor, and Gigster?
Alistair Williams
Alistair Williams@aliwilliams
Do you plan to create your own watch brand / collection / movement in the future?
Avery
Avery@averyalchek · Business Operations, Mashable
Where did you learn best how to be an operator?
Jon F White
Jon F White@jon_f_white · CEO, Quantubly
How do start-ups in the UK get the attention of the San Francisco crowd? Do VCs not feel just concentrating on that area is limiting? Yet it is so difficult to get them to look over here? Do you have any advice for 100% software plays where there are no geographic limits, to get investment from experienced VCs?
Zach Jacobs
Zach Jacobs@thezachjacobs · Mott & Bow
1. Do you have a favorite experience from back in the Screen Savers / Attack of the show days? 2) What's the best way for a Startup founder to contact you to pitch you on an angel advisory role in their company?
Iiro
Iiro@iiropikkarainen · Business Development @reaktornow
What made you get interested about mechanical watches?
paniaguai
paniaguai@paniaguai · BadAss
Dear Kevin, when are you coming to Madrid ? and which are the best new apps this year ? Thank You
Nick Longo
Nick Longo@longodesignsinc
Opening a new shared-space, co-working spot, any advice??
GabeVelez
GabeVelez@gabevelez · UX Driven Front End Designer
Hey Kevin! Huge fan. Question is: now that you are in New York, have you taken on any NY startups as an advisor, or does Hodinkee dominate your time?
Hi Kevin! After 2 years of working hard on our company, growing each month and having users that loved our product, we realized that we weren't passionate about the mission we were pursuing (on demand beauty services) We took the tough step of shutting down the company to focus on more challenging issues. What's your advice to founders whose business failed and haven't come up with new challenges to pursue?
Matt Hopkins
Matt Hopkins@hopkins_matt
Do you do any programming anymore? What was the last thing you wrote code for? Language?
Kaspar Alexander
Kaspar Alexander@kasparalexander1
Hey Kevin - I read Hodinkee daily because I love how it sits at the intersection of art and function. What's on the roadmap for 2016? Where do you see it a few years out?
caleb⚒
caleb⚒@calebcherry · Student
Do you see the shift towards the CLI method of input taking off for the masses, and not just the tech savvy? Put another way - is there going to be a big enough benefit for my mom to learn the importance of using the '/' for commands in an app (or whatever) and retrain her workflow in page heavy silo'd native apps?
Troy Rank
Troy Rank@troy_rank1 · Founder, Maxwell Motorbikes
What's your favorite podcast right now?
Graham
Graham@grahamplata
Hey Kevin! Thank you for taking the time to answer questions. I was actually curious if you had continued your interest photography with your M-P. You had mentioned in a previous answer about really trying to observe your environment when in the city so I was curious if that is a tool you still utilize. Thanks.
Michael Chen
Michael Chen@chenstuh · Copywriter, TrueCar
Kevin, big fan of your Foundation talk with Scott Harrison of charity: water. Just started my own campaign for my 25th birthday this month (bit.ly/cleanwaterfor16). Right now, charity: water is the only org I'm pumped about helping because you see exactly where your money goes to help others. Wondering if you have any insight on how more startups can succeed in this space, and if more visible orgs like Red Cross could reinvent themselves. Thanks! Michael
dan blechner
dan blechner@dblechner · CEO, Volleto
Hey Kevin, what are the most important things to do when building a new marketplace? where do you put the emphasis in HODINKEE with the new biz model of selling watches?
Iestyn Lloyd
Iestyn Lloyd@iestynx · Senior Designer, Cwmni Da
Back in the day you you've been known to wear some sort of fitness tracker, be it a Fuealband, Jawbone or whatever. Now that your in the analogue watch business, do you still see the need for such devices? & What do you think of the new style of combining both like the Timex Metropolitan and the Withings Activité?
Kevin Su
Kevin Su@imkevinsu · Software Engineer | Graphic Designer
Hi Kevin! At what point in your career did you realize you were successful?
Rick Stefanowski
Rick Stefanowski@rick_stefanowski · BDO, SIEF
You mentioned Ethereum on the random show. Can you give us your updated thoughts on it? It seems to be surging in popularity this month.
Sylvia Perez
Sylvia Perez@sylvia121212 · Blodo, Founder
Whereabouts do u get ur inspirations from?
Slava  Baranskyi
Slava Baranskyi@sbaranskyi
What do you think about connected pets and a new startups in this scene? What do you think about @petcube?
Benjamin
Benjamin@hum_annoyed
Listening to any good new music, or still jamming to Ratatat?
Sam Bolgert
Sam Bolgert@linuxlewis · Cofounder of Halolife
SF vs NY?
Vlad Ciurca
Vlad Ciurca@vladciurca · Executive Producer, Techsylvania
Hi Kevin. how can we convince you to visit Transylvania (which has been chosen by Lonely Planet as the top region in the world for 2016) and inspire Eastern European entrepeneurs at http://www.techsylvania.co? Thank you
David Smooke
David Smooke@davidsmooke · founder/ceo @hackernoon
yo
Roz McNulty
Roz McNulty@pitchpage
You recommended a Contact spreadsheet app on the New Screen Savers last year. Which one is it?
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson@colin_wilson
You seemed pretty psyched about the Wim Hoff method a few weeks ago. Are you still following the method and, if so, are you getting increasing benefits?
Febril Cuevas
Febril Cuevas@febrilcuevas · Product Designer, @Procurify
Hey Kevin, Do you have a process in generating new ideas? Also, how do you de-stress and stay creative?
Tyler Burgett
Tyler Burgett@tyburg · Software Engineer
Hi Kevin, longtime fan here, thanks for doing this! I really liked the idea behind Milk and North, quick little experiment apps with solid design behind them. After Oink, and Tiiiny/Watchville those groups either shut down or transitioned into other businesses. What do you think it takes for that sort of startup to be successful? Do you see yourself trying those types of arrangements in the future?
Edward Leu
Edward Leu@edward_leu · Yahoo
Hi Kevin - long time watcher of your diggnation episodes with Alex! 1) Is there going to be a diggnation reunion coming up soon? If so, when & where! 2) What are your thoughts on Tumblr? (social influence, monetization potential & popularity/impact to the millennial generation vs. snapchat/instagram/etc) 3) I saw the random show with you & tim ferris where he asked what's a good watch to get for a 1st timer - So, I got the Seiko5 and it's perfect for lifestyle/everyday wear. What do you recommend for a next watch for a newbie? 4) What did you learn when you were in Google Ventures? Also, how would one enter into that specific sector, especially when the person doesn't have investor/investing experience?
Roman Salazar
Roman Salazar@romansito · iOS Developer
Hi Kevin! 1. Any chance of Diggnation coming back in the future? 2. Could you share with us of any affordable moon phase watches?
jamie pham
jamie pham@jamiepham · Digital Media Manager + LA Galaxy writer
What do you like most and least about living in New York?
Billy Chavalit
Billy Chavalit@billy_chavalit · Product Designer
Hi Kevin, Thank you for doing this. 1. Who is your inspiration as product person? 2. How do you come up with ideas? 3. How do you know that idea is the one you want to pursue in business?
Brent Summers
Brent Summers@brentsum · Founder, Code-Free Startup
I just moved to SF. What are your favorite ways to get involved in the tech community here?
JDorDAVID
JDorDAVID@jdordavid · They call me JD...or David
Kevin, my buddies and I are looking into starting a podcast and a newsletter. What services do you recommend? Also, can you provide any insight as to emerging platforms or apps for online learning communities for formalized education? It seems as if most LMS or CMS platforms provided by Universities lack in aesthetics and functionality.