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I wanted to take a few minutes to write a quick review for one of my favorite podcast. If you have not heard of This Week in Startups ( you really should check it out. Not only does it give good insight to the fast paced world of Web 2.0 startups it also gives you a glimpse in to the mind of Mahalo ( founder Jason Calacanis ( Jason is accompanied on the show with is right hand Man Tyler and long time Mahalo employee Lon Harris (@Lons).

This Week in Startups has a basic, but entertaining format. The show is broken down in to 4 parts.

1. Ask Jason: Jason and studio answers questions from callers about common issues that someone trying to break in to business with the next big startup might come across. It is cool to hear ground floor advice from knowledgeable individuals who have already succeed in launching numerous startups.

2. The Shark Tank: While a scary name it is probably the best information you will find on how to pitch your idea’s to potential investors. Jason rates pitches on a 1-10 scale with input on what he thinks will help the prospective entrepreneurs. Sometime praise and sometime a reality check Jason give the callers honest information that could help their venture take off. Also, an added bonus is the useful “insights from Tyer” (you will know when they are coming because Tyer has his own intro music. )

3. Studio Guest: Not only do you get Jason and his staff’s informative opinion, but TWiST’s guest are also well know entrepreneurs, Angel investors, and all around internet superstars. Every episode This Week in Startups has top notch guest that help contribute to the show. Some of the more interesting guests IMO are Gary Vee and poker star Annie Duke.

4. In The News (with Lon Harris): To wrap up the show Jason brings out Lon Harris to read current news happenings. With ever headline read aloud Jason, studio guest, and Twist Crew give their personal commentary. While maybe not as informative in the other three segments, this is usually the funniest part of the podcast. This is normal where Jason’s New York cynicism comes out in full force. All it takes is one “idiot” or “idiotic” story to make national news and the TWiST crew will BBQ them! (Yes, Carol Bartz is asleep at the wheel! ep:33)

All in all this is very amusing and educational podcast that can be seen live through uStream ( or downloaded through iTunes (both video and audio only). To can also send question for the show by using the #TWiST hash tag on twitter.

The show is sponsored by:
As of this writing the podcast is on its 33rd episode and getting better with every show

Just an idea

Would anyone be interested in an every other month get together, for 2ish hours, where you would have 3 or 4 people give a 15 minute speech/lecture on a tech type topic and Q&A afterward? Think TED, but local Tallahasseeians giving mini-lectures on technology topics they find relevant. It could be anything they want it to be as long tech play a role in it.


  • Photography and how you use the web to show your work.
  • Digital creation through Photoshop.
  • How to get more followers on Twitter???
  • How to use Twitter to advertise and market.
  • The benefits of using open source technology.
  • How to Partition a RAID 0 disk array.
  • Using Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Media to be more efficient.
  • How to edit music with Audacity. Using technology to enrich church.
  • How to setup a Media Center PC in your Living room.
  • What makes a good password and how to keep your information safe while on line.
  • Spam and Scam how to protect yourself from phishing.
  • How to start a podcast.
  • Whatever………….


With the presenters permission we could film it and create a Channel on Youtube to share these presentations.

If you think this might be something that you are interested in please let me know by commenting below or Twitter me @verticalgambit

The following is a questionnaire that gave to my friend Steve, a local podcaster and host of

I plan on making this type of interview a recurring theme on my blog.Please if you have a chance take a listen.

Interview a Podcaster

Please answer the questions as truthful as possible.


  1. What is the name of your podcast?

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

  1. How long have you been doing show?

We have been doing the show for 48 weeks. We do a weekly show, so this adds up to 48 episodes.

  1. What is the main topic of your podcast?

We cover odd news as well as an occasional story about someone doing something amazing, and all stories tend to have a weird twist to them.

  1. Do you have a website? If so what is it?

We do have a website, forum, and blog located at

  1. How can we get your podcast?

Our podcast is available on iTunes, direct download from our website, and can be downloaded using other podcatchers (i.e. iPodder, Juice, Doppler) by using our RSS feed at

  1. What is the main reason you started your podcast?

My co-host and I started the podcast because we loved talking about the craziest news we could find on the internet and decided that we wanted other people hear it too. I had been on several podcasts before this one and loved the format so I asked her if she would like to do one with me. We do this podcast mainly because it’s so fun and because we have made a lot of good friends through it over the last year.

  1. What is the best podcast episode you have done?

It’s hard to really pinpoint the best episode we’ve done because we have done so many good ones. I’d probably say that our live episodes are the best. Episode 40 was the most fun and actually had the most listener turnout for a live show. We had several call-ins and no technical problems. We also had excellent content and a great audience

  1. Best villain ever?

The Joker is totally the best villain ever. He’s a complete psychopath with no morals and is the complete antithesis of the hero of the story. A villain that reflects the exact opposite of everything the hero is is always the best villain.

  1. Skittles or M&M?

I’m a Skittles guy.

  1. Do you listen to podcast? If so what is your favorite?

I listen to several podcasts. Most of them are from the same group of guys at Revision3, an online media company. I love Diggnation and Tekzilla. Those are by far my favorites.

  1. Pirates or Ninja?

Definitely Pirates. A ninja may be able to sneak up on a pirate, but pirates are way to drunk to feel any pain, and they carry big guns. Plus they have way more charisma than ninjas and go on crazy awesome adventures.

I would like to thank Steve for taking some time to answer the questions.