- Startups - News Roundtable with David Cohen and Kara Swisher-TWiST #312





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Published on Dec 7, 2012

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On today's episode, Jason chats with Kara Swisher of All Things D and David Cohen of TechStars. Their electric discussion starts off with Apple and Tim Cook, segways to Yahoo and its fleeting stance in the industry, and closes with a debate circling around the bout between TechStars and YCombinator. Enjoy!

0:30 Let's welcome Kara Swisher and of All Things D and David Cohen, the founder of TechStars
2:20 Let's thank NewRelic for sponsoring the program. Use code TWiST to get a free month of New Relic Pro
4:15 Hey Kara, how is everything at AllThingsD?
4:30 Hey David, how's TechStars doing?
5:40 Do you think bringing manufacturing jobs to the US is something Steve Jobs would have done?
6:25 Are some of Cook's changes good for Apple?
7:50 Do you think Cook is an appeaser?
9:30 What is the state of Apple and Television?
13:45 Who is the most engaging of startups of the big 4?
14:10 What about Yahoo? Are they showing up yet?
15:50 What do you think of the new Yahoo homepage?
16:50 Is Yahoo going to be a media or a tech company?
18:40 Is Marissa's PR becoming too much and hurting Yahoo?
20:10 How important is YAhoo's success to the ecosystem David?
21:10 How hard is it to make mobile work today?
21:45 Let's talk about Cir.ca
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30:05 Let's talk about the changes of YCombinator
31:50 David what is the largest class TechStars has ever had?
34:20 Is it smart of YCombinator or cut back?
39:05 What does this mean for the accelerator system in general?
41:10 David are you afraid of going head to head with YCombinator?
44:15 Will other studios jump on the Netflix bandwagon now, post deal with Disney?
49:00 David what do you think about content and startup companies? Are you pro-content or anti-content?
53:15 David is Dan Lyons a douche or not a douche?
54:50 Kara what's the biggest position you ever turned down?
57:30 Did NewsCorp give up too soon on the mobile only daily newspaper?
59:30 Why do you think they gave up David?
60:30 Thanks to Kara Swisher and David Cohen!
61:20 David what's the number one tip for applying?

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