Category Archives: What I Watch

Interesting interviews, talks, documentaries and webcasts I watched.

Jason Calacanis New YouTube Deal

Jason Calacanis: How to make YouTube sustainable for Content Creators

Today something for the entrepreneurial educator to think about.

As regular readers of this blog probably know, I started my first educational YouTube channel in 2008. It was around the same time Salman Khan of Khan Academy started his which we all know would become such a success a few years later.

There were a few others, but the online education community was far less interconnected and educators with YouTube channels were in many aspects aliens in the system. On the one hand, I think it a good thing that I eventually hear more about the creation of video and its implementation in lessons in the education space. On the other hand, things have fundamentally changed since then, and the YouTube landscape is so much more competitive today.

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Fitness and Health Tracking

Personal Health Education through Fitness and Health Tracking

The Verge did a nice episode on fitness and health tracking devices in their Top Shelf series last week. I think it gives you a pretty good overview about what is already possible today in this area of technology.

I am personally pretty fascinated by this stuff as it will eventually help us to make better decisions about our health, eating habits and general fitness. The collected data also will help doctors with their diagnosis as you can basically track your whole day with using the different devices.

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Why are Content Aggregators more valued than Content Creators?

Hank Green content aggregatorsHank Green, one half of the Vlogbrothers and host of the SciShow on YouTube made a pretty interesting vlog about startups and aggregators of content.

If you ever wondered how social startups like Instagram or Tumblr could get acquired for $1 billion or more without having any decent business model, then this video has a good explanation for it. Facebook or Yahoo did not acquire technology, talent or future revenue, they did acquire a share of your daily time which then in the future could become very lucrative.

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Building Startups the David Heinemeier Hansson Way

Probably one of the best interviews Jason Calacanis has done on This Week in Startups thus far was the one with David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails and founding partner at 37Signals three years ago. He and Jason got into a pretty heated debate about how to build a startup and capitalism in general. Should you put all in, get big investments if you can and swing for the fences like Jason does or should you create a startup in your spare time with no risk involved other than spending your free time on it?

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Douglas Rushkoff Present Shock

How our Obsession with the Now might lead to a Present Shock

In a time that seems to demand from us to be always on, always connected and always in the loop we face totally new problems when it comes to stress and mental health.

I wrote about my own struggle to be sucked into now in the past. My means were for instance resisting to using a smartphone up to the point that probably not so few people thought it was a rather strange reasoning but were simply too polite to comment on it. I also have dedicated timeslots when I’m not online, don’t answer email and so on. Lastly, it has definitely played a bigger role in the decision to stop the news coverage on EDUKWEST.

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The Future of Original Web Video Content

This is a great interview for everyone to watch who is (or want to get) involved in creating original web video content which can be anything from interviews to lessons.

The talk is especially valuable because both, the interviewee and the interviewer are involved in the space and have a ton of experience in the market. Jason Calacanis, the host of the show, has worked in the media space for decade, founding a magazine about technology, a blog network that got acquired by AOL, a human powered search engine that aimed to compete with Google etc.

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Code Rush – How to fight Monopolies with Open Source

It is easy to forget (or not even know at all) that large parts of the software we use today are based on open source projects. Code Rush is a documentary about the start of Mozilla which eventually led to the release of the Firefox browser in 2004.

It is a fascinating story about the early days of the Internet getting into the mainstream, a time when browsers did not come for free and the struggle between the market leader Netscape and Microsoft which planned to take down the competition through offering its Internet Explorer bundled with its operating system for free.

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John Cleese How to be Creative

Telling People How to be Creative is Easy. It’s only Being it that’s Difficult.

I don’t remember how I came across this great lecture on how to be creative by John Cleese but I think it is a must watch for everyone that needs to be creative – which is essentially all of us.

If you are a blogger, journalist, teacher, video maker or any other kind of content creator you know that being creative on command often results in the exact opposite. Even I struggle from time to time with motivation or finding myself in a writer’s block.

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The Evolution of Data Storage

Over the past couple of weeks I became addicted to the shows of tested.com, especially the episodes in which Adam Savage of the MythBusters shows the guys around his cave and storage where they geek out about model building for films and the ones in which Adam builds amazing stuff from scratch.

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