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From the LAUNCH Festival 2013 stage. Jason sits down for an epic interview with Evan Williams of Twitter and Obvious
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1:00 Thank you to ShareFile for sponsoring the show and providing such a great product!
3:30 Welcome Evan Williams!!
4:15 Was there a point when you were making Twitter that you knew what it would become?
6:26 Do you think that Twitter’s elegant simplicity was key to its success?
8:14 What does Vine mean for Twitter?
8:43 What is so special about Vine?
9:31 What is the thread between your ventures? What do you find so appealing about publishing?
12:05 Blogging was disruptive in its day, what is Medium trying to fix/disrupt?
13:25 Increase frequency, lower quality: do you think that’s collapsed on itself now?
16:03 How much of what Medium is, do you already know? How much did you know when you started?
19:02 What do you think of the Model S?
20:04 When you see a product like that as an entrepreneur, does it make you rethink your entrepreneurial process?
20:50 Talk about the collections on Medium
23:01 Is the ability for people to build a cohort of like-minded ideas the secret metric?
23:48 You hired a book agent to work on this project? What was the thought behind this?
25:45 Thank you GoToMeeting, I love it, it works flawlessly!!
28:20 Is Medium a reaction to the noisy, rabid page view addiction styled websites?
30:22 The economics of publishing is a big part of the problem today? Writers are incentivized to get more views not be accurate?
31:40 Are you inclined to think that native advertising and sponsor messages are not the future and paying some kind of subscription is more aligned with your vision?
33:03 How about the Huffington Post blended model?
33:46 What do you think of the Flipboards of the world? People aggregating stuff together? Is that a bridge like RSS readers were?
34:03 Do you use it?
35:11 What will success be for Medium?
36:30 What is it that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur that matters?
38:27 Thoughts about Google?
39:11 Thoughts on Apple?
42:37 Thoughts on Facebook?
46:55 Tell me about Beyond Meat
48:21 What do you think of the state of the affairs when people can deny things such as climate change?
50:27 Give it up for Evan Williams!
Special thanks to the members of the TWiST Backchannel Program!