• Jason Calacanis’ Next Act, And Another Pivot For, As A ‘Knowledge Community’

    Jason Calacanis’ Next Act, And Another Pivot For, As A ‘Knowledge Community’

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis appears to be gearing up for the launch of his next venture, which may also signify one more pivot for his information site Mahalo. And that next step also looks like a new chapter for an internet domain that itself has seen a couple of pivots. On a tip from a reader, we visited and found this: Read More

  • Downsizing Its Video Team, Mahalo Refocuses On Education Apps; Plans To Release ‘An App A Week’

    Downsizing Its Video Team, Mahalo Refocuses On Education Apps; Plans To Release ‘An App A Week’

    It’s been a rough year for Mahalo. The startup, which was founded by Jason Calacanis in 2007, began its life as a human powered search engine that offered curated links in what was intended to be a mix between the traditional search layout and Wikipedia. Over time, Mahalo became a knowledge directory, launched a Q&A service a la Yahoo! Answers, and began producing educational and… Read More

  • At The World Series Of Poker Two Founders Are Betting The Company — Literally

    You’ve heard the term “betting the company,” but have you ever known anyone who has actually done that? I mean literally. As in, they’re playing poker with shares of the company on the line. Because that’s exactly what Yammer founder David Sacks and Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis are doing at The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. When Calacanis first tweeted… Read More

  • You Know Where Else It's Hard To Delete Your Account? Mahalo

    You Know Where Else It's Hard To Delete Your Account? Mahalo

    With regard to his recent spat with Facebook we don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis. But this morning, we did when an incident showed just how hard it is to delete your Facebook profile. But after reading that post, someone brought up a very good point. You know where else it’s hard to delete your account? Mahalo. Seriously, try to figure it out. You… Read More

  • How Not To Handle A Resignation Gracefully

    There are two sides to every story, but this email exchange between Mahalo founder and CEO Jason Calacanis and one of his (now former) employees is a lesson in how not to handle a resignation. Jason says this was a private exchange and that he was just being honest with Evan. Evan says Jason can’t control his emotions. If you’re going to trash your employee, do it verbally so… Read More

  • Squidoo Aims To Make Brands Pay For Dedicated Web Dashboards

    Remember Squidoo? Founded by current CEO and famous marketing guru Seth Godin, the service allows Internet users to generate rich, topical web pages (dubbed ‘lenses’) to serve as a hub for information, videos, links etc. centered around any given subject. The concept is similar to what companies like HubPages, Mahalo and Helium are all about. Now Squidoo is looking to monetize the… Read More

  • Ask Waves Its Arms To Tell Everyone It Also Does Q&A Search

    One of the most active sub-genres of search right now in terms of startup and new product activity is question and answer sites. Some searches are subjective and best answered by another human being. The success of Yahoo Answers proved this and spurred a raft of competitors to try their own hand at making Q&A better. These include Answerbag, Wiki Answers, Mahalo Answers, Aardvark… Read More

  • Mahalo's Case Of Mistaken Identity

    About 45 minutes ago I tried logging into Mahalo to stake a few claims for myself in the site’s revamped directory, which pays users for creating and maintaining their entries. This has proven far more difficult than it should be. In fact, it seems like Mahalo’s account system is totally broken. First, I attempted to create a new user name for myself. I decided to go with… Read More

  • Mahalo Will Now Pay You To Create Topic Pages

    Jason Calacanis wants to inject what he calls the “Skeeball economy” into Mahalo, his highly tuned site for creating and searching topic pages. (Disclosure: Calacanis is our partner in putting on the TechCrunch50 conference). Since launching Mahalo two years ago, his staff and free workers on the Web (AKA, the Mahalo community) have built about 100,000 topic pages that tend to… Read More

  • Actor Kevin Pollak Jumps Into Social Media, And Is Swimming Quite Well

    Actor Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, Usual Suspects, etc.) met Mahalo’s Jason Calacanis at a poker game and learned all about Twitter – a few weeks later and he has over 160,000 followers (although he jokes “I just don’t know what that means”). Calacanis also talked him into hosting a video show as well, which is two weeks old and already has 1,000 or so people… Read More

  • Wow. ChaCha Is Raising Another $30 Million (Update: Confirmed)

    ChaCha, the human-powered answers service we’ve written about quite a bit here on TechCrunch, is raising a Series C round of $30 million, of which close to $11 million has already been secured according to a regulatory filing, reports peHUB. The filing doesn’t list any new shareholders. Update: we exchanged e-mails with a company representative, who informed us that this is… Read More

  • Mahalo Answers User Gets $100 Payday For Giving PR Tips To Strippers

    Mahalo Answers, the just-launched Q&A service that is part Yahoo Answers, part Google Answers has just proven that people will actually pay for valuable information. At least, they will when strippers are involved. This morning a representative for the The Stripper Method – a video series that invites viewers to watch “two former strippers, now housewives, business owners… Read More

  • Q: What Do You Get When You Add Karate Belts To a Q&A Service? Mahalo Answers.

    Mahalo is now answering your questions. The human-curated search engine/ condensed wiki guide is adding a Q&A service called Mahalo Answers to its mix. It is a combination of Yahoo Answers and the long-defunct Google Answers, with some cute avatars and virtual currency thrown in. (Disclosure: Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis is our partner in the TechCrunch50 conference). Like Yahoo… Read More

  • 19,683 Tech Layoffs And Counting

    This has been a brutal month or so for tech layoffs. According to our Layoff Tracker, there have been 19,683 job eliminations at tech companies announced since mid-September, and we’re not even counting the 24,600 people at Hewlett-Packard who are being eliminated as a result of its merger with EDS. But only five big companies make up more than 90 percent of the layoffs: Xerox (3,000)… Read More

  • Email From Jason Calacanis: How To Handle Layoffs

    In his latest email newsletter, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis discusses “How To Handle Layoffs.” It is a topic he knows too well, having had to go through a layoff of 10 percent of his staff earlier today. After repeating the text of his blog post announcing the layoffs, he offers some advice for other entrepreneurs on how to do it right. The email newsletter is reprinted below in… Read More

  • Internet Winter Hits Mahalo; Cuts 10% Of Staff

    In a post on his blog, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis has announced that his human powered search engine has laid off 10% of its staff. Along with the layoffs Calacanis writes that the company will be doing some “smart things” to help cut costs, including outsourcing much of its editorial department to freelancers instead of in-house staff. Calacanis pegs the number of full-time… Read More

  • Mahalo Sets Out To Liveblog The World

    When Mahalo launched about 16 months ago, we called it a human-powered search engine and began thinking of it as a Google competitor. But it’s so-called “guide pages” for topics as diverse as the Boston Marathon and Patriotic Drunk Rednecks provide not only links but quick facts, making Mahalo an editor-driven, Wikipedia competitor as well. And with a new site-wide design… Read More

  • Mahalo Daily Infringes Our Trademark, Reviews Batman

    Check out Mahalo Daily’s “CinemaCrunch” review of last night’s Batman screening in Los Angeles. Jason Calacanis calls it “definitely the best superhero movie ever made…hands down.” The key, everyone says, is to see it in IMAX. Thanks to the 600 people who attended, particularly the handful of people who dressed up as the Joker. Some people camped out… Read More

  • Mahalo Has Competition (YouBundle Secret Screen Shots)

    People-powered search engine Mahalo will soon have some competition from a stealth startup called YouBundle. If you go to YouBundle’s site now, there is nothing other than a landing page. But we got our hands on a couple screen shots from the private beta (click above for a larger image and see topic page below) and the guidelines sent to beta testers (reproduced after the… Read More

  • Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Putting a value on private companies is hard enough for insiders and venture capitalists who have full access to the company’s financial statements. When outsiders try to do it, even well-informed ones, it is nothing more than a guessing game. But it is nonetheless perhaps one of Silicon Valley’s favorite parlor activities. Today, Henry Blodget & Co. at Silicon Alley Insider… Read More