Jason Calacanis, Mahalo CEO: Interview - Page 3
The mission remains the same: To help people find information they can trust.
How we accomplish the mission has changed. At the start I thought we would be 80% search and 20% content. Today we're 50% content, 30% search and 20% Q&A. So, we will keep playing with the dials until we get it perfect. We've got two or three more years of work and I think we will solve the puzzle. If we do, we will have a site that is bigger than the Wikipedia.
Is your goal for people to think of products such as Google, Wikipedia, and Mahalo when looking for information and resources on the Internet, or do see it from a different perspective?
When people think of Mahalo I'd like them to think "the best page on the internet for any topic."
Additionally, I'd like some percentage of folks to think Mahalo is "the best place to start" their Internet journey. That's a really hard thing to do, but I think we will take 10% share of the search space in the next couple of years.
I've long thought that the changes that Netscape (now Propeller) went through while you were the GM there would greatly influence the future of web content; that is, a combination of user submitted content, original content, and editor-curated content would become the norm. What's your take on this?
I still believe in that mission, and I think even Kevin Rose does to a certain extent--but on a different percentage. In fact, their Digg Dialoggs are a great example of laying produced content on top of community content. Gawker, GDGT and the New York Times are all doing similar things by promoting consumer content to the top level.
Curation is the future of the internet.
The Knicks... any hope?
Absolutely! The Knicks are going to trade [Eddy] Curry right after Christmas freeing up a lot of cap space.
LeBron [James] will lose to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and then sign with the Knicks. He will then convince Chris Bosh to join him and the Knicks will win three championships in a row.
A boy can dream right? :-)