Peter Rojas (born March 18, 1975) is the co-founder of technology blogs Gizmodo and Engadget, as well as the video gaming blog Joystiq (2004).
Hi everyone, welcome to what is likely the final episode of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! We are wrapping up our limited-run podcast with a special bonus episode on tablets. Yes, there were plenty of weird and wonderful tablets from produced in the years before (and even after) the iPad!  For this episode we take a look back at Intel's Web Tablet, Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Smart Display, the Nokia 770, the Pepper Pad 3, the ill-fated Crunchpad/Joojoo, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, the HP Touchpad, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the Motorola Xoom. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
Peter Rojas was the co-founder of a few very popular technology blogs, including Gizmodo, Engadget, and Joystiq. The latter two were part of Weblogs, Inc., which was acquired by AOL in 2005. He later co-founded the consumer electronics social networking site, gdgt, which AOL also acquired in 2013. Post-acquisition, Peter stayed for a couple of years as the VP of Strategy and director of AOL's experimental products group.Now Peter is a partner at Betaworks, a startup studio and seed stage venture capital company based in New York City and San Francisco that invests in network-focused, consumer-facing media businesses.This is the second part of my conversation with Peter. In it we talk about Peter’s perspective on early stage investing, and he shares an unexpectedly tragic way he’s seen startups die.We discuss his take on the AR and VR markets, and Peter considers which of the major platform players has a chance to dominate the next cycle.We also get into Synthetic Reality, as well as the unique attributes of Betaworks Camps - as an alternative to accelerators or incubators.You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.
Peter Rojas was the co-founder of a few very popular technology blogs, including Gizmodo, Engadget, and Joystiq. The latter two were part of Weblogs, Inc., which was acquired by AOL in 2005. He later co-founded the consumer electronics social networking site, gdgt, which AOL also acquired in 2013. Post-acquisition, Peter stayed for a couple of years as the VP of Strategy and director of AOL's experimental products group.Now Peter is a partner at Betaworks, a startup studio and seed stage venture capital company based in New York City and San Francisco that invests in network-focused, consumer-facing media businesses.This is the first of two parts of my conversation with Peter. In this part, we talk about Peter’s transition from studying English to being a brash, young tech journalist. We talk about the origins of Gizmodo and Engadget, and he shares some stories from the trenches.We get into Peter’s ambitions for his third startup, gdgt, his time at ALO, and his transition to becoming a seed-stage investor at Betaworks.I think you’ll really enjoy the stories he shares in this one.In the second episode, we get into startup investing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and even synthetic reality.You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.
Welcome to Episode 7 of 0G, A History of Forgotten Phones! 0G is a limited-run podcast where we look back at how weird and wonderful smartphones were back in the days before iOS and Android took over and your only option became a rectangular slab running one or the other. 0G is hosted by two people who were there: Christie Pitts (now at Backstage Capital), who started her career selling phones at a Verizon store, and Peter Rojas (now at Betaworks Ventures), founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt. In Episode 7 we take a look at the phones of 2009, including the Palm Pre, the BlackBerry Storm 2, the Microsoft Kin 1 & 2,  the Motorola Droid, and the HTC HD2.  Want to contact us? Christie is @imchristiepitts and Peter is @peterrojas on Twitter. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show.
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18
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7
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17 hours, 1 second
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