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Jonathan Abrams of 8-Bit Capital

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The co-creator of Friendster and Founders Den tries his hand at venture capital.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


16 Jun 2021

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Jonathan Abrams @ Friendster: The Programmer Who Invented Social Networking

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Before Facebook became synonymous with “social media,” and even before MySpace was the coolest website on the planet, there was another startup that most people credit with inventing social networking as we know it. That website was called Friendster.Even if you never personally used Friendster, you've probably heard of it. It was the site that paved the way for all the social networks billions of people use and love every day. It was the first place where people uploaded photos of themselves and connected with their real-life friends.Yes, that type of website doesn't sound unique today, but, in 2002, it was revolutionary, and people loved it. But it wasn't immediately obvious that would be the case. In fact, when the founder of Friendster, Jonathan Abrams, first had the idea, he thought it sounded wacky. And when he told people about his idea, they thought it sounded dumb.But Jonathan launched it anyway, and, as they say, the rest is history. Friendster ushered in a completely new paradigm for how people thought about and used the Internet that remains the core of the Web today.For a complete transcript of the episode, click here.


11 Jan 2021

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8/7/20 - Hour 1: Raiders Play-by-Play Voice Beth Mowins, The Q-Tip Talks Jonathan Abrams, Latest Raiders News

Silver and Black Today - A Las Vegas Raiders Show

The first week of Raider Nation Radio 920 comes to an end with SIlver and Black Today as Q Myers and Scott Gulbransen wrap up a historic week. Las Vegas Raiders play-by-play voice Beth Mowins talks about the impact of the pandemic on NFL football, the lack of Raiders preseason games, and the evolution of Mark Davis as the team's owner. Q drops his Q-Tip segment with props to Raiders second-year safety Jonathan Abram for his Player's Tribune piece on his mother and front-line workers in America. We also talk about Scott's COVID test at the Raiders headquarters today and hear today's comments from Lincoln Kennedy on Derek Carr.See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.


8 Aug 2020

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#24: Jonathan Abrams - Founder of 8-Bit Capital, Friendster, and Nuzzel - Lessons From Pioneering Social Media

The Venture Brief

Jonathan Abrams is the co-founder and General Partner of 8-Bit Capital, a seed investing firm based in San Francisco. After working at Netscape and Nortel, he started his entrepreneurial path by founding Friendster, the pioneering social media service that is widely known as the predecessor to Myspace and Facebook. At its peak, Friendster had over 115M registered users across the globe and raised over $48M from leading investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark, and IDG. He is also the co-founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, the founder of Socializr, and founder of the professional news discovery service Nuzzel. He has enjoyed a successful career as an active angel investor. He has invested in over 50 startups including AngelList, Docker, Front, HelloSign, Instacart, Mixmax, Slideshare, and Zeplin. In his free time, Jonathan serves on the boards of several organizations such as Girls in Tech, and mentors entrepreneurs at Stanford, Berkeley, Techstars amongst others. Today, Jonathan supports and invests in startups that connect people and businesses in new ways at 8-Bit Capital. Show recommendation: Larry SandersFund: 8-Bit CapitalLinkedIn: Jonathan Abrams


19 Jul 2020

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QUARANTINE RADIO with Big Wos, Russ Bengtson and Jonathan Abrams

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Today on Episode 42 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on podcaster/writer/news-breaker Big Wos to talk about how he told the world about Drake's latest release, what the reaction is in his household when David Aldridge shows up in the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, the one celebrity that lives in Wos' neighborhood in the Valley, our favorite Bon Appetit personalities, and so much more! We get on the line with acclaimed basketball and sneaker writer Russ Bengtson to catch up on the worst people in the Trump administration, the most underrated member of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty, any surprise at the idea that Phil Jackson would gun for Doug Collins' job, drive-by birthday celebrations, what people are doing in Ace Hardware parking lots during the quarantine, and much more! And finally we phone down to North Carolina to speak with the New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Abrams about the balance between writing his next book and playing Legos with his kids, the brilliant interviewing techniques used in The Last Dance, the joy that comes from sitting down with a childhood hero, Kobe Bryant's killer instinct, his perspective on Trump's use of the term "fake news," and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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4 May 2020

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BRING IT IN: Jonathan Abrams


Today on BRING IT IN Henry Abbott and David Thorpe spoke with Jonathan Abrams, award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling oral history of The Wire called All the Pieces Matter, as well as a book about high-school basketball players going straight to the NBA, called Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.They talked about The Wire, the NCAA, what happens if the NBA abolishes the draft, and more. We were also treated to TrueHoop special correspondent Adena Jones’s report on what NBA players have been up to during the lockdown. The video is here:RECENT BRING IT IN EPISODES:MONDAY April 27, 2020 Coach Thorpe helped our guest Thomas Beller solve a basketball mystery. FRIDAY April 24, 2020 Jarod Hector on Michael Jordan as an antihero, Scottie Pippen as hero, and the first thing that should change in the NBA.THURSDAY April 23, 2020 Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry and surprise guest Amin Elhassan.WEDNESDAY April 22, 2020 Special TrueHoop correspondent Adena Jones on what NBA families are up to during the lockdown.TUESDAY April 21, 2020 Jade Hoye, the man who created ESPN’s TrueHoop TV and TrueHoop podcasts at ESPN.MONDAY April 20, 2020 Jeff Asher, former CIA officer, on how bias affects perception, thinking about thinking, and job of managing our own biases in making choices.FRIDAY April 17, 2020 Seerat Sohi on ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance and mental health in a pandemic.THURSDAY April 16, 2020 Dana Smith returns to answer our new coronavirus questions.WEDNESDAY April 15, 2020 Chad Ford tries to make Henry Abbott cry.TUESDAY April 14, 2020 Adena Jones reports on what NBA players have been up to during the lock down. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.truehoop.com/subscribe


28 Apr 2020

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Jonathan Abrams - Ep. 38

Hornets Hive Cast | A Charlotte Hornets Podcast

Kroeger is joined by Jonathan Abrams, author and NBA writer for Bleacher Report. Kroeger and Jonathan talk about Jonathan’s career covering sports, starting at an early age and the differences between covering other sports outside of the NBA


25 Mar 2019

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Ep. 120 - Jonathan Abrams

The Rob Burgess Show

Hello and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob Burgess. On this, our 120th episode, our guest is Jonathan Abrams.Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling "Boys Among Men." He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.His new book, “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire,” was released Feb. 13, and is now also a New York Times bestseller.And, now, onto the show.Join The Rob Burgess Show mailing list! Go to tinyletter.com/therobburgessshow and type in your email address. Then, respond to the automatic message.I have a Patreon account, which can be found at www.patreon.com/robburgessshowpatreon. I hope you'll consider supporting in any amount.Also please make sure to comment, follow, like, subscribe, share, rate and review everywhere the podcast is available, including iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Facebook, Twitter, Internet Archive, TuneIn and RSS.The official website for the podcast is www.therobburgessshow.com.You can find more about me by visiting my website, www.thisburgess.com.If you have something to say, record a voice memo on your smartphone and send it to therobburgessshow@gmail.com. Include “voice memo” in the subject line of the email.


17 Aug 2018

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Jonathan Abrams founder of Nuzzel and Friendster on how to win in a crowded market

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A Canadian implant in SV Jonathan Abrams is now a founder of 4 SV startups: Socializr, Friendster, HotLinks and most recently Nuzzel with backing from Marc Andreesen, Naval Ravikant, Homebrew, SoftTech and Lowercase just to name a few. Jonathan has first hand experience on how timing matters for companies, how to differentiate in a crowded market to rise above the competition, and how execution is as important as the initial idea for the company to succeed. Jonathan is also a prolific angel investor counting AngelList, Docker, Front, Instacart, and Slideshare amongst his portfolio. I love my interactions with Jonathan because he is outspoken about supporting and opening doors for women founders. He is also on the board of Girls in Technology. Thank you Jonathan for being with us today. Follow us on twitter @abrams and @atshruti Listen to some other [Array] podcasts: Ryan Hoover founder of Product Hunt, Justin Kan who sold his company Twitch to Amazon for $1B.


31 Jul 2018

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Episode 13: Author Spotlight- Jonathan Abrams

Black & Read

New Episode Alert Black and Read is back with our July episode featuring New York Times Best Selling Author Jonathan Abrams. We discuss his new book "All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of the Wire", his experience in journalism, and NBA free agency. It's not one you're going to want to miss! Please leave us a rating and review. We love to hear from our listeners. If you have a suggestion for a book please let us know!  Follow Us! Twitter: @BlackandReadPod Facebook: @BlackandReadPod E-mail: BlackandReadPodcast@gmail.com


17 Jul 2018