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Chris McCann (Startupdigest) talks about work and money in the Silicon Valley – From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg

Topics discussed in this videointerview with Chris McCann

  • How StartupDigest was founded
  • The Business Model (outdated) – “Silicon Valley VIP Recruiting”
  • Working and finding Work in Silicon Valley
  • Society of knowledge
  • Books & Gutenberg
  • Scaling a Business
  • Where to get VC (Venture Capital) Money
  • Is the Siclicon Vally Goldrush a Bubble?
  • Failure is not a bad thing
  • How to start a StartupDigest?
  • Will you sell Startup Digest? -> he did about a week after the interview
  • Most interesting Startup

Much has changed since I visited Chris McCann in September 2012.
StartupDigest was acquired by the Kaufmann Foundation and I`m a curator myself. Join https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/frankfurtrheinmain to get the hottest Events around Frankfurt/Germany

If you join any of the Startup Digests, you can get the awesome Mails with the best Blogarticles from the StartupScene curated by Chris himself.

This Interview was part of my Project “From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg 2012

More than 550 years ago Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in my cozy Hometown Mainz/Germany (about 20min from Frankfurt Airport). But to be honest, I didn’t knew much about this awesome guy until I read Clay Shirkys Book: Here comes everybody, where he mentions Gutenbergs story and declares the end to his era. I becam fascinated. One of the most important in mankinds history was made only a few hundred meters from where I studied.

Diving deeper in Gutenbergs history I became aware of many similarities to todays startups.


In 2012 the local Newspaper (Verlagsgruppe Rhein-Main) gave me the opportunity to visit the United States to find the next Gutenberg. (Ok, they wanted to know, how they could adapt their business model.)

But here I go. I met and interviewed some really interesting people, and in the next weeks I will publish these interviews on YouTube and this website.

  • Occupy Gutenberg (A printed magazine for OWS)
  • Occupy Livestream (Live-Broadcasting from Occupy Wall Street)
  • Everyday Rebellion (Documentation)
  • Startup Weekend San Francisco
  • Chris McCann (Startup Digest)
  • Howard Rheingold (Media Literacy)
  • Downtown Project Las Vegas (Zach Ware, Kim Schaefer, Tony Hsieh)
  • David Weinberger
  • Jeff Jarvis (Web-Journalism)

If you want to watch one of them please subscribe to my RSS or Newsletter

PS: I neither got an interview with Gutenberg nor with Marc Zuckerberg. If you can help me the next time, just let me know.

Startup Weekend in San Fransisco

In 2012 I visited San Francisco for my project: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg (yes, the original badass-media-entrepreneur invented the printing press in my cozy hometown Mainz) and one of the first places I visited was the startup weekend at Devbootcamp. I knew that a startup weekend is the place to go, since I had been at one in Germany and it was a great starting point.

at the moment we started to plan a Startupweekend in Mainz


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