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The day that TV died

The day that TV died

I haven’t watched TV for years, I’m not alone, I don’t know that there was any real revelation, perhaps the final straw was the 70 Euro SKY bill moment, but I woke up one day and realised I hadn’t watched TV in years. I think a pivotal moment came with another yet another tragic US mass killing, when the news team on every news station from CNN to BBC to al Shadia said the same thing “Lets go to twitter”. Out came their giant media screens as they clicked away on tweets about the disaster. It struck me in that moment, why I am I watching this second hand, let me go and hashtag the hell out of twitter myself.

I was an early adopter and digitalfounder as @wisequeen on twitter, on facebook on instagram on tumblr. I was a digital strategist. I ate,slept and breathed social platforms, blogs and apps. I was a paid tech blogger, I had to plan my clients future on said platforms.

Twitter had its peak and then its slow decline, as it was overtaken by media channels and big business, they were always slower on the uptake as citizen journalists reported the news before the news channels could, it was a race to the scene as media channels became ambulance chasers while citizens recorded footage on their mobiles and beat them to it . Exciting times!

Reality TV had arrived and paid for a large part of the  TV channels who survived, those who hadnt yet  fallen off a cliff into the sea.

Reality stars... i.e. ordinary people, were in charge of their own image and influence for the first time in history, when the Kartrashians’ followers made even Obama’s numbers look sad. Even Oprah, who had ridden the crap out of that wave for eighteen years decided to hang up her wide-screen surf board and make content shows under her OWN label (what a smart name ). Yup, she went to You tube too.

How could anyone keep up? Techcrunch gave way to Snapchat, vine, reddit forums, web conferences in Paris, LA and London where the new media kids on the block were treated like rock stars. I remember saying to Gary Vaynerchuk in Paris 2008, this is a revolution.

I remember watching one of Gary’s first You Tube videos filmed in New Jersey before, Wine Library, before Daily grape, before Vaynermedia. That year and those following Gary and I and a crew of early adopters like Chris Sacca, Tara Hunt @missrogue, Guy Kawasaki, Chris Brogan lit a fire under people at huge events from Berlin to LA where you couldn’t help but notice that the corporate suits would pay thousands for a ticket to come and watch young pipsqueaks annihilate their 10 year plans and their carefully-put-together expensive marketing budgets on stage. That stage hosted speakers as different as Sarkosy, and Queen Rania of Jordan, who I got to meet with her PA at the green room, I still have her card. It was amazing stuff.

Google was on that stage too, of course they were. I was working from Zurich where we were building apps and holding Techmondays with developers and entrepreneurs, to London to Rome, to LA, to Boston. Speaking at Google and watching the internet give birth to snow white and the ugly stepsisters, It was breathtaking!

Crowds of People paying obscene amounts to attend conferences or to stand outside like the paparazzi, waiting, bloggers who wanted part of the social juice that was flowing like a river.

In 2010, I made a personal decision to cede my Zurich position to colleagues, to save my marriage. Then I got ill and then followed four major operations. I attended a conference in Paris for Le vin in 2011, and again Gary flew in from NYC to speak about wine, this time. We shared Lunch together and he was right on that tipping point.

About the same time, I started casually uploading small clips to Youtube of my travels. Mostly wine stuff, and helping some my clients with their clips.

In 2012 I got really ill and so followed a six year absence from almost all social platforms. I took down my pages, occasionally blogged, Social, had had it’s day.

Three months ago I looked at my little Youtube account with no subscribers and decided to take a look at reviving it as I did some exciting trips that I had made clips of, that I wanted to share with family.

There was 28,000 views… Now this was nowhere near Casey Neistat numbers , but I hadn’t touched it in years, I hadn’t promoted it, admittedly most of those thousands of views had been happening when Youtube was in its infancy, but I was surprised.

Here’s a video I uploaded then (portrait mode and all) it still got 1,5k views so  like it and subscribe! 

TV is truly dead. I do love Strictly come dancing on the BBC but I can watch that when I’m in London and that’s often, plus, some sweetheart records them for me…and I watch the BBC news online and everything else is on Youtube, Yup, You tube has become my TV.

I meet a lot of under 20s’ every day at uni and around startups when I speak and coach. They don’t watch TV much either.

Donna Jackson



What do Angel investors do?

If you play around on the web, follow any tech sites, use social media or have a start up, you could not fail to notice the term "angel investor" being thrown around. Which is not really the same as a "venture capitalist" who simply invests in new un-tested territory with a higher risk profile, sets his time frame and   then takes his profit. The level of capitalzation often differs beween these two.

Angels investors, invest too, but want to be more involved in the whole process of  guiding and enabling the entreprenuer with their start up. And may have a preference in a certain sector in accordance with their interests and experience.

My recent post on Nicolas Berg based in Europe  a serial entrepreneur based in Europe is an informative read on a really interesting Angel Investor

But how do they operate? Where do they obtain the investment funds they use, and who regulates them?  Most of these questions can be answered on the international business angels site. If you can't find your country, but its in Europe,  e mail me I can connect you.

Need to know how to present to them and what level of funding they start at?  go here

Networking initiatives like The Hatchery put angel-investors and business-start-ups together at

networking events across America.

It's the future of start ups with the Banks going shy on us, and the success stories are there, for those who have done their homework properly. 

However, don't expect Business angels to go easy on you though, they may in some cases be much harder to please than banks, and you will have to practice jumping through hoops first.

Have an opinion on Angel investors, have an experience to recount, or just want to share your thoughts here.

Comment above.

Donna Jackson

Social Communications Specialist