From the monthly archives:

April 2010

LaLa Shut Down by Apple? What’s the Deal?

by Ryan on April 30, 2010

iTunes in the cloud must be coming soon.

Jason Calacanis Drops The Hammer on YoungStartups for Charging Fees to Present @jason

by Ryan on April 29, 2010

Jason Calacanis

Check out this email thread from LA entrepreneur stud, CEO of, and founder of the Open Angel Forum, Jason Calacanis, ripping on YoungStartups for trying to charge entrepreneurs $1,500 to pitch at their conference.   This totally made my day!

On Apr 29, 2010, at 3:53 PM, Jason Calacanis wrote:

and please publish this on the web.

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM, <> wrote:

Charging startups is a scam that preys upon entrepreneurs that are desperate to meet investors.

Any VC or angel associated with this should be ashamed.

Please kill yourself.

Best j
Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

From: “Adam Negnewitzky” <>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:03:25 -0400
To: ‘Jason Calacanis'<>; ‘Ryan Born'<>
Subject: RE: Confirm


We charge for a valuable service… I’m not sure why you are making derogatory comments which are obviously out of line.



Adam Negnewitzky
Senior Associate
youngStartup Ventures
Phone: (212) 202-1002

From: Jason Calacanis []
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 6:00 PM
To: Ryan Born
Cc: Adam Negnewitzky
Subject: Re: Confirm

Ryan: YoungStartup’s is a scam, suggest not doing it.

Adam: shame on you.


Jason McCabe Calacanis
Office: 310-593-6134 / Mobile: 310-456-4900
AOL IM/Skype: jasoncalacanis

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM, Ryan Born <> wrote:

Would you consider not charging our startup to present?  Perhaps you have heard of the Open Angel Forum?  I think $1500 is a going to be out of our comfort zone.

All the best,


…message sent via wireless handheld
(please excuse typos and brevity)

Ryan Born, CPA

—–Original Message—–
From: Adam Negnewitzky <>
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 12:19 PM
To: ‘Ryan Born – AudioMicro’ <>
Subject: RE: Confirm

Hi Ryan,

The following are the costs/benefits of the presenting opportunity. Let me
know if you’d like me to send over the presenting application.

Featured Company Benefits include:

*       Recognition as a Top Innovator 50 company
*       Access to leading VCs, Corporate VCs, private investors and
investment bankers
*       Presentation slot
*       Three Complimentary passes for company executives
*       Additional discounted registrations
*       Two page Company Profile published in event guide distributed to all
attendees and investors
*       Media Exposure
*       Two complimentary passes to attend “Featured Company” Coaching
Session with active VCs providing feedback
*       Cocktail reception with VCs

Fee to present: $1,485 (if you have already registered, your registration
fee will be deducted).

Kind regards,

Adam Negnewitzky

Senior Associate
youngStartup Ventures
Phone: (212) 202-1002

From: Ryan Born – AudioMicro []
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: Confirm

Hi Adam

I received the message.  Remind me again what the fee is for startups to present?

All the best,

Ryan Born, CPA
CEO – AudioMicro, Inc.
skype: ryan.born
AIM:  rborn2000

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM, Adam Negnewitzky <>

Ryan —

Wanted to confirm you received my previous email with the details you
requested on presenting as one of 50 Top Innovators recognized at the
prestigious New York Venture Summit.

Let me know if you’d like your company to be considered.

Keep in mind that the deadline to submit your company is next Thursday May



Adam Negnewitzky
Senior Associate
youngStartup Ventures
Phone: (212) 202-1002

My Only Gripe w/ Skype

by Ryan on April 27, 2010

They don’t take AMEX.  Boo!

Posted via email from Ryan Born

The Solar Panels Come Next

by Ryan on April 13, 2010

For the past few months, we’ve been working hard on weekends to clean up and spruce up the yard. When we purchased, the home, it was a foreclosure and as you can imagine, the previous owner had not taken care of the yard (or the home). Here are some images of the before and after transformation of the yard. All the credit goes to Lauren for the beautiful fence color and landscape design.





The next project just may be some solar panels. There used to be a cap on the tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to a maximum credit of $2,000. These days, from what I understand, the solar panel tax credit has been bumped up to 30% of the cost, with no maximum – i.e. if you spend $15,000 on solar panels, you’ll get a $4,500 federal tax credit, which is pretty nice. I’ll have to do a little research to see if California is offering any additional tax credits for solar panel installation. Credits or no credits, the solar panels come next…