Author Ashkan Karbasfrooshan

Why are Media Assets So Cheap?

The one-time high-flying digital media giants – VICE Media, Buzzfeed, VOX Media, Group Nine etc. – have all continued to grow their income statements but failed to dazzle the capital markets. Throughout the 16-year history of WatchMojo, I have had… Continue Reading →

Could Mark Cuban have been more wrong about Youtube?

Luck and timing are crucial in success. Mark Cuban’s massive sale of Broadcast.com to Yahoo! is prime example of that. Last night Youtube parent Alphabet reported earnings and hit it out of the park. Youtube’s growth has been nothing but… Continue Reading →

The Biggest Difference Between Media and Technology Entrepreneurs

When McGill University asked me to teach a class on entrepreneurship, the first step was going back through history and look at the origins of entrepreneurship and profiles of entrepreneurs. I was recently chatting with a financial advisor who asked… Continue Reading →

The Attention Economy is A Downward Spiral with Infinite Supply

The creator economy’s real problem is infinite supply Last summer, in a now-deleted tweet, Hunter Walk Tweeted: “Creator Econony” is on its way to becoming as meaningless as “Sharing Econony” was…. And indeed, the Creator Economy rhymes With the Gig Economy. We hear a… Continue Reading →

Taking Setbacks to Build Mental Strength

Today is Let’s Talk, a day where we focus on mental wellbeing, which touches on resilience and the need for entrepreneurs to channel setbacks into stepping stones. Tomorrow I will go back to the first lecture, but as today is… Continue Reading →

The Best Teachers are Perennial Students

Not all journeys are straight lines: my first time teaching… at McGill I haven’t posted in over a month, partially because I’ve continued my physiotherapy rehab since injuring myself at a soccer tournament in Dubai back in October, but mainly… Continue Reading →

The Buzzfeed SPAC/IPO Proves Investors and Media Aren’t Used to New Media Content Startups

A Watershed Moment in the history of digital media. Venture back to sometime, circa 2011: I got off the stage after a panel I was moderating when someone came over and said they were a fan. I was elated, thinking… Continue Reading →

Passion, Pride, Perspective & Privilege

When your passion blurs the fine line between pride and hubris, a wake up call will give you the perspective needed to better appreciate your privilege. As entrepreneurs, we tackle challenges, put teams together for a higher purpose. In October… Continue Reading →

Like Investing in Startups and Stocks? This may be your dream job!

Realistically, this person may not exist… but a man can dream! Twenty five years ago, when I entered business school and majored in finance, I didn’t think I would be an entrepreneur. I thought I’d parlay my finance degree to… Continue Reading →

FIFCO: World Corporate Champions Cup of Soccer

Soccer’s popularity is soaring. Tune in this weekend for to watch the World Corporate Champions Cup matches in Dubai where I’ll be representing Team Canada. Three weeks ago, I got a text from Albert Zbili, formerly an economist at the… Continue Reading →

Job opening at WatchMojo: Head of Insights

This would be a dream Job for someone who loves data, community and storytelling. At the heart of WatchMojo’s editorial strategy is the suggest tool, where fans suggest topics and entries. We have started to expand and poll the audience… Continue Reading →

The 3 Cs of Culture: You Can Do the Right Thing

Being good is annoying to others, but it can prove to be your superpower. Nearly twenty years ago, when I couldn’t break into Wall Street or Bay Street after graduating from finance school, I embarked on my career in media…. Continue Reading →

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