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Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media: Bubblews' Avi Dixit and Jason Zuccari Did Not Make the List

Does anyone remember the last article written by Jason Zuccari, President and co-owner of Bubblews?

On November 10, 2014 he put a request out to the Bubblews' community to help he and CEO and fellow owner, Arvind Dixit, become one of the "Forbes 30 under 30 in Media" companies by voting and telling our stories of our experience.

Zuccari's request included these words for readers and supporters to consider: "...from our leadership, Entrepreneurial Spirit, or how Bubblews has impacted or changed your life in a positive way. .." He also asked for the community to Tweet (with a prescribed script) showing one's allegiance.

He continued, " is like our family and in helping us to gain more exposure you will enable us to create more opportunities to build out our vision for this community. We appreciate your time and help."

I figured that they never made the list, as no one ever mentioned it again, though there were many people who acknowledged the request claiming to have voted. He received 620 likes and 213 comments on the article.

It was 51 days later that the big announcement was made that shook up the Bubblews community like a volcanic eruption. I have seen nothing from Zuccari since November in what I have read, including these last five weeks either.

It is no secret that things seem tentative and oddly quiet. I am also curious if the Forbes people were aware of the problems through their investigation of the the companies that were nominated.

The winners were announced the first week of January 2015. It is encouraging to me that there are so many innovative, savvy, caring, 20- to 29-year-old brilliant entrepreneurs who are on their way to greatness. I look forward to reading all of their stories at the Forbes 30 under 30 in Media website.

What I am reading shows a level of "heart," maturity and responsibility that I have not yet seen from many others in any age group. These Forbes' "winners" are the ones to watch in the future.

It just goes to show that vision and innovation might be good, but it takes more than just a good idea to be a winner in one's field.

And gifted leadership in this world? It will come from an even smaller percentage of those winners.

© 2015, Coral Levang All rights reserved.

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Squidwhisperer wrote on February 6, 2015, 9:16 PM

I do remember that and, though I did not vote, I conditionally offered my support providing that they provide me with an explanation for my 2nd deletion. They didn't so I didn't. I can only think that perhaps the Forbes people were flummoxed by their revolutionary application of "Ambvision" of which I wrote.

SoundNFury wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:28 PM

The creators and owners of Bubblews have neglected the fact that integrity is crucial to business. And personally, I think they see themselves as these geniuses when they really are not.

FernandoSHA wrote on February 6, 2015, 11:49 PM

It would have been a shame if they made it to the Forbes 30 considering the fact that they were soliciting for votes.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:12 AM

I have a hunch that I would have liked that piece. I am sorry to have missed it.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:14 AM

I might add that they have neglected that integrity is crucial to more than just business. I agree with you completely. It is such a shame, too.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:17 AM

&VisionofHope and FernandoSHA
BRILLIANT observation!
That reminds me of something I heard as a child: "Do as I say, not as I do." Never did make sense to me.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:43 AM

It's on my current postings here.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:49 AM

I remember reading that post and getting a really awkward feeling - embarrassed for them actually. It was so needy.

inertia4 wrote on February 7, 2015, 8:20 AM

CoralLevang I didn't think they would be winners either. I did vote for them though. And I know I wasn't alone. But, if they were to be more innovative then they might have made it. And yes, all the bad things they did and that happened did not help. It is rare a company comes along that changes the game. We seen it with Microsoft, We seen major changes in our lifestyle from APPLE. The best in my opinion. And Google. Are they rare gems, yes. That is what is needed for the future. Bubblews didn't have it and still don't. Also, neither does Facebook. But I am confident that somewhere down the road, some one or a group will create the next big thing.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 10:48 AM

inertia4 I did not vote for them because they were already having problems. To think that one could even be in the running with the issues they were having and be bold enough to act as if they had a chance? I'm sorry, but I think that is sheer foolishness. Some have already called them arrogant and narcissistic. Many companies change. Even those you have mentioned have changes in their courses. My daughter works at Google. Innovation is simply that, and I think that J & A have some good ideas and are innovative. Whether they have ideas that can change the world? Who knows. But the one thing that can be created to be the next best thing are people that care more about leaving a legacy because they care about something greater than themselves. That is where I think they went wrong.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 10:49 AM

I will have to get through your list. Thank you.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 10:55 AM

Exactly. Awkward, it was. Desperate. When people start to act and sound desperate, it usually means they are. It was embarrassing to me that they would through their hat in the ring knowing the troubles. Hail Mary pass.
Had they been considered seriously and made the list, the egg on Forbes' face would have been there, but also...J & A would have had to have been more accountable to the world, instead of hiding in the rafters and getting away with what they did and the Bubblews folks generally not speaking up. As long as they aren't held accountable by the majority, nothing will change and they will find another group to follow them and do the same things.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:39 PM

From my non-technical perspective, I don't think the problem was whether they were sufficiently innovative but rather a case of hubris. And, with that - as CoralLevang notes - throw in arrogance and narcissism, whisk in some disrespect-for-members, a touch [or maybe a wheel-barrow-load] of evasiveness-re-payments... and I think you have a recipe for - if not disaster then - a pretty nasty little cake... They can have it and eat it too.

celticeagle wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:15 PM

He, and his cohort, have made so many unclear promises. Always telling us there awesome things to come. I am SOOOO very tired of hearing that. And yet they want us to continue to hang in there and be happy about it all. I am SOOO over it.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:20 PM

Bear (the marketing director) recently posted about music and dancing and everyone being happy. I don't see much anything else happening around there.

seren3 wrote on February 7, 2015, 10:32 PM

Whew! I went over to Forbes from your post and read there for 40 minutes! Impressive bunch of people!

CoralLevang wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:30 AM

seren3 Aren't they!? Fabulous young people who care about others and wanting to make this world a BETTER place. So much heart in one group is what I have noticed!

BodieMor wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:31 PM

I saw in the news that M.Z. of Facebook just donated $75,000,000.00 to the hospital where his wife works as a pediatric physician...

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 8, 2015, 7:34 PM

I have not been a member of the Bubblews community, but based on all the stuff I've read about them here on PersonaPaper, I find it amusing that they have the nerve to ask their unpaid members for such a show of support. They really must be tremendously out of touch. It makes me shake my head a little bit.

FernandoSHA wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:03 PM

It's a case of not practicing what they preach hehehe!

FernandoSHA wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:07 PM

An it's rather impolite to ask people to vote or endorse you for an award, honor or distinction. It should come spontaneously from others but never from the one to be conferred the award. It's a sign of vanity.

CoralLevang wrote on February 9, 2015, 12:51 AM

Wow...and I think I have heard really crappy things about MZ. I think that this shows philanthropy in the same level as many others in this world.

CoralLevang wrote on February 9, 2015, 12:52 AM

GemofaGirl It's as if all they see is their own reflections. It's a shame, really.

BodieMor wrote on February 9, 2015, 5:45 PM

Um... huh? I sort of don't understand what you are saying here, lol! Do you mean he's finally "giving back"? Or that it's some kind of self-aggrandizement... Either way, it's a LOT of money!

PriscillaKing wrote on February 9, 2015, 7:09 PM

Serve'm right!

Ruby3881 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:53 PM

I find it ludicrous that this pair were even nominated. Their business model was flawed from the beginning, as was their ability to communicate and provide support to their users. Add the fact that they "fixed" their financial issues by a combination of delay tactics and simply cancelling payments when they couldn't afford them, and the only thing one can hold this duo up for is an example of how not to do business. They may have had an interesting idea for a web site, but that doesn't make them good businessmen - let alone elite ones.

Ruby3881 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:56 PM

Integrity, financial accountability, and the ability to provide efficient support to users were all neglected at Bubblews. I really don't know why Jason and Arvind would even think of themselves as successful, let alone deserving of special note as entrepreneurs.

CoralLevang wrote on February 10, 2015, 11:13 PM

May I simply respond with a heart, "Amen, sister!" Nothing else seems appropriate. emoticon :winking: