Jason Goldberg
Film and television producer
Jason Goldberg
Jason Goldberg is an American film and television producer. Goldberg is the producer of the films Guess Who and The Butterfly Effect and executive producer of the shows Beauty and the Geek and Punk'd. He often works with Ashton Kutcher.
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The Wild And Sometimes Frightening World Of ‘Punk’d’
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Serena Williams almost started to cry as she drove the Ford SUV through traffic at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Her voice shook as she spoke. It was easy to understand why. In front of Williams, an Escalade with two abducted children inside of it ― one of them a baby ― was racing along palm tree-lined Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles at dangerous speeds. Next to Williams was the baby’s mother, who was also the other child’s aunt. “I’m almost crying for your baby,” Williams said to the woman. Overwhelmed by the weight of the situation, the tennis star took one hand off the wheel and held it over her heart. Just minutes before, Williams had been waiting in the Ford SUV for her friend to use the bathroom. She was parked in a strip mall lot, where she had met the woman now seated next to her during the chase. As Serena witnessed in the parking lot, the woman’s teenage nephew had locked himself and her baby in a neighboring Escalade because the supposed aunt wouldn’t bu ...
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Are You Built for Scale?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In the early autumn of 2013, Fab Founder and CEO Jason Goldberg called his executives into a conference room and told them that two-thirds of the company needed to be let go. This was shocking news considering the company had been valued at $900,000,000 just a couple months before. But not shocking if you know that the company, a darling of the NYC startup world, had burnt through $200,000,000 in investment in two years without figuring out a predictable way to make money. They had built technology, expanded to new markets, and shown a lot of promise, but at the end of the day, they didn't have a business. The story is rather common. Someone has an innovative idea, they raise money, build technology and experience some early success. This inspires them to raise more investment to grow and expand. And then, the business falters and fails. Fab ended earlier this year when PCH bought its remains in a fire sale. We usually blame failure on decisions made by leadership. A ...
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Why You Don't Want to Be a Silicon Valley Unicorn
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Unicorns might be mythical creatures, but in Silicon Valley, they're alive and well. In fact, more than 120 of them are thriving in the not-so-natural habitat of overfunding, overgrowing, overpopulated area of the world -- Silicon Valley. A "unicorn" is a startup whose valuation is $1 billion or higher. The unicorn's bigger brother, the decacorn is a startup with $10 billion valuation or higher. We live in "The Age of Unicorns" according to Fortune. These booming businesses are the stuff of living legends -- the likes of Uber, Airbnb, SpaceX, and Snapchat. Their leaders are celebrities. Their products are ubiquitous. And their disruptive, game-changing, head-turning, industry-upsetting model is what millions of entrepreneurs aspire to. But is unicorn status truly worthy of aspiration? I'd suggest caution. Here's why. 1. Valuation isn't the end-all. Let's talk about valuation. Valuation is, after all, the single reason why any startup can qualify as a unicorn. J ...
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For Tech's Highfliers, Fab Is Cautionary Tale
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
By Evelyn M. Rusli Fab.com was supposed to be a billion-dollar e-commerce juggernaut. It had early traction, blue-ribbon backers and hundreds of millions of dollars in financing.Instead, Fab stands as a cautionary tale for the latest generation of highflying Internet startups.On Tuesday, PCH, an Irish electronics contract manufacturer, said it had acquired the Fab.com website and two offices in New York and India. The asset sale, completed at a small fraction of the company’s previous valuation of close to $1 billion just two years ago, caps a tumultuous journey for the online home-design shop.Co-founded in 2011 by Jason Goldberg, Fab transformed itself from a fledgling gay social network into a design-centric e-commerce store. It sold home goods, such as modern clocks and whimsical mugs, as well as hip T-shirts and minimalist jewelry.Fab’s carefully curated aesthetic took off initially, buoyed by a steady stream of online ads touting the site. The company’s sales reached $120 million i ...
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THE TECH ‘TITANIC’: How Fab, a fast-growing billion-dollar startup, raised $330 million, then went bust
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Business Insider On Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, Fab CEO Jason Goldberg gathered a dozen executives in the eighth-floor conference room of the company’s New York City headquarters. When the executives filed in, they were handed a five-page document. Goldberg sat at the head of the table, his expression somber beneath his salt-and-pepper scruff. He explained that Fab, a company that had been valued at $900 million just three months previously, was about to change drastically. Two-thirds of the company needed to be fired. Its European division would more or less be shuttered. The company had burned $200 million of the $336 million it had raised, and it had failed to find a sustainable business model. Megan Dickey/Business Insider Jason Goldberg, CEO and cofounder of Fab. “We are going to make this work,” Goldberg’s five-page missive began. “It has to start with brutal honesty.” Goldberg advised everyone to “acknowledge that we have a serious problem.” “We spent $200M in the past 2 years. $200M ...
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Soleil Moon Frye Talks Life Lessons From 'Punky Brewster' And Motherhood (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Those who grew up in the '80s will always remember Soleil Moon Frye as Punky Brewster, but Frye doesn't mind -- she takes it as a compliment. "I'm proud of that role," she says in the above clip from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" "I hold Punky very close to my heart." "I love that Punky was groundbreaking in her style and she taught me to very much be unique and to be who I am," Frye says. "Punky and I are so much this same person, in so many ways." These days, Punky is all grown up. Frye has been married to TV producer Jason Goldberg for 15 years and the couple has two children with a baby boy on the way. "When I became a mom, I was like, 'Wow, this is a lot harder than people make it out to be,'" Frye says. "I was walking out of the house with my clothes on inside out, with spit-up in my hair -- I was a mess. And that's the reality, and I wanted parents to know that they didn't need to feel bad about that -- that they could embrace it and they could laugh at themselves, and tha ...
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Report: Another Round of Layoffs for Fab
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Hasn't anyone ever told CEO Jason Goldberg about the old bandaid-ripping trick?  "With regards to the rumors, it is accurate that Fab is undergoing management changes as we realign the business to execute on our 2014-2017 plan. "Sources said that Goldberg had spoken to Shellhammer about scaling back his duties, which had included managing merchandising operations, to focus exclusively on choosing products to sell on Fab. Can Fab pull this off, or is the company headed into a death spiral?
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Soleil Moon Frye on Having a Baby Boy: "I'm Still in Disbelief!"
US Magazine - over 3 years
Come February, it'll be a whole new household for actress, author and busy mom of two Soleil Moon Frye: She'll be welcoming her third child -- a baby boy -- into her family to join big sisters Poet, 8, and Jagger, 5. "I can't believe that I'm going to have a boy! I'm still in crazy disbelief, it's crazy for me to say 'a boy,'" Punky Brewster's Moon Frye, who confirmed her son's gender on Oct. 16, told Us Weekly. PHOTOS: The cutest pictures of Hollywood kids When the little guy comes arrives at the Los Angeles pad Moon Frye, 37, and her film and TV producer husband Jason Goldberg call home, many things will have to change around the house. Chief among them? How the Home Made Simple host and creator of the Moonfrye app structures playtime with her kids! "I've been so much in the world of dress-up and make believe and princesses -- this whole girly world -- and now I'm like, 'Wow, it could be totally be different,'" she tells Us, asking readers with sons to write into Us Weekl ...
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Fab Cuts 20 Percent of Staff in Fresh Round of Layoffs
Entrepreneur - over 3 years
Fab CEO Jason Goldberg says the company made the 'tough but correct' decision to axe nearly a fifth of its global staff as the company strives for profitability.
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Soleil Moon Frye Pregnant, Expecting Third Child With Husband Jason Goldberg
US Magazine - over 3 years
Punky's pregnant again! Soleil Moon Frye -- former Punky Brewster star and author of the book Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between -- is pregnant and expecting her third child with husband Jason Goldberg, she announced on the TODAY show on Thursday, Aug. 15. "I have a very big announcement: We have a newest addition to the family here," she said, rubbing her belly. "Yay! We have two girls and now a new baby to join the family. We are so excited...I'm so happy." PHOTOS: Celebrity pregnancies Married since October 1998, Frye and Goldberg are already parents to two daughters, Poet, 7, and Jagger, 5. But the former child star has long said she wants to expand her brood. "It's on my mind like everyday!" she told The Bump in October of having another child. "I want a third! I just feel like if I have a third it will be another girl and I would be so into it. And then maybe the fourth would be a boy. Fingers crossed within the next ...
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Web retailer Fab valued at $1 billion with funding from Tencent
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Reuters) - Fab has raised $150 million from several investors, including Tencent Holdings , that values the online retailer at $1 billion. As part of the funding round Tencent, China's largest online gaming and social networking company, will get to appoint a director to Fab's board, said Jason Goldberg, Fab's chief executive and founder, in a post on his personal blog on Wednesday. "We specifically sought out a strategic partner like Tencent because we are intent on bringing Fab to many new markets," Goldberg said. ...
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Where Is Punky Brewster Now?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A quarter century ago, on May 27, 1988, fans said goodbye to the freckle-faced, mismatched, puppy-loving titular character of "Punky Brewster." The series ended with the only family left in Punky's life -- her golden retriever Brandon -- getting married to his fellow canine Brenda in the courtyard of their apartment building. Kibble was thrown, boas were worn and barks sounded throughout Chicago. Check out a clip below. The show may have only lasted four seasons, but "Punky Brewster" left a lasting impression and made pre-teen Soleil Moon Frye, who played the little leading lady, a household name. In 1989, she co-hosted "Girl Talk," based on the board game of the same name and co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the show only lasted one season. After a decade of being known only as Punky Brewster, Frye made her triumphant return to TV in Season 5 of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She'd had stints on "The Wonder Years," "Saved by the Bell" and "Friends," but t ...
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AMR Unions Want Horton Out if Merger With US Airways Occurs
The Street - about 4 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (TheStreet) -- AMR's unions weren't happy to hear that CEO Tom Horton could remain with the airline following an expected merger with US Airways "If he isn't out, you're going to see an employee riot," said Jason Goldberg, a principal in The Leading Edge consulting firm and an American pilot. "It's not just a matter of bad will, which certainly exists. Employees believe that American has been completely operationally adrift during Horton's tenure." The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Horton is in talks about being board chairman in a merger. It was unclear whether he would be executive chairman, with authority over the CEO, or non-executive chairman, lacking such authority. It is assumed that the merged airline would be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker and his current management team, which assembled at America West and took over US Airways following a 2005 merger. ... Click to view a price quote on AAMRQ.PK.
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Ashton Kutcher firm's suit against DMV may proceed, judge rules
LATimes - about 4 years
A judge ruled that a suit filed by Ashton Kutcher's television production company can move forward against the California Department of Motor Vehicles for allegedly backing out of a deal to participate in a reality show based on the agency. Katalyst Media, behind TV shows such as "Punk'd," "Beauty and the Geek" and "True Beauty," is suing the state for $1.44 million, claiming it allowed the company access to the DMV to produce a half-hour reality show featuring daily life inside the state agency but then reneged on the deal. Kutcher's company, which has also produced several movies, alleges breach of contract and cites money the company spent on preproduction. After a tentative ruling Friday, Superior Court Michael Johnson on Monday officially allowed the case to move forward. The suit filed by attorney Marty Singer's law firm on behalf of the company says Katalyst negotiated in 2010 with the DMV "to capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and ente ...
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Jonathon Youshaei: Learning From LeBron? Five Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From King James
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
LeBron lovers and haters alike, this one's for you. Every entrepreneur can learn a thing or two from the NBA's most controversial athlete. Get ready for a few surprises. 1. Always Tell a Story LeBron is not just some one-dimensional ball player. He tells a story, exudes personality, and people absolutely love watching him -- whether on the court, the set of Saturday Night Live, or hosting the ESPYs. One of the smartest things LeBron did for his career was launch an inspirational documentary called More Than a Game. The film told the story of LeBron's upbringing in Cleveland. Pictures from his childhood and interviews from loved ones showed a side of LeBron we rarely see. The reviews came in strong -- commentary hailing James as a "positive role model" and the film as a "soul-stirring documentary" grew rampant. Justin Bieber actually did the same exact thing with his documentary, Never Say Never. As an entrepreneur, your story can oftentimes be as interesting as ...
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Chad Michael Murray's New TV Gig
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Chad Michael Murray is headed back down South. According to TVLine, the "One Tree Hill" vet has joined the cast of the TNT cop drama "Southland" as Dave Mendoza, described as a nice cop who is a "bit of a loose cannon." In other casting news... Lisa Edelstein is guest starring on "House of Lies." Edelstein will appear on two episodes of the Showtime series as Brynn, a "smart and sexy political consultant" who Marty (Don Cheadle) gets entangled with. [Showtime] Marin Ireland is headed to "The Following." The "Homeland" actress is stopping by the Fox drama's ninth episode as Amanda, described as a "sweet and fragile woman." [THR] "Teen Wolf" has added four new actors. The MTV series has added "Desperate Housewives" alums Charlie and Max Carver, as well as Adelaide Kane and Felisha Terrell. The Carver twins will play identical alpha werewolves, while Kane will play the mysterious Cora and Terrell will portray Kali, a "ruthless and sexy" alpha werewolf. [Deadline] ...
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Bryce Maddock: Don't Acqui-hire, Acqui-source Instead
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The tech industry has redefined the motivating factors for acquisitions with the advent of the "acqui-hire." However, there is a new trend emerging and it aligns perfectly with the current focus on innovation. In an attempt to achieve true innovation, Internet tech companies are shifting from traditional motivations for acquiring businesses to a new concept called "acqui-sourcing." Brief History of Acquisitions Headline-worthy acquisitions have always been synonymous with the tech industry. As industry giants like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Apple rose to power, they devoured smaller companies, raided their executive teams, claimed their proprietary technology as their own, shuffled their infrastructure and finally discarded of the corporate remains. Some cried foul, as companies like Microsoft demonstrated Napoleon-esque ambition. Yet, acquisitions remain a prominent force in the tech ecosystem and reporters from TechCrunch, PandoDaily and VentureBeat cover the latest ac ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Goldberg
    TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 26
    Goldberg married actress Soleil Moon Frye on October 25, 1998 in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child, daughter Poet Sienna Rose Goldberg, was born on August 24, 2005. Their second child, daughter Jagger Joseph Blue Goldberg, was born on March 17, 2008. Their third child, son Lyric Sonny Roads Goldberg, was born February 9, 2014. Their fourth child, son Story Goldberg, was born May 16, 2016. He is on the board of directors for EMA, an environmental action group based in Los Angeles. Goldberg is on the board of directors for EMA, an environmental action group based in Los Angeles.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    Born in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, Goldberg got his start as a producer on the film Homage with Blythe Danner in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Next, he produced Cafe Society with Lara Flynn Boyle and Peter Gallagher. He and Ashton Kutcher run a production company, Katalyst Films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 0
    Born in 1972.
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