Reflecting on the ruthless rivalry that pitted the two "frienemies" against each other, Denton thanks Calacanis for rousing the "competitor in me." From Wired.com, Denton writes:
In 2004, while vacationing in Brazil, I learned that Jason CalacanisCalacanis shares the moment on Twitter, promoting the post and saying, "good memories."
had set up a rival blog network and hired away Pete Rojas, the editor
of our gadget site, Gizmodo ... But I'm grateful to Calacanis.
I had been taking it easy, and he roused the competitor in me. Gizmodo
now has some 10 times the traffic it had then; it's eclipsing
Engadget. I always say to myself: It's never as bad (or as good) as it
seems at the time.