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Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City>New York| Net worth = Fordham University (Bachelor of Arts>B.A.)| occupation = Angel investor / podcasterUnited States>American| citizenship = United States| spouse = | religion = }}Jason McCabe Calacanis (born November 28, 1970) is an American Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, author and podcaster.. (2009-12-13). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Jason Calacanis | CrunchBase Profile. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.WEB, My retirement party, Jason Calacanis, Jason Calacanis weblog, November 28, 2005,weblink April 21, 2006, His first company was part of the dot-com era in New York, and his second venture, Weblogs, Inc., a publishing company that he co-founded together with Brian Alvey, capitalized on the growth of blogs before being sold to AOL.Jason Calacanis Timeline: From Weblogs to AOL to Sequoia. Retrieved on 2013-07-19. In addition to being an angel investor in various technology startups, Calacanis also presents at industry conferences worldwide.Jason Calacanis Keynote at Blog Business Summit. ConversionRater (2006-10-26). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Who is Jason Calacanis – Why Should You care?. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Jason McCabe Calacanis. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis raising a $10 million fund. 4-Traders. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.

Early life

Calacanis was born in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York and has two brothers.{{Citation|last=carpoolUK|title=Jason Calacanis {{!}} Carpool|date=2010-05-12|url=|accessdate=2017-10-02}} He graduated from Xaverian High School in 1988. He then attended Fordham University, where he received a B.A. in psychology.WEB,weblink Featured Discussion Leaders, The Media Center, 2007, June 6, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink May 4, 2007,


Calacanis started his career in the 1990s as a reporter covering the internet industry in New York.NEWS,weblink Should the Middle Class Invest in Risky Tech Start-Ups?, Manjoo, Farhad, 2017-09-27, The New York Times, 2019-06-04, en-US, 0362-4331, As a blogger,The Blogfather? Jason Calacanis expands family : @ProBlogger. (1970-01-01). Retrieved on 2013-07-19. Calacanis co-founded the blog network Weblogs, Inc. with Brian Alvey. They founded Weblogs, Inc. in September 24, 2003, and the startup was supported by an angel investment from Mark Cuban. Two years after inception, the Weblogs, Inc. blogs business was generating $1,000 a day just from AdSense.Penenberg, Adam L.. (2007-09-01) Man vs. Machine | Fast Company | Business + Innovation. Fast Company. Retrieved on 2013-07-19. Time Warner's America Online agreed to buy Weblogs, Inc. in October 2005 for $25–30 million.WEB, Arrington, Michael, October 5, 2005,weblink AOL Acquires Weblogs, Inc.,, 2010-06-14, (File:Jason Calacanis3.jpg|thumb|Jason Calacanis in January 2008)Calacanis's biggest success to date is Weblogs, Inc., which was sold to AOL in 2005.Before forming Weblogs, Inc., Calacanis was founder and CEO of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published print and online publications. During the dot-com boom, Calacanis was active in New York's Silicon Alley community, and in 1996 began producing the Silicon Alley Reporter. Originally a 16-page photocopied newsletter, it eventually expanded into a 300-page magazine, with a sister publication called the Digital Coast Reporter for the West Coast. Calacanis' socializing earned him a nickname as the "yearbook editor" of the Silicon Alley community.Grigoriadis, Vanessa (March 6, 2000). "Silicon Alley 10003". New York. Retrieved 2010-06-19. The company also organized conferences in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco focused on the Internet, web, and New Media. With the end of the Dot-com bubble, Silicon Alley Reporter failed, and the company was sold out of bankruptcy to a private equity firm.Naraine, Ryan (October 8, 2001). "Silicon Alley Reporter Goes Under". ClickZ News; Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-19.On November 16, 2006, TechCrunch reported that Calacanis had resigned from his position as CEO of Weblogs, Inc. and general manager of Netscape.Arrington, Michael (November 16, 2006). "Jason Calacanis resigns from AOL". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 2010-06-19. Calacanis later confirmed this on his blog and the Gillmor Gang podcast.Farber, Dan. (2006-11-17) Jason Calacanis talks about leaving AOL and what's next. ZDNet. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Calacanis joined Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm, as an EIA (entrepreneur in action) in December, 2006,Arrington, Michael (December 5, 2006). "Calacanis takes position at Sequoia Capital". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 2010-06-19.a position which he held until May, 2007.Why Jason Calacanis Is Betting All His Chips On Web Video. The Rise to the Top. Retrieved on 2013-07-19. Through this program, Calacanis invested $25K in Travis Kalanick's company, Uber. The deal is now worth about $100 million.He launched the web directory Mahalo ("thank you" in Hawaiian), which raised $20 million in venture capital from investors including Sequoia Capital, News Corp, CBS, Mark Cuban, and Elon Musk. The company hit a peak of 15 million unique visitors a month and achieved profitability in 2011, but suffered a sharp decline in traffic that year from the Google Panda search algorithm update and shut down in 2014.WEB, Pivot or Die, Fast Company, Adam L. Penenberg,weblink June 14, 2012, June 18, 2018, Calacanis founded, which shut down in 2012 but is live again and available as a weekly podcast.WEB,weblink Jason Calacanis Says He Will Shut Down Podcast Network, This Week In Startups Will Continue, Anthony Ha, AOL, TechCrunch, This Week in Startups (also called TWiSt) is a show hosted by Calacanis.NEWS,weblink Is Jason Calacanis the best talk show host on tv today media training?work=Forbes, TJ, Walker, WEB,weblink This Week In Startups, Fred Wilson,, In June, 2019, Calacanis partnered with the NSW Government to create the Sydney Launch Festival for startups to give their pitches to global audiences.WEB,weblink Jason Calacanis' Launch Festival Takes Place in Sydney Australia this Week, Alois, J. D., 2019-06-18, Crowdfund Insider, en-US, 2019-06-26,

Angel investing

In 2009, Calacanis founded the Open Angel Forum, an event that connects early-stage startups with angel investors. The forum was the culmination of a series of public comments by Calacanis questioning the ethics of pay-to-pitch angel forums.WEB, Paul Boutin, December 6, 2009,weblink Calacanis Launches Open Angel Forum, VentureBeat, August 11, 2010, Calacanis believes startups shouldn't have to pay to pitch angel investors, calling out fees that can range from $1,000 to $8,000 for a single 10- or 15-minute presentation.WEB, Pay-to-Pitch Comes Creeping Back: How Much Is Too Much?,weblink Adrianne Jeffries, Observer, December 12, 2011, June 21, 2018, WEB, Why startups shouldn't have to pay to pitch angel investors, Jason Calacanis, October 9, 2010,weblink August 11, 2010, Calacanis is an angel investor in Robin Hood, wealthfront, Uber, desktop metal, datastax, thumbtack, superhuman and trello.WEB,weblink At dim sum with angel investor Jason Calacanis, buying his book is mandatory, Griswold, Alison, Quartz, en, 2019-07-30, Calacanis raised a $10 million fund for his own venture investment firm to invest in startups that emerged from the Launch conference.Racism Denier Jason Calacanis Is Starting His Own VC Fund {{webarchive|url= |date=2013-06-08 }}. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis raising a $10 million fund. FinancePlus (2013-06-04). Retrieved on 2013-07-19. Limited partners in the fund include David Sacks.Launch founder Jason Calacanis raising $10 million venture fund {{webarchive|url= |date=2013-06-18 }}. (2013-06-03). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Following the success of the Launch conference,Launch founder Jason Calacanis raising $10 million venture fund. VentureBeat (2013-07-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-19. Calacanis declared his intent to get closer and more involved in the new ventures that emerged from that conference.weblink" title="">Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis Raising a $10M VC Fund. Fox Business (2013-06-03). Retrieved on 2013-07-19. The level of investment was around $25,000 to $100,000 in five to 10 startups per year.Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis raising a $10 million fund. Reuters. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Private equity and venture capital news, data and community. peHUB (2013-06-03). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.Calacanis publicly announced in 2018 that he sold all of his Facebook stock, expressing sharp criticism of company CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on the Too Embarrassed to Ask podcast. He called Zuckerberg "completely immoral" in how he runs the business and said, "No founder should ever sell a company to him."WEB, Why did Jason Calacanis sell all his Facebook stock?, Eric Johnson, Recode,weblink May 4, 2018, June 15, 2018, Calacanis authored a book titled "Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000" on angel investing published by HarperCollins in 2017.BOOK,weblink Angel : how to invest in technology startups-timeless advice from an angel investor who turned $100,000 into $100,000,000, 1970-, Calacanis, Jason,, 9780062560711, First, New York, NY, 993752430, In 2018, Calacanis invested in Calm, a meditation app that is valued at $1 billion.WEB,weblink This meditation app is now worth $250 million and has Trump-related stress to thank, Levy, Ari, 2018-03-26, CNBC, en, 2019-06-11, WEB,weblink Relaxation app Calm raises $88 million, valuing it $1 billion, LaVito, Angelica, 2019-02-06, CNBC, en, 2019-07-30,


  • Jason Calacanis, Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups, Harper Business, 2017 {{isbn|9780062560704}}



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