How to select your angel round valuation (aka “the $4m rule”)

“What should I set my valuation at?” countless founders have asked me. It’s not a perfect science, but since I invest in 30-40 startups a year personally, I probably have better data and first-hand experience than any single human being on the planet at this moment. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/xd7b5 ] Additionally, … Continue reading How to select your angel round valuation (aka “the $4m rule”)

Why I’m bringing back the Open Angel Forum

  [ tl;dr: I’m bringing back my angel dinner, the same one Uber & Thumbtack pitched their seed rounds at, at my house on December 2nd, because startups really need help getting past their seed rounds. ] Back in 2009, I started a dinner party called Open Angel Forum. The goal was to kill the … Continue reading Why I’m bringing back the Open Angel Forum

WARNING: avoid the “Apply to Present” & “Angel Pitch Contest” event scams

A few days ago I talked about “doing the work” and skipping the party. Conferences tend to be one of the big things that people distract themselves with instead of doing the hard work of making a product that people actually use and get value from. Some conferences will waste your precious time, but today I … Continue reading WARNING: avoid the “Apply to Present” & “Angel Pitch Contest” event scams

Fw: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow!

Go to this! From: Ryan and Peter / gdgt <noreply@gdgtmailer.com> Sender: “Ryan and Peter / gdgt” <noreply=gdgtmailer.com@mail271.us2.mcsv.net> Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:42:39 -0400 To: Jason<jason@calacanis.com> ReplyTo: Ryan and Peter / gdgt <noreply@gdgtmailer.com> Subject: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow! gdgt live in LA October 28th Hey, Los Angeles! gdgt live is LA is … Continue reading Fw: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow!

Fw: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow!

Go to this! From: Ryan and Peter / gdgt <noreply@gdgtmailer.com> Sender: “Ryan and Peter / gdgt” <noreply=gdgtmailer.com@mail271.us2.mcsv.net> Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:42:39 -0400 To: Jason<jason@calacanis.com> ReplyTo: Ryan and Peter / gdgt <noreply@gdgtmailer.com> Subject: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow! gdgt live in LA October 28th Hey, Los Angeles! gdgt live is LA is … Continue reading Fw: gdgt live in Los Angeles is tomorrow!

The Trouble with Bubbles (talent, angel & incubators… oh my!)

[ Note: This was sent to the www.JasonNation.com email newsletter. If you don’t want to miss a thing than you should join the nation! ] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- The bubble is back, baby! Yes! Let’s raise lots of money… Aeron chairs for everyone! Oh wait, I’m angel investing now….  higher valuations means I get a smaller percentage! … Continue reading The Trouble with Bubbles (talent, angel & incubators… oh my!)

Helping startups land angel funding (San Francisco, March 4th)

just sent this to my mailing list…———- Forwarded message ———- From: Jason Calacanis Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 5:32 PM Subject: Helping startups land angel funding (San Francisco, March 4th) PLEASE FORWARD TO: startups looking for funding. Jason’s List Membership: 19,318 Google Buzz profile: www.bit.ly/jasonbuzz More info: www.openangelforum.com Signup: www.bit.ly/jasonslist Supercute: http://bit.ly/brmiWn ========================================= Friends, A quick … Continue reading Helping startups land angel funding (San Francisco, March 4th)

WARNING: Landmark Angels, stop charing startups to present or die. #oaf #nopayola

Fair warning to our friends at Landmark Angels…. drop all fees to startups or face elimination by the Open Angel Forum. That is all.  Long live OAF!!! Die payola die!!! Entrepreneurs: We roll together yo!  JCAL on the left coast; born and razed in BK–we go hard. ———- Forwarded message ———- From: CONCERNED Entrepreneur Date: Wed, Feb … Continue reading WARNING: Landmark Angels, stop charing startups to present or die. #oaf #nopayola

Huge storms coming to Los Angeles next week!

Local Severe Weather Alert for Los Angeles, CA (90049) …A MAJOR PATTERN CHANGE IS EXPECTED NEXT WEEK WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR EXCESSIVE RAINFALL AND STRONG WINDS… A MAJOR CHANGE IN THE UPPER LEVEL PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON SUNDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT WEEK. A VERY POWERFUL WEST TO EAST JET STREAM SAGGING SOUTHWARD … Continue reading Huge storms coming to Los Angeles next week!

Anyone know about Salt Lake pay-to-pitch conferece by "Wayne Brown?" Feels like a scam

Just got this anonymous tip… anyone know about these guys?  ———- Forwarded message ———-Date: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM Hi Jason, I just received an invite to a Pay-per-Pitch event here in the Salt Lake City Area (in Midway, Utah, near Park City).  I thought your readers might want to be aware.  The … Continue reading Anyone know about Salt Lake pay-to-pitch conferece by "Wayne Brown?" Feels like a scam

Tech Products I love and Use Every Day (and my five year angel investor goal)

Peeps, Inspired by Mike Arrington’s (my partner on TechCrunch50) fifth annual list, ‘tech products I love and use every day,’ I thought I would liberate his format and list the ‘Tech Products @jason loves and uses every day.” Mike’s post here: http://bit.ly/8U09Gn SIDEBAR/DISCLOSURE: As of the start of 2010, I’ve set a five year goal … Continue reading Tech Products I love and Use Every Day (and my five year angel investor goal)

Open Angel Forum update: mission statement, 2 new chapters & Jan 14th event.

First Event: We've had over 50 qualified entries for five slots at the first Open Angel Forum in Los Angeles on January 14th. We have over 15 qualified angel investors coming. The event is filled, there are not more seats available. If you would like to apply for the April event please fill out the … Continue reading Open Angel Forum update: mission statement, 2 new chapters & Jan 14th event.

Schocked Vator supporting horrible Keiretsu pay-for-play scam? Angels/Startups pls support www.OpenAngelForum.com

Really Bambi? You're better than this! Support the free option! www.openangelforum.com  ———- Forwarded message ———-From: Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2009 Subject: fwd: Invitation to present to 300 angel investors and other opportunities I'm not sure if I should be surprised or not that Vator is supporting Keiretsu.  It is one of those things that I guess I … Continue reading Schocked Vator supporting horrible Keiretsu pay-for-play scam? Angels/Startups pls support www.OpenAngelForum.com

Just gave quick email interview over Open Angel Forum #oaf

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Jason Calacanis Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 8:53 AM Subject: Re: What’s going on with Open AngelForum? > How will you make money? Money does not drive me–giri does. My goal is to give back to the entrepreneurs who are coming up in the game since the game has … Continue reading Just gave quick email interview over Open Angel Forum #oaf

And now, some smoking guns (or "part two of angels that charge")

Just sent to my email newsletter… you can signup for Jason’s List here: http://bit.ly/11w4BK Friends, Over 1,000 of the 17,000 people on the list have contacted me already based on my last email about angel investors that charge startups to hear their pitch. Out of those 1,000+ emails there were only two that were negative, and they both … Continue reading And now, some smoking guns (or "part two of angels that charge")

Why startups shouldn't have to pay to pitch angel investors

Signup for my email list at http://www.jasonslist.com [ disclaimer: written with boiling blood ] Background/Disclaimer ============================= When confronted with an abuse of power, an injustice or a scam I’ve developed a really effective technique: I blog, tweet and whine about it passionately for as long as possible. Basically, I do this until people get sick … Continue reading Why startups shouldn't have to pay to pitch angel investors