Do the work, skip the party

As the money pool increases, the attention pool decreases We talk a lot about bubbles in tech because, like real estate executives, we had our world turned upside down by one. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/1ketF ] Bubbles have popped five times in my life. The 1987 crash and subsequent pullback in consumer … Continue reading Do the work, skip the party

Top accelerator CEOs Clara Brenner (Tumml), Brady Forrest (Highway1) & Halle Tecco (RockHealth) on This Week in Startups

Tumml CEO Clara Brenner, Highway1 CEO Brady Forrest & RockHealth CEO Halle Tecco share mission, strategy, diversity & what they look for in founders Tumml, Highway1, and RockHealth are three of the leading startup accelerators/incubators in the country, each focusing on different verticals: urban problems, hardware, and healthcare, respectively. At LAUNCH Festival 2015 Tumml CEO … Continue reading Top accelerator CEOs Clara Brenner (Tumml), Brady Forrest (Highway1) & Halle Tecco (RockHealth) on This Week in Startups

Facebook’s insane mobile takeover is just beginning

In August of 2012 Facebook stock was trading at $19 per share — half of its IPO price of $38 — and the prognosis was that FB might have seen better days. The financial press was pounding the company hard, wondering if social networking — or the life of any one social network — was … Continue reading Facebook’s insane mobile takeover is just beginning

Should you give advisors equity in your startup?

“Are advisors worth it?” the young founder asked. “Depends” I replied. “On what?” he asked. “On what you want them to do — and for how much,” I replied. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/AW3U6 ] Why Advisors Exist Advisors exist in the world because there are people who could be valuable to your … Continue reading Should you give advisors equity in your startup?

Are speaking gigs important?

One of the most common questions I get from founders I invest in is: How do I get more speaking gigs? Founders get obsessed with speaking gigs because they have drawn a false conclusion that speaking gigs lead to success. They see the same successful people speaking at all these events, say, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and … Continue reading Are speaking gigs important?

Is there a place for the truth in journalism today?

Journalists have a noble mission to protect the public by speaking the truth about the complex world we live in. That’s why so many principled people choose this low-paying — while absurdly demanding — career. It’s a maddening vocation, as truth is elusive and frequently corrupted by powerful individuals for nefarious reasons — principally, staying … Continue reading Is there a place for the truth in journalism today?

Firing Marissa Mayer from Yahoo would be a huge mistake

The New York Times Magazine ran a scathing article about Marissa Mayer two weeks ago, adding fuel to the meme that she’s failing at leading Yahoo out of their lost decade — and that she has to get fired. It’s complete bullshit and, frankly, embarrassing for the Gray Lady to have published. tl;dr: Marissa has … Continue reading Firing Marissa Mayer from Yahoo would be a huge mistake

Why VC Steve Jurvetson has never sold a share of any company he invests in

Those companies include Tesla, Hotmail, SpaceX and many more. As managing director of DFJ, he serves on the boards of Tesla Motors, Synthetic Genomics and SpaceX. His eye for investments has been honed over a long working history in the Valley. Jurvetson’s work history includes R&D engineering at Hewlett-Packard, product marketing at Apple, and he … Continue reading Why VC Steve Jurvetson has never sold a share of any company he invests in

$5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Jason CalacanisDate: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 1:09 PMSubject: $5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years We are 86 days out from the LAUNCH Festival on March 7th and 8th, where 2,000 folks will come see about 40 amazing new products debut on stage. And I want you to launch … Continue reading $5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years

$5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Jason CalacanisDate: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 1:09 PMSubject: $5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years We are 86 days out from the LAUNCH Festival on March 7th and 8th, where 2,000 folks will come see about 40 amazing new products debut on stage. And I want you to launch … Continue reading $5 Billion in Product Launches in Five Years

NYC Startups: Beware Mike “scam” Segal

It's a traaaaaaap!!!!!! You can always tell a dirty, dirty scam when they use high-pressure tactics like this paragraph:  As I indicated is my prior e-mail, if you are all set with your financing requirements or have other avenues to get funded, please let me know by return e-mail and I will be sure that your company … Continue reading NYC Startups: Beware Mike “scam” Segal

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!)

Note: YoungStartups is charging to be on stage–don't participate VCs Kleiner & Bain

———- Forwarded message ———- From: small startup Date: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM Subject: Hey Jason- $1500 pay-to-play scam, with Kleiner, Bain supporting it! To: jason@calacanis.com I think you know this one but just fyi… I don’t know what’s more appalling, the price or the participants! ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Avi Maderer … Continue reading Note: YoungStartups is charging to be on stage–don't participate VCs Kleiner & Bain

Steve Jobs ridding '66 BMW motorcycle in NatGeo feature:HIGH TECH,HIGH RISK,& HIGH LIFE IN Silicon Valley Oct-82

brilliant…. found at  http://www.edibleapple.com/steve-jobs-riding-a-1966-bmw-motorcycle/ HIGH TECH, HIGH RISK, AND HIGH LIFE IN Silicon Valley By MOIRA JOHNSTON Photographs by CHARLES O’REAR SILICON VALLEY appears on no map, but this former California prune patch, an hour’s drive south of San Francisco, is the heartland of an electronics revolution that may prove as far-reaching as the industrial … Continue reading Steve Jobs ridding '66 BMW motorcycle in NatGeo feature:HIGH TECH,HIGH RISK,& HIGH LIFE IN Silicon Valley Oct-82

LOVE IT!!! PEhub busts pay-for-play "Hugh Sloan III"

I love this… Go PEHUB!!! j http://www.pehub.com/64163/the-underbelly-of-silicon-valley-vc-finders/ Random Ramblings We’ve spent lots of time here discussing pay-to-play, in the context of public pension officials and the placement agents who bribe them. But there is percolating pay-to-play issue that we’ve only mentioned in passing: The issue of VC conference organizers who charge entrepreneurs to make elevator … Continue reading LOVE IT!!! PEhub busts pay-for-play "Hugh Sloan III"

This looks cool! SeedStart 2010 Summer Program-$20k for up to 10 startups for the summer 2010 in NYC

Download now or preview on posterous SeedStart Press Release-Final.pdf (27 KB) ———- Forwarded message ———-From: Owen Davis <owen@nycseed.com>Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 7:37 AM Subject: NYC Seed Announces SeedStart 2010 Summer Program-$20k for up to 10 startups for the summer 2010 in NYCTo: Hi, I am pleased to announce our summer startup program in … Continue reading This looks cool! SeedStart 2010 Summer Program-$20k for up to 10 startups for the summer 2010 in NYC

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

NYC BIGAPPS COMPETITION draws 100+ submissions! Brilliant! Go vote!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION RECEIVES OVER 100 submissions FOR INAUGURAL nyc bigapps competition Public Voting for “Popular Choice Application” Award Winners Opens Today. Fostering Technological Innovation and Creating More Transparency in City Government are Part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan New York City, December 15, 2009 … Continue reading NYC BIGAPPS COMPETITION draws 100+ submissions! Brilliant! Go vote!

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")