Keynote from Blog Business Summit

Someone just told me this is the best keynote they ever heard in four years. Frankly, I was tired and didn’t know what to say since the business of blogging is so well established… so I just told my story.

Overall, an intersting talk with some funny anecdotes and refreshing honesty.”

Here is a nice quote, I wish I came across this way on my blog more often (I feel so misunderstood sometimes :-): “I’m very glad I’ve finally been able to see him in person. He’s funny, engaging, and very very smart.”

PS – I also annouced my podcast on PodTech. Here is the press release that should be going out shortly.
PSS – Scoble is tracking the news are it breaks across the blogosphere:
PSSS – TechMeme has a bunch of links:


Contact: John Furrier
Linda G. Miller

PodTech and Calacanis pioneering media philanthropy with podcast channel sponsorships of over $100,000 donated to education

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA (October 26, 2006) PodTech Network announced today that a new audio and video podcast show, CalacanisCast, will be launched on the PodTech Network with as the founding sponsor. The weekly show will be hosted and produced by Jason Calacanis, CEO of Weblogs, Inc. (an AOL Company) and General Manager of (an AOL Company), and will focus on Jason’s insights in new media and technology trends and those of his special guests. CalacanisCast launches with over $100,000 in first year sponsorships that will be donated to the Bay Ridge Preparatory School, a K-12 private school based in Brooklyn, New York.

Jason Calacanis said “I’m thrilled to have PodTech and as partners. We’re going to have a fun time with the show, and help some kids in need at the same time. It doesn’t get any better than that”.

The media philanthropy model that the CalacanisCast show represents is a first example of a sustainable, high-quality media property that generates not only awareness, but monetary support, for philanthropic causes. Sponsorship revenue for CalacanisCast will underwrite the tuition of disadvantaged youth to attend Bay Ridge Prep, and represents the formation of the Bay Ridge Prep Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

“This fund is a wonderful gift to the school and to the students selected to receive a unique, four-year private school education that emphasizes a respect for education, teamwork, and individual success”, said Charles Fasano, Ph.D., Executive Director of Bay Ridge Prep.

“We are ecstatic to have Jason as part of the show line-up on PodTech. He is an innovator and pioneer in new media, and we are excited to pioneer a philanthropic podcast sponsorship model with him”, said John Furrier, CEO and Founder of PodTech.

About PodTech Network
PodTech Network is a media network of audio and video podcasts for influencers and leaders in the global technology and media industries. Our rapidly expanding roster of top-quality programs can be easily experienced on a personal computer or portable media player. PodTech marketing partners include leading brands such as Intel, IBM, Seagate, and SAP. PodTech marketing partners benefit from our morecasting™ suite of services that combine social media planning with podcast series production, syndication, and sponsorships to create powerful, profitable conversations with influencers and customers. PodTech was founded in 2005, and venture investors include Venrock Associates and US Venture Partners. Visit for programming and more information.

About Jason Calacanis

Jason McCabe Calacanis is CEO and co-founder of Weblogs Inc., a network of widely read blogs including Engadget – ranked # 1 by Technorati. Founded in January of 2004, Weblogs, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL in November of 2005. Calacanis, who was appointed a senior vice president of AOL, maintains editorial supervision over Weblogs, Inc. In June of 2006, Calacanis and relaunched Netscape, the iconic browser owned by AOL and was named its general manager. Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Calacanis was CEO and founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published print and online publications including the Silicon Alley Reporter, a must-read monthly that chronicled New York’s internet and new media industries. The company also produced of high-profile industry specific conferences in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After the industry consolidated, the company’s flagship publication changed its focus and became Venture Reporter, which was purchased by Dow Jones. Calacanis grew up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn and received a B.A. in psychology from Fordham University in Manhattan. He serves on the board of directors of Bay Ridge Preparatory School. His views on media and media philanthropy can be read daily on his own blog,

About Bay Ridge Prep
Bay Ridge Prep (BRP) is a private, nonsectarian K – 12 school located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The school opened in 1998 with 35 students and has expanded to an enrollment of over 290 students attending class in two facilities. BRP’s teaching strategies are based on the most recent advances in educational research, with a focus on teaching to the multiple intelligences and creating an environment that promotes both academic achievement and social maturity and growth. This child-centered approach to education helps bring out a student’s strengths, develop their weaknesses, and gain a better understanding of themselves. The result of such an approach is a more motivated student who becomes interested in learning, and excited about coming to school. For more information, visit

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