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Why Jason Calacanis Is Betting All His Chips On Web Video

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I was lucky enough to track down Jason Calacanis today who, among many things, is the co-founder of the ThisWeekIn web TV network. Being an avid poker player, Jason told me that he is putting all his chips on web video. In this interview, Jason tells us why and how you can get involved. Enjoy!

About Today’s Guest, Jason Calacanis:

Jason CalacanisJason McCabe Calacanis hosts ‘This Week In Startups’ on the ThisWeekIn network and is the founder and CEO of Mahalo.com, a human-powered search engine focused on the top English-language search terms, including verticals such as travel, products, news, entertainment, sports, food, and health.

Prior to Mahalo.com’s launch in alpha in May, 2007, he was an “Entrepreneur in Action” at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firm, a position he held since December 2006.

Calacanis co-founded and was the CEO of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular weblogs that was sold to AOL in November 2005. Upon joining AOL, he was appointed senior vice president. In addition, he was named general manager of AOL’s Netscape and was responsible for the July 2006 relaunch of the iconic browser as a social bookmarking news site.

Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Calacanis was the founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published the magazines Silicon Alley Reporter and Digital Coast Reporter. The flagship publication later became Venture Reporter, a venture capital database, and was sold to Dow Jones.

Calacanis is from Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Los Angeles and New York with his wife and bulldog. He received a B.A. in psychology from Fordham University. Calacanis is known for his transparency and insights into the internet and media industries.

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Comments

  • http://WhosChrisHughes.com Chris Hughes

    Holy crap I didn’t realize how much money was being spent for the production quality of some of these videos! 

    I can definitely see the passion Jason has for his craft and the reason he is successful! Looking forward to creating more videos now and eventually getting a more professional setup for my videos :)

    • David Siteman Garland

      He definitely has a passion and is investing (and making!) real dollars and sense :)

      But remember of course  Great Awesome Fantastical Content > Production Quality (in many cases)

  • http://www.inboundrecruiter.com Bkjrecruiter

    Great Interview.. Thanks for sharing… Jason don’t mess around… LOVE IT… Best to ALL,

    • David Siteman Garland

      He is a passionate guy for sure. Hah.