Jason Calacanis

  • Jason Calacanis’ Next Act, And Another Pivot For Inside.com, As A ‘Knowledge Community’

    Jason Calacanis’ Next Act, And Another Pivot For Inside.com, As A ‘Knowledge Community’

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis appears to be gearing up for the launch of his next venture, which may also signify one more pivot for his information site Mahalo. And that next step also looks like a new chapter for an internet domain that itself has seen a couple of pivots. On a tip from a reader, we visited inside.com and found this: Read More

  • Man Who Somehow Failed To Delete Facebook Account Complains About New Feature

    Man Who Somehow Failed To Delete Facebook Account Complains About New Feature

    Wait a second. It seems that everyone is missing one key element of the latest faux-controversy about Facebook. What is Jason Calacanis doing back on Facebook? Calacanis kicked off the latest bitching session today by posting an email he sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. In it, he chastises the social network for not having an opt-in policy for its new Groups feature. Read More

  • Jason Calacanis' Poker Face

    In our ongoing coverage of the life and times of Jason Calacanis, the video below is instructive on many levels. Calacanis—who is an Internet entrepreneur (the CEO of Mahalo), conference organizer (our former partner in TechCrunch50), and Web celeb—loves to play high stakes poker. In fact, this week he will be one of the players on The Big Game, airing on Fox, in which businessmen… Read More

  • At The World Series Of Poker Two Founders Are Betting The Company — Literally

    You’ve heard the term “betting the company,” but have you ever known anyone who has actually done that? I mean literally. As in, they’re playing poker with shares of the company on the line. Because that’s exactly what Yammer founder David Sacks and Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis are doing at The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. When Calacanis first tweeted… Read More

  • You Know Where Else It's Hard To Delete Your Account? Mahalo

    You Know Where Else It's Hard To Delete Your Account? Mahalo

    With regard to his recent spat with Facebook we don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis. But this morning, we did when an incident showed just how hard it is to delete your Facebook profile. But after reading that post, someone brought up a very good point. You know where else it’s hard to delete your account? Mahalo. Seriously, try to figure it out. You… Read More

  • Just When He Thought He Was Out, Facebook Pulls Calacanis Back In

    Just When He Thought He Was Out, Facebook Pulls Calacanis Back In

    This morning, we got a tip that despite all the hubbub about Jason Calacanis deleting his Facebook profile, it was still active. Sure enough, it was. So what gives? We emailed Calacanis to find out what the deal was — was he just bluffing about deleting his account? It’s hard to believe that was the case considering just how vocal he’s been against Facebook, and he even has… Read More

  • Facebook, Steve Jobs, And Dog Day Afternoon

    Facebook, Steve Jobs, And Dog Day Afternoon

    In his most recent email blast-turned-blog post, Jason Calacanis has chosen a familiar subject: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The post is more focused than his previous one about Zuckerberg, but in some ways, it’s more outrageous as well. In case you haven’t been following along for the past couple of months, Calacanis is no fan of Zuckerberg and the way he’s handled the… Read More

  • Video: Jack Dorsey Shakes Down Arrington, Calacanis, And Google In Seconds

    Video: Jack Dorsey Shakes Down Arrington, Calacanis, And Google In Seconds

    Today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Square co-founder Jack Dorsey took the stage to show a demo of Square running on the iPhone. To do the demo, Dorsey had a good idea: take money from Michael Arrington. Dorsey took $100 from Mike with the swipe of a credit card. Mike was concerned about Dorsey’s intentions for the money, but it will actually go towards Charity Water as… Read More

  • Can Entrepreneurs Be Made?

    Can Entrepreneurs Be Made?

    Silicon Valley investors often have a picture in their heads of the type of person who is worthy of funding: young, brash, stubborn, and arrogant. They believe that successful entrepreneurs come from entrepreneurial families and that they start their entrepreneurial journey by selling lemonade while in grade school. Angel investor and entrepreneur, Jason Calacanis said as much in his recent… Read More

  • Jason Calacanis (absolutely does not) spoil Apple tablet event, drops no major details (update: not)


    Jason Calacanis isn’t a a nobody. He’s a serial web entrepreneur, founder of Weblogs, Inc., co-founder of TechCrunch50 and CEO of search engine Mahalo (amongst others). And just a few minutes ago, via his Twitter account, he (possibly) dropped some major hints on the Apple tablet that’s going to be presented tomorrow. Calacanis claims he has been given a tablet by Apple ten… Read More

  • Savings.com Makes Coupons More Social; Jason Calacanis Joins Board

    Coupon site Savings.com just got a redesign and a new board member: Mahalo CEO (and TechCrunch50 co-host) Jason Calacanis. “They’ve broken $10 million in revenue after just a couple of years,” says Calacanis, “and are crushing it in the deals space. Obviously this is a great place to be in a recession.” The redesign is aimed at making the site more social for… Read More

  • WSOP Update: Calacanis Out, Sacks Still In (And Bails On TechCrunch Event)

    Update on the tech gurus at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. We were tracking four players: Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya, Mahalo CEO Jason Calcanis, Geni/Yammer CEO David Sacks and former Yahoo exec David Goldberg. At least two are now out of the game. Jason Calacanis and Chamath Palihapitiya busted out on day 2 (apparently Calacanis’ ridiculous gangster costumer only took… Read More

  • How Much Is A Suggested Slot On Twitter Worth? Jason Calacanis Offers $250,000.

    When newbies sign up to Twitter now, they are presented with a list of 100 suggested users to start following. Simply being on that list can boost your followers well above 100,000. Several people and organizations on the list (such as Al Gore, Lance Armstrong, Kevin Rose, the New York Times, and CNN) now have more than 250,000 followers each. Many of the most popular Twitter users are on… Read More

  • Email From Jason Calacanis: How To Handle Layoffs

    In his latest email newsletter, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis discusses “How To Handle Layoffs.” It is a topic he knows too well, having had to go through a layoff of 10 percent of his staff earlier today. After repeating the text of his blog post announcing the layoffs, he offers some advice for other entrepreneurs on how to do it right. The email newsletter is reprinted below in… Read More