Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, degenerate poker player, father to genius daughter, husband to a loving wife and Gladiator in the arena of life.
|You can reach me on twitter @jason and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. My Skype is jasoncalacanis, and my mobile phone is 310-456-4900. |
I only pick up numbers I recognize, and in terms of emailing me, the best strategy is to write short, blunt and to the point requests. I can quickly respond to short messages, and many times I simply don't have the time to read five page pitches. In terms of taking meetings, I only do that after reviewing an actual product (not a business plan). So, the best time to ping me is when you have mockups or an alpha site. I don't read business plans, and I've never written one.
Other twitter accounts you can follow: Video Games, Open Angel Forum, and LAUNCH Conference & Newsletter
In 2009 I started angel investing, with the five-year goal of becoming one of the 10 most helpful, and therefore sought after, angel investors on the planet. 15 investments and 18 months later I think I’m half way there. When I invest in a startup company I have three specific goals:
1. Use their product and give feedback.
2. Bring the first 10,000 users to the service.
3. Help the founder(s) raise their next round of capital.
Happy to report that in many of the startups I’ve been lucky enough to invest in, I’ve been able to accomplish these goals.
Companies I’ve founded and operate comapanies include:
Open Angel Forum
LAUNCH (conference and newsletter)
Silicon Alley Reporter (sold to Dow Jones)
Weblogs Inc: Publisher of Engadget, Autoblog, Joystiq, HackADay, Cinematical, Gadling, TVSquad, Luxist and dozens of other blogs. (sold to Aol).