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Fordham University, BA 1992

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Jason Calacanis

Jason McCabe Calacanis hosts “This Week In Startups”, part of LAUNCH Media and is the founder and CEO of Inside.com.

Previously, 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.

(Source: This Week In)

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Boxbee 4/2014Seed$2.3M6
Ramen 3/2014Angel$85k3
Mouth Foods 11/2013Series A$1.5M4
AdStage 6/2013Seed$100k2
Skift 5/2013Seed$1.1M13
15Five 1/2013Venture Round$1M9
Red Tricycle 12/2012Seed$2.3M9
Cozy 10/2012Seed$1.5M6
MyTime 5/2012Seed$3M12
Nimble CRM 1/2012Angel$1M5
ChallengePost 8/2011Series A$4.1M7
Punch! 6/2011Seed$2.2M4
Wanderfly 2/2011Series A$1M6
Backyard 12/2010Seed$150k3
DataStax 10/2010Series A$2.7M3
Uber 10/2010Angel$1.25M15
Chartbeat 9/2010Seed$3M12
Rapportive 8/2010Seed$1M16
Thumbtack 6/2010Angel$1.2M14
This Week In 5/2010Angel$300k3
UberMedia 4/2010Series A$3.5M8
JIBE 3/2010Seed$875k5
Backupify 2/2010Seed$900k7
Blippy Social Commerce 1/2010Angel$1.73M10
Gowalla 12/2009Series B$8.29M10
gdgt 7/2009Seed$550k7
ChallengePost 6/2009Angel$500k10
Causecast 12/2007Seed3



  1. Urban Storage Startup Boxbee Raises $2.3 Million From Floodgate, Google Ventures, And Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  3. Mouth Foods Raises $1.5M in Series A Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  4. Cross-Network Ad Startup AdStage Acquires Semply, Raises An Additional $100K (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. PaidContent Founder Rafat Ali Raises Another $1.1M For Skift, His Site For Travel News And Data (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. 15Five Wants Employees To Have A Voice, Raises $1M From Yammer’s David Sacks, 500 Startups, Ben Parr And More To Give It (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  8. Rent Management Startup Cozy Raises $1.5M From The Social + Capital Partnership, Google Ventures, Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  9. Redbeacon Founder Launches MyTime, A Booking And Ecommerce Platform For Local Services And Open Appointments (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. Google Ventures, Mark Cuban And Others Invest $1M In Social CRM Startup Nimble (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  11. ChallengePost Picks Up $4.1M in Series A Funding to Help Run Online Contests for New Ideas (xconomy.com) [edit]
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  13. Wanderfly Raises $1 Million For Social Travel Recommendation Engin (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  15. Riptano Prophesizes Success With Cassandra Database, $2.7M Funding (fis.dowjones.com) [edit]
  16. UberCab raises $1.25M to end your futile search for taxis (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  17. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  18. Gmail Plugin Rapportive Raises Over $1 Million From Gmail Creator, Many Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  19. Well-known angels back local services startup Thumbtack.com (thumbtack.com) [edit]
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  27. ChallengePost launches problem-solving site with Wozniak, Betaworks onboard (venturebeat.com) [edit]
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