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Jason Calacanis is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and the host of the popular weekly podcast This Week in Startups. The founder of a series of conferences that bring entrepreneurs together with potential investors, he was a "scout" for top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and frequently appears in the media. He lives in San Francisco, California.


"there is something refreshing and clarifying about Mr. Calacanis's frankness regarding his tech-fueled riches." -- Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
"It's easy to snigger at the swagger, but Calacanis has reason to preen. He hasn't merely survived the bust; he's thrived in it. The qualities that made him annoying to his New York colleagues during the boom-his abrasive demeanor, his hucksterism, his incessant networking-serve him well in the postbubble economy." -- Wired
"And that's the thing about Calacanis. Only a sucker would bet against him." -- Fast Company
"The sort of person who is frequently described as a character out of a movie." -- The New Yorker
"Sequoia Capital has funneled millions of dollars to scores of well-connected entrepreneurs, academics, and other people known as scouts. . . .Mr. Calacanis was one of the earliest scouts and ran an online news startup called, in which Sequoia had invested." -- The Wall Street Journal
"Jason would never stab you in the back. He might stab you in the face, though." -- Douglas Rushkoff
"Arguably the world's greatest angel investor." -- The Twenty Minute VC

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