Jason McCabe Calacanis
Chairman & Co-Founder, Weblogs, Inc. Network
Jason Calacanis is the former editor and founder of Silicon Alley Reporter magazine, later rebranded VentureReporter.net after the bursting of the dot-com bubble. VentureReporter.net was acquired by Dow Jones in the first quarter of 2004.
Jason is a highly regarded expert on issues related to media, finance, technology, the Internet and public policy. He is often featured in and regularly comments for major media outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Charlie Rose Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, CNBC, CNNfn, Bloomberg, Fox News, ABC News and Nightline.
Jason was born in Brooklyn, New York’s Bay Ridge in 1970. He attended Xaverian High School and Fordham University, where he majored in psychology. After working as a programmer for a system integrator and for Sony Corporation, Jason partnered with famed restaurateur Barry Wine to create for America Online a virtual chat environment, Restaurant City, where users could sit in a sushi bar - or dive bar - and chat. America Online bought the property in 1995.
Jason went on to consult for a New York City venture capital firm, which later became known as Flatiron Partners. He then created a 16-page newsletter called Silicon Alley Reporter that quickly grew into a must-read that within four years reached $12 million dollars in yearly revenue. When the Internet industry consolidated in 2000 and 2001, Jason changed the name of the enterprise to Venture Reporterand shifted from an advertising model to a database subscription model, which saved the company while other online media crashed and burned.
In April 2003, Jason sold Venture Reporter to Wicks Business Information, the owners of VentureOne and VentureSource, the most respected venture capital databases in the world. In March 2004, Wicks sold VentureReporter and VentureSource to the Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal. Jason currently consults for Dow Jones corporation.
In the fall of 2003, Jason hatched the concept of the Weblogs, Inc. Network with longtime friend and collaborator Brian Alvey, who holds the title of CEO.
Jason is a 5th degree in Tae Kwon Do, ran 11 consecutive New York City Marathons and rewrote and appears in Wayne Wang’s film Center of the World with friend Peter Sarsgaard. With his bulldog Toro, Jason resides in Santa Monica, California, and New York City.