Jason understood and believed in what we were doing very early on and said, "I want to help you raise money, I want to invest, and I'd like to advise," and then followed through on all those...more things. His early recommendations on AngelList made it easy to find the right investors and close our initial round. His coaching and help in preparing for the Launch Festival was instrumental to our success there, and participating at Launch remains one of the biggest highlights of our first year getting the company off the ground.Alen Peacock
Sometimes the toughest thing for first time entrepreneurs is to open enough doors to get your idea off the ground. Having Jason on our side opened hundreds of doors all at once. Above his network he is...more authentic and holds great empathy for founders and startup teams. We are happy to have him on our team.Clint Gordon-Carroll
“Jason is totally pro-entrepreneur, is an idea machine, and is one of the few people who can really see a little around the corner. I'd spent months thinking about privacy every day and in 10 minutes he came up with everything I'd thought of and threw in a super clever business model on top. Get him involved in your startup -- and listen carefully.”
Co-investor in company Jason Calacanis invested in
“unrepentant bulldog. irrepressibly funny. no bullshit & sharp as a tack. thumbs up if u like new yawk bronx (& I do :)”
Founder of a company Jason Calacanis took an intro to
“To be a part of Jason's Launch Festival (and at zero cost) is both a privilege and a humbling experience. I am very impressed with the scale, professionalism and the integrity of this event. The community needs more people like Jason.”
“Jason understood and believed in what we were doing very early on and said, "I want to help you raise money, I want to invest, and I'd like to advise," and then followed through on all those things. His early recommendations on AngelList made it easy to find the right investors and close our initial round. His coaching and help in preparing for the Launch Festival was instrumental to our success there, and participating at Launch remains one of the biggest highlights of our first year getting the company off the ground.”
Founder of a company Jason Calacanis invested in
“Having Jason in an unfair advantage for three reasons: 1) He's connected to everyone. 2) He can help you hone your pitch to make it 1000x better. 3) He's just one of the most passionate, helpful advisors you can have. I hold Jason in the highest regard - he's been a massive help to AppStack.”
“Jason adds tremendous value as an advisor to my startup. He has Incisive, genuine insight and perspective into all the challenges of running and growing a business through the lifecycle. He is frank and brutally honest (even when it hurts) but at his core he is incredibly optimistic and kind. It's trite to say that anyone "thinks outside the box", but but he truly lives up to it. Comes at issues from angles literally no one else could have conceived of.
Perhaps most importantly for a startup, he has genuine conviction that small scrappy teams who think differently can do huge things. And because of him, many will.”
“Sometimes the toughest thing for first time entrepreneurs is to open enough doors to get your idea off the ground. Having Jason on our side opened hundreds of doors all at once. Above his network he is authentic and holds great empathy for founders and startup teams. We are happy to have him on our team.”
“Jason has been a huge fan and supporter of 15Five from the start. Pitching at LAUCH in 2012 was one of the best moves we could have made after which he offered to advise and invest. Since then he's added more value than all of our advisors, not the least of which included getting us some great visibility through This Week In Startups, Fast Company, AMEX Open Forum and with his followers. He's also super responsive which blows me away given all he must have going on. I can't recommend him highly enough!”
“I've never met Jason in person ... but I religiously listen to his TWiST episodes and I feel like he's the inadventent virtual advisory board member to every entrepreneur who pays attention. Jason's insights and the knowledge he elicits from guests has been more helpful to me than most folks I know personally. He's a rare balance between being inspirational and candid while at the same time practical and specific about how to succeed. Thank you. And BK all day!”
“A supreme marketer who's been helping the industry as a whole grow through relentless pitching and promoting. Jason is, put quite simply, one of the top boosters of technology and any startup lucky enough to get him as an advisor will see explosive user growth as a result.”
“Jason is that visionary entrepreneur that is born once in a century. If you think that I’m just trying to flatter him, just keep on reading… I first met Jason in 1999 (through Xeni Jardin) during one of his Silicon Valley Reporter VC conferences in Santa Monica. He was at the top of his game, but was genuine enough to spend time getting acquainted with me, although I was just a student back then. Four years later, in 2003, Xeni arranged for me to meet Jason again, but this time in San Francisco (when he was not so much on top of his game). He asked me to join Weblogs, Inc., but I wasn’t smart enough to understand how blogging was about to change the world. I recently met Jason in LA and reminded him of these stories. He told me how he didn't get twitter when it was just an idea and chose not to invest in it so not to worry about the past and move on to greater things. The moral of the story here is that if you have Jason's ear, consider yourself lucky and then make sure you triple think your next move.”
“Jason is a passionate supporter and a great ally to have on your side. His vocal advocacy really helped increased visibility for our startup. My recommendation to entrepreneurs - grab an opportunity to work with Jason!”
“When we were thinking of potential board members for Dyn, we wanted someone smart, disruptive, creative and entrepreneur/founder centric. Jason more than checked all those boxes and he's been a thrill to work with.”
“Jason is an amazing investor to have on your side. A force of nature who goes to war for his founders and companies. Superb, no BS advice. Super useful introductions. On-point product and strategy advice. It's difficult to imagine him being more helpful.”
“Jason was our most prominent early angel investor. Were it not for him Thumbtack probably wouldn't exist today.
He recognized our potential earlier than virtually anyone else. He saw the opportunity better than others and saw that the founders, though first-timers, were smart and had potential.
Jason has also been super helpful in publicity for our company in the Valley. He's hosted our CEO Marco on his show a couple times and has generally been helpful with intros to whoever we want to connect with over the course of many years.
Jason has a keen eye for talent and opportunity when investing and is very helpful after he invests.”
“Jason has delivered real value for Thumbtack as an angel investor. He introduced us to Sequoia (who later invested), helped us get exposure through TWIST and the launch conference, and has always been available to provide specific advice when something comes up. You couldn't ask for more!”
“Jason is the one of the world's preeminent angel investors. His devotion to the startup community is unparalleled and having him in your corner means that he believes not just in your product, but you as a person.”
“Jason was our very first investor at Connect after winning LAUNCH Festival 2014. He is deeply passionate about empowering founders to create companies that solve problems that matter. Jason is simply inspiring to be around. I love the mission he is on to enable entrepreneurs and founders. I've known him for two years and he's one of the most driven and caring people I know.”