Jason Calacanis quotes and sayings
November 28, 1970
Selling out isn't selling out anymore. It's getting the brass ring.
Go work at the post office or Starbucks if you want balance in your life.
The key to building a sustainable content company is to control costs.
Search folks don't understand editorial. I'm not afraid of editorial costs, just like machine-search folks are not afraid of computer servers.
I learned from my past.
Things that look like an 'overnight success' typically are not.
For three or four decades, we've been sitting here in front of this TV consuming a one-way medium that we had no control over.
Food is the new health care.
Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the up market.
If the founder comes to work every day, and it's a struggle, that permeates the whole organization.
America might be a dying empire, but it's not going to die in our lifetime - and it doesn't have to die at all.
As content creators, we're benefitting YouTube every day. YouTube couldn't do what they do without us, so do not underestimate your power.
Excellence is everything today, and most people aren't excellent. If you're not excellent - like truly excellent at what you do - you're toast.
The Internet is about giving the consumer exactly what they want, whether there's an audience of one or 1,000 or 10,000, and then figuring out how to make money on it later.
My first company produced 'Silicon Alley Reporter' magazine, where I held the dual titles of CEO and Editor.
Just start thinking about all the different services in your life. Like getting your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off. Nobody has done the Uber of that yet. But that will be Uberfied. You will arrange your dry cleaning via your phone.
Airbnb is a much more effective protest than shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge.
Until you use the iPad for a couple of weeks, you can't appreciate it. But it quickly becomes your primary consumption device.
Let's make it so the more you invest in YouTube, the better deal YouTube gets for you.
Obviously, New York and Boston and Los Angeles have pretty vibrant entrepreneurial scenes.
The down market favours the small two-, three-, four-person company, not the huge company with 100 people losing half a million dollars a month.
Everyone's drunk on the term 'blog.'.
You should know what makes one photo brilliant and another. Why one illustration is instructive and another is banal. Why one blurb is clever and another is trying too hard. Why one video is brilliantly entertaining and another is cheesy. Bottom line: you should want to do great work with a great team-no matter the cost.
Art is an adventure that never seems to end.
I think entrepreneurship is a beautiful thing.
YouTube has made a lot of changes to support time on site - a statistic they care about. But subscriber support is lacking.
You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute but visionary and gigantic in terms of your aspiration. In the Internet industry, it's not about grand innovation, it's about a lot of little innovations: every day, every week, every month, making something a little bit better.
I'm not an investor in Meerkat, sadly, or, Periscope - I missed both of those - however, I do have a lot of inside information.
Back in the '90s, folks were not sure if they could trust the Web, and frankly, a lot of the services back then didn't provide massive value.
The only way to make podcasting a real big business would be if you could somehow get the top seven podcasters to team up and make a mega-network.
The web and physical world is plagued with abundance - people need help sorting through all the good and bad stuff out there. The tyranny of choice is causing major psychic pain and frustration for people.
The reason I bought the Tesla was to help fund the Model S - and because I like things that are fast, sexy and high-tech.
Blogging is great, and I read blogs all day long. However, my goal is really to have a deep, meaningful discussion with people. For some reason, I'm able to accomplish this best via email.
The problem today isn't low-quality journalism, it's too much noise. If one out of five 'Business Insider' stories is original, the other four would be culled.
Today you can start a blog, build an audience, and give the advertising slots to AdBrite or Google AdSense.
Of course the first version of an all-electric sports car is going to be expensive.
No one remembers how you got there, only that you got there.
I only take causes or write about things that I am passionate about, and I do it with a certain flair and a sort of wink and a nod.
Even if you're a relatively small player in search, that can still mean a company that's worth several billion dollars.
Journalists have misquoted people for so long - and quoted them out of context that for many people like to have their words on record.
When you come from nothing, you're basically just trying to get escape velocity, which means you and your family don't have to worry about being broke and that's all I ever cared about.
Jon Miller would be amazing for Yahoo because he is extremely good at building display advertising businesses and buying young startups.
I ain't gonna work on YouTube's farm no more.
If you are delusional, sometimes the reality catches up with your delusion, and then all of a sudden you are a genius.
It turns out a human being in two, three or four hours can build a search result that's much better than Google, Yahoo or Ask.
AOL has a great collection of brands, and the question is, 'Can they innovate and scale their business?' And those are very challenging things to do. But I think they are well positioned to grow.
No one has looked at news from new atomic units of content, like a tweet on Twitter.
I think Google's a brilliant company, filled with brilliant people who have done brilliant things.
The stuff coming out of Silicon Valley is dorky. Like, it's not very sexy.
People can easily make millions of dollars without much work in America.
As the founder of your company, you must be in love with your brand and inspired by your brand's mission if you have any hope of getting press for your product.
It's very important as a startup to get early press because, although it may not be a large number of people, having a 'Fast Company' story - some of those people that read it are going to be your next employees and hires, your next investors.
For tech, I like the 'DailySearchCast', 'TWiT' and anything Veronica Belmont does on CNET. I think Perez Hilton is a riot, and the rest of my consumption is by people: Folks like Dave Winer, Fred Wilson, Mark Cuban, Brian Alvey, Jeff Jarvis, Xeni Jardin, etc.
My mission is to grow business in Silicon Alley.
I am not trying to model my career to be a one-hit wonder.
I think you need to have a very strong angel community that is committed to mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
I've become addicted to playing poker because you're constantly faced with confusion, and winning is trying to make sense out of nonsense.
Instant access to anything is the future. So if you need a tutor or a baby sitter or a massage or any service, it's going to be instantly available, 24 hours a day, through your phone, with one click.
Social media, like blogs, are truth-seeking technologies. In fact, the Internet itself is the greatest truth-generating device ever created.
Risk-taking is my thing... I think of my company as my chip stack.
Do I think there's going to be a business in blogging? Yes.
The currency of blogging is authenticity and trust... you pay folks to blog about a product and you compromise that. I would almost care about this, but it's so obvious to everyone that this is either a joke or an idiot that there is nothing more to say.
The problem most people make with their media presence is they're trying to craft a media presence as opposed to just consistently publishing who they are.
If you can't sell your product, it's not a product-it's a hobby.
The thing about angel investing, which I get into in the book a lot is, you actually don't have to understand the idea, you don't have to know if the idea is going to win, you just need to know if a founder's going to win in their life. I can just tell by looking at somebody if they'll be successful in their life. I don't even have to have a conversation. I just look at their eyes while they're talking and it becomes very clear to me.
Perhaps we are looking at this from a wrong perspective; this search for the truth, the meaning of life, the reason of God. We all have this mindset that the answers are so complex and so vast that it is almost impossible to comprehend. I think, on the contrary, that the answers are so simple; so simple that it is staring us straight in the face, screaming its lungs out, and yet we fail to notice it. We're looking through a telescope, searching the stars for the answer, when the answer is actually a speck of dirt on the telescope lens.
If folks focus in on a niche and own it, there is a good chance they could make half a living from blogging.
I'm suggesting that, until America takes care of its debt, untangles the housing mess and gets unemployment under control, we all commit to working six days a week. Yep, move the standard 35-40 hour work week right up to 48 hours.
I find very few folks are watching their Facebook feed, some are watching their Twitter feed, and all of them are watching their email box. So, while social networks are nice, email is still the killer application.
If everybody has a voice, then you end up with something average.
Fire fast: Fire people who do not fit into the culture of your company and who are negative.
The tech and tech media world are meritocracies. To fall back to race as the reason why people don't break out in our wonderful oasis of openness is to do a massive injustice to what we've fought so hard to create.
Imagine being 30 years old, thinking you were a media titan, and now you are labeled a 'scam artist.'.
I am a huge fan of capitalism and a huge fan of entrepreneurship and changing the world with technology and with entrepreneurship. Capitalism is awesome. To me, capitalism is my religion.
People like rich applications on their desktop, and there is no reason why you can't have both a rich desktop and a light, cloud-based application framework. Why is it always either/or for people?
When it comes to education, there is no one site you can point to that you can say, 'They speak to the world, and that is the site where you go to learn.'.
After Sept. 11, New York wasn't the same, and that's part of the reason why I left.
I find podcasting an enticing space.
I've gotten more press than any entrepreneur could dream of - certainly more than I deserve - and I've never had a public relations firm working for me.
This concept that starting a company is so hard and that you'll never make it is conspiracy concocted by the rich and powerful to keep you from trying - and you've fallen for it.
I really think the Uberfication of everything is a trend that I didn't expect to be coming this fast. I mean, every single thing you want to do in your life, people are building services to take all the pain out.
Supporting American technology companies is one of the most patriotic things you can do - the technology industry is the reason our country has such a high-standard of living and why we can afford to spread the democracy virus around the globe.
I've developed some deep relationships over the past couple of years blogging and I realize that those relationships manifest themselves in the links I find when I do my x a daily ego search over at Technorati.
Near-death experiences give you balance. You become more worldly. Your ideas become bigger.
Apps, email, and social are the three things Google does not control.
The only time I felt a little too exposed was for a week then I started life-streaming for a couple of hours a day on Qik and Ustream. It became very much like the film 'We Live in Public.'.
The future of television is not on television but online. A majority of us are turning to our computers and mobile devices for news and entertainment, Millennials especially.
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