Apparently, Jason doesn’t want his email newsletters posted any more because he “doesn’t want to give the haters a platform,” according to a Twitter message. The text of the email has removed from both Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch, but you can still find it.

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Jason Calacanis, the diminutive entrepreneur behind Weblogs Inc. and the “people-powered search engine” known as Mahalo, seems to be attempting to transform himself from just a scrappy CEO into a Web 2.0 cross between Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins. It’s actually been coming for some time, but really kicked into gear when Jason stopped blogging and started sending out an email newsletter to a select group of followers. Of course, his missives routinely show up on various blogs anyway, which is a nice way to have your cake and eat it too. Which is great, because it means that none of us is denied access to Jason’s words of wisdom.

In his latest missive, Jason gives each of us the benefit not only of his years of startup experience but also of his bachelor’s degree in psychology, both of which taught him a number of key lessons about how to succeed even when everything is going against you. I’ve read through his newsletter several times and extracted some of those key lessons:

  • People are scared, and they should be.
  • Metaphors swing both ways.
  • Sometimes it’s really, really stupid to keep fighting.
  • The darkest hour is, in fact, right before the dawn.
  • If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, go see a professional.
  • Feel free to print this out.
  • You need to access where you’re at, and fight on.
  • If you fail, then by definition you have tried.
  • If your idea is wrong, it really doesn’t matter.
  • The market will tell you what it wants.
  • Execute better.

Really, these just scratch the surface of what you’re going to find in Jason’s missive. There’s so much gold in there, it’s like Fort Knox or something. I’m not kidding (although Jason didn’t include one of the lessons he learned at TechCrunch50, which is to feel free to let people know how you feel, even if the mike is on). So, is Jason a genius whose newsletter is full of useful wisdom, as some would argue, or a putz who strings together bromides and motivational claptrap? That one is up to you. Mahalo.

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20 Responses to “Calacanis: the Tony Robbins of Web 2.0”
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  2. troublemaker :)

    ans kissass :)

  3. […] shut down or go on life-support (i.e. 3-4 folks working on them) within the next 18 months”. Matthew Ingram boils down Calacanis’ key […]

  4. Why is this a binary choice? It's all true.

  5. The political world has Sarah Palin and the tech world has…Jason Calacanis.

    Oh, please, just shoot me now.

  6. wow, that was snarky and utterly rude. why are you making it personl? calcanis is right about the coming shakeout. others have warned of it as well. before this is over, the web 2.0 ecosystem will be devastated.

  7. access or assess .. .. .. deepak, tony, jason .. .. .. hmm .. .. .. guess that means a book is up next

  8. Mahalo will be the first company to shut down at the first sign of the depression. This is Calcansis's exit-excuse. Poor me, the depression ate my startup! Wahhh.

  9. I just think Calacanis is an arrogant a-hole.

    That said, I really do enjoy his appearances on TWiT, but I still think he's a total ass.

  10. […] king of link bait, but often very smart when it comes to business has come up with the idea that 50 to 80% of startups will get killed off in the currently happening economic recession about to become […]

  11. […] was a monster of a “warning” post from Jason Calacanis, which is now inaccessible. Mathew Ingram has a bullet-point summary. Some of the advice: that have borrowed money – well, the kinder term is “taken VC […]

  12. was this blog hacked?

  13. Let's see – someone that recommends you fire a person who's good at their job? And who would have you hold back on your financial commitments to your leasers and insurers (so basically putting more companies at risk of financial ruin)?

    I'm surprised there's even a choice in the answer.

    And for someone to only want to hear positive things said about him or nothing at all… doesn't that seem a bit egotistical?

  14. Diminutive? DIMINUTIVE?


  15. I assume Calacanis wanted the content taken down because he wants to preserve the exclusivity of his email subscription list.

  16. […] are many fine bloggers and one I particularly enjoy is Mathew Ingram. As he points out, there is one high profile blogger, Jason Calacanis, who is bucking the trend. Jason Calacanis, the […]

  17. I'm no business whiz but don't most start ups fail? Why are Web2.0 outfits any different, this is just digital snake oil.

  18. I'm no business whiz but don't most start ups fail? Why are Web2.0 outfits any different, this is just digital snake oil.

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