Calacanis: the Tony Robbins of Web 2.0

by Mathew on September 28, 2008 · 20 comments

Update:

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.

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    troublemaker :)

    ans kissass :)

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  • http://mickelehsoap.blogspot.com Michael_Markman

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

  • http://burningbird.net Shelley

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

    Oh, please, just shoot me now.

  • delmar

    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.

  • gregorylent

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

  • Calcium Jacanis

    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.

  • bz

    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.

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  • http://www.centernetworks.com centernetworks

    was this blog hacked?

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Not sure what you mean, Allen

  • http://pressreleaseprblog.com Danny Brown

    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?

  • cantstandhim

    Diminutive? DIMINUTIVE?

    ROFL.

  • Ran Seflon

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

  • http://pressreleaseprblog.com Danny Brown

    If that was the case he would have asked for them to be taken down when he realized they were first up.

    They only came down when he realized that instead of his ego being stroked further, he was reading the truth about his views as opposed to the ones he wanted to hear.

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  • CD

    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.

  • CD

    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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