SmallBizPod #49 – Jason Calacanis podcast interview

Jason Calacanis, CEO of and one of the US’s best known and most controversial Web 2.0 entrepreneurs. [Photo: Hyku]

By Alex Bellinger
19th June 2007 at 6:55 pm

This week SmallBizPod #49, the podcast for startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners, includes an interview with one of the US’s most well known and controversial entrepreneurs, Jason Calacanis, CEO of The show also includes comments from listeners and the return of electronica.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.
• 01:01 Thanks to NMK for organising the superb NMK Forum.
• 01:47 A comment on the rise of Facebook and do say hello and join the SmallBizPod Facebook group, if you get a chance.


• 02:45 Interview with Jason Calacanis, about his new start-up, the human powered search service,, how he plans to clean up search and reward the public for creating search pages. Jason and Alex also discuss Web 2.0 companies paying everyone but the people creating content, the hypocrisy and pomposity of some people in Silicon Valley, Jason’s own entrepreneurial past, present and future including addiction, hiring, firing, building a business, the exit and Mahalo as a Google plugin.


• 25:12 How to comment and comments left on the blog including: Martin Dooley on notices for new shows on small business forums, Daksh Sharma on how much he enjoyed the Koopa track played in the last show which has subsequently entered the official UK charts.
• 27:12 Comment from Karen on the randomness discussion with Ben Casnocha in SmallBizPod #48 and how she prefers electronica to pop.
• 28:18 Thanks to all those who have put their pin in the SmallBizPod Frappr map including: Alison Lowndes who runs a volunteering agency for Kenya and Tom Clairemont.

• 29.18 Music – back to electronica with a track called Charlie’s Orbit by Idmonster with many thanks to the Monotonik netlabel.

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  1. Sam Sethi says:

    Hi Alex

    Good interview with JC. The best I’ve heard. He made loads of sense.

    Hope you are well ..

    Sam – we launch on thursday

  2. alex says:

    Thanks Sam, I enjoyed talking to JC. Always good value!

    Good luck with the Blognation launch. Lots of people I know and respect involved, so I’m sure it’ll be a good read and success!



  3. Karen says:


    Thanks for cornering Jason in the stairwell!

    As Sam says, Jason makes a lot of sense, particularly re: giving content creators the choice of being rewarded.

    I was intrigued when Jason said he didn’t think about the exit strategy when going into business. Wouldn’t you want to have some kind of idea of the types of businesses/people that may be interested buyers down the track? Sure it could change along the way, given the many variables. However, as you make deals, acquisitions, changes in direction etc. you need some understanding of impacts to your potential “exits”.

    What are other people’s thoughts?


  4. alex says:

    Hi Karen, I was a little surprised by Jason’s answer too, although I can understand why he would prefer to downplay its importance at this stage. I think my follow-up questions re Mahalo’s relationship with Google, would suggest that the exit ‘du jour’ i.e. get bought by Google may well have been plan A.

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