Is Jason Calacanis Great Or The Greatest?


Jason Calacanis
is great. Sure, I know there are those in the SEO community
who think he’s full of shit. But come on? Do you really understand Jason and the
reasons why you should listen to him?

To understand him, you first have to know him better. He’s not just the
"Entrepreneur in Action" at Sequoia Capital. This is the guy who has paid his
dues, first as the former editor of Silicon Alley Reporter, then as former GM of
Netscape. Away from his birthplace of Brooklyn, Jason — along with his trusty
bulldog Toro — now struggles with the bright yet beautiful sunshine of Southern
California, sometimes testy as he tries to drop some blogging weight through
exercise.

Having accomplished so much, he still continues to amaze. He turns the
rejection of a phone interview into an
awesome
podcast
. When everyone thought it was over with online publishing, he pulled
out Engadget. When it was assumed Digg ruled the social news world, he conjured
up Netscape reloaded.

So much of his wisdom shows up in his blog posts. Several times he’s inspired
me:

He also inspires outside his blog. Who could forget his smackdown with Alan Meckler in the
Wall Street Journal,

Can Bloggers Make Money?
, which I commented on in my Can Blogs Make Money? Can Web
Sites Make Money!
post. Magnificent performance.

I know a lot of people think he’s arrogant, but when you’ve hung with him as
I have, you begin to see his kinder, gentler side. He’s a pretty nice guy,
pretty engaging and never with a dull moment.

Sure, he gives SEO a bad rap. I took a big swing at him once in
Why The SEO Folks Were
Mad At You, Jason
. But hey, he also was big enough to jump in and

accept
an SEO challenge.

Heh.

Nah, Jason, I don’t want the link. Dude — what, Search Engine Land isn’t on your
daily read list? C’mon, shove it up there and call it Danny. I want that link,
baby!

And hey — tell people I need some more feed subscribers over there. C’mon –
Battelle’s

sitting up
there with 68,000 subscribers, and I’m starting all over again
with SEL. We’re closing on 10,000, but I want to make May the "Break 20,000"
month. You’re the man. Tell them to take our feed
here. Or here:


(Anyone else want my big ass feed icon? Go here.)

And hey hey, see you at
SMX Advanced for

your debate
on June 4. It’s gonna be sweet, you taking on the SEOs!


Comments

  1. diego says

    Oh God noooo!!! Don’t do that! It all goes to his head! :) (I know it’s a joke, by the way)
    Stuff like this quote “These are two of the most important thinkers of their generation.” (http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/2409916/) that gets to their heads. If this were true then we should really be worried. Are we that short on great thinkers these days? :)

  2. says

    I really called Jason out in the past week with the launch of Mahalo. Most of the angst that fueled that rant though was based on the SEO is BS commentary that we all saw at SES.
    The bottom line though is that we’re all motivated, opinionated, and eager to accomplish things. While Calacanis has indeed accomplished a lot — I’m not about to put him up on a pedastal and listen to his words as gospel.
    If I did that, I’d be out of a job… and frankly — I can’t afford that! :) Best of luck with SMX this week and thanks for providing a great post like this to comment on.