Quotable Calacanis 2009

Jason Calacanis is an outspoken and unfiltered entrepreneur. Calacanis founded Mahalo, co-founded Weblogs, Inc. which later sold to AOL, co-founded TechCrunch 50, host of This Week in Startups, founder of Open Angel Forum. Calacanis is famous for his industry rants on Jason’s List mailing list, most recently ranting about Facebook privacy mishap. Over the last year I have collected a few choice quotes from Jason Calacanis blog posts, mailing list, and podcast.

If you are not fired up with enthusiasm you will be fired with enthusiasm.
This Week in Startups #33

If you built something based on the Twitter API, it is a hobby it is not a business.
This Week in Startups #33

As Eric Schmidt, Stalin, Hitler, George Bush, and Kim Jong Il have all said, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
This Week in Startups #33

I’ve seen slot of dumb guys with a lot of passion become vey successful. I see that guy every morning when I wake up and i shave.
This Week in Startups #32

If poor people pirate stuff it’s okay, because all you are doing is training them for when they do have money.
This Week in Startups #31

Facebook proved again this week that they are either the most unethical or clueless internet company in the world. An amazing accomplishment since Facebook is also one of the most promising, and certainly fastest growing, internet companies of all time.
Is Facebook unethical, clueless or unlucky?

It is so depressing when one of our leading companies bases their ethics on “will we get caught?” and perhaps more precisely: “if we do get caught will it cost us anything in relation to the money we’ll make when we go public?”
Is Facebook unethical, clueless or unlucky?

They should have a term limit for [television] series, seven years. If you can’t tell a story in seven years, that is it. Seven years and you can have two spin offs.
This Week in Startups #28

A guy with an idea means nothing unless you have a lot of money, connections, or domain expertise.
This Week in Startups #28

You have to pick hour partner like you pick your spouse, you really have to enjoy spending a lot of time with them.
This Week in Startups #26

Wait a second, … you’ll waiting for me to take a risk, and then you’ll take a risk, that is not risk at all.
This Week in Startups #25

I think people overestimate the value of their ideas. They actually think their idea is what you are going to invest in.
This Week in Startups #25

Anybody that is a great entrepreneur has a little supper villain in them. There is a little Lex Luther in every CEO.
This Week in Startups #25

If there is any doubt, there is no doubt.
This Week in Startups #18

You are your people.
This Week in Startups #18

Starting is easy, finishing is hard.
This Week in Startups #18

Failure is the precursor to success.
This Week in Startups #18

Great entrepreneur gets a dollar out of a nickel, a donkey entrepreneur get a nickel out of a dollar.
This Week in Startups #18

The opposite of entrepreneurship is academia.
This Week in Startups #12

Failure is the common denominator amongst successful people.
This Week in Startups #10

Longevity is a big part of credibility.
Don’t Stop Believing

People’s reputations are made in the bad times more than the good times.
Don’t Stop Believing

If you can’t sell your product, it’s not a product–it’s a hobby.
Don’t Stop Believing


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