I like to keep up with Internet news from time to time. I work in that field, so it’s important to keep tabs on certain individuals who have shaped various online venues over the years. One that I saw some people mention was “John Calcanis,” whose actual name is Jason Calacanis.
The amount of things online that this guy has done is really incredible. I read about how he had co-founded the publishing company Weblogs, Inc and then sold it to AOL later on. He actually worked for AOL and even worked as Netscape’s General Manager.
He no longer does any of that, but he is a frequent blogger and a big-time angel investor. Calacanis has his own website/weblog where he writes/blogs about how he succeeded in his field and how others can learn from what he did. He is also a keynote speaker who shares this information at various conferences.
His Open Angel Forum has also helped numerous early startup projects (Like http://leaveassurance.com). It came from the idea to not be like other angel investment forums that used the “pay-to-pitch” method. Calacanis felt that it was unnecessary for startups to have to do that, so he developed a way for these investors to get more involved with these early startups directly.
I think these are quite the accomplishments. It seems like Calacanis is incredibly business savvy when it comes to the online world. He seems to be an online entrepreneur who doesn’t mind sharing his success with others.