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Jason Calacanis
Co-Founder and former Chairman
Weblogs Network Inc.
Santa Monica, CA

http://www.weblogs.com

2200 Colorado Avenue / Suite 729
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Work: 310-828-8284
Fax: 310-861-0600


"Traditional journalism is, in a word, broken . . . [o]n top of the unnecessarily one-way journalism being practiced today, the media space is suffering from the appearance of (and in some cases outright) impropriety . . . We believe participatory journalism is a better model than one-way journalism."
Jason Calacanis, from the Weblogs website

"The best thing you can do to make more money is produce world-class content. That's what I spend my time on: finding people who can make world-class content... and pay them!"
Jason Calacanis, in an Aug. 4, 2005 interview with the JenSense blog



Photo Linked From: http://www.corante.com/mooreslore/archives/images/jason%20calacanis.jpg

Summary:
Participatory web-only trade publishing network of 50 or more specialty blogs

UPDATE:
Calacanis is now CEO of www.mahalo.com. You can read more on his blog---The Jason Calacanis Weblog---which also includes a current bio. (updated June 19, 2009)

AOL agrees to by Weblogs (10-15-05)

The Media Center at the American Press Institute posted a bio of Jason Calacanis in advance of the Oct. 5, 2005, "We Media: Behold the Power of Us" conference in New York City.

Jason Calacanis is a serial web-based entrepreneur who has created a network of trade-industry weblogs across niche industries in which user participation is an essential component of the resulting product. Weblogs Network Inc. claims its approach:

  • Saves professionals the time associated with reading dozens of trade publications by providing a non-stop, top-level summary of the news
  • Provides analytical tools that give readers the ability to sort and search stories by topics within an industry
  • Gives users the ability to participate by engaging in discussions, ranking stories and by submitting their own blogs (i.e., pointers and summaries of stories on other sites)
  • Promotes fairness and truth in reporting by acting as a public forum where industry professionals can participate.

Calacanis argues that traditional journalism is broken and that talented journalists want to work independently. For more of his thoughts on this, see:
http://corporate.weblogsinc.com/entry/1016914146856668/