Waiting for the Calcanis podcast

"Jason Calacanis, the outspoken blogger and entrepreneur who ran AOL’s Netscape division, resigned on Thursday in the wake of the firing of AOL’s chief executive, Jonathan Miller. " Writes New York Times. There's light at the end of the tunnel. The man already has or had plans to start a new company.

"Mr. Calacanis sold his company, Weblogs Inc., a network of blogs, to AOL last year and continued to run it from offices in Santa Monica, Calif. This year he took over Netscape.com, transforming it from a Web portal into a site that lets users vote and comment on news articles." Writes NCY. "In recent months, Mr. Calacanis said he was considering leaving AOL to start a new company. His decision to resign was hastened by the news that Time Warner, AOL’s parent, had replaced Mr. Miller with Randy Falco, the president of the NBC Universal Television Group."
Jason McCabe Calacanis is CEO and co-founder of Weblogs Inc., a network of widely read blogs including Engadget – ranked # 1 by Technorati - Joystiq, Autoblog, and Blogging Baby. Founded in January of 2004, Weblogs, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL in November of 2005. Calacanis, who was appointed a senior vice president of AOL, maintains editorial supervision over Weblogs, Inc. In June of 2006, Calacanis and relaunched Netscape, the iconic browser owned by AOL and was named its general manager.

Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Calacanis was CEO and founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published print and online publications including the Silicon Alley Reporter, a must-read monthly that chronicled New York’s internet and new media industries. The company also produced of high-profile industry specific conferences in New York, Los Angeles and San

Francisco. After the industry consolidated, the company’s flagship publication changed its focus and became Venture Reporter, which was purchased by Dow Jones. Calacanis was born and grew up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. He received a B.A. in psychology from Fordham University in Manhattan. He is a 5th Degree in Tae Kwon Do and has run in eleven consecutive New York City Marathons. He served as a script consultant on Wayne Wang’s film “Center of the World” about the life of a “cyber-surfer” and appears in a supporting role. He serves on the board of directors of Bay Ridge Preparatory School.

Jason is known for his insight into the media industry and he is quoted widely in trade and consumer media outlets. He also keynotes industry conferences worldwide. His views can be read daily on his own blog, www.calacanis.com and heard weekly on CalacanisCast, a new show on the PodTech Network.

I did listen to a few podcasts featruing Jason. The word "outspoken" seems to be very descriptive. He is a high-profile entrepreneur and I guess we are going to see and hear from this man. AOL is a big name in USA, but we don't see its force over here. It's one of the giants over there. Here AOL = American On Line is a less known brand compared to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, just to mention a few.

Strong and outspoken personalities can make it on their own in the blogosphere and in the Web 2.0 environment. We don't have these kind of personalities in Europe. The individual doesn't play such a central role in EU. I find this quite interesting. Why have MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and other "me"-cetered services been such a big success in US? Globally? Do we need to present the same kind of personlities on the old continent if we want to make web 2.0 break throughs? I need to work more on this subject.

The tech discussions are much more heated over there. Europe is much more conservative. We don't have comparative advertising and we don't try to kille the competitions with fierce attacks. It's not just Jason who is outspoken. The US culture of free speach makes quite a big difference. It really does.
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