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Angel investor Jason Calacanis offered $500,000 and time on his podcast in exchange for equity in a startup

Angel investor Jason Calacanis offered $500,000 and time on his podcast in exchange for equity in a startup




In a self-proclaimed Twitter "DM fail" Wednesday, angel investor Jason Calacanis offered a currently unknown startup $500,000 and time on his podcast, "This Week in Startups," in exchange for equity.




Calacanis, an early Uber investor, opened up his pitch to his 301,000 Twitter followers after realizing the post was public. He confirmed to Business Insider that he has received more than 30 emails and DM's asking to take him up on his offer.




Calacanis is the founder of Launch.co, an early-stage venture capital firm that has previously invested in Thumbtack, Calm, and Robinhood.




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Tech investors have been known to offer all sorts of enticements and blandishments in the quest to win a deal with a hot startup. But angel investor Jason Calacanis has a unique incentive to dangle in front of startups: airtime on his podcast.
Calacanis, who rose to fame as an entrepreneur during the dotcom days, accidentally revealed his tactic on Wednesday when he tweeted what was meant to be a private entreaty to an undisclosed startup.
His pitch asked the unknown founder to reopen an oversubscribed round to allow Calacanis' firm, Launch, to participate in the round. He wanted to invest $500,000 in exchange for the typical equity, but also tried to sweeten the deal with the mystery entrepreneur by "guaranteeing" 1 million views from an appearance on his firm's podcast, This Week in Startups.
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