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Sydney Tech Meetup Message Board Help My Startup › Open Angel Forum, January 14th 2010

Open Angel Forum, January 14th 2010

David A.
Sydney, AU
Post #: 1
Hi all,

Thought I would share this newsletter from Jason Calacanis (big fan of his work/efforts) as some of you may find this interesting.



Three years ago I took on the pay-to-play "launch conferences" like
DEMO, which charges $18,500 for six minutes on stage, with the
TechCrunch50 conference. For that project I partnered with my good
friend Mike Arrington. I'm proud to say that in three years hundreds
of companies have launched at the event and we've given $150,000 in
prize money! Two of the TechCrunch50 companies have had $100M+ exits:
Powerset, which was sold to Microsoft, and Mint, which was recently
purchased by Intuit. The TechCrunch50 alumni have raised well over
$500M in under three years, and many are on the road to
Mint/Powerset-level exits. This entire effort was done without
charging startups companies--something I'm very proud of.

TechCrunch50 is now the best way to launch your company. PERIOD, END

My personal mission statement in life has evolved in recent years and
is now: "To inspire, educate and support entrepreneurs." TechCrunch50,
this email newsletter and This Week in Startups (my podcast) are the
key components Im using to fulfill this mission.

Today I'm thrilled to announce another effort: Open Angel Forum.

The Open Angel Forum is designed to bring together bring together
15-20 high quality angel investors and five companies looking to raise
capital. Unlike pay-to-play angel groups like Keiretsu Forum (which
charges $6,000 to pitch their four San Francisco chapters!), the Open
Angel Forum is free to startups and angel investors. The only people
who pay to attend the event are a limited number of service providers
(i.e. lawyers, recruiters, etc).

I'm inviting the angel investors I've developed personal relationships
with over the years (many of whom have invested in Weblogs, Inc. or Think folks like Sky Dayton, Matt Coffin, Elon Musk,
Kevin Rose, Ryan Scott, Mark Cuban, Fred Wilson and Ted Leonsis. I've
also started angel investing as you probably know. My first two
investments are and I'll be
announcing two more angel investments in December. My goal is to do
5-10 a year.

The first Open Angel Forum will take place in Los Angeles on January
14th over dinner (probably at one of our angel investor's houses, if
not a private room at a restaurant).

You can read more about the Open Angel Forum in my welcome message here:

If you are an entrepreneur and would like to apply to present the form
is here, and the deadline is right before Christmas. I'm going to
personally select the first five companies to present. Open Angel
Forum Application form:­

On January 14th we will also announcement two more local chapters of
the Open Angel Forum. If you're interested in getting involved as an
angel investors please let me know (hit reply).

Feel free to repost this/forward to a friend. Would like to get some
press on this much-needed effort.

all the best,

Jason McCabe Calacanis
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