Highland Capital Partners
VC investor at Commerce Ventures. Mostly tweet about entrepreneurship/startups, VC, mobile, payments and the future of retail.
Based in Silicon Valley. Invests in Internet, Search, Mobile, Video, Games, Information Technology, Consumer Internet, Social Media, ECommerce, Location Based Services, Social Games, Analytics, Coupons, Mobile Commerce, Payments, Deals, Mobile Advertising, Local, Mobile Coupons, Android, SaaS, Bridging Online and Offline, iPhone, Mobile Games, Cloud Computing
Jason McCabe Calacanis hosts ''This Week In Startups'', part of LAUNCH Media and is the founder and CEO of Inside.com. Previously, he was an ''Entrepreneur in Action'' at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firm, a position he held since December 2006. Calacanis co-founded and was the CEO of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular weblogs that was sold to AOL in November 2005. Upon joining AOL, he was appointed senior vice president. In addition, he was named general manager of AOL's Netscape and was responsible for the July 2006 relaunch of the iconic browser as a social bookmarking news site. Prior to forming Weblogs Inc., Calacanis was the founder of Rising Tide Studios, a media company that published the magazines Silicon Alley Reporter and Digital Coast Reporter. The flagship publication later became Venture Reporter, a venture capital database, and was sold to Dow Jones. Calacanis is from Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Los Angeles and New York with his wife and bulldog. He received a B.A. in psychology from Fordham University. Calacanis is known for his transparency and insights into the internet and media industries. (Source: [This Week In](http://thisweekinstartups.com/about/))
Neal Rapoport is an active Angel Investor and sometimes Advisor. In 2004 Neal founded DealTaker.com, and sold it in 2008, then re-purchased it in 2012. Since then, he has invested in several companies in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York & Silicon Valley, and is a mentor/investor in the Tech Wildcatters seed accelerator program. He is active in various Angel Investor groups, and actively watches the angel.co lists for the latest & greatest investment opportunity. His preference is to invest in technology companies in Silicon Valley, NY, or Dallas, but is open to other areas if the team and idea are great and can use his help. Besides investing and mentoring, Neal manages DealTaker.com in its re-growth efforts, and likes bicycling. Neal graduated from the University of Arizona in 1991, and moved to Dallas in 1993 and Plano in 2000. Before DealTaker.com, he co-owned 2 software consulting firms and has worked for companies such as Microsoft & CompuCom.