Help! What Should I Ask Jason Calacanis At Startup 2009?

There are eight days to go until Startup 2009

Our judges have selected the 10 winners of our startup contest.  The 10 companies will each have 5 minutes at the conference to deliver their pitches live to our judges and 5 minutes to defend themselves in Q&A. Then, at the end of the day, with the help of our audience, our judges will award the $75,000 Grand Prize to the “most investable” company.

The company pitches will be delivered in two morning conference sessions, and the community deliberation and voting will take place in the afternoon.  In between, I’ll be grilling two panels of VCs and three entrepreneurs–Jason Calacanis, John Battelle, and Chris Hughes–about topics critical to the entrepreneurial process.  Including:

  • How to raise a boatload of money at a huge valuation
  • How not to get screwed by your professional partners
  • How to get up off the mat when everyone else has counted you out
  • How to know when to step aside
  • How to handle the fear, uncertainty, and doubt–and the ridicule.

These are questions every entrepreneur has to deal with at some point.  But we’ve got three unique individuals in the room–Jason, John, and Chris–each with their own set of experiences, skills, and tactics.

So what do you want to know?

Please help me prepare by lobbing in questions you’re eager to hear the answers to.  Write them in the comments below, or send them to [email protected].

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Startup 2009 Snapshot

Host: Henry Blodget

Startup Judges: George Bell of General Catalyst, Eric Hippeau of Softbank, Rick Heitzmann of FirstMark, David Pakman of Venrock, Larry Bettino of Starvest, Dan Frommer of SAI, Matt Marshall of VentureBeat.

Date: Wednesday, June 3

Location: NYC

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