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Jason Calacanis Has One Miiiiiilllllion Dollars to Give Out to Start-Ups (Video)

Last night, voluble entrepreneur and tech gadfly Jason Calacanis threw a party at dim sum palace Yank Sing in San Francisco, to kick off his latest LAUNCH Festival.

Several dozen start-ups will be debuting at the event today and tomorrow, showing off their wares before judges (I am one tomorrow afternoon) for eventual prize money in the form of investments or convertible notes from venture firms, like Charles River Ventures, and angel investors, such as Kevin Rose.

LAUNCH has gotten just over $1 million in commitments, which seems to be a nice, round, brag-worthy number.

Here’s Calacanis doing just that, and talking about the start-up scene with me in a video interview:


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