Jason Calacanis talks to Alex Tew of Calm.com

Jason Calacanis (right) talks to Alex Tew of Calm.com

tl;dr Alex Tew created the unforgettable Million Dollar Homepage at age 21. He is now working on Calm.com to help people reduce stress. He plans to build a strong brand online, gradually moving into an offline wellness business.

In 2005 at the age of 21, Alex Tew launched the The Million Dollar Homepage. The home page consists of a million pixels arranged in a 1000 × 1000 pixel grid. A 10 × 10 block sold for US$1 each. It was a genius idea at the time that launched Alex in the world of web startups.

Alex and co-founder Michael Acton Smith (of Mind Candy and Moshi Monsters) are now working on a new project called Calm.com to help people reduce stress. He spoke with Jason Calacanis on the always interesting This Week In Startups (TWIST) podcast.

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Jason loved the concept and the brand, keen to jump on board as the startup’s first investor. Jason seemed impressed by the fact the company has managed to score a lucrative four letter domain name. (Alex does not disclose the price paid but hints towards a high end five figure number.) “Calm” is definitely a clear and concise brand name.

The interview is worth checking out to hear the proposed business model – one of which is building a web based business that will eventually grow into an off line “wellness” company.

Will it work? Who knows? Good luck to Alex and Michael.

More information at their Angel List page.


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