Jason Calacanis was a co-founder of Weblogs Inc., the professional blog network of which ABG and Autoblog are a part. He also played a major part in the advent of AutoblogGreen before he left the company about a year after it was sold to AOL. Since a week and a half ago, Jason has also been the proud owner of a bright orange Tesla Roadster. Jason's car is #16 of the Signature 100 series that followed the original Founder's Series, which were a short run of cars that went to the original investors. After we finished up our official duties at the LA Auto Show last week, Sebastian and I headed over to Jason's offices in Santa Monica where he runs his current endeavor, the human-powered search engine Mahalo.com, to catch up on old times and check out his new toy.
Unlike most people with enough money to afford a $110,000 car, Jason was more than happy to let both Sebastian and I take his brand new Tesla Roadster for a spin. We have both driven Roadsters before, though our collective time spent behind the wheel of a Tesla has been with the interim drivetrain that offered lower performance, but Jason's car is one of the first production units built with drivetrain 1.5.
Just before we silently rolled out onto the street, a second blue Tesla Roadster pulled in beside us. That car turned out to be the #27 and the last of the Founder Series cars. It belongs to a gentleman who is an investor in both Tesla and Mahalo and who prefers to remain nameless.