A VC

  • !Pacific Time
    It’s that time of year again. The Gotham Gal and I are spending the rest of the winter out west. Blog posts will start coming in around 6am PT/9am ET. We plan to spend this winter in Utah (where I am now), LA, and I will also be in the Bay Area a f…
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  • !Video Of The Week: A Conversation with Fred Wilson and Carlota Perez
    This was seven years ago. I went back and watched it recently and it has stood the test of time.
    - 11 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 3:37am -
  • Funding Friday: Milford Graves Full Mantis
    I want to see this documentary when it comes out so I backed it on Kickstarter today to make sure it gets made.
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 1:37pm -
  • Owning Yourself

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  • Beyond The Bitcoin Bubble
    My friend Steven Johnson has penned a long and wonderful piece exploring what lies beyond the speculative market in crypto tokens. This essay, which will run in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, but is online now, could not have come at a better ti…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jan 18, 2:04pm -

Both Sides of The Table

  • Men Say …
    Men use similar tropes on why #MeToo may go too far. It’s time to break these down.It’s time for more men to start saying, “enough is enough,” “I believe her,” and “I will step out of my comfort zone and speak up so that others feel em…
    - 37 days ago 15 Dec 17, 5:58am -
  • Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct (Venture Capital Edition)
    Time Magazine published its “person of the year” edition today and honored “the silence breakers” for speaking up and forcing our society to confront its position towards men in power exploiting their power for sexual gain. Real change is cle…
    - 45 days ago 8 Dec 17, 12:30am -
  • What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?
    Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations.An alternate outcome that I also unfortunately observe in some cases are companies who…
    - 68 days ago 14 Nov 17, 9:09pm -
  • One Small Change I Made That Improved My Daily Mental State
    We all have a pretty good idea about things that drag down our productivity or suck up time that would be better spent on more fulfilling activities.Two years ago I made a commitment to stop bringing my mobile phone into my bedroom and with like a 95…
    - 89 days ago 24 Oct 17, 5:45am -
  • Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.
    Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO. (Hint: 60 million US Latinos driving US growth engine)I am beyond excited to announce the Herb Scannell has agreed to move from NYC to Los Angeles to take on the role of CEO at mitú, the…
    - 19 Sep 17, 7:45pm -

Tomasz Tunguz

  • Yearning for the Vast and Endless Sea
    “My goal is to make you love rowing.” That’s how my first rowing started. I had never picked up an oar or stepped into a racing shell before. With 100 other freshman men, I had assembled at the boathouse along the maple and conifer lined Conn…
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  • Ten Year's Worth of Learnings About Pricing
    Last week, I shared a presentation with an executive team at a large public SaaS company on everything I’ve learned about pricing. Here’s a summary of the frameworks and theory that I’ve aggregated over a decade of investing in startups.Why…
    - 5 days ago 17 Jan 18, 12:00am -
  • An Era of Fundamental and Massive Change - The Capital Markets Innovation of the ICO
    In December 2017, the amount raised in ICOs nearly equaled the amount raised by Series A investments globally. The technology innovation catalyzed by Bitcoin and Blockchain is creating many multibillion dollar economies quickly. The ICO market toda…
    - 11 days ago 11 Jan 18, 12:00am -
  • 7 Predictions for SaaS in 2018
    Below are 7 predictions about the startup software ecosystem. How many of them do you agree with?The tax holiday for repatriation creates one of the most active M&A environments of the past ten years. The repatriation holiday is part of the new t…
    - 18 days ago 4 Jan 18, 12:00am -
  • Jettisoning the Assumptions of Last Year
    There’s a crisis in the scientific academic world. It’s called the Replication Crisis. Scientists have found that they cannot replicate the results published by many scientific studies. The same thing is happening in the world of business.Ov…
    - 21 days ago 1 Jan 18, 12:00am -

Semil Shah

  • !The 2018 Seed Stage Reset
    This post is about the Bay Area startup and venture ecosystem. I believe the local ecosystem just completed an entire “reset” with respect to the earliest stages of company formation. (I need to state upfront that this isn’t about the seed land…
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  • Quickly Unpacking The Uber “Softbank IPO” Exit
    Whenever there’s a big startup exit, I try to quickly unpack it here on the blog. There’s been so much news about Uber for the past year and more that, frankly, I have tuned most of it out. It’s almost laughable now three years ago, I actually…
    - 14 days ago 7 Jan 18, 9:09pm -
  • Looking Ahead, Predictions For 2018
    Turning the page on 2017, here’s what I’m looking ahead to in 2018: I want to keep this post brief as possible. Below is a set of predictions for 2018 in tech startups and VC. This is also a window into the principles and beliefs I hold and […]
    - 22 days ago 31 Dec 17, 12:11am -
  • An Imperfect Glance At Tech’s Notable Exits In 2017
    This will be a brief post looking back at some of the notable tech exits of 2017. Before we begin, there are many disclaimers that must be made… [note: if we missed a “notable” exit, please let me know & I’ll update the sheet…] First, this…
    - 23 days ago 29 Dec 17, 3:19pm -
  • Brief FAQ From Haystack IV Fundraising Experience
    Earlier this year, I wrote a post detailing how I was able to transform Haystack into an institutional fund. As there continue to be more and more smaller and newer funds created per year, that post triggered a bunch of emails and follow-up questions…
    - 29 days ago 23 Dec 17, 10:22pm -

Brad Feld

  • Reflections on Bored Meetings
    Over the past 25 years, I’ve attended approximately 14,387 board meetings. My partners and I talk a lot about how to improve them and today released The Foundry Group Manifesto on Board Meetings. It follows: In 2013, I wrote a book with Mahendra…
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  • It Can All Go To Zero
    Perspective can be a useful thing. Cryptocurrencies have had a bad 24 hours. Last night Amy and I watched The Big Short for the second time. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a must watch movie. If you haven’t seen it in at least a year, watch it a…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jan 18, 5:31pm -
  • Colorado Startup Summer
    Every entrepreneur starts her journey somewhere. Colorado is a premier location for entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. This is why I co-founded and commit a portion of my time to Startup Colorado; an organization that empowers and sustains startu…
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  • Worst of Times
    If you enjoyed I’m a VC, take another walk down memory lane with me back to 2015 and watch our second video, Worst of Times. More soon. Hint, hint …The post Worst of Times appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
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  • I’m A VC
    As a preparation for something new and exciting, let’s reminisce a little. In 2011, we did our first Foundry Group music video “I’m a VC.” I remember being amazed when the Youtube views went over 100,000. I recall being equally amazed when I…
    - 10 days ago 11 Jan 18, 3:33pm -

Om Malik

  • Dean Allen, R.I.P.
    Dean Cameron Allen, a 50-ish writer, designer, web-guy, and an all-around rascal, died this weekend in London, U.K. He leaves behind his parents, a former girlfriend and a lot of friends. If the universe feels a little hollow this week, now you know…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 9:50pm -
  • What my trip to Venice made me think about IRL
    Every time I go away and leave the computer behind, and disconnect from the world, I come back refreshed, raring to go, write more often, only to face the dreaded problem of plenty. I don’t know where to start. And even today, I feel that way as we…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 3:49am -
  • Views of Venice (with Photos)
    It has been remarkably quiet on the home front — for a good reason. I went to Venice to make some photos and participate in a photo workshop with one of my favorite photographers, Jonathan Chritchley. The workshop perfectly overlapped with the CES…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jan 18, 4:21pm -
  • Friday!
    Continuous rain, endless email and conference calls later, I am finally done for the day. It is a bummer that I didn’t get a chance to sit and write today. On a more upbeat note, it is Friday and hence start of the weekend. I look forward to finish…
    - 15 days ago 6 Jan 18, 3:12am -
  • 10 Rules of Good Design by Dieter Rams
    My friend, Hiten Shah tweeted a link to one my older pieces about design. I thought why not share with folks here at well. 10 Rules of Good Design by Dieter Rams 1. Good design should be innovative 2. Good design should make a product useful 3. Good…
    - 17 days ago 4 Jan 18, 5:09pm -

LifeSciVC

Continuations

  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Sample Variance
    Towards the end of last year in Uncertainty Wednesday, I wrote a post about suppressed volatility and gave an example. I ended the write up with:if we simply estimate the volatility of a process from the observed sample variance, we may be wildly und…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jan 18, 12:30pm -
  • Martin Luther King Jr Supported Basic Income
    We have the USV office closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day. In his book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” he wrote:In addition to the absence of coordination and sufficiency, the [social] programs of the past all hav…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jan 18, 3:32pm -
  • A SIM Switch Account Takeover (Mine)
    It happened on the second to last day of a wonderful family trip to Southeast Asia. I looked at my mobile phone in the morning and it had an alert that said something like “SIM not recognized.” I should have probably figured out something was re…
    - 9 days ago 12 Jan 18, 6:38pm -
  • Meltdown and Spectre are Good ... for Innovation
    So I am still away on family vacation and following a self-imposed online diet, but even then it has been impossible to ignore the monster sized vulnerabilities disclosed today known as Meltdown and Spectre. And just to make sure nobody misreads my p…
    - 17 days ago 4 Jan 18, 9:26am -
  • Blogging, Twitter and Email Break
    As 2017 draws to a close I will be taking a break from blogging, twitter and (for the most part) email until well into January. I have a great set of book recommendations – far too many to get through for quite some time – and I will be traveling…
    - 30 days ago 22 Dec 17, 8:45pm -

Hunter Walk

  • We Don’t Talk Enough About Money In Silicon Valley. No, Really.
    “Look, I’m incredibly thankful for this industry. It made me a millionaire.” The person seated across the table from me went through a series of facial microexpressions as I said this — surprise, disgust, analysis and finally, calm. We don’…
    - 11 days ago 10 Jan 18, 11:20pm -
  • Books I Read In 2018
    Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living pos…
    - 18 days ago 3 Jan 18, 4:55am -
  • In 2018, Focus on Quality of Decision Over Quality of Outcome
    We’d barely made our first venture investment when I tattooed Homebrew’s logo deeply into my right shoulder. What did this moment represent, besides a strong conviction we’d never rebrand? It wasn’t a victory lap, that’s for sure, because i…
    - 20 days ago 2 Jan 18, 2:17am -
  • Evolutionary Biology: Movies are Slow Humans. YouTube are Fast Guppies.
    When Wired claims YouTube is the world’s best film school available, I would agree, but suggest they’re actually thinking too narrowly in their explanation. Writer David Pierce steps us through what he calls “YouTube Film School,” a loosely o…
    - 26 days ago 26 Dec 17, 6:34pm -
  • Should Regulators Force Facebook To Ship a “Start Over” Button For Users?
    I don’t really understand most of the proposals to “regulate” Facebook. There are some concrete proposals on the table regarding political ads and updating antitrust for the data age, but other punditry is largely consumer advocacy kabuki. For…
    - 29 days ago 23 Dec 17, 7:09pm -