A VC

  • !Video Of The Week: Who Has The Right To Police The Internet?
    This week our portfolio company Cloudflare made news when they made an exception to their long-standing policy of not terminating customers for hate speech and terminated The Daily Stormer. In this interview with Bloomberg, Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew…
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  • Touchy Subjects
    I got feedback from some in the AVC community that the comments on Wednesday’s post were “ugly.” As many readers know, we have a comment policy at the top of the comment thread and I’ve worked to make sure people know that we try to keep our…
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 17, 11:22am -
  • Transit
    As Co-Chairman of Tech:NYC, I get asked frequently to name the issues that matter most to the tech companies of NYC. On my list, often at the top, is transit. Getting to and from work matters a lot to the employees of the growing number of tech compa…
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  • If You Lie Down With Dogs, You Come Up With Fleas
    I don’t know enough to say with any confidence that our President is a supremacist. But he made a cold hard political calculation that paid off for him when he made these horrible people the foundation of his political base and fired them and their…
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  • How To Hire Executives
    Brian Armstrong, founder and CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase, writes a regular blog in which he talks about a bunch of things; Coinbase, things he has learned, the crypto market, and a bunch more. If you don’t follow Brian, you might want to.…
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Both Sides of The Table

  • Finding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year
    It’s been a tough year globally. Many feel the division in our families and societies. It has been heart-breaking to see progress reversed and social & racial tensions exacerbated unnecessarily.Much of the focus on the public discourse has been how…
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  • 11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board
    Many board meetings are bored meetings. Management teams whisk through slides trying to get through a presentation to share how great things are going and they are eager to get through the meeting so they can get back to their real jobs. This is a sh…
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  • What Do Boards Actually Do?
    There’s a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that there are these evil VCs who do terrible thi…
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  • What Does it Mean to be American?
    What Does it Mean to be American?The journey to build a nation of immigrants has led to the strongest, most vibrant society in history. Our creativity and innovation have been unmatched precisely BECAUSE we’re a liberal democracy, are tolerant of o…
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  • I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family
    Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.” Like characters from one of my favorite novels “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” life seemed very light.…
    - 33 days ago 17 Jul 17, 2:47pm -

Tomasz Tunguz

  • The Limiting Factor of Voice and Dictation Adoption
    Harry Stebbins published a podcast with David Beisel this week in which they discussed the importance of voice. David says, “Voice is the most natural user interface possible.” I think the biggest challenge for voice is the skepticism and cyni…
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  • Why Cash Conversion Cycle Matters for Your Startup
    The cash conversion cycle is a key metric for startups, but one that often isn’t talked about until a business hires a CFO. Once a business established product market fit, the cash conversion cycle is a key metric of a company’s cash efficiency…
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  • When, If Ever, Should Profitable Bootstrapped Startups Raise Capital?
    “Would you compare a bootstrapped SaaS company to a seeded company? At what point does the bootstrapped company have to raise if it’s profitable, if ever?” One founder asked me this question recently.I hesitate to compare and contrast boots…
    - 7 days ago 13 Aug 17, 12:00am -
  • Three Big Ideas on Technology Innovation Cycles
    Invest Like the Best is one of my favorite podcasts. Hosted by Patrick O’Shaugnessy, Invest Like the Best profiles investors from many different disciplines. Recently, New York seed investor Jerry Neumann spoke on the show and talked about three…
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  • How to Decide When To Move Upmarket
    At some point in the life of most SaaS companies, the business will be faced with the question, when should we move up market? The strategic question might be catalyzed by increasing cost of customer acquisition in the core SMB segment. Alternative…
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 17, 12:00am -

Semil Shah

  • “Finishing The Work”
    These days, it’s easy to start a company — and it’s hard to build one. And, we know 90% of new ventures don’t ultimately work out. We all focus on the growth and momentum, the outliers and the high-fliers, and for good reason — those outcom…
    - 10 days ago 10 Aug 17, 4:06am -
  • The Story Behind My Investment In Ironclad
    Sometimes, picking a company to invest in is just easy. The hard part is getting in. About two years ago now, I met Jason Boehmig of Ironclad during YC’s Summer 2015 batch (before Demo Day). One of my founders who was in YC singled out Jason as out…
    - 17 days ago 3 Aug 17, 4:02am -
  • The Story Behind My Investment In WorkRamp
    About a year ago, a few ex-Box friends mentioned one of their colleagues “Ted” was starting a new company. That was enough for me to swing into action. I googled around and targeted “Ted Blosser,” found we had a few close friends in common, a…
    - 19 days ago 31 Jul 17, 10:40pm -
  • The Story Behind My Investment In Pillow
    As I began to raise my first fund back in early 2013, I reached out to my friend Satya to see if he’d like to make a small LP investment. We met up in The Mission and I walked him through what I was trying, and he said […]
    - 20 days ago 30 Jul 17, 6:13pm -
  • The Story Behind My Investment In SkySafe
    Back in Q1 of 2016, when the technology sector went through a sizable (but apparently now forgotten) correction fueled by sharp hits to public tech stocks, I was happily investing into the very early-stage ecosystem, and in particular, deeper technol…
    - 21 days ago 29 Jul 17, 9:41pm -

Brad Feld

  • !All Human Beings Have Equal Value
    Arnold Schwarzenegger says it brilliantly.The post All Human Beings Have Equal Value appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
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  • What Are The Limits of Tolerance?
    I’ve had an emotionally challenging morning so far. I woke up too early and was deeply agitated. I tried to get rolling, couldn’t, and went back to bed. But I wasn’t able to fall asleep and my brain kept cycling on all the political chaos and…
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  • Book: Option B
    I read Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy a few weeks ago. It’s a must read for every human on this planet. Some of you know that I’m a huge fan of Adam Grant. His book Give an…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 17, 3:46pm -
  • Back From My Blogging Break
    I took the last two weeks off from blogging. It was a nice vacation. While I try to blog every day, I don’t have a daily ritual like Fred Wilson does. Fred and I have talked about this a few times – for him, it is meditation, discipline, and ritu…
    - 4 days ago 15 Aug 17, 1:36pm -
  • Book: The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries
    The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries was one of two books I read this weekend (the other was Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness). It was outstanding. I made it the August book club book f…
    - 19 days ago 31 Jul 17, 4:54pm -

Om Malik

  • !Weekend
    A morning in San Clemente, California. Photo made with VSCO on iPhoneSE.
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  • My conversation with co-founder of Wired Magazine
    After a year long hiatus, I am back with a new set of interviews and an expanded mission. But more on that later. Here is the first interview of this new season. Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired magazine, recently announced the publication of his…
    - 1 day ago 18 Aug 17, 3:32pm -
  • Snow on Ice
    Snow on black ice, Svalbard 2017. Photo made with iPhone7+ and converted to B&W.
    - 4 days ago 15 Aug 17, 1:42pm -
  • Founder Friendly
    You must try to make the right decisions for what is best for the Company and if that means being labeled unfriendly to founders, so be it. Fred Wilson, partner and co-founder of Union Square Ventures weighed on the topic of what is “founder friend…
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  • Random (distracting) thoughts from the Internet
    Mondays are usually the days I am most excited about mostly because I love the idea of going to work. But not today. I had decided to stay low-key this past weekend. Instead of doing any reading or writing, I ended up binge watching Life Below Zero o…
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 17, 4:33am -

LifeSciVC

  • Innately Innovative: IFM Therapeutics Acquired By BMS
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    - 16 days ago 3 Aug 17, 8:02pm -
  • Distinctive Biotech Corporate Culture: Walk The Talk
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    - 26 days ago 25 Jul 17, 11:07am -
  • Atlas Cranks It Up To Eleven: Fund XI
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    - 52 days ago 29 Jun 17, 10:24am -
  • Hiring:  Using Your Team To Build A Team
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    - 65 days ago 16 Jun 17, 10:42am -
  • Getting Personal at ASCO 2017: Precision Therapies, IO, and Autologous Cell Therapy
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    - 68 days ago 13 Jun 17, 7:28am -

Continuations

  • Taking a Break
    This will be my last post until Labor Day. I will be spending as little time online as possible, reading books instead, spending time with family and friends and working on World After Capital.  I will be disabling all notifications on my phone and…
    - 1 day ago 18 Aug 17, 12:53pm -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Risk Seeking (Jensen’s Inequality Cont’d)
    Last Uncertainty Wednesday, we saw how diminishing marginal utility of wealth provides an explanation of risk aversion via Jensen’s inequality. Why would it be then that lots of people seem to like small gambles, like a game of poker among friends.…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 17, 3:31am -
  • ICOs and Governance
    As has been widely reported, in the last few months ICOs have raised significantly more money for blockchain startups than has come from traditional venture investors. This can be seen as a sign of the long discussed unbundling of venture capital. Th…
    - 4 days ago 15 Aug 17, 11:48pm -
  • Preparing for Superintelligence: Living the Values of Humanism Today

    - 7 days ago 12 Aug 17, 5:45pm -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Risk Aversion (Jensen’s Inequality Cont’d)
    Last Uncertainty Wednesday, I introduced Jensen’s Inequality. I mentioned briefly that it explains a lot of things and today we will look at the first one of these, which goes by the name of risk aversion. This is simply economists way of saying th…
    - 10 days ago 9 Aug 17, 10:43pm -

Hunter Walk