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Blog Profile / A VC


URL :http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/
Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
Posts on Regator:2581
Posts / Week:7.7
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Reblog: The Future Of Media

I wrote this post almost nine years ago, before our investments in Twitter, Tumblr, Wattpad, SoundCloud, Kickstarter, and a host of other bottoms up media businesses. I can remember the moment. I was in my home office in our old home at 11 West 10th Street. That was a sweet office, top floor, with windows […]

Reblogging

So we are heading off for four weeks in Europe this evening. I’m going to start reblogging a lot of older stuff as a way to keep AVC fresh while I’m not posting every day. So I thought about what posts would be the most worthwhile to dust off and bring back. And so I […]

The Personal Blog

There’s a bit of a renaissance of real personal blogging here in NYC. Two of the original NYC bloggers have, after years of writing professionally and editing others, returned to their own blogs. It started with Lockhart Steele, the founder of Curbed, Racked, and Eater, who started that media business on his personal blog. Then […]

Opting Out For The Kids

Our daughter Emily is working on a senior thesis this coming year. She’s studying the choices women make to balance their careers and families. This is a subject Emily has some personal experience with having watched The Gotham Gal quit her job when our son Josh was born and make a number of other career […]

Dream Girl

For the past four years, The Gotham Gal and her friend Nancy Hechinger have been running a conference called The Women’s Entrepreneur Festival. The goal of the conference is to showcase successful women entrepreneurs to other women. As Marian Wright Edelman famously said, “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See.” But even as The Women’s Entrepreneur […]

Hyperlocal Mesh Networks

The NY Times has a post up this morning about a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Red Hook where they have built a hyperlocal mesh network to service the entire neighborhood, from housing projects to townhouses. Red Hook is a cool place. We were there last night to sample Hometown Bar-B-Que‘s massive beef ribs and a […]

Video Of The Week: A Lunchtime Talk In Larkin Square, Buffalo

A few weeks ago, I spent most of the week in the upper midwest. I started out on Tuesday in Buffalo, NY, the location of my first venture capital investment, Upgrade Corporation of America. I did office hours at the Z80 accelerator and then did a lunchtime Q&A in the beautifully renovated Larkin Square with Eric […]

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Ice Buckets, and Generosity

In the midst of terrible news all over the place comes a wonderful hopeful heartwarming mania sweeping the nation. Everyone is pouring ice buckets over their heads in a social viral fun outpouring of generosity to find a cure for a disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS for short. The most famous victim of […]

On SoundCloud

Today, our portfolio company SoundCloud is announcing its content partners program, called On SoundCloud. For creators, there are three offerings, Partner, Pro, and Premier. Anyone can be a Partner. For a small monthly fee, you can upgrade to Pro. And if you are really serious, then you can become Premier and make money on SoundCloud. For […]

Fifty Three

Another year, another birthday. For the past fifteen years, I’ve been spending my birthday on the beach with my family. That seems like the ideal way to do it. I hope that tradition lasts as long as I do. The weather has been spectacular on the east end of long island this week and we […]

Reblog: Let Your Winners Run

One of the things I am going to do on this extended vacation is go back into the archives and reblog posts that I think are still fresh and relevant. I’ll start with this one from Feb 2012. ————————- I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the […]

Public Writing and Community Building

I realized this morning that many of the biggest changes in Startups and VC over the past ten years (2004-2014) have come about in part because of public writing and community building. I would put the YC and 500 Startups movements in that camp, and the emergence of vibrant startup hubs in NYC, LA, and […]

Do You Unplug

I’m working on unplugging during my six weeks off. I’m doing a decent job but I am not totally unplugged and it is possible that I won’t totally unplug. I saw this chart in the WSJ (via Twitter) this morning: So almost half of us don’t ever unplug. Do you, and if so, how often?

Jerry Colonna On Being Fierce

I watched this video earlier this week. Jerry talks about the Five Challenges Of Leadership and Being Fierce. Like everything Jerry does, this is great. The Spark Sessions: Being Fierce with Jerry Colonna from Danya Cheskis-Gold on Vimeo.

Trolling

The New York Times has a post on Trolls and Trolling today. It cites an academic named Whitney Phillips who has written a book about Trolls. Whitney says “As long as the Internet keeps operating according to a click-based economy, trolls will maybe not win, but they will always be present.” We’ve had our fair share […]

An Extended Vacation

Starting tomorrow and for the next six weeks, the Gotham Gal and I will be on an extended vacation. Every year I take the last two weeks of the summer at the beach with my family to celebrate my birthday and take advantage of the last days of the summer. I will be doing that […]

Graffiti

I love Graffiti. I realize that at some level, graffiti is vandalism and represents disrespect of property rights. And it doesn’t feel great when our building gets tagged. But there’s something about sitting outside eating on the street staring at street art. This was our view on Monday night. Graffiti is creativity expressed in public, […]

Reblogging A Old Post: The Word Bubble

I wrote this in 2011. I think it’s as true today as it was then. It’s interesting that Marc Andreessen, in the video I posted over the weekend, also links the word Bubble in his mind to the Internet bubble that we all lived through. I guess for a certain cohort of investors, that is […]

Bitcoin and Taxes

If you had read Satoshi’s white paper back in October 2008, you would have said “there is no way this can work.” There were literally hundreds of reasons Bitcoin could not and would not emerge as a new form of money. Coming up on six years later, Bitcoin has overcome many of those issues and […]

Kitchensurfing

There is only one company to date that the Gotham Gal has made an angel investment and subsequently USV has invested in and that is Kitchensurfing. I was not involved in either investment decision. The Gotham Gal made the angel investment herself. And because I was conflicted, by virtue of her investment, I recused myself […]

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