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Blog Profile / A VC


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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
Posts on Regator:2680
Posts / Week:7.6
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Video Of The Week: Gotham Gal’s Talk At 99U Conference

I like the theme of The Gotham Gal’s talk earlier this year at the 99U Conference, “dream big”

Development Is Cheap. Production Is Not.

This is a line from a blog post written by my brother in law Jerry Solomon. He is talking about film production, specifically short form videos. But the point is true of all projects, from designing a building, a home, a film, an art project, a hardware project, a software project, or whatever. The design […]

A Day In Berlin

Man is Berlin cooking. I mean the tech startup community, not the temperature. The Gotham Gal and I flew to Berlin yesterday and it was -2 celsius when we landed and it did not get a lot warmer. But I managed to do three events and met at least fifty entrepreneurs, maybe a lot more, […]

Veniam

I’ve been talking a lot and writing a lot about mesh networking. I think it has the potential to wrest control of the last mile of the wired and wireless internet from the carriers who mostly control it around the world. Peter Kafka noticed yesterday that we had finally put those words to work with […]

The Grind vs The Pivot

Everyone knows what a pivot is. You launch something, it fails to get product market fit, so you change direction and launch something different. There are many examples of successful pivots. Flickr, Twitter, Slack, and Kik all came out of pivots. But there is another approach to finding product market fit and I call it […]

AVC’s Creative Commons License

I get asked to write stuff for other publications all the time. I tell them that I don’t write anywhere other than AVC.com, but if they have an idea for something they’d like me to write about, they should suggest it, and I might write about it here. All of the content that is published […]

Audio Storytelling

There’s something happening, at least I’m noticing it. And I’m paid to be a noticer. Audiobooks have been a thing for a long time, even though I just recently got into them. But audio short stories and audio serialized storytelling seem like new things to me. This Etgar Keret short story showed up in my […]

Video Of The Week: Surviving Startup Life

This is a talk the Jerry Colonna gave last month in Vienna. It is about how to manage the stress and anxiety of being a startup founder and CEO.

Fun Friday: Favorite Online Store

It’s fun friday. It’s also black friday. So I thought we would share with each other the best places to shop online. For me, that’s an easy choice. I love shopping on Etsy. I like the fact that I’m buying directly from another person. I also love that the items you buy on Etsy are […]

Giving Thanks

I went back and read all of the thanksgiving posts I have written here at AVC this morning. That’s a good way to remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for and I have a lot. I found this picture of the Gotham Gal cutting a turkey up ten years ago. I remember […]

Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code

The Hour Of Code is a great hack that introduces coding to students in K-12 schools all around the country. Most schools don’t have CS teachers and CS classes. But any teacher in any classroom in any school can find one hour to get their students in front of a computer writing code. And so […]

The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications

The bitcoin blockchain is not just going to change the way money works on the Internet (and off). It’s going to change the way Internet applications are built. We have been working hard to understand how things are going to look in five to ten years and Joel Monegro has been providing much of that […]

Orbital Boot Camp

One of the things I am most proud of is the alumni group at USV. It is an outstanding group of men and women who have gone on to do some awesome things. We don’t have a career trajectory at USV. We bring talented people in for a while, we learn from them and they […]

Comments Are Dead, Long Live Comments

Yet another mainstream media site took down comments this week. In the post explaining the move, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher explained that “as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.” […]

Video Of The Week: Hating On People

I’m not a celebrity by any means, but I get hated on in public every so often. http://bit.ly/iekSJw hahahahaha Fred Wilson your an IDIOT! — Ty Hudson (@ooko0) April 8, 2011 It doesn’t feel good to be honest. I really like what Jimmy Kimmel did here to highlight the issue

Immigration

Damn. The President has done it twice in the past few weeks. He’s showing a new side of him and I like it very much. Last night he announced a series of executive actions that “will shield up to five million people from deportation and allow many to work legally, although it offers no path […]

Twitter Time Machine

I saw my partner Andy tweeting last night about the first time certain words showed up in Twitter: That told me that Twitter had rolled out the ability to search the entire archive. I’m not sure when that happened but this morning I took a trip down memory lane and revisited my first four months […]

Values and Culture

If the Uber mess over the past few days tells us anything, it is that values and culture matters more than anything. They seep into the product, the user experience, the brand, and ultimately define the company in the market. And all of this comes from the top. It is absolutely true that when you […]

Tipping Tuesday

One of the most promising use cases for Bitcoin is micropayments. And one of the most promising use cases for micropayments is funding content. There are two primary ideas for how to do this with micropayments. 1) A paywall that requires a tiny micropayment to read something (like a penny or less). 2) A tip […]

Capital And Success

In a post early last week I asserted this: Access to capital and raising a boatload of it is rarely the thing that wins the market. And then later in the week I saw this tweet Duck Duck Go ($3m VC) vs Blekko ($60m VC) http://t.co/92eE9PsUoO pic.twitter.com/iZeds7gTXT — Scott Krager (@scottkrager) November 12, 2014 And […]

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