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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
Posts on Regator:2645
Posts / Week:7.6
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Video Of The Week: SoundCloud Co-Founder Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London

Eric and his business partner Alex started SoundCloud in 2007 (I think). Seven years later, they run one of the largest audio streaming services in the world. In this interview, Eric talks about how SoundCloud is building a business around the largest audio sharing service in the world.

Fun Friday: How Do You Message On Your Phone?

It’s time for a fun friday. I want to know how people message on their phones. Here’s how I do it: Kik – I use Kik to message most of my family, my co-workers, and a few friends iMessage – I have to say that iMessage is great. I use it to message with my […]

Multisig

A few days ago, I got an email from a reporter asking me this: What is needed to help bring Bitcoin security and ease of use to mainstream Bitcoin users? I was in a hurry, trying to get through my email, and wrote back this: i think wider use of multisig would be a good […]

Averaging In And Averaging Out

One of my favorite techniques to buying and selling transactional assets (stocks being the prime example) is to dollar cost average on the way in and the way out. I am doing this right now with Bitcoin. I want to buy enough bitcoin so I can make charitable gifts and political donations with it and […]

Founders Circle

Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. He wrote a bit about what they are doing here. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. I […]

Sidechains

Earlier this year some entrepreneurs walked into our office and explained sidechains to us. I was pretty excited about the concept then and I continue to be excited about it. This past week some of the people who explained them to us and some other people I don’t know published a paper about sidechains called […]

The Cost Of Loyalty

In the local transportation market, we now have lots of options in addition to mass transit. Here in NYC, we have taxis, Lyft, and Uber. In SF and LA, we have taxis, Sidecar (our portfolio company), Lyft, and Uber. Around the country and world, there are various options including our portfolio company Hailo. I’ve always […]

Video Of The Week: Computer Science Is A Liberal Art

I love this bit from Steve Jobs. It’s a clip from Cringely’s interview which I blogged a couple weeks ago. This clip is only 53 seconds so everyone can spare that minute and watch it.

Feature Friday: Etsy In Real Life

This week our portfolio company Etsy introduced Etsy Reader, a dongle for your phone or tablet that allows Etsy sellers to sell on Etsy in real life. The natural reaction to this would be “Etsy knocked off Square” and to some degree that would be correct. But Etsy Reader is not just a card reader. […]

Video Of The Week: How We Got To Now Talk

I had the opportunity to do an appearance with Steven Johnson on the day his new book, How We Got To Now, hit the market. It was moderated by Manoush Zomorodiof WNYC. Here’s a video of the talk. It was a lot of fun.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

I saw on The Verge that HBO is finally going to make its excellent HBO Go service available “over the top” (sometime in 2015) This is something I’ve wanted for a long time and have written about a bunch here. It isn’t that I don’t have a cable subscription. I have many. It is that I […]

A Problem

I use gmail’s priority inbox to sort my mail into stuff I need to see and stuff I don’t. The reality is that I don’t see anything that does not go into my priority inbox unless I do a search (which I do quite often). Google launched priority inbox four years ago and I have […]

The Second Coming Of Sign In With Twitter

First a disclosure. The Gotham Gal and I personally own a lot of Twitter stock. I am not objective. With that behind me, I am going to talk a bit about Fabric today. One of my great disappointments during the years I was closely involved at Twitter was the failure to make Sign In With […]

Firebase

Yesterday our portfolio company Firebase was acquired by Google. We invested in Firebase in the summer of last year and Albert wrote this post talking about the investment. Firebase makes a backend that allows developers to store and sync their data in real-time.  In a relatively short time, Firebase has been adopted by over 100,000 […]

Getting Feedback and Listening To It

When you are VC, you live in this protected environment. You sit in your office in a glass conference room with lovely views and entrepreneurs walk in and pitch you and you get to decide who you are going to back and who you are not. People tell you what they think you want to […]

The Personal Cloud

Benedict Evans coined the term “personal cloud” in his writeup of WWDC in June. He said: what you might call the personal cloud – the Bluetooth LE/Wifi mesh around you (such as HealthKit or HomeKit) I like to think about what’s next. Paul Graham said, “If you think of technology as something that’s spreading like a […]

The Robotic Taxi Driver

Yesterday morning I made the mistake of leaving my apartment without my Citibike key. When I got to the Citibike station, I realized it and hailed a taxi instead. I got in the taxi and told the driver where I was going which was 6th Avenue and 13th Street. He started to enter the destination […]

Feature Friday: SoundCloud Cards On Twitter Mobile

Yesterday afternoon I was in a meeting at our portfolio company SoundCloud and I got a Kik from Kirk who said “did you see the new SoundCloud cards running inside Twitter?” When we had a break in our meeting, I replied and said “No, but I saw the buzz on the feature on Twitter” and […]

A Great Job At CSNYC

As many of you know, CSNYC is  a non-profit I helped start a few years ago along with some colleagues. We are attempting to bring computer science education to the 1.1 million children in the NYC Public School system. The organization is still quite small but has been growing slowly and steadily since we formed […]

Some Initial Thoughts On iPhone6 and iOS8

I got my new iPhone6 from T-Mobile on Thursday. I spent Thursday evening setting it up and putting all the Android apps I regularly use on it. I’ve been using it as my primary phone since Thursday night and after three full days on it, I have some early observations. 1) The TouchID service is […]

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