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Fun Friday: Coming Up With A Better Name For NYC’s Tech Community

It’s no secret that I HATE the term Silicon Alley. It’s a wannabe term if there ever was one. NYC’s tech community doesn’t want to be Silicon Valley. If they wanted that, they’d move there. NYC’s tech community is gritty, artsy, and full of edges like the NYC itself. I am in no way dissing […]

Video Of The Week: Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House

Last night the Gotham Gal, our daughter Jessica, and I went to see Hamilton at The Public. This is a hip hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. The writer and star of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, read Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, got obsessed with Hamilton, and started writing a hip hop record […]

Twitter Exec Who Oversaw Pre-IPO Trading Joins Battery East

Another public-company executive is heading back into private markets. Nils Erdmann, the former head of investor relations, who had helped manage the company’s pre-IPO stock trading, will join, the former NYSE chief executive, at San Francisco-based Battery East LLC. Battery East launched last year to help companies to manage large sales of private shares [...]

Vessel Raises More Cash to Battle YouTube

Web-video startup Vessel has raised a fresh $57.5 million to help fund its war with YouTube.

Picasso on the power of just starting

To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. –  Pablo Picasso Picasso was a prolific genius and one of his tricks was to remember that...

Pledgeling Raises $4 Million to Help Donors Give More Easily Via Mobile

Pledgeling’s app lets individuals make “micro-donations” of $5 or more through their smartphones, and keeps track of all charitable contributions they make in one place.

History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme

My favorite Mark Twain post, which I share with my close friend Phil Weiser (the Dean of CU Boulder) is “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” There is a lot of rhyming going on. If you want a quick taste, go read today’s...Show More Summary

Etsy Goes Public

I just woke up in Tokyo where Susan and I are visiting with our children (both as a vacation and as part of home schooling the kids). In the meantime the day is ending in the US but I still want to take the time to congratulate Chad Dickerson, Kristina Salen and the rest of the team at Etsy on the company’s successful IPO. Show More Summary

Etsy’s IPO is a Milestone for New York’s Startup Scene

The public offering is a milestone for New York City, which has seen few startups, backed by venture capital, in recent years go public or sell for large amounts.

Driving Display Startup Navdy Raises $20M to Start Commercial Production

Navdy’s service allows users to control apps with voice commands. It also has a camera that recognizes gesture controls.

Andreessen Horowitz Hires Former Facebook Lawyer to Help Its Startups

From vacation-rental and ride-hailing startups to aerial drones and bitcoin companies, clashes between tech innovators and regulators have exploded in recent years.

Fidelity Backs Appirio for Crowdsourced Cloud Services

Appirio helps companies migrate to, Workday and other cloud services.

Throwback Thursday: Etsy in 2007

This video was made to celebrate Etsy’s year in 2007. That was the third year the company was in business and the second year we were invested. I think this does an incredible job of showing what the secret sauce was that made Etsy what it is.

Hacking Immigration - The Global EIR Coalition

Our immigration reform system is broken. That isn't new news. There is now a fix for high-skilled, immigration entrepreneurs that can be implemented TODAY with no legislation required. That is new news. And it has the potential to break through...

The Least Useful Slide In The Pitch Deck Is…

…the market size slide. My sense is most entrepreneurs feel like they have to have a $1B+ market size for investors to get interested.  And, then the more aggressive entrepreneurs, knowing that everyone else has at least a $1B+ market size, come in with the $5B-$10B+ market sizes.  The means to arrive at these numbers […]

WPP Acquires Medialets, a Mobile Ad Measurement Company

WPP has acquired mobile ad serving and measurement company Medialets, the companies said Wednesday. Medialets offers software tools to help marketers create, deliver and measure ad campaigns targeted at mobile and tablet devices.

RetailNext Bags $125 Million for International Expansion, Acquisitions

Acting like a Google Analytics for brick-and-mortar retailers, RetailNext Inc. has grown quickly in recent years to log a $50 million annual revenue run rate at the end of 2014. Its retail customers, such as Bloomingdale’s and American...Show More Summary

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