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Book: The Intel Trinity

As of today The Intel Trinity,The: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company wins my award for best business book of 2015. I got an Apple ][ for my bar mitzvah in 1978. Ever since then I’ve...Show More Summary


Last week our portfolio company Kickstarter quietly launched something called Spotlight that is quite interesting. A project’s Spotlight is its permanent post-funding page on Kickstarter. Here are a couple Spotlights to look at: Obvious Child Electric Objects When you google a project, the Kickstarter page is often a top result, like this:   But, until now, […]

Video Of The Week: Talking VC With Mark Suster

Mark asked me to come on his TV show before leaving LA and I did that last week. It is an hour long broad ranging conversation about the venture capital and startup business.

Slack Discloses Breach Amid $160 Million Fundraise

Slack, maker of an eponymous office-communication tool that seeks to replace corporate email, said Friday that hackers had accessed user data that may include messages sent between users.

The “Paoparazzi” and Jury Questions — Awaiting a Pao-Kleiner Verdict

Jurors in the Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins courtroom drama captivating Silicon Valley have zeroed in on the words of a senior partner at the storied venture-capital firm that could prove central to the verdict: that junior partner Ellen Pao lacked the “genetic makeup” to be promoted to investor.

Feature Friday: Archives of Live Broadcasts

I wrote about the live broadcasting craze earlier this week. There are three significant players in this market, YouNow, Twitter/Periscope, and Meerkat. I’m a shareholder in two of them (YouNow is a USV portfolio company and we own a lot of Twitter stock personally). So I’ve been quite interested to see how this market is […]

Waygum Raises $1.5M to Mobilize the Industrial Internet of Things

The idea behind the startup is to use mobile apps to control huge machines that are hard for humans to reach physically.

Good hustle

Back in January Seth Godin wrote about Two kinds of hustle: The hustle of always asking, of putting yourself out there, of looking for discounts, shortcuts and a faster...

Live-Streaming Battle: Periscope Debuts as Meerkat Bulks Up

Two live-streaming apps will go head-to-head Thursday in a bid to fulfill Twitter users' desire to broadcast their surroundings to the world.

Catterton Leads $25 Million Funding Round for Artsy

Consumer-focused private equity firm Catterton is leading a $25 million Series C financing round for Artsy Inc., an online platform that displays works of art for aficionados and potential buyers.

The Search for Product-Market Fit

I participated on a panel at the First Growth Venture Network yesterday on product-market fit and customer acquisition. Lowenstein's Ed Zimmerman, our host, asked me to cram a semester's worth of content (related to my HBS class) in 10 minutes...

Kingpins 2015

Insite is a great program that connects graduate students at leading universities to the startup community around them. It started in NYC and has been connecting graduate students at NYU and Columbia to the NYC startup community for well over a decade. It is now active in other startup communities around the US. They raise money […]

Startup Lets You Share Clips From Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast

Whipclip, a new app which debuts today, is designed to let people quickly, easily and legally share clips of TV shows while they are watching--starting with this Monday's "Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber," which will see the pop...Show More Summary

Not all businesses can be a habit

Nir Eyal’s book Hooked has become the go-to manual for anyone wanting to build a habit forming business, and who wouldn’t want to build one of those? Businesses that...

The Daily Startup: Flagship Ventures Raises New $537 Million Fund

Art by Mike Lucas In this morning’s Web roundup, a female investor made the top 10 for the Midas List for the first time. The SEC finalized a crowdfunding rule. And Flagship Ventures's approach to launching and funding companies helped draw investors for its new fund.

FusionOps Raises $12 Million to Help Monitor Supply Chains From the Cloud

As new products are being built faster and fulfilled faster, it is harder to get them into customers’ hands unless manufacturing and distribution can be orchestrated.

2430 Denmark, Garland, Texas

As Sean Wise and I roll through the Canadian edition of our tour for our latest book, Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job, we’ve been talking a lot about the starting point of one’s entrepreneurial journey. I’ve talked...Show More Summary

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