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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.

Streaming-Music Service Deezer Acquires Stitcher, Prepares U.S. Launch

Stitcher said it isn't profitable, and had the acquisition not happened it would need to raise more funding.

Not All Startup and Venture Experience is Equal #getoffmylawn

I probably do some kind of speaking event at least every other week. This week, I've got three things on the docket. Needless to say, I have a fair amount of startup event experience. What I find a bit frustrating is how easily some people get onto panels and are put up in front of an impressionable crowd of new entrepreneurs as "experts". Show More Summary

What To Do (and Not) About Online Discourse

GamerGate has laid bare a fundamental fault line for online discourse. A. Words matter. Anyone dismissing tweets threatening violence along the lines of “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never harm me” is trivializing the power of words. Show More Summary

Big-Data Company Shines a Light on the Dark World of Women’s Pay

In an effort to show customers how they could pull trends and insights from the data, Xactly decided to look at women’s pay.

Victims and Leaders

In a recent board meeting, at a particularly challenging part of the conversation, I did a retrospective of the past five years as a lead up to making a point. I prefaced it by saying “I need you to take a leader approach, not a victim approach.” I realized no one knew that I meant by this,... Read more The post Victims and Leaders appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Ello Raises $5.5M for Social Network, Promises No Ads or Selling User Data

The startup filed to be a public benefit corporation, a designation that bakes specific operating principles and guidelines into the company’s legal charter.

The Daily Startup: Airbnb Could Soon Be Worth $13 Billion

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.

Tips for companies attending office hours

Every month we run an open office hours. It’s a great way for us to meet with lots of founders, improve our deal flow and hopefully give a little back to teh community.. Many other VCs do something similar. We’ve just had our October office hours, and we’ve now met with approaching 100 founders through [...]

The rise of native advertising

There’s an interesting post up on Stratechery asking whether we are approaching Peak Google which features the graphic above. The central argument is that in the way IBM fought to protect their PC platform and missed the Windows opportunity and Microsoft fought to protect its Windows franchise and missed the web opportunity Google will fight to [...]

More big IoT numbers: 33bn connected devices by 2020

33bn connected devices in the next six years, up from 12bn predicted at the end of this year. That will be four for every person on the planet. As others have said before me, our grandparents could count their electric motors, our parents could count the things they owned with a chip inside, and [...]

The best of times, the worst of times

I read two startling different commentaries on the health of the UK as a society this morning that made me recall the “best of times, the worst of times” quote from Dickens. First up was a highly optimistic piece in the Financial Times titled Miserablism risks causing Britain serious harm which argues that we should all [...]

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. […]

Optimism and skepticism in evaluating startup investments

In a recent interview Marc Andreessen said: I’m optimistic arguably to a fault, especially in terms of new ideas. My presumptive tendency, when I’m presented with a new idea, is not to ask, “Is it going to work?” It’s, “Well, what if it does work?” That got me thinking. Andreessen is a smart guy who [...]

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.

Software is eating the pop world

I’ve just seen the video below of virtual popstar Hatsune Miku, a virtual popstar from Japan, as a guest on the David Letterman show. If that’s not enough for you check out this video of her performing live in front of thousands of fans in LA (caveat: the quality is poor and you have to [...]

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 […]

Prioritisation: The difference between efficiency and effectiveness

The following quote is up on The Heretic today. It’s a great reminder: Efficient people are well organized and competent. They check things off their to-do list. They complete projects. They get stuff done. Effective people do all that, but they check the right things off their to-do list. They complete the right projects. [...]

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 […]

Secretive Startup Unveils Universal Chip

Venture capitalists these days tend to avoid chip companies, largely because developing new products costs a bundle. That hasn't stopped Soft Machines.

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