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Battle for the Internet: Fight for Net Neutrality

Later this week the FCC Commission is expected to vote along party lines to do away with net neutrality in the US. I have written extensively about why net neutrality is important for innovation. I will not rehash any of those arguments today (if you want to read from some of the pioneers who helped bring us the Internet, read their letter). Show More Summary

Doug Jones Victory: Trump is Vulnerable

At our house we were all refreshing our computers furiously starting at 8pm with ever increasing excitement as the evening progressed. We were absolutely thrilled when Doug Jones victory was certain. If Doug Jones can win in Alabama, the state where Trump had his biggest victory, after Trump endorsed his opponent, well then Trump too can be defeated. Show More Summary

Return On Hard Decisions

I spent much of yesterday going through board decks and other year-end reports. It was an incredibly gratifying experience after a hard year. I spearheaded quite a few restructurings this year. A lot of people lost their jobs as a result of those efforts. It was a year of hard decisions and hard conversations. But as […]

All Platforms Need a Killer App – Cryptokitties is the one for blockchain

I’ve always loved investing in companies that can become platforms but not investing in platforms. What does that mean? Well, to be succinct, it’s quite hard to sell a platform. You need to show users/customers how your platform can solve problems. Show More Summary

What needs to be done to make us more secure

I was in a meeting with an executive at a large financial services company today discussing some of his technology problems and how my portfolio companies could address them. One of the big issues he mentioned was spam and stopping worms. Show More Summary

Finding Community in NYC Tech Again

There's a thread going on Twitter about doing a BarCamp in NYC again. I started with a tweet from Jeff Namnum about how he joined the tech community... Forever grateful to @tonybgoode @noneck @whitneyhess @ceonyc and others for making a Long Island guy feel welcome a hundred years ago at barcampNYC. Show More Summary

AlphaZero Chess: Computers Will Think Differently from Humans, Letting them Outperform Us (on Many Tasks)

Planes fly differently from birds. Cars move differently from horses. And computers think differently from humans. That had always been my assumption but if you needed more proof, Google’s AlphaZero program, which had previously shown novel ways of playing Go, has just learned how to play chess incredibly well. Show More Summary

Break The Internet Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I am going to take AVC offline to show the FCC what the Internet will look like if they repeal the Net Neutrality rules. It is part of a collective action called Break The Internet. If you want to join me in this protest, you can get what you need here. Hopefully, the Verizon […]

Proceed With Caution

The CEO of Coinbase, a company that I am on the Board of, wrote a note to all of their customers on Friday. That note, which he also posted to his blog,  urged caution in the trading of crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This is a quote from that note: Over the course […]

Video Of The Week: Samir Desai at Slush

One of the most impressive startup executions I have witnessed in the past ten years is what the team at Funding Circle has pulled off. They have gone from a team of friends with an idea to the largest non bank lender in the western world. In this interview at the Slush Conference, CEO Samir […]

The Quest for a Stable Coin

One of the objections against crypto currencies has been their volatility. Bitcoin for instance just rose by about 60% over 2 days only to then fall by about 15% in a matter of hours. Steam just ended bitcoin support citing volatility. Show More Summary

Funding Friday: Brooklyn Cider House

I backed this project today. The idea of a cider bar and restaurant in Bushwick seems so right to me. There is less than 24 hours left on this project. I’m hoping we can help them get across the finish line.

How Startups Actually Grow

We’ve all seen the growth curve on the left – all successful startups strive for a version of one. But in reality, the notion of a smooth growth curve actually masks how most successful companies truly grow. Our experience at Foundry suggests that if you blow up the growth curve you’ll find that companies grow... Read more

CS Education Week In NYC

All over the city this week, students in NYC’s public schools have been celebrating CS Education Week by doing events and hackathons to showcase their coding skills. Through NYC’s CS4All program, over 1000 teachers have been trained to teach CS classes in their schools. That is over 500 schools to date. Over the course of […]

How to calculate your total addressable market and make a great TAM slide for investors

I’ve seen hundreds of startup pitch decks in my time at Matrix, and have found total addressable market (TAM) slides to be among the most frequently mis-executed. I get the sense they are often included as a formality in an attempt to get VCs to check a mental box and continue on hearing about other...

Un-Super-Vised

My partner Andy and I were playing with the latest crypto craze, cryptokitties, this weekend and he suggested we sire a USV kitty. So he contributed a parent from his collection and I contributed a parent from my collection and with the addition of some Ethereum, which I paid from my Coinbase account, we made […]

Uncertainty Wednesday: Suppressed Volatility

Last Uncertainty Wednesday provided a recap on our adventures with sample means and what those implied about the difficulties of inference. Now we will look at another equally fascinating complication: inferring volatility. As the title...Show More Summary

What Does it Mean to Be Human?

[This is a talk I was going to give at Slush but had to change my travel plans.] A 12 minute talk should be plenty to address this simple question. Just kidding. This is one of the profound questions that humanity has grappled with for a long time. Show More Summary

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