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Trapped In A System 

A book that has really stayed with me since I read it is The Prize, the story of the attempt to reform the Newark public school system. And there is a particular scene in that book that really sums it up for me. The author is at an anti-charter school protest and meets a woman who had […]

Square IPO: Is Square A Good Payments Business?

Square filed its S-1 several weeks ago and is now in the middle of its IPO road show process. There’s been ample coverage in the popular press of course highlighting everything from the company’s revenue growth, lack of profitability,...Show More Summary

Seduced By Growth, But Terminal Scale Still Matters

We’re off to a fresh start here at the beginning of 2016. Looking back at 2015, the standout theme in the VC/startup ecosystem was unicorn hunting. We started the year enraptured by the “Age of Unicorns” with this cover of Fortune...Show More Summary

What If Self-Driving Cars Actually Increase Car Ownership?

Conventional wisdom is that when self-driving autonomous passenger cars arrive, they’re likely to decrease individual ownership of cars. If there’s a liquid supply of cars that can operate autonomously, one needn’t own a car…...Show More Summary

Self-Driving Vehicles: The Future Always Takes Longer to Arrive (Part 1)

Preface: As a consumer, I am excited by the prospect of autonomous vehicles and the individual and collective benefits they can provide.  As an investor, I am also bullish about the innovation wave already in its early innings around mobility and autonomy. Show More Summary

Our Investment in The Outline

“Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s the Dude…”  – The Stranger, The Big Lebowski Today we announced our investment in The Outline, a new digital media company founded by CEO Josh Topolsky. Show More Summary

It’s All About The Entrepreneur

I’m in Minneapolis with my partner Seth. We had a meeting at Best Buy headquarters, met with a gang from the Mayo Clinic who drove up from Rochester, spent the afternoon at the Techstars Retail Accelerator which is at Target headquarters, and had dinner with Revolar. Show More Summary

Understanding VCs

I saw Joe Fernandez‘ tweet a few days ago and thought “he is making an important point.” too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc’s like they’re heroes and their blog posts are scripture — Joe Fernandez (@JoeFernandez) August 19, 2016 VCs are not heroes. We are just one part of the startup ecosystem. We provide […]

Tech Tuesday Revisited: Index

I am about to start a new series (on uncertainty) and so I decided it would be fun to go back and index all the old Tech Tuesday posts. Here is is (also available as a Google Document): Components of Computing Computing’s Building Blocks...Show More Summary

Seeking Hardware Hacking Advice

We have a couple of split air conditioners. One of them is reasonably old (1987 model) and when we bought the place it came without a remote. We will eventually have to redo the roof and will replace all ACs with more modern and hopefully higher efficiency models. Show More Summary

Five Lessons Learned Getting to a Second Fund

Today, I'm happy to announce that Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, the firm I founded and continue to run as the sole General Partner, has raised a second fund, totalling $15.1 million in commitments. Nearly all of our existing investors returned, and they were joined by a couple of new family offices and a prominent college endowment. Show More Summary

The Spillover Effect

The New York Times has a piece today about how bay area tech companies are giving the Phoenix Arizona economy a boost. I think this is a trend we are just seeing the start of. A big theme of board meetings I’ve been in over the past year is the crazy high cost of talent […]

Book: Dark Matter

An annoying thing about Twitter Search is that it’s not good enough to help me find who tweeted at me that Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is something I should read. I scrolled through my @mentions until I was annoyed after trying to search but not being able to figure out how to scope the search... Read more The post Book: Dark Matter appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

VC Bootcamp – January 2017

The second Reboot VC Bootcamp is happening at my place from January 19th – 22nd, 2017. The reactions to the first VC Bootcamp were awesome and I’m excited about doing this again with my friends at Reboot. Apply here. The post VC Bootcamp – January 2017 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Video Of The Week: The Internet Of Moving Things

This is a talk that João Barros, founder of our portfolio company Veniam, gave at the Hard Wired event in NYC a few months ago. The talk is about the power of putting internet connectivity in vehicles. It is about 20 minutes.

Book: String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis

I love tennis. I love David Foster Wallace. And I needed a book on the couch day after a gruelingly long week where I started feeling better and then was flattened this morning by a few spoons of my yogurt and peach breakfast. String...Show More Summary

Fifty Five

I am fifty five years old today. I have always loved having a birthday in late august. It’s a time of year when things slow down. It’s a time of year to be surrounded by friends and family. It’s a time of year that begs for reading a good novel on the beach. And I […]

The Terrible, No Good CFAA: Giving More Power to Networks Instead of Endusers

 I have written and talked about the need for a “right to be represented by a bot.” By a bot here I mean software that runs on my behalf as an enduser and mediates my interactions with online services. In the web world, the browser is such as bot. Show More Summary

Helpful cognitive biases and their interplay with rational thought

In November 2013 I saw the headline Five cognitive distortions of people who get stuff done, and thought “wow – all the cognitive biases I know get in the way...

Funding Friday: Three Projects I Like

It’s funding friday. Time for some crowdfunding. Here are three projects I like: American Red Cross fundraiser for Louisiana Flood Relief on Crowdrise Greycork (low cost home furniture for millenials) convertible note on CircleUp The New York Fabric Convenience Store on Kickstarter I have backed the first and last projects and think the Greycork deal looks interesting.

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