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Kanye West, DJ Khaled - Cold.1 | Listen for free at

"To whoever think their words affect me is too stupid And if you can do it better than me, then you do it" —Kanye West, "Cold"...

Video Of The Week: Alexis Ohanian Visits WattPad

Late last year, Alexis Ohanian visited our portfolio company WattPad as part of The Verge’s Small Empires series. If you want to know how a small scrappy Toronto based startup competes with Amazon, this 20min ish video will tell you how.

Drake - 0 To 100 / The Catch Up | Listen for free at

“Real quick, whole squad on that real sht 0 to 100, na, real quick” —Drake, "0 to 100/The Catch Up" For the audio version of this post click here....

Kanye West - Everything I Am | Listen for free at

"Damn, here we go again People talking shit, but when shit hit the fan Everything I'm not, made me everything I am" —Kanye West, "Everything I Am"   Audio version of the post...

Public Enemy - Prophets Of Rage | Listen for free at

"You're quite hostile, I've got a right to be hostile, my people been persecuted." - Public Enemy...

Rakim - I Ain't No Joke | Listen for free at

"Even if it's jazz or the quiet storm I hook a beat up and convert it into hip-hop form" -Rakim, "I Ain't No Joke"...

Swiss Francs | Listen for free at

"The campaign is global - the dollar ain't what it used to be Switch a franc for a dollar, you get like 1.3" —Ryan Leslie, Swiss Francs...

Venture Investment in Heart Therapies Rebounds; Eye Treatments Reach New High

The Wall Street Journal and VentureSource are tracking the venture investment in medical treatments for specific body parts.

Kleiner Perkins Argues Pao Failed Because of Prickly Personality

Kleiner Perkins sought to show Ellen Pao failed at the firm because of a prickly personality and not due to gender discrimination.

Dropbox Taps Vodafone for International Growth

Dropbox is partnering with Vodafone to offer its file-storage service to more than 400 million wireless customers.

Feature Friday: Undo Send in Gmail

Here’s a good reason to read the comments at AVC. You learn things. On Monday I wrote a post about sending stuff to the wrong people and a number of folks in the comments explained that there is a Google labs feature called Undo Send that holds your “sent mail” for up to 30 seconds before […]

Jay Samit: When the Tech Bubble Bursts, Unicorns Get Slaughtered

Jay Samit, serial entrepreneur: Startups, some with little or no revenue, have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to chase growth. These companies then have to compete to find the engineering talent to quickly build out their companies. Show More Summary

Skully Revs Up With $11 Million for Smart Motorcycle Helmet

The idea for Skully started when the founder turned his head to look at a street sign in Barcelona and then crashed into a car.

Thoughts on Pre-Seed / Genesis Rounds

Over a year ago, I wrote a post describing what I was seeing happening in the early stage financing market, especially as it pertained to what I call “genesis rounds“.  Today, genesis rounds or “pre-seeds” are fairly common nomenclature,...Show More Summary

Kleiner Perkins Discrimination Case Turns to Money

The Ellen Pao discrimination trial turned from sex to money Thursday, and got right at the heart of the case: Why are nearly all the partners who make the big money at the legendary Silicon Valley venture-capital firm men?

FCC Votes to Keep Internet Access Open for Innovation

The FCC just ruled to ban fast lanes for internet access. Consumers have already paid with their bills for bandwidth and they understood that cable companies were trying to double dip by also charging content originators for the same bandwidth. Show More Summary

Open Internet Rules

The FCC is expected to approve its Open Internet Rules today. This is a big deal and something we have been fighting for since former FCC Chair Michael Powell unfortunately and incorrectly ruled that Internet Access was an “information service.” We believe that last mile Internet Access is a natural monopoly/duopoly in most geographies and […]

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