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Free Will (Revisited)

About a year and a half ago I wrote a post arguing that there is no free will and also stating that seemed OK to me. As it turns out since then I have been on a fun intellectual and spiritual journey that has led me to a quite different position. Show More Summary

Fun Friday: Favorite Online Store

It’s fun friday. It’s also black friday. So I thought we would share with each other the best places to shop online. For me, that’s an easy choice. I love shopping on Etsy. I like the fact that I’m buying directly from another person. I also love that the items you buy on Etsy are […]

“Life was better before Google Maps” and other fallacies of anti-tech nostalgia

It’s been said that we are always sceptical about things invented after we are 35. That contrasts with things invented when we are 15-35 which we embrace and sometimes make a career out of, and things invented before we are 15 which are so normal so as to be unremarkable. So the internet feels [...]

There’s a great entrepreneur at the heart of every great business

One of our core beliefs is that at the heart of every great business there’s a great entrepreneur. It says so on our homepage and it underpins our strategy at Forward Partners – we have set ourselves up to be attractive to the best entrepreneurs. That manifests itself throughout our business. We try to run quick [...]

Giving Thanks

I went back and read all of the thanksgiving posts I have written here at AVC this morning. That’s a good way to remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for and I have a lot. I found this picture of the Gotham Gal cutting a turkey up ten years ago. I remember […]

Abundance: Why Digital is Disruptive

A good friend of mine recently conducted a fun survey — he asked people why they thought digital was disruptive (I don’t know if he will ever publish the results as this was an internal project at a consulting company). My own answer...Show More Summary

Ecommerce discovery on mobile – no apps?

It’s been troubling me recently that at first glance the trend towards mobile and the trend within mobile towards apps mitigates against startup ecommerce companies. Amazon is one of the first apps I download whenever I change phone, but it’s the only ecommerce app that I have, and that’s because Amazon is the only place [...]

Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code

The Hour Of Code is a great hack that introduces coding to students in K-12 schools all around the country. Most schools don’t have CS teachers and CS classes. But any teacher in any classroom in any school can find one hour to get their students in front of a computer writing code. And so […]

Starting with Ourselves

I believe in progress. I am optimistic about the longrun. But if we want to get to a better future we have to start by acknowledging how much we still let our emotions control our behavior. It is all around us everyday. From people yelling...Show More Summary

The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications

The bitcoin blockchain is not just going to change the way money works on the Internet (and off). It’s going to change the way Internet applications are built. We have been working hard to understand how things are going to look in five to ten years and Joel Monegro has been providing much of that […]

Zendrive Parks Financing to Make Ride-Sharing, Car-Sharing Safer

The startup created software that can collect data from the sensors in drivers’ phones and stream it back to their service providers to indicate how safe the drivers are.

Good tips for a pitch deck

The pitch deck guide below is one of the best I’ve seen. Thanks to my friend @alexhoye for sharing. It’s a great guideline for content – both everything that should be in a deck and a slide by slide guide – that’s hugely valuable, but the other thing that’s important is to sell a story. [...]

Social Commerce Done Right: Nike’s Takes to Social for “Twitter Only Sales”

If you are a sneaker aficionado, you are probably well aware of Nike’s fantastic, online, social-only commerce routine. You might even have signed up for Twitter alerts from @NikeStore so that you never miss a special sale. And as a geek and a self-proclaimed sneakerhead (defined here: NYTimes here and here, FiveThirtyEight here)… Nike’s Twitter […]

Emerging World Offers Opportunity for US Venture Capitalists

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is considering launching a new breed of trade mission focused on bringing American capital to developing markets.

Why Values Matter in On-Demand Transportation

I took last week off from blogging for family reasons which means I sat out a big wave of posts about Uber. Don’t worry, I am not going to rehash that particular discussion. Instead, I want to point out what I believe the big questions are that should be asked of all companies in this sector which includes two USV investments (Hailo and Sidecar). Show More Summary

Real Estate Analytics Startup Rentlytics Closes $4 Million Seed Round

Rentlytics recently closed a $4 million seed round led by Trinity Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners.

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