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New Story – Help Fund A Home in Haiti

I got a random email from Brett Hagler last Thursday asking me to help his startup New Story. I looked at his web site and quickly told him it wasn’t something we’d be into exploring as an investment. He wrote back immediately, telling...Show More Summary


I’m starting to get really interested in voice as a major computing interface. Prior to my Apple Watch, I rarely ever used Siri. But I find I’ve been using voice more and more, and my experiences with the Echo and the rise of more apps that utilize a conversational interface make me pretty excited about […] The post Voice appeared first on ROBGO.ORG.

Carrying Two Phones

I’ve been carrying two phones for the last week. I’m trying Google Fi on my Nexus 6 and so I put my TMobile sim card into my old iPhone and now I’ve got two functioning phones. I’ve never liked carrying two phones. It creates cognitive dissonance for me. I like the simplicity of having one […]

What Acquihire Really Means

I hope you had a nice 4th of July yesterday. Amy and I hid out all day in Longmont, playing with the dogs, napping, and reading. As a result yesterday was a three book day. One of them was Semi-Organic Growth: Tactics and Strategies Behind Google’s Success by George T. Geis. If you are a... Read more The post What Acquihire Really Means appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

The Decentral Authority

We’ve been big fans of Reddit since it was part of the first Y Combinator class ten years ago this summer. We’ve watched closely as it emerged as a community powered mostly by its users. There was a period when the entire company was one or two developers. And yet not only did Reddit survive […]

Holidays Can Be Hard

I’m feeling fine today. But I know many entrepreneurs who aren’t. They are under intense pressure, worrying about an endless stream of things coming at them, suffering under the weight of imposter syndrome and other sources of anxiety. Show More Summary

Sailing Faster Than The Wind

Last week I had the opportunity to cross something off my bucket list: sailing faster than the wind. Now at first this sounds like a preposterous idea – if the wind is pushing you, then how could you go faster than it? It seems the equivalent of the Baron Munchausen pulling himself from a swamp by his own hair. Show More Summary

Feature Friday: Wifi Calling

So I’ve been using Google Fi on my Nexus 6 (the only phone it is offered on right now) and put my T-Mobile sim card back into my old iPhone which I bought from T-Mobile. So now I’m carrying two phones for the time being and both have wifi calling on them. T-Mobile has offered […]

The lock of traditional TV distribution is weakening

Earlier in the week I wrote that the time for TV and film distribution startups might finally be upon us, arguing that radical reductions in the cost of production are...

We have officially kicked off our 2015 Private SaaS Company Survey!

For the fourth year in a row, I am working together with David Spitz and his team at Pacific Crest Securities, an investment banking firm (@dspitz and @PacCrestSec, respectively on Twitter) with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey SaaS companies in order to share benchmarking data and insights on the growth and operations of the […]

Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr Sends ‘We Are Sorry You Had to Go Through It’ Email

In a missive whose full range of recipients is unclear, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Partner John Doerr has emailed those he addresses as “friends and partners” in a note to express his firm’s commitment to diversity and his regret...Show More Summary

Zagster Raises $3.5 Million to Take Bike-Sharing Across the U.S.

Public bike-sharing programs in North America have performed variably, with less than hoped-for ridership in Chicago, Denver, Chattanooga and Minneapolis, and technical glitches and disputes over where to place bike kiosks in New York. Show More Summary

The Daily Startup: Venture-Backed IPOs Get Back on Track

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

What Scales?

I've got a great deal for you... It requires you to set up the operation from scratch in every city--and it probably only works in cities. There is a ton of regulatory risk. Right now the market is pretty much only high net worth individuals. Show More Summary

Maybe They Do Understand Your Business

Farhad Manjoo has a piece in the NY Times discussing something we’ve been talking about ad nauseam here at AVC in the past year or two, namely that venture backed tech companies are waiting much longer to go public and in the process creating a “private IPO” market which in turn is increasingly putting huge […]

Don’t make permanent decisions with temporary feelings

Don't make permanent decisions with temporary feelings. — banksy (@thereaIbanksy) July 2, 2015 When I saw Banksy’s tweet this morning I thought ‘great advice for life’. Then I thought it’s...

Travel Startup ZOZI Raises $30 Million to Ramp Up Bookings

Richard Branson is among the investors in a fresh, $30 million round of funding for ZOZI, the tours and activities booking platform.

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