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The Resetting of the Startup Industry

Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business. Of course it’s too early to predict whether this is a trend or an aberration but the smartest people I know in the industry are predicting the former. The startup industry may be “resetting,” which doesn’t […]

Sources of Insecurities

When I was in LA last week, I had breakfast with Nick Grouf. We’ve been friends for 20 years and, while we don’t see each other often, it’s the kind of friendship that immediately lets you talk about deep, interesting things with almost zero foreplay. Show More Summary

Please Repeat Yourself (PRY)

The principle of DRY (Don’t repeat yourself) in software engineering is about brevity, efficiency, and reducing repetition.  However paradoxically, the management side of any business suffers from the opposite problem of needing to continuously share information about the mission, vision, values, and areas of focus for colleagues. Show More Summary

Massively Multiuser Feedback

There are a number of companies that have user bases in the millions and operate public networks that encourage their users to share their opinions on everything. These companies face an interesting and challenging issue which is that their users are loud and vocal right inside their product about changes that are being contemplated or […]

AccelFoods Raises $20 Million Fund to Back Packaged Food and Beverage Startups

With consumers craving specialty foods and beverages, new industry-specific funds are cropping up to build up-and-coming brands that serve the taste buds of the future.

Dealing With Generational Change at VC Firms

Dan Primack and Fred Wilson sat down for an interview last week at the Upfront Summit and the results were amazing. It’s 25 minutes and it’s both a pleasure to watch and is super insightful. You can watch the interview embedded above of click on this link: Dan Primack interviews Fred Wilson at the Upfront […]

Up Close and Personal: Conversations on Entrepreneurship and Mental Health

I’ve talked openly about my struggles with depression over the years and have engaged deeply in an explorations of entrepreneurship and mental health through several different organizations I’m involved in. On February 16th, from 3pm...Show More Summary

The Dan Primack Interview

Dan Primack and I did a fireside chat at the Upfront Summit this past week. It generated a few news stories that went a bit viral. It is easy to take a few comments out of the context of an overall discussion and turn them into more than they were. I think that is what […]

Why Uber Should Go Public

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried” – Winston Churchill. At the Upfront Summit this past week there was an electric interview of Fred Wilson led by well-researched and artful Dan Primack of Fortune Magazine that ended up making news.  The newsworthy […]

Upfront and the Power of Startup Community in LA

I’m finally home after three solid weeks on the road which included Austin, Dallas, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. It’s delightful to sit in my green zebra chair in Amy’s upstairs office, with a cup of tea, the Diana Krall channel playing on Pandora, and just catch up on stuff. Show More Summary

Feature Friday: Track Stations

Our portfolio company SoundCloud quietly launched something this past week that has quickly become my go to music discovery experience. It is called “track stations” and the concept is not new but they have applied it a bit differently. Like Pandora, you can enter a song you like and get a radio like listening experience. […]

The mother of all Turing tests

Microsoft have had an artificially intelligent chatbot running on WeChat for the last eighteen months. The bot is called Xiavoice and she’s had over ten billion conversations, most of them...

Executive Hires: The Case for Extreme Referencing

Hiring a strong executive management team is one of the most proven ways to ensure startup success. Yet, hiring executives is a very different undertaking than hiring for other roles in your company and requires a different process, skill-set, and time commitment. There are three reasons for this: First, the stakes are higher. The right...

Zendrive Picks Up $13.5M to Monitor Safe Driving

Zendrive Inc. has raised $13.5 million for software that analyzes data coming off smartphone sensors to gather information on safe driving, part of a growing movement to use technology to track drivers.

What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016?

“This is the year the tortoise may gain on the hare.” There are a lot of data points that one can observer to get a sense of the venture capital markets – both LP fundings into venture and VC financings of startups. They point to some widely known facts: financings & valuations are up massively […]

The Brooklyn Queens Connector

As the NYC tech sector grows, it has been moving beyond Manhattan and into the outer boroughs. And the most popular destinations have been the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront neighborhoods like Dumbo, Williamsburg, Long Island City, The Navy Yard and Gowanus. But getting to and from these locations by mass transit has not been easy […]

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