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Video Of The Week: Albert’s TEDx Talk

My partner Albert gave this TEDx talk earlier this year. Somehow I missed it until this morning when I was looking around YouTube for something to post. I’ve heard Albert articulate all of these ideas for years. He’s influenced my thinking on them greatly and I’ve gone from dismissive, to skeptical, to supportive of experimenting […]

Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

A problem that I often see founders and investors make is to project their opinion on new products and ideas without really giving them a shot themselves. I see this happen in particular when something comes out that is threatening to one’s own efforts or one’s way of seeing the world. Show More Summary

Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else?

Earlier this week I wrote a post titled The Religion of Silicon Valley. It was intended to be provocative and exploratory. The comments were great and helped me think through this concept more (note: the comment counter is broken onShow More Summary

Sector and stage focused investors can add more value

It’s obvious when you think about it, but Forward Partners’ focus on early stage ecommerce is critical to us being able to help our partners the way we do. We invest in...

Fun Friday: Teach A Kid To Code

You know what is fun? It’s fun to show somebody how to do something powerful. It’s fun to give somebody the superpowers you have. So if you know how to code, it’s really fun to teach kids how to do it. And if you want to have that kind of fun, you should check out […]

The Paradox of VC Value-Add

Scott Maxwell of OpenView Partners had an awesome post up this morning titled The Truth About VC Value-Add. Go read it – I’ll still be here when you get back. You may recognize Scott’s name – I wrote about him in my post When VCs Don’t Bullshit You. Show More Summary

Smule Raises $26 Million to Scale Its Global Music Network Faster

Smule is part of a larger group of technology companies shifting focus away from simply consuming content.

Eleven truths about facts and hypotheses

From Brainpickings. So good I’m going to reproduce them in full. They were written by philosophers and scientists but apply to startups. All beliefs in whatever realm are theories at...

Twitter Ventures Backs Micro-Location Startup Swirl in $18M Round

Swirl leverages in-store beacons to deliver information about shoppers to marketers who then send offers and other messages to shoppers’ smartphones.

Project Fi

One of the areas we are investing in and trying to build a portfolio around is next gen internet access. We have one investment and are close to another. We’d like to build a portfolio of a number of innovative and disruptive approaches to broadband internet access in the next few years. So any new […]

On-Demand Valet Parking Service ZIRX Accelerates With $30 Million

ZIRX's valets are dispatched to the location of a user, park the vehicle at a nearby garage and return it when requested.

Venture Firms Commit $40M to Fund Companies Building on Box Platform

Box announced new technology Wednesday that makes it easier for developers to create applications that run on Box and can be accessed with either desktop or mobile devices.

E-Commerce Startup Spins Lofty Sales Goals Before Launch, an e-commerce site from the co-founder of, has yet to launch its marketplace. But it has landed a $600 million valuation, been lauded for its business model and is the buzziest e-commerce entrant in recent memory. And it is already raising its own ambitions without any real sales.

New Sexism Suit Brought Against Fired RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal

Gurbaksh Chahal, the former RadiumOne founder who was fired a year ago after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges in a domestic violence case, is being sued for gender discrimination.

Raise Labs Scores $4.5M to Help Students ‘Unlock’ Scholarship Money

Raise Labs in San Francisco helps high school students "unlock" scholarship money from colleges and universities each time they hit a new academic or extra-curricular milestone, and report it through the app.

The Daily Startup: DNAnexus Raises $15M to Expand Cloud-Database Service to China

Art by Mike Lucas In this morning’s Web roundup, DNA-sharing service DNAnexus raises capital and forms an alliance with Wuxi PharmaTech. On-demand shipping and ride-hailing services also pulled in venture capital.

Trust moving from individuals to systems

I just saw this rather depressing chart in the Washington Post. I guess there are a bunch of things that used to be commonplace that we don’t do anymore because...

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