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Software is eating the pop world

I’ve just seen the video below of virtual popstar Hatsune Miku, a virtual popstar from Japan, as a guest on the David Letterman show. If that’s not enough for you check out this video of her performing live in front of thousands of fans in LA (caveat: the quality is poor and you have to [...]

Video Of The Week: A Lunchtime Talk In Larkin Square, Buffalo

A few weeks ago, I spent most of the week in the upper midwest. I started out on Tuesday in Buffalo, NY, the location of my first venture capital investment, Upgrade Corporation of America. I did office hours at the Z80 accelerator and then did a lunchtime Q&A in the beautifully renovated Larkin Square with Eric […]

Jerry Colonna On Being Fierce

I watched this video earlier this week. Jerry talks about the Five Challenges Of Leadership and Being Fierce. Like everything Jerry does, this is great. The Spark Sessions: Being Fierce with Jerry Colonna from Danya Cheskis-Gold on Vimeo.

Buzzfeed, Native Ads and Crowdfunding (Beacon Reader et al)

I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker for a good listicle. That’s probably a result of being overly prone to making lists myself. I am also not offended by native advertising per se. After all it completely predates the internet. Show More Summary

China’s Pixar Hires U.S. Talent, Raises Fresh Funds

Light Chaser Animation Studios, a year-old Chinese animated-film studio in Beijing, has hired former employees of U.S. powerhouses such as Pixar, while raising $20 million in the latest round of venture capital funding.

Researchers find cognitive bias in monkeys

I love it when scientists find human characteristics in monkeys. I’m not sure if that’s because it’s fun to anthropomorphise or because it tells us that those characteristics are embedded deeply in our DNA. Probably both. Perhaps the best known example is that monkeys have a keen sense of fairness, many studies have now shown [...]

My interview on FrenchWeb

Last Friday my friend Steph Bouchet (aka @rougefrog) stopped by our office to interview me for FrenchWeb, embedded below. It’s a good 12 minute intro to Forward Partners, the sort of companies we like, what we do here, and what makes us different. I also talk a little about the current state of the UK startup [...]

Blended Learning

I am making some comments on Blended Learning tomorrow at the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit. My goal in doing this is to excite education philanthropists about the potential of Blended Learning to reshape our K-12 classrooms and improve learning outcomes in them. For those of you who are not familiar with Blended Learning, it is […]

Tinybop and Crafting a Brand

I could spend a lot of time writing a long diatribe about what it means to create a brand, or I could just show you three videos that Tinybop, a company I seeded in 2012, made as part of the marketing for their new app, Plants. Consider the bar raised... Show More Summary

Swisher, Wadhwa Say Laziness to Blame for Lack of Diversity in Tech

Venture capitalists will find themselves losing out if they fail to broaden their view, VentureScape panelists say.

Happy Mothers Day

One of the many things that got my attention last week was the speech Kevin Durant gave accepting his MVP award. His remarks about his mom were very touching. He said “when something good happens to you, I tend to look back to what brought me here.” And, of course, at the top of the […]

Fight for the Internet Now!

The Internet is a most amazing thing that we are unfortunately taking for granted. At its core it is about connecting all of humanity with each other. With it we, the people, have the power to dramatically reduce the cost and expand the reach of education. Show More Summary

3 Storylines for VC Pitches

Early stage founders have to do a lot of storytelling.  It’s important for fundraising, obviously, but also for recruiting, speaking to the press, motivating the team, etc. There has been a meme going around about a talk that Kurt Vonnegut gave regarding the “shapes” of stories.  The idea that there are only so many different […]

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