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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:59:36 +0000


Hashpower Podcasts

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:59:36 +0000

I sent these three Hashpower podcasts to a friend who was trying to make sense of the whole crypto thing and she found them valuable. So I am sharing all of them with you today:

The Top Of The Funnel

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:34:20 +0000

Whether you have a e-commerce business, a SAAS business, a media business, a marketplace business, or some other business model, you are going to start thinking about customer acquisition at some point. And there are a lot of options out there for acquiring customers; direct sales, indirect sales, channel, search engine marketing, social media, email, […]

Video Of The Week: AirCraft By Dronebase

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:22:32 +0000

I saw this video a drone enthusiast made on AirCraft and thought I’d share it with all of you this week:

Funding Friday: goTenna Puerto Rico Mesh

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:28:41 +0000

Our portfolio company goTenna sent a bunch of their mesh networking devices to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and a number of mesh networks lit up on the island. This is what the goTenna network map looks like on the west side of the island now: So they kicked off this crowdfunding […]


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:29:34 +0000

Yesterday, our portfolio company Kickstarter announced that they had relaunched Drip, a subscription platform they acquired almost two years ago. Perry Chen, Kickstarter’s founder and Chairman, wrote this blog post explaining what they are trying to do with Drip. I would like to highlight a few quotes from that post: Kickstarter is for projects, Drip […]

Update On Stock Options/RSUs Issue

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:05:16 +0000

I just saw this on my twitter: The @NVCA has been working hard to make sure #innovation & #entrepreneurship are drivers of US growth!#TaxReform — Phil Sanderson (@SanFranciscoVC) November 15, 2017 This means that the Senate has now made the tax reform bill a win for those who work in startups instead of a […]

Don’t Tax Options And RSUs Upon Vesting!

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:56:51 +0000

The current draft of the Senate Tax Reform Bill would tax stock options and RSUs upon vesting. Currently, stock options are taxed upon exercise and RSUs are taxed upon release of the underlying shares. This is a HUGE deal to everyone who works in companies that partially compensate their employees with these two equity instruments. […]

Location, Location, Location

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:42:51 +0000

Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally The younger the startup business, the more that is true Your lead investor/board member is more likely to be a local investor than your passive/follower investors The location preference is more […]

Video Of The Week: Nurx

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:03:01 +0000

Our portfolio company Nurx provides prescriptions via an app on your mobile phone. The initial offerings are birth control and HIV prevention medications, but they will add other prescriptions in the future. This news report talks about their launch in Texas this summer which was extremely successful.