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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:59:26 +0000


What Are App Coins?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:59:26 +0000

Last week Coin Center published a primer on app coins. It is very good. I particularly like this part: Open platforms have proved difficult to create because it has been historically difficult to monetize them even if they become successful—by nature they are public goods. Now, however, the developers of a cloud storage service can […]


Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:42:22 +0000

I read this story about how hackers got into Colin Powell and John Podesta’s emails. It is somewhat shocking to me that Google’s algorithms allowed fake emails from Google to get into a Gmail user’s inbox. One of the many reasons I use Gmail over any other email service is its algorithms that keep spam […]

Some Thoughts On Airbnb’s Struggles In New York State

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:22:50 +0000

As many readers likely know, this week New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill called S6340A/A8704C, which will levy heavy fines on individuals who advertise short-term rentals of residential multiple dwelling units in New York. This ends an effort that lasted several months to convince the Governor to veto this bill which was passed by […]

Audio Of The Week: Michael Moritz on Studio 1.0

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:37:58 +0000

This is almost a year old, but most of it is still very relevant.

Fun Friday: Cubs Fever

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:02:31 +0000

My friend Dave sent me this hat a few days ago: I hope to be wearing it for the next week and a half. The Cubs have not won the World Series in 108 years. Unless you are a Dodgers or Indians fan, I think you have to get on this bandwagon. Do you all […]

A New UI For Coinbase

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:45:06 +0000

For those of you who buy and sell and hold Bitcoin and Ethereum at our portfolio company Coinbase, there is an entirely new redesigned UI for you at It will be rolled out to all of the users in the next couple weeks. Here’s screenshot of what the new dashboard looks like: The redesign […]


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:39:10 +0000

I like what Larry Lessig wrote here about leaks, particularly this part: Neera has only ever served in the public (and public interest) sector. Her work has always and only been devoted to advancing her vision of the public good. It is not right that she should bear the burden of this sort of breach. […]

Enjoying The Struggle

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:38:37 +0000

The NY Times has a great longish piece on David Letterman today. This quote got my attention: Maybe life is the hard way, I don’t know. When the show was great, it was never as enjoyable as the misery of the show being bad. Is that human nature? Building companies includes a lot of “misery […]


Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:15:41 +0000

I think selling is the hardest part of investing. Buying is, of course, critical to generating strong investment performance. Figuring out what to buy and when to buy it is what most people think of when they think of investing. But your returns will have as much to do with selling as buying. And buying […]

Care and Feeding

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:41:57 +0000

Young companies are a bit like children. They require care and feeding. The feeding part comes naturally to investors. Because that is what we do. We invest capital into young companies in hope of generating large returns on those investments. The caring part comes harder to investors. At least it did to this investor. But […]