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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:38:40 +0000


Funding Friday: Mexican Projects

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:38:40 +0000

I just backed these two projects from Mexico. They are both focused on kids and they both look awesome. and


Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:56:00 +0000

There’s an interesting thing going on right now in Bitcoin land. The core developers have released a new version of the core Bitcoin software which includes a number of updates and the “segregated witness” approach to scaling the Bitcoin technology. This release won’t be “confirmed” until 95% of nodes adopt it. That 95% is a […]

Help Brands Blacklist Sites That Don’t Fit With Their Brand

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:33:20 +0000

One of the issues with the emergence of programmatic and re-targeted advertising is that brands target people not publications with their ad spend. And the result is a brand’s ads end up on sites that they don’t really want them on. Brands can blacklist publishers they don’t want to do business with but they have […]

Marketing The Blockchain

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:49 +0000

Longtime AVC community member Jeremy Epstein (who launched the first AVC Meetup in the summer of 2008) has been working on bringing marketing to the blockchain sector. He asked thirty-three leaders of the blockchain sector to write short one or two page descriptions of why blockchains are important. They are compiled in a free ebook […]

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Book Recommendation: Whiplash

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:25:22 +0000

I don’t do this very often, but I am going to break a rule and recommend a book that I just bought and have not yet read. My friend Joi Ito, along with Jeff Howe, a professor at Northeastern, have written Whiplash. It comes out tomorrow. Here’s my edited version of the blurb: The world […]

Art Basel

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:39:22 +0000

The Gotham Gal and I just spent four days in Miami at Art Basel, one of the big global art fairs that collectors come to every year. We have been collecting art as a hobby since we were in our mid 20s. We got a bit more serious about it in our mid 30s and […]

Video Of The Week: Jeff Lawson on Having Conviction

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:28:27 +0000

I came across this talk by Jeff Lawson, Founder/CEO of our portfolio company Twilio. It is about having conviction and not relying completely on things like A/B testing to make decisions. It’s very good (and only 18 mins long).

Feature Friday: Muting People On Twitter

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:49:02 +0000

I think Mute is one of the most underused features on Twitter, second only to Unfollow. I went on a bit of a rant about this on Twitter last week. @johnolilly try unfollowing or muting the people who are filling your feed with noise. It’s amazing what it feels like to be rid of them […]


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:49:52 +0000

One of the things I often press for in my role as a board member and investor is a greater “sense of urgency” in our portfolio companies. The founders and CEOs, it turns out, are hungry for that even more than I am. It is a collective frustration. So when I hear a suggestion on […]

Ticket Bots

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:04:21 +0000

New York State put a law on its books this week making operating “ticket bots” illegal: using ticket bots, maintaining an interest in or control of bots, and reselling tickets knowingly obtained with bots constitutes a class A misdemeanor. As such, violators could face substantial fines and imprisonment As someone who has often lost out […]