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Etsy Studio

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:23:07 +0000

Yesterday was a big day for Etsy, a company that I have been invested in for eleven years and on the board of for ten of them. The company launched Etsy Studio, an entirely new marketplace dedicated to craft supplies. Craft supplies have always been available on Etsy and still are. But they are a […]



My Talk At MIT

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:51:38 +0000

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to give the first annual Georges Doriot Lecture at MIT. I traveled up to MIT on April 13th and gave this talk. I really enjoyed doing it and I want to thank MIT for doing it.



Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:22:22 +0000

Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this […]



What Facebook Can Tell Us About Us

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:53:50 +0000

Stephen Wolfram wrote an interesting post back in 2013. I just stumbled upon it today (via Twitter). I like this chart a lot: The blue line is men, the red line is women. A few of these results surprised me. I would have thought women are more interested in books than men. At least that is […]



Video Of The Week: The GothamGal NewCo Shift Interview

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:56:41 +0000

The GothamGal sat down with our friend John Battelle last week and here is the result:



Funding Friday: KUMITA

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:59:10 +0000

I just backed this robot toy that teaches little kids the concepts of coding/programming. Check it out. You can back it here.



Token

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:19:24 +0000

Our portfolio company Coinbase opened the doors yesterday to a project they have been working on for a long time. It is called Token and its a mobile browser for Ethereum apps. But it is also a messenger (based on the Signal Protocol from Whisper Systems) and an Ethereum wallet. The plan is to set Token up […]



Kickstarter’s Request For Projects

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:13:52 +0000

Our portfolio company Kickstarter published a blog post yesterday requesting certain kinds of projects in the Design and Technology category: as part of our endless quest for projects, we’ve decided to try something new. Inspired in part by Y Combinator’s requests for startups, we’re going public with a list of the things we’d love to […]



Change Creates Information

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:52:18 +0000

My partner Albert likes to say that “change creates information.” I have seen this a lot recently in our portfolio. A change in leadership, a change in strategy, a change in cost structure. Doesn’t really matter what it is, it can tell you a lot about what is going on in your company. Making changes […]



Machine Learning For Beginners

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:42:19 +0000

So you are hearing a lot about machine learning these days. You are hearing words like models, training, forks, splits, branches, leafs, recursion, test data, and overfitting, and you don’t know what any of them mean. Well I have some help, courtesy of my colleague Jacqueline who shared this scrolling lesson in machine learning with […]