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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:35:45 +0000


Funding Friday: A Computer Anyone Can Make

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:34:50 +0000

If you haven’t heard of Kano, you are missing out. This is so cool. I funded it the day the project launched. They are a little bit more than half way to their goal of $500k. Join the fun and back this today.

Relaunching At Age Fourteen

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:49:48 +0000

Our portfolio company Meetup was launched in June of 2002. We invested five years later, in 2007, when the company was already profitable and was approaching double digit revenues. Nine years later they are 3x the size when we invested in revenues, meetups, and more. But the founder and leaders of Meetup feel like they […]

Machine Learning As A Service

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:37:02 +0000

Our portfolio company Clarifai introduced two powerful new features on their machine learning API yesterday: visual search train your own model Visual search is super cool: But I am even more excited about the train your own model feature. Clarifai says it well on their blog post announcing these two new features: We believe that […]


Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:15:52 +0000

If I think back to all the Presidents I’ve known in my lifetime; LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton, Bush Junior, and Obama, the one thing they all had in common was a Presidential temperament. Putting aside all of their differences, they were solid, steady, measured, calm, and collected, at least in their […]

How To Watch Tonight’s Debate On Twitter

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:39:11 +0000

I wrote about this on Friday. I think Twitter is going to be a great way to watch the debate tonight. Here’s how you can get Twitter on your big screen and watch the debate on Twitter: if you have a “fourth generation” AppleTV, you can add the Twitter app to it using the AppleTV […]

Blockchain Nation States

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:31:28 +0000

I went on a walk through the Chelsea Art Gallery district yesterday afternoon. One of the galleries I visited was the Petzel Gallery and they have a show up by the New Zealand artist Simon Denny. The show is called Blockchain Future States and it compares Blockchain efforts like Ethereum and Digital Asset Holdings to […]

Team and Strategy

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:22 +0000

I’ve been in board meeting blitz since the summer ended. Many of the companies I work with are well past the startup phase and are well into or even past the growth/scaling phase. And the thought that keeps occurring to me as I go from board meeting to board meeting is the key to success […]

Feeding The Trolls

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:34:03 +0000

Danah Boyd has a nice post up about what it was like to live on the block that the second bomb was placed this past weekend in NYC. But the post is really about something way more important. It is about the fact that we are increasingly letting the trolls drive us nuts. The trolls […]