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Consumer Centric Healthcare

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:12:39 +0000

As we think about how to modify the ACA (aka Obamacare) into something different (aka Trumpcare) I would encourage everyone involved to think about one central tenet – put the person/consumer/patient at the center of the system, not the employer, not the insurer, and not the doctor. I have written a few times about consumer […]

Video Of The Week: How To Cope With A New Reality

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:57:29 +0000

This panel conversation about coping with the new reality took place earlier this week in Munich at the DLD Conference.

Feature Friday: Foursquare List Search

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:49:18 +0000

If you are looking for a restaurant, a bar, a cafe, a museum, or whatever, there are plenty of ways you can do that on your phone. You can use Foursquare (a USV portfolio company), you can use Yelp, you can use Google or Apple maps, you can do a Google search, or you can […]

What If The Narrative Is Wrong?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:16:22 +0000

I always like to look for where conventional thinking might be wrong. I think you can find interesting investments that way. I was exchanging emails with a colleague yesterday about Twitter’s decision to get out of the developer tools business and I asked her if it was possible that the conventional wisdom about Twitter (it […]

Protecting The Right To Speak And Write And Blog

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:04:52 +0000

I stayed out of the public debate and discussion of the Gawker lawsuit because while I privately came down on the side of Gawker, the specifics of the case made me uncomfortable and I don’t think it was an ideal case to determine what is free speech and what is not. However, the same lawyer, Charles […]

The Department of Homeland Security International Entrepreneur Rule

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:03:24 +0000

From GeekWire: The Department of Homeland Security has officially enacted a provision to make it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to build startups in the U.S. The rule, proposed by President Barack Obama last summer, takes effect exactly one week before he leaves the Oval Office. The initial rule outlined a “parole” period that foreign entrepreneurs […]

Talking To Others

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:22 +0000

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other. – Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. I judged the Debug Politics Hackathon yesterday. The winner was Second Opinion, a Facebook Messenger bot that […]

The Perfect Sunday Afternoon Entertainment

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:28:51 +0000

If you are in NYC this holiday weekend and looking for something to do, consider attending the Debug Politics Hackathon Showcase at 4pm this afternoon in the Flatiron District: Join us for our Product Showcase 1/15 4pm w/ @fredwilson @twephanie @chrishwiggins @drhoten @jheil @nancylublin 🇺🇸 — Debug Politics (@DebugPolitics) January 14, 2017 I […]

Video Of The Week: Voice Assistant Infinite Loop

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:57:52 +0000

This video was left in the comments to my post about doing a side by side comparison of Google Home and Amazon Echo. It’s fun and I thought I’d make sure everyone sees it by elevating it to the main page.

Fun Friday: voice input

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:42 +0000

I’m writing this entire blog post by speaking into my phone. The only things I’m doing with keyboard input are spacing and punctuation. It would be fun if we could all try to do this today. If you want to leave a comment try leaving a comment with voice input. If you don’t have any […]