You can do the math on Tumblr's pageviews, throw in some expected CPM, weighted average cost of capital, and try to justify the billion dollars that Yahoo! is spending on Tumblr.
That's the term that Fred Ehrsam, founder of Bitcoin startup Coinbase, used to describe the current state of play in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Board meetings are a pain in the ass.
Unless you're a well funded, growth stage company that has lots of hands on deck--tons of instrumentation that easily dumps out pretty charts and metrics, or luxury emenities like, well, time, most entrepreneurs probably feel like they could be doing more productive things than telling their investors what they did last month.
Yesterday, I got profiled in Crain's about my investment philosophies. They do this cool lunch series where they try a new place and profile both a person and a place.
I hear a lot of funny things about other VCs. This one doesn't really do early stage, that one doesn't really get consumer.
Seemingly overnight, a bunch of parking spaces disappeared in New York City--replaced by bike share racks.
I reserve the right to be 100% wrong on any of my investment decisions--but at least I make them, and I try to make them fast.
Ten years ago, I was an analyst for the General Motors pension fund, working on fund investments into leveraged buyout funds and venture capital deals.
So Shopkick is apparently profitable, driving hundreds of millions of new sales to merchants--remember them? The in-store retail check-in app?
And Belly? They just had their millionth Point of Sale loyalty check-in.
Your grand plans. The best you could ever hope to achieve...
A failure to strike fear.
For almost ten years, I've been volunteering on New York City's waterfront--introducing lifelong New Yorkers and tourists alike to kayaking.
When I was in the fifth grade, I made a pretty penny printing out desk covers. I don't know if anyone else did this, but I'd get my pack of 10,000 Print Shop clip art items, pick a tiled format, and put someone's name in the middle of an 8 1/2x11 sheet of paper.
Today, ElectNext announced that they had raised $1.3mm to launch a data, analytics and marketing service to bridge the data gap between politicians, lobby groups, and their constituents.
This post is either brilliant or idiotic. You've been warned...
You're on a boat. There's a terrible storm at sea.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse is a non-profit runs a variety of human powered boating programs for both kids and adults on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Back in 2006, when I started working on putting together some community groups for entrepreneurs and tech people, I looked for a better name to reference this collection of people.
Should VCs publicly denouce companies?
To be honest, I'd love to live in a world where everyone was just upfront and honest with each other--where if you didn't like something or someone, you could just say it, and it wouldn't be a huge tweetstorm.
When I was 13, they split up my Little League into the "A" Team and the "B" Team. I got put on the "B" Team, mostly because I sucked.
Just a couple of quick thoughts on SXSW '13...
Last year, people seemed pretty disappointed, because of where their expectations were.