George Zachary on Doing 30 Seed Deals a Year, Not Missing Hollywood and Crazy Jim Clark (TCTV)

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George Zachary of CRV was our guest on Ask a VC today, and not only did he answer reader questions bluntly, he indulged us with his craziest story from his days working with Internet icon Jim Clark on Shutterfly.

The whole episode is below, or feel free to tune into just the answers to these questions:

What sort of materials do you look for when initially being approached by an entrepreneur with an idea? A prototype? A business plan?

Since you put out your call to entrepreneurs for an app discovery business plan on Facebook, any takers? Do you think app discovery is a big issue and large market opportunity?

What are the future prospects for merchants and publishers using a white label platform like chompon and tippr to develop their own deals?

There are rumors Apple and Google are working on “social” projects. Any idea what their angle or focus will be compared to the 800 ton gorilla Facebook? Any predictions?

Do you foresee any change in user activity (regardless of websites or mobile) in view of changing demographics and employee productivity requirements being ratcheted up (i.e., employers don’t want employees playing around in Internet all day)?


Do you still review screenplays?


What are some exciting upcoming startups that you have come across recently?

What’s the craziest story you can tell us about jim clark?

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