• The Micro VC Shakeout

    The Micro VC Shakeout

    When we started Bullpen Capital in 2011, there were about 30 or so “microVC” or “micro-seed” funds — and we knew them all. Today, four years later, there are likely over 220 micro VC funds and growing. In fact, I joke with my partners that “we will likely get to 400 before we go back to 40.” That line always elicits a nervous laughter, as it captures… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to expand its reach in a substantial and sustainable way. For the better part of the last century, the Valley has been a bedrock for technological progress and era-defining industry. From… Read More

  • Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Given the success of Box, it’s hard to imagine that founder Aaron Levie believes he should have done something differently in the company’s early years. However, while speaking to Storm Ventures’ Jason Lemkin at this year’s SaaStr conference, Levie revealed exactly what he would have changed. Although it is somewhat hidden in the rest of the interview, Levie points out… Read More

  • You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    I always love peering into the world of executive recruiting. As a grad student and as a writer, the thought that there are people out there chasing other people to get them to work at massive wages always seemed to me like a bounty hunter scene out of a strange science fiction movie. Sometimes the wages offered are as much as $1 million; sometimes, that’s not enough. Competition in… Read More

  • Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

    Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

    Dan Fredinburg, a respected Google executive who headed privacy for Google X and lead its product management team, has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by the huge earthquake in Nepal. The natural disaster has already killed over 2,000 people in the region and devastated infrastructure. Some 18 other climbers have been killed in what is being described as the… Read More

  • Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

    April marks the 20th anniversary of the commercialization of the Internet, ironically, the very same month that the Federal Communications Commission’s new Open Internet regulations were officially published, tossing the Internet into a public utility model characterized by stagnation and ambiguity. The rules kill the “permissionless innovation” they purport to protect by… Read More

  • Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft last year, but since then rumours have bubbled up now and again that the firm is planning to return to the mobile space. Citing anonymous sources, Re/code recently lit the touch-paper on a round of new stories floating this idea. It reported that the firm was plotting more mobile moves, spearheaded by Nokia Technologies, the division which handles… Read More

  • Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head

    Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head

    Xiaomi is making a push to be a local player in India. Days after unveiling its first phone customized to the South Asia country (the impressive $205 Mi 4i), Xiaomi announced that it has taken investment from leading Indian businessman Ratan Tata. Read More

  • A Journey To Intelligent Design

    A Journey To Intelligent Design

    If you’re looking for zeitgeist Biblical metaphors for the tech sector, you can’t do much better than the Tower of Babel. Human civilization a hundred years after the Flood; monolingual and gathered in a city called Babel. They become possessed with the mission of building a tower to the heavens. Which they begin… Read More

  • Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    While the atmosphere outside the store was generally similar to previous launches, a glaring difference was the fact that I wasn’t waiting outside of an Apple Store. I was sitting on the sidewalk outside of the upscale fashion boutique Maxfield, on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Read More

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