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  • A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

    A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

    In Silicon Valley, it’s sometimes easy to focus solely on social and other types of cutting-edge, digital advertising when advising startups on their marketing strategies. But these businesses can also amp up customer acquisitions by combining their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest strategies with old-school, traditional-media marketing campaigns. Read More

  • After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

    After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

    I was driving to a meeting in San Francisco when I got the message: “Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.” I pulled over and watched as messages started to stream in. Everyone had the same question: Is Facebook crazy? As the CEO of the only smartphone messenger more popular than WhatsApp in the US, I gave them all the same answer: “No.” In fact, we had expected… Read More

  • Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking

    Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking

    Imagine you’re a 17-year-old girl at a well-to-do high school in Los Angeles, and you just discovered Snapchat. Until that moment, every time you thought about sending risqué photos to your romantic interest, you had to worry about images of your naked self ending up on the internet. When you wanted to gossip with your peers about a crush or a friend or an enemy, you had to worry about… Read More

  • Lawyer, Disrupt Thyself

    Lawyer, Disrupt Thyself

    According to TechCrunch, law is the sector with the least VC investment. I’m not at all surprised by that. I’ve been practicing law for nearly 25 years, in myriad settings (large firm, GC at a tech company and now GC at a venture capital firm), and I’ve seen precious little innovation in my field over that time, and certainly nothing that promises to be… Read More

  • Brazil’s ‘Constitution Of The Internet’ Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight

    Brazil’s ‘Constitution Of The Internet’ Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight

    Brazil’s Congress is days away from voting on Marco Civil, the country’s first major internet legislation, and the big issue at stake is net neutrality. Read More

  • Why We Hate Google Glass — And All New Tech

    Why We Hate Google Glass — And All New Tech

    I have a theory. When it comes to new technology, there are a bunch of early adopters who start using it and everyone else sees the very worst in the technology, ultimately belittling, dismissing and making fun of those who use it. But in spite of this initial negative reaction the technology finds its way into the mainstream, after a time, and the early fears and misinformation fades away. Read More

  • Why Can’t A Startup Build A Self-Driving Car?

    Why Can’t A Startup Build A Self-Driving Car?

    On a 10- to 20-year horizon, large-scale technologic innovation is going to center around machine intelligence, robotics and sensors. Each of these fields requires gargantuan amounts of capital and a lot of patience, a combination well beyond the scope of even the most progressive venture capital firm. Read More

  • Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation

    Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation

    Interest in startup accelerators and incubators has exploded in the past several years, but how effective have they been? One thing that has become clear is that “incubator” and “accelerator” refer to two very different models for startup workspaces, and the distinctions may have significant effects on startup success. Read More

  • Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

    Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

    It started with one evocative name shouted into the phone from one developer to another: “Potcoin!” The Founding Fathers had to work for years to craft a Constitution that would grant the government the power to “coin money.” However, three developers in the frozen north, who were only able to provide me with pseudonyms because the businesses and investors… Read More

  • David Byttow of Secret | Foundation

    Foundation: Secret’s David Byttow Talks Privacy, Security, and Company Origins

    Today is an exciting day for Secret, one of the most talked about new startups in Silicon Valley which just raised another round of funding. I sat down with Secret’s co-founder David Byttow this week for a revealing conversation about his time as an engineer at Google, Medium, and Square, and how he gained the courage to break out on his own as an entrepreneur. Read More

  • Predicting The Next IPO Wave: The Era Of The Enterprise

    Predicting The Next IPO Wave: The Era Of The Enterprise

    Over the last three years, we’ve seen an increasing number of tech IPOs – many from consumer facing companies that we’ve long known were headed for an IPO. I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Yelp, Groupon, Zynga, etc., which most casual observers could see from a mile away. Markets tend to be swayed by sexy consumer offerings; however, we should be paying… Read More

  • Reverb CEO Tony Tam | Founder Stories

    Founder Stories: When It Comes To Open-Source Technologies, Reverb’s Tony Tam Has A Word For It

    Have you ever watched a TED talk and thought, “That should be a company!” Well, that’s happened a few times, I’m sure, and one of them is right here in Silicon Valley. Years ago, wordsmith Erin McKean delivered a TED talk on her vision around the lexicography and meaning of words. This particular talk struck a chord with an investor named Roger McNamee, who in turn… Read More

  • Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

    Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

    Despite what many are led to believe, great startups rarely move linearly “up and to the right.” They zig, they zag, they take detours and often “pivot” several times to get to a positive outcome. The BlueKai story is a great example of this point, which I make often to entrepreneurs. Read More

  • Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

    Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

    It’s been an interesting few weeks for Silicon Valley insiders. Secret, the anonymous messaging app, has caused several communication crises for some prominent tech companies, and many more are no doubt on their way. By making the entire revelatory process anonymous and shareable, even seductive, the app’s attracted tech company leaks and spiteful rumors like never before. Read More

  • TraveDoc, A Healthcare App For Travelers, Will Expand To The Middle East And South Asia

    TraveDoc, A Healthcare App For Travelers, Will Expand To The Middle East And South Asia

    If you get sick while traveling, TraveDoc, an Uber for healthcare that currently operates in Ghana and Singapore, wants to be your go-to app. This week, CEO Marcel Muenster told me his company has imminent plans for expansion to the Middle East and South Asia, although he didn’t specify which countries, or even how many. Read More

  • Centrify's Tom Kemp | Founder Stories

    Centrify’s Tom Kemp On Preparing Technology Companies For The Long Haul

    On a first glance, it wouldn’t be apparent that Tom Kemp, a co-founder and the CEO of Centrify, runs one of the world’s best private enterprise technology companies. Turns out, he’s on his second startup, this one — Centrify — started back in 2004. For the past nine years, Kemp and his team have been hard at work building security and ID management products for… Read More

  • How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

    How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

    In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust with revenue flatlining at $200 a week. Since then, over 9 million people have used it to find temporary housing. Etsy was founded almost a decade ago, but doubled its valuation with its last two rounds of funding. The gradual but ultimately huge success of these entrants to the marketplace space has paved the way for Uber and Lyft’s breakout growth. Read More

  • Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Early adopters rule Twitter. If Twitter wants to survive it will need to make the fight for power that rages inside the platform more fair for all. Read More

  • #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    With its ever-expanding programming, clusterfuckery of housing options and the commercialization of what was once considered a must-attend conference for anyone in the know, SXSW hasn’t just jumped the shark, it’s being openly maligned by veteran attendees. Read More

  • Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Building stuff does not make you a startup. “But don’t we need to build stuff and iterate quickly?” I get asked a lot. Well, sure. Once upon a time, when companies used the “old-school” waterfall model to develop products, pushing entrepreneurs to think in terms of building a minimum viable product as quickly as possible made sense. It substantially accelerated… Read More

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