Mg Siegler

MG Siegler

MG Siegler is a general partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on seed and early-stage investments. He has been deeply involved in the startup space since 2005, first as a web developer, then as a writer, and most recently as an investor and advisor.

He’s currently spending time in London to help get the Google Ventures Europe organization up and running. He remains active, looking at new investments in the U.S. as well.

Before joining Google Ventures, MG was a founding partner of CrunchFund, an early-stage investment fund. Prior to that, he reported on the startup world as a writer for both TechCrunch and VentureBeat. MG still writes a weekly column for TechCrunch on top of writing on his own sites and from time-to-time doing movie reviews in haiku.

Originally from Ohio, MG graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving out west to work in Hollywood. One day, he will write that killer screenplay.

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  • Twitter’s Small Chance To Maim Email

    Twitter’s Small Chance To Maim Email

    There was a time, years ago, when Twitter almost killed their direct messaging product. The thought process seemed to be that it was an odd bit of cruft around an otherwise elegant, simple product. It was also undoubtedly hard to maintain and scale alongside Twitter’s other scaling issues of yesteryear. Or, at least, to justify the resources to do so. That would have been a huge mistake. Read More

  • The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

    The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

    In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the duty of the tenth man to disagree. No matter how improbable it may seem, the tenth man… Read More

  • Nintendo: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This.

    Nintendo: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This.

    I hate to say I-told-you-so… Who am I kidding? I love to say that. But while I’m happy about being correct, I’m sad for Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I really do. And so it pains me to see them in such a state. But I come bearing gifts. Rather than being the millionth person to advise them to move their games to smartphones, I thought I’d offer another alternative. Read More

  • All I Want For Christmas: A Beta App Store

    All I Want For Christmas: A Beta App Store

    Notice: You must submit your basically untested app now or your holidays will surely be ruined. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on all those downloads that your app probably isn’t ready for anyway. Your call. Merry Christmas. Okay, Apple doesn’t actually issue such an alert, but they might as well. The App Store is about to shutdown for holiday break this Saturday. And so… Read More

  • Let It Full-Bleed

    Let It Full-Bleed

    On the importance of images and layout in writing. Load up your favorite tech blog. Or almost any blog, really. There’s a good chance it looks like shit. There’s a better chance that the reading experience is even worse. And we put up with it, day in and day out. Why? Because that’s where the content is. Enter Medium 1.0. While there are some questions as to what exactly… Read More

  • To Mini Or To Air, That Is The iPad Question

    To Mini Or To Air, That Is The iPad Question

    Pop quiz, hot shot. You walk into an Apple Store to buy the new iPad. But there are two new iPads. The iPad Air and the new iPad mini. You can only buy one. What do you do? What — do — you — do? The new retina iPad mini is great. It’s everything you loved about the first iPad mini, but upgraded in the two most important ways: a sharper screen and faster speed. Both… Read More

  • “It’s Just A Big iPod Touch”

    “It’s Just A Big iPod Touch”

    Over the weekend, I got two emails from my mother. The most interesting aspect of them was the sign-off at the bottom: “Sent from my iPad”. This stood out to me for two reasons: First, I’ve now been using the iPad Air for the past couple of weeks, and thinking a lot about the state of the product. Second, this is my mother using an iPad. An iPad! Regularly! On a scale of 1 to… Read More

  • Two iPads To Tango

    Two iPads To Tango

    I walked into today’s Apple event positive that the iPad mini with a retina display, if unveiled, would be the one iPad to rule them all. I was sure that such a device would so thoroughly upstage the 9.7-inch iPad, that there would be no shortage of folks wondering why the larger sibling even continued to exist. And actually, that proved to be prescient. Apple no longer sells the… Read More

  • The End Of The Library

    The End Of The Library

    A simple link. That’s all it took to unleash a hailstorm of angry emails, messages, tweets, and comments. Why? I dared wonder if libraries will continue to exist in the future. I mean, it’s not that crazy a notion, right? (If you’re a librarian, you’re not allowed to answer that.) Read More

  • Two iPhones Diverged…

    Two iPhones Diverged…

    What I’m about to say may be considered blasphemy amongst a certain group of my peers: I think I like the iPhone 5c more than the iPhone 5s. Read More

  • “That’s The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard Of.”

    “That’s The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard Of.”

    When Twitter broke the news last week about its forthcoming IPO, I got a bit sentimental. In 2006, when Twitter was entering the world as a side project of the podcasting startup Odeo, I had just left my first “career” in the film industry to try to make it in the tech industry. Web development was my day job at the time, but tech blogging became my passion. Twitter was one of… Read More

  • Forget “Cheap”, The iPhone 5c Is Clearly The iPhone Jony Ive Wanted For iOS 7

    Forget “Cheap”, The iPhone 5c Is Clearly The iPhone Jony Ive Wanted For iOS 7

    The “c” in the iPhone 5c title doesn’t stand for “cheap”. It stands for “clueless”. As in, we were all clueless in our speculation on Apple’s motivations for creating this device. Read More

  • The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything mildly critical of Nintendo, groups of folks reveal themselves that make Android and iPhone diehards look like placid hippies. Those people… Read More

  • The Board Of The Borg

    The Board Of The Borg

    On April 17 of this year, I wrote a post that I never published. The following day, Microsoft was set to release their Q3 numbers and I wanted to see what they looked like before I ran my piece. I wanted to see if the implosion of the PC industry would start to show up in that quarter, or if it would take another quarter before we saw how dire things really were. Then life got in the way. I… Read More

  • Goldfinger: The Next iPhone

    Goldfinger: The Next iPhone

    “Gold? All over?” M asks James Bond upon hearing how Jill Masterson died in 1964’s Goldfinger. While Bond goes on to explain that the gold coating on Ms. Masterson caused her to die of “skin suffocation”, the same fate will not befall the next iPhone. But only because the iPhone will not require oxygen. Yes, there will be a gold iPhone. Read More

  • While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess

    While We’re Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess

    A few years ago, I just didn’t get it. I couldn’t for the life of me understand how a company like Amazon could operate, let alone flourish. I spent the majority of my time following Apple, a company which in many ways was the antithesis of Amazon. Apple was all about huge margins, big profit. Amazon seemed to avoid profit like the plague. The more razor-thin the margin, the better. Read More

  • Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

    Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

    Among his last advice he had for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. “Just do what’s right.” That’s what Tim Cook told the audience of Apple employees at the memorial for Steve Jobs, following his passing in 2011. Now, nearly two years later, we’re starting to see that plan being executed. Read More

  • To The Victors Go The Spoiler Alerts

    To The Victors Go The Spoiler Alerts

    Warning: this post contains minor spoiler alerts — mainly that the penultimate episode of season 3 of Game of Thrones contains something major, worthy of a true spoiler alert. Something which you probably already know if you’ve used the internet this past week. So, if you’ve been alive. Last week, I did something I don’t normally do — I watched the latest episode… Read More

  • Maybe It’s Time For Apple To Go Back Behind The Curtain

    Maybe It’s Time For Apple To Go Back Behind The Curtain

    Like most people, I was following Tim Cook’s talk at the D11 conference with great interest. And while it generated a lot of headlines, it became apparent quickly that not much was actually being said. Just to make sure, I went back and watched the entire interview. One thing stuck out above all others: It was boring. Read More

  • Why Does Hollywood Hate The Future?

    Why Does Hollywood Hate The Future?

    A few weeks ago, Chris Dixon tweeted something thought-provoking: “What were the last Hollywood movies you saw about technology & the future that were optimistic? They seem to be systematically dystopian.” I happened to be sitting in a movie theater waiting for Iron Man 3 to start, so I tried to come up with a good counter-example. It’s a lot harder than I thought it… Read More

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