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.

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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  • Zero Remains A Popular App Download Number Among Non-iPhone Owners

    Zero Remains A Popular App Download Number Among Non-iPhone Owners

    Apps on the iPhone are huge. We know that. As if we needed more proof, Apple moved its billionth app earlier this afternoon. But some recent data from Compete suggests that smartphone owners who don't have an iPhone, apparently don't love apps. Or at least, don't download them. If you look at the graph below, you'll see that iPhone owners are very diversified in the number of apps they download. Read More

  • Tighten Up Those Apps Or Android 1.5 "Cupcake" May Break Them

    Android developers are obviously excited about the new 1.5 version of the SDK. The so-called "Cupcake" update features several new features and overall improvements. But, "don't get too excited yet," a post on the Android developers blog reads today. Apparently, the new release is going to break a number of current apps. And these aren't just random apps. Google said it has extensively tested… Read More

  • Tighten Up Those Apps Or Android 1.5 "Cupcake" May Break Them

    Tighten Up Those Apps Or Android 1.5 "Cupcake" May Break Them

    Android developers are obviously excited about the new 1.5 version of the SDK. The so-called "Cupcake" update features several new features and overall improvements. But, "don't get too excited yet," a post on the Android developers blog reads today. Apparently, the new release is going to break a number of current apps. And these aren't just random apps. Google said it has extensively tested… Read More

  • The State Of The iPhone Is Strong — Very Strong

    The State Of The iPhone Is Strong — Very Strong

    Of the major companies that announced their earnings yesterday, two of them, AT&T and Apple, beat Wall Street estimates largely thanks to a single product: The iPhone. We're approaching the two year birthday of the device, and it still remains one of the hottest items out there. Ladies and gentleman, the state of the iPhone is strong. Yes, Apple actually sold fewer iPhones this quarter than… Read More

  • Apple: Want A Netbook? Try An iPhone Or iPod Touch (For Now)

    Apple: Want A Netbook? Try An iPhone Or iPod Touch (For Now)

    During its earnings call today, Apple COO Tim Cook (who is leading Apple day to day with Steve Jobs out on medical leave) fielded a question about netbooks. The market for the small notebooks is red hot, yet Apple hasn't entered the field yet. Cook attempted to explain why, and Apple's thoughts on the trend for the future. Notably, he reiterated Apple's stance that netbooks, as they exist today… Read More

  • Proof That AT&T Needs To Extend That iPhone Deal

    Proof That AT&T Needs To Extend That iPhone Deal

    During its earnings reports today, AT&T posted numbers that easily beat Wall Street's expectations. Yes, profits were down, but we're in a down economy, and there's simply no denying that things would have been much, much worse without the iPhone. First of all, AT&T announced that it had a net gain of 1.2 million subscribers for the quarter. That's solid, but guess why? It also announced… Read More

  • Economy Be Damned: Apple Posts Its Best Second Quarter Earnings Ever

    Economy Be Damned: Apple Posts Its Best Second Quarter Earnings Ever

    Apple has just released its second quarter financial results, and surprise, surprise: they're very good. The company had revenues for the quarter of $8.16 billion and net profit of $1.21 billion -- both easily beat Wall Street expectations. Both also beat the numbers the company posted a year ago, and actually represent the company's best March quarter (which is Apple's second quarter) results… Read More

  • Feel Like Shaking A Baby To Death? There's An App For That.

    Okay, this is just beyond ridiculous and a bit horrifying. In Apple's App Store right now is Baby Shaker, a new app which, displays a picture of a baby and plays crying sounds. To make it stop, you have to shake your iPhone really hard, after which the crying will stop and two X's will be placed over the baby's eyes -- implying, of course, that the baby is dead. I'm not kidding. Apple has… Read More

  • Soonr Updates Its Offering. Brings Up The "Netbook" Buzzword.

    Soonr Updates Its Offering. Brings Up The "Netbook" Buzzword.

    In this day and age, with technology, no one works alone -- that's how Soonr sees it. And it's a key part of the company's offering: collaboration. Another is portability, and with the launch of the 3.0 version of its software, Soonr is expanding in both of those areas. And this update comes complete with an attempt to leverage two of the hottest things out there: the iPhone and netbooks. Soonr Read More

  • Social Profiling

    Social Profiling

    Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Yahoo and now Google. What do these have in common? If you're reading this blog, you probably have a profile on all of them. And those are just the obvious ones, you probably have a bunch of other profiles on a series of other networks too. The situation has become untenable. Imagine if you wanted to update one piece of information on all of them -- like I recently… Read More

  • Apple Will Hit A Billion Apps At 1:24:06 AM PST On April 23 (As Of Right Now)

    Apple Will Hit A Billion Apps At 1:24:06 AM PST On April 23 (As Of Right Now)

    We all know that Apple is closing in on a billion app downloads in the App Store. Currently, the counter on the main Apple.com claims it's about 10 million away from the major number. But, Apple apparently already knows when the billion mark is going to be passed, because the billion celebration page is ready to go and can easily be accessed, right now. And we know the exact time Apple is… Read More

  • Amazon Jumps Into The HD Stream As Well. Doesn't Really Make A Splash.

    Amazon Jumps Into The HD Stream As Well. Doesn't Really Make A Splash.

    With all of the online video services now offering much of the same (sometimes lousy) content, the new differentiating factor seems to be high definition quality. Microsoft has been there for a while (with videos over Xbox Live), as has Apple (over the Apple TV), and now Amazon is joining the gang. The new HD option for Amazon Video On Demand is available starting today for some 500 movies and… Read More

  • Go To Google Similar Images, Hit "Similar," Find Live Search

    Go To Google Similar Images, Hit "Similar," Find Live Search

    Yesterday, Google unveiled its new Google Similar Images search feature under Google Labs. The product is nice, and works very well. But, Microsoft was doing the same thing with Live Search -- over 4 months ago. A lot of commenters pointed it out to us yesterday, and naturally, Microsoft reached out today to let us know the same thing with what might as well have been a big, loud "FIRST!" But… Read More

  • Katalyst Media Taking Punk’d Live With Ustream

    Katalyst Media Taking Punk’d Live With Ustream

    "Punked" is one of those words that started out as a slang term, but was taken to a whole new level by a pop culture moment -- in this case, the MTV show Punk'd. But as quickly as it heated up in 2003, it quickly burned out, lasting just 4 years. But the company behind it, Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media, may have found a way to revive the formula -- take it live and online. Katalyst is teaming… Read More

  • Dora Merges Three Hot Web Services: Pandora, Twitter and Bit.ly

    Dora Merges Three Hot Web Services: Pandora, Twitter and Bit.ly

    Letting people know what music you are listening to has long been a staple of the web. The blogging platform LiveJournal has long had the "listening to" field, instant messaging clients like iChat and Google Talk added the ability to update your status based on the song you were listening to a few years ago, and now people are using Twitter to send our their music selections. Blip.fm is the best… Read More

  • Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone

    Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone

    The number of times I get pinged about an iPhone app getting rejected is almost catching up to the number of times I get pinged for ones accepted. Obviously, it's a very small percentage that get rejected, but developers are getting increasingly annoyed -- and for good reason in some cases. Take one of my favorite apps, Instapaper, for example. Developer Marco Arment submitted version 1.4 of… Read More

  • Google Similar Images First Look

    Google Similar Images First Look

    A new 20% time Google project has just launched called Google Similar Images. It's pretty self-explanatory -- when you search for an image and find one close to what you're looking for, Google can now find ones that it believes to be the same, or similar. This type of visual search is similar to what like.com has been doing for a while, but is potentially much more powerful with Google, as the… Read More

  • Pushed By Celebrities, Twitter Is Poised To Double Its Monthly Traffic Once Again

    Pushed By Celebrities, Twitter Is Poised To Double Its Monthly Traffic Once Again

    I know, you're sick of Twitter data. But more keeps rolling in showcasing just how massive last week was for Twitter. The Kutcher/CNN race to a million on top of Oprah showcasing the service on Friday, likely was the biggest week ever for the service. And here's some data to back that up. The week before the Kutcher/CNN race, Kutcher's Twitter page got about 176,000 pageviews, according to… Read More

  • How Many New Twitter Users Post-Oprah? A Lot. Maybe Over A Million.

    How Many New Twitter Users Post-Oprah? A Lot. Maybe Over A Million.

    Late last night, former Engadget editor-in-chief Ryan Block tweeted out that he had done some research to attempt to quantify the "Oprah Effect" -- that is, the number of users who signed up for Twitter after Oprah featured the service on her show on Friday. The number he came to? 1.2 million. So did 1.2 million people actually sign up for Twitter as a result of Oprah? It's possible, but tracking… Read More

  • TiVo To Sell Fresh, Localized Bad News To Advertisers

    TiVo To Sell Fresh, Localized Bad News To Advertisers

    TiVo's growth has stopped, and in fact, its user base is dropping. There's too much competition in the DVR market from the big cable companies who offer the same service at a lower price bundled with the cable boxes you need to have anyway. So TiVo needs a way to make more money. Selling customer data is always a good way to do that. Now, to be clear, this data will be anonymous, and TiVo has… Read More