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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • 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? Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • Herebeforeoprah.com Asks The Important Question

    It’s not yet clear exactly what effect Oprah had on Twitter by featuring the service (and its first million-follower user, Ashton Kutcher) on her show on Friday. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone tells me he’s going to try and get some numbers as to just how many people signed up thanks to Oprah, sometime next week. But, Twitter Search already reveals that it’s a massive… Read More

  • Hollywood Has A Great Online Distribution Model — If You Hate Selection

    In a golf tournament, it can be advantageous to putt after another player because you learn the contours of the path to the hole. In a similar way, you’d think Hollywood would have learned from the rough path the music industry took in transitioning to the world of digital distribution over the web. Unfortunately, it looks to be on the verge of missing the putt as well. On the surface… Read More

  • Did Twitter Just Quietly Start Twitter Connect? If Not, It Should.

    Yesterday, on its Twitter API Wiki, Twitter quietly unveiled a “Sign in with Twitter” feature. It’s a very simple idea: It gives you the option to use your Twitter ID as your login for third party services. But what’s more interesting is what Twitter could do with this. Basically, this could be the first step at launching a “Twitter Connect” of sorts, the… Read More

  • Indie iPhone App Developers Rallying Around OpenFeint

    Gaming has proven to have huge appeal on the iPhone. Because of that, there are a thousands of games in the App Store — which is great for consumers, but it can also be overwhelming. And it can be frustrating for developers who can see their work easily lost in the sea of apps. The iPhone social platform OpenFeint is trying to alleviate some of those problems. And it has rallied some… Read More

  • Hulu For The iPhone? Yes, Please. But Don't Get Your Hopes Up Just Yet.

    Ask people what their favorite website is, and increasingly you’ll hear Hulu (at least in the US). The NBC and Fox-backed online video service just kicks ass when it comes to content, interface and overall execution. And now it’s apparently going to attempt to translate that into a kickass iPhone app, according to Business Insider. Sure, there are other iPhone apps that offer… Read More

  • Twitter Working On A New Tweet Feed, Testing It With FriendFeed

    If you’ve been a user of FriendFeed for the past few months, you’ve probably noticed how slow the importing of tweets has been. But something changed a couple days ago — tweets started showing up almost instaneously in feeds, after they were posted on Twitter. That’s because FriendFeed is testing a new type of backend feed that Twitter is developing. This new feed… Read More

  • Kutcher Plays His Pied Piper Flute And Gets A Million Twitter Followers

    The first man in space. The first man on the moon. The first man with a million Twitter followers. Yes, this is one of those great achievements in human history. Congratulations Ashton Kutcher. His upbringing on Twitter was a humble one. The hugely popular actor started with just a handful of followers when he signed up a few months ago. But soon, he and his famous actress wife, Demi Moore… Read More

  • Kutcher Surges Past CNN On Twitter — But You Can't Unfollow Either

    Up until this point, despite all the press he was getting, Ashton Kutcher was behind CNN in the race to become the first Twitter user with a million followers. Not anymore. Kutcher surged past CNN on Thursday evening, likely clearing the last hurdle that stands between him and Ted Turner’s doorstep — he promised to ding dong ditch the CNN founder if he was the first to a… Read More

  • Google Shows a 3% Sequential Dip In Revenues: First One Ever

    Google has just announced its Q1 2009 results, and for the first time ever, there has been a dip. Revenue fell 3% for the quarter versus the fourth quarter of 2008. But, for the year, revenues were still up. And it’s actually not as bad as analysts had been expecting. JP Morgan, for example, had been expecting a 4% decline quarter to quarter. And, perhaps most importantly for Google… Read More

  • Oprah's First Tweet Will Be Tomorrow On Her Show. Soccer Moms To Take Over The Service?

    Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has taken control of her own Twitter name, @oprah, she announced on her Facebook page today. And tomorrow, she’ll start using it, on her show. Apparently, her guest tomorrow will be the man she calls “the King of Twitter,” Ashton Kutcher. I’m sure he’ll be talking about his race for a million followers on the service (he should be there… Read More

  • Should Twitter Remove Its Follower Count?

    Over the past few days, actor Ashton Kutcher has been racing CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers. Kutcher and other parties like EA have been pulling out all the stops to help his account gain followers as quickly as possible to hit the number. Clearly, this is a game — and really, gaining followers on Twitter, for most people, is a game. Which raises the… Read More

  • Ted Turner May Endorse Kutcher In The Race For A Million Twitter Followers

    When it first came to my attention last week, the race to a million Twitter followers seemed a bit ridiculous. After all, a good chunk of those followers are probably either spammers or bots. But then Ashton Kutcher decided to throw down the gauntlet and formally challenge CNN to a race to the landmark number. Then Larry King got involved. Then EA got involved. Then it was revealed that… Read More

  • Apple, Your Mighty Mouse Sucks. Please Fix It.

    Apple makes a lot of great products. In fact, I’d say that the percentage of products it makes that are great is higher than that of just about any other large company. But one product it makes is absolutely awful: The Mighty Mouse. My first encounter with one was a couple years ago when I bought an iMac and the Mighty Mouse came with it. I used it for several months before I became fed… Read More

  • Despite Huge Activity, Digg Offers A Compromise On DiggBar

    The DiggBar, Digg’s browser-based toolbar for digging and sharing content, has seen a tidal wave of controversy since its release last week. The problem for many site publishers is that it frames content within the DiggBar itself, meaning that users aren’t actually on your site, but are looking at a frame of your site while staying on Digg’s servers. And the DiggBar also acts… Read More

  • Kutcher/CNN Twitter Fight Day 3: EA Ups The Ante

    A couple days ago, actor Ashton Kutcher stated his goal to beat CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers. He promised to punk CNN founder Ted Turner if the Internet made it happen. Yesterday, CNN anchor Larry King fired back at Kutcher saying that one man couldn’t take down a whole network. Kutcher was still trailing CNN by tens of thousands of followers, so he upped… Read More

  • When Google Latitude Stalking Isn't Such A Bad Thing

    Yesterday, Silicon Valley’s local CBS affiliate ran a story (video here) about a woman getting her purse snatched. But what’s interesting is the way she got it back: With an assist from Google Latitude. You see, in her purse, her phone had Google’s location-based social networking service installed, and it was updating the location of her phone in real-time. So even though… Read More

  • iSkoot Notifier Goes International

    iSkoot’s Notifier product takes some of the most popular social services on the web, and puts in a format that’s easy to read on average phones. By “average” I don’t mean smartphones, because remember, most of the world still does not have those. Today, iSkoot is taking the Notifier product international thanks to a deal with German carrier E-Plus. While… Read More

  • Google Profiles Take An Important Social Step With Vanity URLs

    The problem with Google’s movement towards becoming more of a social entity is that it lacks one cohesive place to tie everything together. YouTube has social elements, Picasa has social elements, even Google Maps has social elements, but Google lacks this singular area — like a Facebook profile page — where all of this information can reside and be easily seen. But actually… Read More