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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  • iPad

    iPad

    It’s sort of funny that the only major thing those in the rumor business got wrong was the name of the new iPad. It’s not the previously presumed “iPad 3″, nor is it the “iPad HD”. It’s just the iPad. And that’s what it will be from now on. This was surprising because our expectations were set for a new name. But it really shouldn’t be all… Read More

  • The iPad HD Sucks*

    The iPad HD Sucks*

    *I haven’t actually seen it yet. I’m not actually sure what features it will have. I’m quite sure I’m a jackass for saying so right now. But hey — FIRST!!!! There was a time not too long ago when the day before an Apple event was the time for everyone to get their last-minute predictions in. For the most part, it was a moment of pure wonder. These days, it… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped

    Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped

    With the countdown underway to 25 billion total app downloads, there’s no disputing the success of Apple’s App Store. We live in a world of hyperbole, but Apple’s entry into this space really has changed the entire mobile world. But the App Store is far from perfect. And with its immense scale, a few problems have been revealed. The biggest one is app discovery. There are… Read More

  • The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend

    The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend

    Microsoft and Apple should hate one another right now. I mean, really hate each other. After decades of domination, Microsoft has watched their rival move from death’s door to become the most valuable company in the world — over $200 billion more valuable than Microsoft itself. And it was Microsoft who helped get Apple there, remember, with a timely cash infusion in 1997. Steve… Read More

  • As OS X Mountain Lion Proves, Twitter Is Apple’s Social Network

    As OS X Mountain Lion Proves, Twitter Is Apple’s Social Network

    At Apple’s WWDC event last June, Twitter made a new best friend: Apple. The tech giant announced that it would bake the social network into every single iOS device by way of the new iOS 5 software. This left many stunned for two reasons. 1) Apple rarely does such deep partnerships with third-parties. 2) It wasn’t Facebook. It was all-around a huge win for Twitter. And a win for… Read More

  • Surprise! OS X Mountain Lion Roars Into Existence (For Developers Today, Everyone This Summer)

    Surprise! OS X Mountain Lion Roars Into Existence (For Developers Today, Everyone This Summer)

    Confirmed: Apple can still surprise. On July 20 of last year, Apple began a journey. With OS X Lion (aka OS X 10.7), the company started taking some of what they had learned from iOS, and the iPad specifically, and putting it in their more mature OS. Today, that transition continues with OS X Mountain Lion. Yes, Apple is already ready to show off the next version of OS X — technically… Read More

  • Retina Ready: Apple’s New Year’s Resolution?

    Retina Ready: Apple’s New Year’s Resolution?

    In a few weeks, Apple will unveil the next generation iPad, John Packowski of AllThingsD confirms today. If history (and carrier code) is any indication, it should go on sale shortly after that. Maybe even just a few days later. And that’s interesting because it doesn’t give developers a lot of time to prepare. And they’ll want to prepare for the higher resolution… Read More

  • You Can Also Spy On Someone’s iPhone If You Kidnap Them And Lock Them In Your Basement

    You Can Also Spy On Someone’s iPhone If You Kidnap Them And Lock Them In Your Basement

    Yesterday, Gizmodo ran a story about a supposed bug in iOS, specifically related to iMessage. The title: The Apple Bug That Let Us Spy on a Total Stranger’s iPhone. Essentially, Gizmodo got ahold of an iPhone that was receiving iMessages not intended for that phone. The fact that some of these messages were quasi-sexual in nature and that the phone belonged to a teenage boy made the… Read More

  • “Think Profit.”

    “Think Profit.”

    When Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld in 1998, he did something unusual. For the first time in any presentation he had ever given, he ended with a slide reading, “Oh, and one more thing…” This phrase would of course enter the Apple lexicon in the subsequent years. But what was it that was hidden behind this first “one more thing”? “Think… Read More

  • The Day Apple Left The Tech World’s Collective Mouth Agape

    The Day Apple Left The Tech World’s Collective Mouth Agape

    $46.33 billion in revenue. It’s a number the biggest and best tech companies in the world can only dream to hit in a year. Apple hit it in one quarter. $13.06 billion in profit. It’s a number no tech company would ever aspire to in one quarter because it’s ridiculous. The only companies that have ever thought about such numbers are oil companies. And even then, only 3 of… Read More

  • Apple’s Massive Numbers And Some Context

    Apple’s Massive Numbers And Some Context

    Simply looking over the numbers, it might be hard to wrap your head around what Apple just announced for their Q1 2012 results. A company this big is not supposed to be able to nearly double revenue year-to-year. Nor are they supposed to more than double profit. But Apple did both. The numbers are so big that they almost seem like they should be typos — especially coming after a quarter… Read More

  • Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad. As For High Schoolers…

    Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad. As For High Schoolers…

    As I watched Apple’s iBooks event in New York City last week, my mind began to race about the ramifications of such announcements. Everyone had a pretty good idea for weeks (or months if you read the Steve Jobs biography) that textbooks would be a focal point for Apple, but there wasn’t much thought given to what this would mean. During the event itself, I just kept thinking… Read More

  • Some Key Subtle Details From Apple’s Textbook Event

    Some Key Subtle Details From Apple’s Textbook Event

    Today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Apple held an event to talk about two key things: “Reinventing textbooks” and “Reinventing curriculum”. But perhaps lost amid the tentpole announcements (iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and the all-new iTunes U) were some subtleties of those products and Apple’s plans for the education space. Among them: Read More

  • Google And The Monopoly Paradox

    Google And The Monopoly Paradox

    With the deep inclusion of Google+ into Search, Google is tempting fate. We’ve been over this. A lot. And this story is going to continue for some time to come. It sure looks like Google is almost asking for an inquiry into potentially anti-competitive practices (and it’s coming). Which is insane. So the next logical question is why? Why is Google risking so much to do this? My… Read More

  • Just A Friendly Reminder: If You Sold Your Apple Stock In October, You Were, In Fact, An Idiot

    Just A Friendly Reminder: If You Sold Your Apple Stock In October, You Were, In Fact, An Idiot

    On October 19 of last year I wrote a post entitled: If You Sold Your Apple Stock Today, You’re An Idiot. Because their Q4 numbers missed Wall Street expectations, Apple’s stock dropped over 5 percent on that day, to close below $400-a-share after hitting an all-time high just days before. My argument was that it was the Wall Street expectations that were horribly flawed, not… Read More

  • For The 5th Year In A Row, Apple Wins CES. Before It Starts. Without Showing Up.

    For The 5th Year In A Row, Apple Wins CES. Before It Starts. Without Showing Up.

    Are you ready for CES? I know I am. The PR emails are flowing in and I’m going to respond to every single one of them. I can’t wait to hear about Samsung’s social media stuff. And Vizio’s new thingy. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one thing made by those guys who did that other thing last year that no one bought. It’s gonna be fantastic. So… Read More

  • Apple’s Terrific And Tumultuous 2011

    Apple’s Terrific And Tumultuous 2011

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Those words seem to encapsulate Apple’s 2011 perfectly. The year saw the company both became the most valuable company in the world and lose its founder, savior, visionary, and leader. Earlier, Erick published his roundup of the bigger stories and themes in tech this year. Topping that list is the passing of Steve Jobs, a story… Read More

  • Why Hasn’t Safari Skyrocketed Like Chrome Has?

    Why Hasn’t Safari Skyrocketed Like Chrome Has?

    The past few days, there’s been a lot of talk about web browsers. The report that Google will be paying Mozilla close to one billion dollars over the next three years to ensure that their search engine remains the default for Firefox is fascinating for a few reasons. The biggest is that Google now makes a Firefox competitor, Chrome. And it got me thinking about Safari. Remember… Read More

  • The Other Side Of Open

    The Other Side Of Open

    Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Every chance they get, someone from Google brings this up as a huge advantage of Android over rivals like iOS. Never mind the fact that a good percentage of the time it’s pure marketing bullshit — why exactly isn’t Google Wallet on Google’s own Galaxy Nexus device? — even when it’s true, there are some… Read More

  • An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Galaxy Nexus

    An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Galaxy Nexus

    You have to hand it to Google. They know that I prefer Apple products and have been generally critical of many Google moves in the past couple of years. And yet, they’re unafraid to give me their newest products to test out. To be honest, I’m not sure Apple would do the same. But I think this is a smart move on Google’s part. On one hand, they may get a negative review but… Read More

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