Originally from Ohio, MG attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He’s previously lived in Los Angeles where he worked in Hollywood and in San Diego where he was a web developer. He also writes at his own blogs, ParisLemon and Massive Greatness, writes movie reviews in haiku format, and tweets a lot.
He now lives in San Francisco.
============= Conflicts Of Interest =============
I am a partner at Google Ventures, a venture capital firm with investments in many startups around the world. I am also a limited partner in a couple other venture funds. And I’m an advisor to a few companies.
Previously, I was a partner at CrunchFund, and as such, have a vested interest in that portfolio of startups as well.
Currently, the only public stocks I own are Facebook and Apple — both of which I bought because their stock prices crashed way too low for no apparent reasons and because I like good deals.
I have compiled a list of investments here — though there are quite a few that aren’t yet public, so it’s not quite complete.
As an investor with a lot of positions, I’ll be transparent about them when appropriate. It’s that simple.
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 would be. Then the… → Read More
“This is not a Facebook Phone.” Yeah, whatever. The HTC First is the first phone that has Facebook partnering up with an OEM to bake an Android pie with Facebook Home filling, so I’m calling it the Facebook Phone. There will be more. This is just the first. And guess what?
It’s really good. → Read More
“Wait. That’s a touchscreen?!”
That wasn’t the first thought that popped into my head when I started to use the Chromebook Pixel — it was about the tenth. But that’s only because it seemed impossible that a screen this nice could be a touchscreen. Of course, being that nice, comes with a price. → Read More
When talking about Apple’s rise from near-bankruptcy to become the most valuable company in the world, people often credit the amazing string of products from the iMac to the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad. And rightfully so. But just as important was another piece of the puzzle that ensured said products would find mainstream appeal and acted as an accelerant for Apple’s success: the Apple… → Read More
We happen to live in a massive time of transition. The PC market that has dominated computing for the past few decades is decaying while mobile computing is soaring — with the only limit in sight being the total number of people on the planet. As a result, startups have been gradually shifting their focus from web-first to mobile-first. It’s the reason why I stay up late at night writing posts… → Read More
Yes, that headline. Obvious. But appropriate.
Yes, after much delay (about a month), iTunes 11 is here today. And yes, it is one of the biggest overhauls of the media management service yet. Perhaps the biggest. And yes, it is now better positioned to compete in the era of the cloud. And yes, they even made the icon a bit better.
It was back at the iPhone 5 event in September, when Apple… → Read More
When I saw the initial wave of Surface reviews hit, I started pinging some folks to see if I could get my hands on one to review as well. I wanted to try out Microsoft’s new device because I like testing all new devices, ensuring that I maintain a good sense of the overall landscape. Plus, I find it fascinating that Microsoft is now doing their own Windows-based hardware. It’s nothing if not… → Read More
For the past six months, I’ve heard the same thing over and over again: “The MacBook Pro with the retina screen looks amazing. I want that screen on a MacBook Air. That would be the perfect computer.” Well, we’re almost there. Not quite. But for some of you, we’re now close enough.
What I’m describing, of course, is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the retina display.
Yesterday, Instagram launched web profiles. To some, they’re lovely. To others, they’re long overdue. And to a great many, they’re ho-hum — an obvious way to inject yet another zinger about Facebook buying the startup for a billion dollars (but actually *only* $700-something million — ZING!).
To me, these profiles are actually a very clear window into why Facebook would spend so much… → Read More