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  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

    I didn't have any money so couldn't start a business. And even if I started one, I didn't have an office, or clients, and I was too shy to cold-call clients. I didn't have connections or rich parents or anything for that matter. I didn't have talent. I just got lucky. Nobody will hire me. I don't have the right equipment. I couldn't write a book because I had no publisher. I couldn't do… Read More

  • How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

    How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

    In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust with revenue flatlining at $200 a week. Since then, over 9 million people have used it to find temporary housing. Etsy was founded almost a decade ago, but doubled its valuation with its last two rounds of funding. The gradual but ultimately huge success of these entrants to the marketplace space has paved the way for Uber and Lyft’s breakout growth. Read More

  • What Games Are: Going Small

    What Games Are: Going Small

    It's amazing just how much small-team game development has changed. Not only it has become viable once again, small game makers have developed much more capacity. We seem to be living in a golden age of work-smarter that's enabling the next generation of game makers to do more than ever. Read More

  • Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Twitter’s Root Injustice

    Early adopters rule Twitter. If Twitter wants to survive it will need to make the fight for power that rages inside the platform more fair for all. Read More

  • More?

    More?

    Earlier this week, Nilay Patel at the Verge penned a provocative, and provocatively-titled, pronouncement on the state of the Internet. Never one to mince words, he declared it fucked. I beg to differ from Mr Patel, not to the degree, as a man once said, that nothing is fucked, but I think that, in the words of the rejoinder, the fucking plane has not quite crashed into the fucking mountain. Read More

  • #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    #SXSpontaneity, RIP

    With its ever-expanding programming, clusterfuckery of housing options and the commercialization of what was once considered a must-attend conference for anyone in the know, SXSW hasn't just jumped the shark, it's being openly maligned by veteran attendees. Read More

  • Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

    Building stuff does not make you a startup. “But don’t we need to build stuff and iterate quickly?” I get asked a lot. Well, sure. Once upon a time, when companies used the “old-school” waterfall model to develop products, pushing entrepreneurs to think in terms of building a minimum viable product as quickly as possible made sense. It substantially accelerated the development… Read More

  • A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

    A Guide To Post Seed Financing Options

    Seed capital availability exploded at the same time the traditional Series A ecosystem began consolidating to fewer and fewer funds. By some counts there are now over 135 active seed capital funds and now less fewer than 90 truly active traditional Series A firms. This has caused what everyone now refers to as "The Series A Crunch." Read More

  • This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

    This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

    OK. Let's take a step back from all the recent tech news, look at it with fresh eyes--and try not to burst into slightly hysterical laughter. In Japan, some half-billion dollars' worth of cryptocurrency vanished from a site founded to trade Magic: The Gathering cards. In New Zealand, the world's greatest Call of Duty player has launched a political party to revenge himself on those who had himRead More

  • What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin

    What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin

    Mt.Gox is gone. The one-time biggest Bitcoin exchange closed its doors this week and filed for bankruptcy this morning. Questions about the future of Bitcoin have once again been up-leveled to the headlines of nearly every major media outlet. Read More

 
  • The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem

    The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem

    Like many who have been active in the New York startup ecosystem over the past decade, I am optimistic about its future. The last 10 years have seen an increasing number of startup successes in New York. Read More

  • Fixing The “Flappstore”

    Fixing The “Flappstore”

    Flappy bird has been a wake-up call to our industry. Not because of its success but because of what it has revealed. This little game has unexpectedly reset to zero what works for users. And more. As the developer of Flappy Bird, at the summit of its success, decided to kill his app before tens of millions of excited users, a tsunami has shaken the industry and the App Store, and has triggered a… Read More

  • Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses

    Technology Unlocks “Economies Of Unscale” For Small Businesses

    Twenty years ago, small business owners lacked the tools to expand outside of their niche markets. Today, the Internet opens a flourishing global market of consumers ready and willing to engage with businesses of any size. As Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe, once told me, the company’s largest customers may not even exist today. Anyone can turn a living room idea into the next Fortune 500… Read More

  • Mobile Is From Mars, Facebook Is From Venus, And WhatsApp Is Ephemeral

    Mobile Is From Mars, Facebook Is From Venus, And WhatsApp Is Ephemeral

    You can only admire Mark Zuckerburg. If the game is Whack-A-mole he is prepared to whack them, small, medium or large - no matter the cost. Whacking moles is the only way to earn points and points translate into life. Think about it. Would you give up 20 percent of your worth and 35 percent of your cash if you got to live on in the face of an otherwise certain demise. Of course you would! By this… Read More

  • How To Cope with Your Insane Jealousy Of The WhatsApp Deal

    How To Cope with Your Insane Jealousy Of The WhatsApp Deal

    Wednesday was my birthday. It should have been a great day. Then I heard the news. WhatsApp had been purchased by Facebook for $19 billion. When I read about the deal I blurted out the words, "Holy Crap!" so loudly that a stranger nearby gave me a disapproving look. Read More

  • When Founders And Investors Split Over An Acquisition Offer

    When Founders And Investors Split Over An Acquisition Offer

    For one founder who recently sold his startup, it was the culmination of a long journey. At the same time, the founder, who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity, had problems during the acquisition process, feeling bullied by a venture investor. The investor argued against a sale of the startup, and then after agreeing to the sale, proceeded to call the buyer and yell about terms of the deal. Read More

  • Obamacare Spurring A New Generation Of Startups

    Obamacare Spurring A New Generation Of Startups

    Spurred by the Affordable Care Act, the American healthcare system in 2014 has entered a period of titanic change. The process will be messy and disruptive – it already is. While challenging for consumers of healthcare services, the shifting landscape provides tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs, setting up the potential for an accelerated shift in healthcare delivery in the U.S. Read More

  • Hedge Fund Rising

    Hedge Fund Rising

    Scrolling through reports of recent venture financings, the names of the firms involved has changed quite a bit over the past few quarters. Of note, hedge funds have entered the later-stage, pre-IPO investment arena in a meaningful way. Firms like Coatue Capital (Snapchat, Box), Valiant Capital (Pinterest, Evernote) and Tiger Global (One Kings Lane, Nextdoor) are not new to venture investing but… Read More

  • The Next Revolutions: Drones Vs. Phones

    The Next Revolutions: Drones Vs. Phones

    It's been a hell of a week worldwide. Caracas, Venezuela: "What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden." Kiev, Ukraine: "Dozens dead as protesters regain territory from police." Bangkok, Thailand: "Four people have been killed and more than 60 injured after a gun battle erupted between police and anti-government protesters." SarajevoRead More

  • Meet Hyv, A Startup That Can’t Wait For Phone Unlocking To Be Made Legal

    Meet Hyv, A Startup That Can’t Wait For Phone Unlocking To Be Made Legal

    On Tuesday, the House of Representatives will vote on legislation on phone unlocking (H.R. 1123). In January 2013, a decision by the Librarian of Congress made it a crime to unlock your phone, with either civil or criminal penalties. Since that time, the resale market has been significantly impacted and websites have shut down offering unlocking services. In the following month over 114,000… Read More