Bill Gurley

  • The Best Of Times …

    The Best Of Times …

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco. The Bubble is back in the news again following comments made by Bill Gurley, the well-known Benchmark… Read More

  • Kids Love Snapchat Because They See Facebook Like Adults See LinkedIn

    Kids Love Snapchat Because They See Facebook Like Adults See LinkedIn

    Kids are in a petri dish, where their every social post can be scrutinized and used against them. That’s why disappearing media startup Snapchat is important, says its investor, Benchmark’s Bill Gurley. Teens don’t want their daily lives permanently recorded. Gurley said at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin that Snapchat board member Mitch Lasky’s kids tell him they view… Read More

  • Bill Gurley To Join Us For Disrupt NY

    Bill Gurley To Join Us For Disrupt NY

    Venture capitalist Bill Gurley has become an institution in Silicon Valley. He and his VC firm, Benchmark, have invested in some of the most disruptive technology companies in the past ten years, including Dropbox, Zillow, Uber, Twitter, and Snapchat. We’re excited to announce that Gurley will be joining us to share his insights at Disrupt NY in a couple of weeks. Read More

  • Twitter, There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Social Network

    Twitter, There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Social Network

    I just finished reading an interesting blog post by venture capitalist Bill Gurley about Twitter, a portfolio company of his firm Benchmark Capital. In it, he argues that there’s a misperception about Twitter in that people keep regarding it as a social network and pitting it against Facebook. Gurley makes some good points, albeit ones that have been made in the past, about Twitter being… Read More

  • Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund

    Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund

    Editor’s Note: This is part two in an in-depth series exploring the ramifications of the explosion of late stage capital being raised by the Valley’s elite venture firms. For part one, go here. In the mid-2000s when nearly every top venture capital firm was expanding to India and China, Benchmark Capital did not share its peers’ worldly ambitions. In fact, while the firm… Read More

  • Levchin and Gurley Say That Next Big Company Will Capture The Interest Graph

    Yesterday, at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, Googler and PayPal founder Max Levchin and Benchmark GP Bill Gurley discussed “game-changing technology” and the future of the Web. Emblematic of today’s mindset, they attacked this rather large topic by comparing the strengths and objectives of Google and Facebook, using the… Read More

  • Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Yes, China is taking over the world. Or at least the Internet. No, this is not like the WE’LL-ALL-BE-WORKING-FOR-JAPAN-oh-nevermind scare of the 1980s. Why? Because China has more than 1 billion people. It already represents the largest online audience in the world and is less than 30% penetrated and hasĀ Internet spending per capita that’s less than one-third of the United… Read More

  • TechCrunch Backstage Day 2: Armstrong, Chamillionaire, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Oh My! (TCTV)

    Chamillionaire admitting his love for Mafia Wars, Steve Streit recounting his first meeting with Michael Moritz, Tim Armstrong and Erick Schonfeld discussing office arrangements in New York, and Mayor Gavin Newsom’s thoughts on baring a striking resemblance to Batman— that’s all the action you may have missed if you only watched the stage during day two of TechCrunch… Read More

  • The Top Ten VC Blogs (New And Improved)

    Every so often, venture capitalist Larry Cheng puts out a list of the top VC blogs. Previously, he ranked the blogs by how many subscribers they have on Google Reader. But now he’s changed his methodology and is ranking them by average monthly unique visitors, based on Compete data. He just came out with his new global ranking for the fourth quarter of 2009. Below are the top ten… Read More

  • The Top 20 VC Bloggers (September 2009)

    When it comes to lists of top VCs, one of our favorites is the top VC bloggers. Larry Cheng, a partner at Fidelity Ventures, started keeping just such a list last May, based on how many subscribers each VC blogger has on Google Reader. This morning he updated his VC blogger leaderboard. The top 20 are below, all 100 are on his own blog, Thinking About Thinking (No. 71). These rankings… Read More