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  • Gillmor Gang on Social Media and Data Harvesting

    Gillmor Gang 4.16.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Dennis Crowley, JP Rangaswami, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — waxed prophetically in the social garden. Crowley has been the focus of some media attention about a slowdown in checkins, but he seemed more excited about his market position than worried. With good reason, as the Gang explained in a dissection of hyperlocal and personal data… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Bijan Sabet on Competition, MBAs, and What He’d Rather Be Doing (TCTV)

    Ask a VC: Bijan Sabet on Competition, MBAs, and What He’d Rather Be Doing (TCTV)

    It’s time for Ask a VC, and this week Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital was back. We talked about whether it’s worth it for startups to launch at a conference like DEMO or Disrupt, the decision to turn a profitable lifestyle business into a venture-backed, cash-burning startup, how entrepreneurs in other countries can find US mentors and the value of MBAs. In one of our more… Read More

  • Keen On… George Friedman: Why Technology Is American Culture + Book Giveaway

    How important is the technology sector to the US economy? According to George Friedman, the author of the New York Times bestselling The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been…and Where We’re Going, technology is American culture. Rather than Coca-Cola, it has been the personal computer that has swept the world, spreading the American language and distributing the central American values… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Izhar Armory Defends Patents, Answers Reader Questions (TCTV)

    Ask a VC: Izhar Armory Defends Patents, Answers Reader Questions (TCTV)

    Izhar Armory of Charles River Ventures was my guest on Ask a VC this week and he answered a host of reader questions including whether Twitter should be making money from celebrity Tweets, whether MBSAs aspiring to be entrepreneurs should drop out of school, what role academia still plays in the startup economy and why entrepreneurs today aren’t starting more substantial… Read More

  • Keen On… George Friedman: Did the Secret Police Invent Twitter? + Book Giveaway

    Why does the American media love Twitter and Facebook so much? According to George Friedman, the author of the New York Times bestselling The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been…and Where We’re Going, it’s because these social media networks reflect American values. When the world uses Twitter and Facebook, Friedman explains, it simply confirms to the American media that… Read More

  • Keen On… Steven Levy: If You Want to Get Inside Google, Get 'In The Plex' (TCTV) + Book Giveaway

    Do we really need another book about Google? If it’s as richly researched, memorably anecdotal and as finely written as In The Plex, Steven Levy’s new book about how Google thinks, works and shapes our lives, then the answer is: yes we do! In The Plex is the most comprehensive and carefully researched book to date about Google’s various businesses – from search to… Read More

  • RockYou Promotes Lisa Marino to CEO….And She's Excited about It (TCTV)

    Forgive the snarky headline, but history has shown that navigating a once-hot consumer Web company through the trough of the hype cycle is one of the hardest jobs in Silicon Valley. And very few come out with a billion winner on the other side. (Cough, cough, MySpace, Digg, Six Apart…) But if anyone is going to pull a turn-around off at RockYou, it’s Lisa Marino. Marino joined… Read More

  • Mike Maples: Why I Don't Go for the Flip and the Three Deals that Got Away (TCTV)

    Floodgate’s Mike Maples came in the studio yesterday to pre-tape an episode of Ask a VC, and while we had him here we picked his brain about the state of the venture industry. We started by talking about why his firm, Floodgate, is out of step with the broader Super Angel movement. Not only does Maples not believe you can make money through a spray-and-pray-and-flip approach, he… Read More

  • This Just In: Facebook Makes Millenials Even More Insufferable (TCTV)

    In case recent political uprisings have given us too many reasons to feel good about the impact Facebook is having in the world, we just got a study from Cornell that shows the mega-site is also helping boost millenials’ self-esteem. Because, you know, the so-called “self-esteem generation” needs more of that. All quips about millineals aside, the study trumpets the findings as… Read More

  • Ask a VC: "Investing in Music Is a Little Like Vietnam" (TCTV)

    Ask a VC: "Investing in Music Is a Little Like Vietnam" (TCTV)

    Ask a VC was on hiatus for a few weeks, but your Friday investor-talk fix is back. Our guest this week is Tony Conrad, partner at True Ventures and founder of About.Me, which recently sold to AOL along with TechCrunch. There was a pent-up flood of questions this week, and Conrad addressed many of them. In case you want to skip around here they are in order: -Why does True Ventures invest in… Read More

  • Ask a VC: John O’Farrell Gives Tips on Deal Making, Advice to Would-Be VCs (TCTV)

    Ask a VC: John O’Farrell Gives Tips on Deal Making, Advice to Would-Be VCs (TCTV)

    This week’s Ask a VC has a different twist, since we had a different kind of VC on the show, John O’Farrell Andressen Horowitz’s guru on business development and deal-making. The questions you asked O’Farrell are below. As usual, feel free to watch the whole show or use the links to skip ahead to your question. “Have you ever invested in a single employee startup? Read More

  • Ask a VC: Andreessen Horowitz’s John O’Farrell Answers your Questions

    This week our guest on Ask a VC is John O’Farrell of Andreessen Horowitz. O’Farrell is yet another Opsware alum filling out the firm’s partnership ranks, and he follows the firm’s strategy of hiring partners with specific company building expertise. At Opsware, he headed up the company’s business development and leading Opsware’s partnerships, acquisitions… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Welcome Back to the Hot Seat, Satish Dharmaraj

    We had a last minute cancellation on Ask a VC this week, so filling in is Satish Dharmaraj who was our second ever guest on the show. For those who don’t remember, Dharmaraj is a relatively new partner at Redpoint Venture Partners, after selling Zimbra to Yahoo for $350 million and Onebox, which he sold for $850 million. Not bad. Dharmaraj focuses on a lot of Redpoint’s consumer… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Why SaaS Is More than a New Business Model, Plus Salesforce v. Yammer v. Jive (TCTV)

    Ask a VC: Why SaaS Is More than a New Business Model, Plus Salesforce v. Yammer v. Jive (TCTV)

    Who cares about enterprise software? Apparently you do. Even though I posted this solicitation for Ask a VC questions late on a Thursday, I woke up this morning to one of the better inboxes of questions since the show began. Our guest in your virtual hot seat was Jason Green of Emergence Capital. Like a lot of things in tech, Green is a believer that the hype in software-as-a-service may… Read More

  • WITN: The Dumbest and Smartest People of 2010, Plus Our Predictions for 2011 (TCTV)


    With apologies to Car Talk, you’ve squandered a perfectly good half-of-a-year watching “Why Is This News?” and we decided to reward you with a show that actually contains business analysis, rather than a rant about hotels or the hijinks of Michael Arrington. In this week’s episode Paul and Sarah give their picks for the dumbest and smartest people of 2010, a… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Kairouz on Canada, Splurging on Wine and the Surging NYC Scene (TCTV)

    Ask a VC: Kairouz on Canada, Splurging on Wine and the Surging NYC Scene (TCTV)

    Habib Kairouz of Rho Ventures was my guest on Ask a VC this week, and as I mentioned earlier this week, he’s had a range of Web exits in the last ten years. He’s also seen tremendous changes in his home tech market of New York. It’s gone from silly Silicon Alley days to tumbleweeds and now to a thriving hub that’s stolen Boston’s East Coast venture thunder, at… Read More

  • When Will China's Internet Giants Open the Acquisition Wallet? (TCTV)

    The biggest difference between the Internet scenes in Silicon Valley and China this year? We’re all still asking when Facebook will go public, while Chinese companies are filing left and right. Part of this is an investor demand to get a chunk of that 400 million person strong and growing Chinese Internet market. But part of this is cultural. American Internet entrepreneurs are more… Read More

  • Ask a VC: "We Probably Would Have Been the Last Guys to Do a Round in Twitter" (TCTV)

    My guest on Ask a VC this week was Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners, a newbie in the venture world, but a seasoned manager and entrepreneur in Valley Internet circles. Stalder answered a range of reader questions including basic advice for pitching Matrix and how Google failing to acquire Groupon impacted the social commerce space. (Matrix is an investor in the number three player BuyWithMe… Read More

  • Can ShoeDazzle Finally Make Celebrity Co-Founders Pay Off? (TCTV)

    According to CrunchBase, we have never written about 18-month old ShoeDazzle despite the fact that the company has raised $23 million in two rounds of funding, expects it’ll do $100 million in revenues next year and has Kim Kardashian as a co-founder. Ok, maybe it’s partially because of that last factor. The Valley has always had an issue with LA and vice-versa. Let’s be… Read More

  • TechCrunchTV After Dark: So Kincaid, Lacy and Dennis Crowley Walk into a Bar…(TCTV)

    There is no reason in the world I should have been invited to a dinner with Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley. It’s already one of the most written about companies on TechCrunch, and I am the only TechCrunch reporter who has never written a post on them. That’s in part because I am one of the only TechCrunch reporters who has just never been a big Foursquare fan. I get it… Read More