Mg Siegler

Mg Siegler

M.G. Siegler is a general partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on 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.

Having spent the past year in London helping to get Google Ventures’ European organization up and running, M.G. is now back in the Bay Area, working mainly out of Google Ventures’ San Francisco office.

Before joining Google Ventures, M.G. 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. M.G. still writes a column for TechCrunch on top of writing on his own sites and from time-to-time doing movie reviews in haiku.

Originally from Ohio, M.G. 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.

The Latest from Mg Siegler

Mobile Burst

I use my phone far more than I use a computer these days. If you’re not already, soon, you’ll be doing the same. Yes, a huge part of this is that it’s a device that is always with you. But recen

Why Magazine Apps Suck

Well, <em>The Daily</em> failed. It wasn’t all that fun while it lasted. And it didn’t last all that long. If everyone had known that it was going to cost $25 million a year to run, it probably wo

iTunes — It Goes To 11. (In Design, If Not Performance.)

Yes, <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_to_eleven">that headline</a>. Obvious. But appropriate. Yes, after much delay (about a month), <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/201

With Amazon, It’s Records All The Way Down — Which Is Brilliant

So let me get this straight: this year’s “Cyber Monday” (the worst fake holiday name in the history of fake holidays — and names) was a new record day for Amazon when it came to Kindle sales.

An iPad Lover’s Take On The Surface With Windows RT

When I saw the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.techmeme.com/121024/p7#a121024p7">initial wave</a> of Surface reviews hit, I started pinging some folks to see if I could get my hands on one to revi

We’re Getting Very Close To The Perfect MacBook

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

The Next CEO Of Microsoft Suddenly No Longer Works At Microsoft

"Floored." "Wow." "Wild." Those are some of the reactions within Microsoft tonight upon hearing that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky would be leaving the company "<a target="_bl

The Surface Of Mars: My Date With A Microsoft Kiosk

“What’s the best feature of the Surface?” “Um, everything.” Thus began my experience at a local mall buying a Microsoft Surface.

If Pen Beats Sword, Camera Beats Pen

Yesterday, Instagram <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/11/05/mobile-first-web-second-instagram-finally-lets-users-have-functional-web-profiles/">launched</a> web profiles. To some, they’re l

Where The iPad Mini Fits On My Digital Tool Belt

Happy iPad mini day. Since <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/10/30/ipad-mini-review/">my review a few days ago</a>, by far the number one question I’ve been asked about the device is: how do

With The New iPad, Apple Accelerates; With The iPad Mini, It’s Pedal To The Metal

“So why is iPad so phenomenally successful? Well it turns out that there’s a simple reason for this,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told an audience at the Apple event last week in San Jose. “People <str

As Google And Amazon Fight Up, Apple Refuses To Fight Down

After this past week’s Apple event, one thing stood out to me above all others. And just to make sure, I watched the event again. Same result. The shots fired at Android tablets. For everythin

Cars That Fly *And* Float: Explaining Apple’s Q4 And Beyond

Apple's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/10/25/apple-q4-2012-earnings/">Q4 2012 results</a> were mixed. As usual, reading Twitter, you'd think this was the end of the world. Nevermind that Am

I Come Back To You Now At The Turn Of The Tide

<a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/09/06/the-end/">A year ago sucked</a>. I mean, it was actually great, but it sure seemed to suck at the time. We were getting <a target="_blank" href="http://

In The Age Of Cloud Music, The iPod Nano Endures — But For How Long?

I remember my favorite Sony Walkman. It was yellow. And bulky. And slow. And ugly. I loved it. It played cassettes. Cassettes! I took it to Australia one summer. It's still something I think about fro

The New iPod Touch Will Further Obliterate The Point-And-Shoot Market

It's easy to forget that the iPod touch didn't even include a camera until 2010. While such a key feature has been standard on the iPhone since its initial unveiling in 2007, Apple apparently didn't t

Welcome To TechCrunch’s Words-Driven Friday

For the rest of today, every story you read in TechCrunch's main news river will contain words<a target="_blank" href="http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/21/welcome-to-venturebeats-reporting-driven-friday

With iPhone 5, Apple Has Chiseled The Smartphone To Near Perfection

You pick it up and it almost feels fake. That's not to say it feels cheap; because it doesn't — quite the opposite, actually. It just doesn't seem real. Certainly not to someone who has been holding

Apple’s Magic Is In The Turn, Not The Prestige

The opening dialogue of Christopher Nolan's 2006 film, <em>The Prestige</em>: <blockquote>Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician

iPhone 5. Because Of Reasons.

It turns out we may have been over-thinking it. If the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/09/04/apple-schedules-special-event-for-september-12/">invite</a> sent out this morning by Apple i
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