In the next few hours, days, and weeks, the financial and media establishment will be abuzz. Something unprecedented is happening — Facebook is going public, the largest IPO in the history of IPOs. Endless discussions are ensuing about pricing, speculations on performance. “But Q1 was slower than expected.” “How will they monetize?” “What about mobile?” […]Read more "The Status Update Heard Round the World"
Last week I did a guest post for VentureBeat on building an Anti-Advisory Board. I’ve included my original (unedited) post below. Your anti-advisory board: Leverage for lean startups (and life) Umberto Eco, encyclopedic Italian author, philosopher, and semiotician is known, among other things, for the size of his private libraries. Just one of them is […]Read more "The Anti-Advisory Board"
I recently wrote a guest post for Mashable about Hacktivism: Lean Startups for Change. Let me know if I’m talking about you. (my original text below) Hacktivism: Startup Mentality for the Non-Profit Sector A young hacker is holed up alone in his apartment. His face is lit by a laptop screen, monitor split between a […]Read more "Hacktivism: Lean Startups for Change"
As a number of friends may know, I’ve been on a pretty aggressive travel schedule over the last couple of months. Its been a blur, but I finally put some thoughts together about my most recent trip to the Middle East. The folks at Forbes were kind enough to let me share it in my […]Read more "Why the Arab World needs Heroes"
Earlier this week, I wrote a guest post on VentureBeat on the Like-ification of 2011 and start-up opportunities for entrepreneurs that can figure out how to leverage what we “like”. The piece was picked up and re-posted in the New York Times. Ironically, you couldn’t “like” it in either place. Feel free to do so […]Read more "The Like-ification of 2011"
I’ve been overwhelmed by the responses I received to my Forbes piece a few weeks back, Entrepreneurs are the Next Asset Class, where I discussed the prospects of investing in entrepreneurs directly, not companies. Many thanks to all the people who took the time to read, tweet, and comment. While the post is based on […]Read more "Entrepreneurs are Still the New Asset Class (I didn’t forget)"
OK. So I’m having so much fun with this arbitrary contest on Facebook, that I decided to bring it to my blog as well. The clock is ticking on an capricious 12 hour Contest I’ve dubbed, WHY I HAVE TO SEE –The Social Network–". Best responses to that question get free tickets to a private […]Read more "12 hour contest — Why I have to See “The Social Network” (winner(s) get ticket for Private Screening this Thursday)"
Google Instant Search must be crack for sociologists. Now, I’m no sociologist (though I suspect VCs would be a good study in group-think) but I generally like to know what my neighbors are up to, their likes and dislikes. And as it turns out, one of the benefits of Google’s recently released Instant Search is […]Read more "Google Instant Proves we all want to be Rappers (and taught me how to Dougie)"
For many years now I’ve seen my role as a VC to invest in people, not companies. I finally decided to put it in writing. 🙂 Here is my second in a series of guest posts on Forbes as to Why Entrepreneurs are the New Asset Class (and why we ought to invest in them).Read more "Entrepreneurs Are the New Asset Class"
For many months now dozens of people have asked me about what’s cooking at Blekko. And for many months all I’ve said is “Blekko is a big, bold, bet in search. It’s bad-ass, and it’s in stealth. Stay tuned.” Well, today I can finally give them an answer (and it feels great). And here it […]Read more "Blekko IPO, Day 1 (July 19, 2010)"