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A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall/Wake Up, Arcade Fire 

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A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall/Wake Up, Arcade Fire 

bijan sabet 8 hours, 23 min ago

Nantucket | August, 2016Right now summer feels like a distant...

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Nantucket | August, 2016Right now summer feels like a distant dream

bijan sabet 8 hours, 30 min ago

Funding Friday: A Computer Anyone Can Make

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If you haven't heard of Kano, you are missing out. This is so cool. I funded it the day the project launched. They are a little bit more than half way to their goal of $500k. Join the fun and back this today.

A Vc 9 hours, 38 min ago

Analysing cohorts made easy

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I've been asked how to analyse cohortsAs by a couple of companies recently, so I thought I'd distill my thinking here into a blog post. Most companies show their cohort...

The Equity Kicker 1 day ago

Relaunching At Age Fourteen

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Our portfolio company Meetup was launched in June of 2002. We invested five years later, in 2007, when the company was already profitable and was approaching double digit revenues. Nine years later they are 3x the size when we invested in revenues, meetups, and more. But the founder and leaders of Meetup feel like they […]

A Vc 1 day ago

Blackberry, no more

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Today, Blackberry announced they are no longer building phones.It’s hard to imagine life before iPhone but it wasn’t that long ago when Blackberry was the state of the art and we were all addicted to our plastic keyboard email machines. And it wasn’t long ago when I took Fred, Howard and Roger to task and won the first ever Blackberry Dorkathon :)G...

bijan sabet 1 day ago

Atmosphere, Joy Division

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Atmosphere, Joy Division

bijan sabet 1 day ago

A mighty fine day is going on a walk with her | September 2016

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A mighty fine day is going on a walk with her | September 2016

bijan sabet 1 day ago

In Hardware, You're Only as Good as Your Next Product: See goTenna

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When hardware maker Quirky went out of business, Ben Einstein at Bolt had this to say:"A good company builds one product, learns from its customers, and iterates to make that product exceptional. Each step in the process is designed to refine a product and find the often elusive “product/market fit” that is the basis for all successful startups. Im...

Machine Learning As A Service

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Our portfolio company Clarifai introduced two powerful new features on their machine learning API yesterday: visual search train your own model Visual search is super cool: But I am even more excited about the train your own model feature. Clarifai says it well on their blog post announcing these two new features: We believe that […]

A Vc 2 days ago

Gold Mine Gutted, Bright EyesSo psyched for the new Conor Oberst...

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Gold Mine Gutted, Bright EyesSo psyched for the new Conor Oberst record. 

bijan sabet 2 days ago

Advanced Debate

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I watched part of the first presidential debate last night (as much as I could tolerate before the social anxiety of watching people yell…Continue reading on »

The Gong Show 3 days ago

Stephen Hawking, black holes and quantum physics

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I loveAs it when complicated things are made simple and this Guardian animation does exactly that for Stephen Hawking's theory of black holes. In 163 seconds we learn that the...

The Equity Kicker 3 days ago

Temperament

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If I think back to all the Presidents I've known in my lifetime; LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton, Bush Junior, and Obama, the one thing they all had in common was a Presidential temperament. Putting aside all of their differences, they were solid, steady, measured, calm, and collected, at least in their […]

A Vc 3 days ago

This is Not the Trump You are Looking For

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Early on in this election, my dad was a Trump supporter. He was tired of politics as usual and decided that he wanted to vote for an "outsider"--someone who speaks from the heart, who isn't burdened by special interests, and who could shake things up.When shoot from the hip Donald Trump stepped up in the election, he appreciated his style. Trump ...

How To Watch Tonight’s Debate On Twitter

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I wrote about this on Friday. I think Twitter is going to be a great way to watch the debate tonight. Here's how you can get Twitter on your big screen and watch the debate on Twitter: if you have a "fourth generation" AppleTV, you can add the Twitter app to it using the AppleTV […]

A Vc 4 days ago

My little bud | September 2016

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My little bud | September 2016

bijan sabet 4 days ago

Blockchain Nation States

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I went on a walk through the Chelsea Art Gallery district yesterday afternoon. One of the galleries I visited was the Petzel Gallery and they have a show up by the New Zealand artist Simon Denny. The show is called Blockchain Future States and it compares Blockchain efforts like Ethereum and Digital Asset Holdings to […]

A Vc 5 days ago

Pete Halvorsen | Boston, September 2016

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Pete Halvorsen | Boston, September 2016

bijan sabet 6 days ago

Uncertainty: startups’ unfair advantage

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I just read a review of a new Wiley book Design a better businessAs which arguesAs that: better businesses are ones that approach problems in a new, systematic way, focusing more...

The Equity Kicker 6 days ago

Audio Of The Week: Kara Swisher Talks To Bill Gurley

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Regular readers know that I am a big fan of Bill Gurley. He and I are in the same generation of VCs. We started our careers in the PC era and learned VC in the first generation of the Internet era. Bill and I also bring a "fundamental investor mindset" to our work which is […]

A Vc 6 days ago

Fun Friday: How Will You Watch Monday’s Presidential Debate

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I am super excited to watch the Presidential Debates on Twitter. I wrote this yesterday afternoon: I am so excited to watch the debates on Twitter. The @bpolitics team is the perfect choice to do Twitter style play by play. #gamechange https://t.co/b0MmReIu5T — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) September 22, 2016 I know the Bloomberg Politics team. […...

A Vc 7 days ago

Autonomous Vehicles: The Empty Re-positioning Challenge

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Over the next 10 years it is estimated that the number of autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads will become a mainstream force. The rate of progress to this goal is accelerating, building on the success of technology-enabled safety features such as lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and emergency braking. We first saw these technologies come …...

Venture Chronicles 7 days ago

8 Circle, Bon Iver

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8 Circle, Bon Iver

bijan sabet 8 days ago

Team and Strategy

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I've been in board meeting blitz since the summer ended. Many of the companies I work with are well past the startup phase and are well into or even past the growth/scaling phase. And the thought that keeps occurring to me as I go from board meeting to board meeting is the key to success […]

A Vc 8 days ago

Flux3dp heads popping up and accuracy

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Some notes on how this should work: At least with a Mac, the bleeding edge releases of flux software does not work, but the stable release does. The scanner heads keep popping up, you have to contact them and get better brackets. The post Flux3dp heads popping up and accuracy appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 9 days ago

Feeding The Trolls

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Danah Boyd has a nice post up about what it was like to live on the block that the second bomb was placed this past weekend in NYC. But the post is really about something way more important. It is about the fact that we are increasingly letting the trolls drive us nuts. The trolls […]

A Vc 9 days ago

Ahmad Khan Rahami's Grandmother

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I shared a version of this in my weekly tech newsletter yesterday: Many of you are new to this newsletter--especially those who came out to our event last Thursday. It's mostly about tech, but sometimes it isn't. When it isn't, it's honest and hopefully thought provoking. You're welcome to stick around and I hope that you do.It is difficult to ...

Visualizing Kickstarter

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A visual data company company called Polygraph looked at over 100,000 Kickstarter projects in the US and wrote a really cool blog post about them. This table shows the different character of the biggest cities on Kickstarter: NYC over indexes for film, theater, and dance. LA over indexes for film in a big way. SF […]

A Vc 10 days ago

Convenience as a Service

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I hate going to the gas station. It not a painful experience but it's never convenient, it's one of those things that I'll do at odd hours to try to make it as painless as possible. For a few months now I have been using Filld. This startup has a fleet of roaming gas delivery … The post Convenience as a Service appeared first on Venture Chron...

Venture Chronicles 10 days ago

Host a ScriptEd Advanced Class This School Year

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Here's something great your company can do to help inner city kids, engage your employees in rewarding volunteer work, and do all of this inside the four walls of your office. ScriptEd is a non-profit working to help youth from low-income high schools access careers in the tech industry. They recruit developers to volunteer to […]

A Vc 11 days ago

The moonrise last night was something elseCambridge, MA |...

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The moonrise last night was something elseCambridge, MA | September 2016

bijan sabet 12 days ago

Video Of The Week: Citibike Rage

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AVC regular Rob Underwood sent me this video a couple days ago: This happened at a Community Board 6 (Cobble Hill Brooklyn) meeting this week. Here's a news report that explains the context of what happened here. I am posting this for several reasons. I am a huge Citibike fan and user. I've already used it […]

A Vc 13 days ago

Retail foot traffic is dropping like a stone

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When I read in David Kelnar'sAs ˜Respect your elders' and five other powerful trends shaping consumer retailAs that in the US retailers suffered a 48% decline in shopAs visits between 2010 and...

The Equity Kicker 14 days ago

"There is no constructive criticism in art. That’s what makes your work your work."

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“There is no constructive criticism in art. That’s what makes your work your work.” - Johnny Patience

bijan sabet 14 days ago

Out Getting Ribs, Local Natives (Original by King Krule)Happy...

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Out Getting Ribs, Local Natives (Original by King Krule)Happy cover Friday, Tumblr friends. 

bijan sabet 14 days ago

Echo and the Bunnymen | House of Blues, Boston. September...

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Echo and the Bunnymen | House of Blues, Boston. September 2016Music and Tri-X film were made for each other. 

bijan sabet 14 days ago

Feature Friday: The NFL on Twitter

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Last night was a revelation for me. I'm not joking. I wasn't really expecting to be blown away by the experience of watching football on Twitter. I was. I installed the new Twitter app on our AppleTV and watched the entire Jets Bills game on Twitter last night. It looks like this on the TV […]

A Vc 14 days ago

The learning and growth trade off

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I've finally got round to reading Andy Grove‘s High Output Management, widely regarded as a classic on management that was originally published in 1983. The Foreword to the latest...

The Equity Kicker 15 days ago

The CS For All Consortium

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Over the past couple years, it has become apparent to school districts across the country, particularly in inner city schools, that teaching computer science to ALL students (CS4All or CS For All) is a good idea and must be done. I am proud to have been one of the people pushing this idea for the […]

A Vc 15 days ago

Yes Xeon 1650 v3 overclocks but not the 1620 v3

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As some folks have discovered, only the $600 1650 V3 (Broadwell-ES) chip overclocks and it is now running on a test machine at 4.2GHz vs the stock 3.5GHz. This is the current best choice (although power consumption is much higher than for Skylake) if you want ECC and overclocking a relatively cheap part. If a … Continue reading "Yes Xeon 1650...

Tongfamily Website 15 days ago

Monument, Mutemath (Kasbo remix)

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Monument, Mutemath (Kasbo remix)

bijan sabet 16 days ago

Some brief thoughts on iOS 10 and Watch OS 3

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Apple released two major operating system updates yesterday, iOS 10 for iPhone and Watch OS 3 for Apple Watch. Initial thoughts, in no particular order.1. It’s a little thing but absolutely love the rise to wake iPhone feature. 2. I never used widgets before, now I do. My favorite ones are Carrot Weather and Swarm.3. The “clear all notifications” w...

bijan sabet 16 days ago

Mobile Matures and Consolidates

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comScore released its annual US mobile app report yesterday. The data comes from a large mobile panel of US smartphone users that comScore maintains. The story is one of maturity and consolidation, themes we have visited a lot on AVC in the last few years. This is the most interesting slide in my view: If […]

A Vc 16 days ago

Less is Almost Always More

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I've struggled forever to keep my mouth shut. If there is one thing I have tried to work on over the years it's saying less than more. I've been reminded again and again that you often achieve far more value by listening than talking. More so than not, I have left a meeting scolding myself for opening my mouth far too often and not letting the othe...

Babbling VC 16 days ago

Mercenaries vs. Missionaries

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I’ve always appreciated how John Doer described companies led by mercenaries vs missionaries. Twitter has always been about the missionHere’s Jack telling it like it is in a recent interview with Fast CompanyWhat matters to me most when we talk with new people about coming into the company is, “Why would you want to work here?” And if I...

bijan sabet 17 days ago

Follow Up To Yesterday’s Post

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I really had no agenda with yesterday's post other than to let all of you know that I am well aware of the reliability issues but don't have any plans to address them at this time. But when I walked out of our weekly team meeting yesterday afternoon I had three unanswered phone calls to […]

A Vc 17 days ago

All We Ever Knew, The Head and the Heart

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All We Ever Knew, The Head and the Heart

bijan sabet 17 days ago

The 365 is so hard because it’s so honest

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Back in the day, Instagram only allowed posted photographs if the user took a photo from inside their app. And at during that time, it was cool to see a day in someones life. A peek into their day. Snapchat maintains that attitude to this day. It’s a product and community that is built on photos taken right now, from your phone (not your fancy DSLR...

bijan sabet 17 days ago

AVC Reliability Issues

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For a number of years, AVC has been plagued by nagging reliability issues. There are times when the page won't load. Regular readers are familiar with this issue. William sent me a screenshot this morning of one typical issue: Here is another typical error message: I have come to believe this issue is related to […]

A Vc 18 days ago
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