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Wow the valentine really is the best radar detector.As 

 Mark As Read    

I've been using an escort passport for years and it's bee great but wirecutter is right the Vakenjne V-one is incredible. Super sensitive and the display although arcane is super useful. Seeing where the radar is coming from and also how many really helps situational awareness. A nice addition to machine kesnring is to add … Continue reading ...

Tongfamily Website 29 minutes ago

Feature Friday: Videoconferencing Services

 Mark As Read    

At USV, we have tried many different videoconferencing services over the years. I use Google Hangouts for my personal videoconferences. But as a firm, we are currently using Zoom. And we have a number of Beam devices to allow people to "beam into" meetings. Many of the portfolio companies I work with are using Bluejeans. […]

A Vc 1 hour, 36 min ago

FullContact Continues Its Journey To Solve The Contact Management Problem

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When we invested in FullContact in 2012, they were a small team with a big vision to create One Address Book To Rule Them All. Over the past four years, they've systematically executed on their vision, building a contact management platform that touches all aspects of the problem. Along the way they built a sizable business. Two... Read more The po...

Feld Thoughts 23 hours, 8 min ago

Some Thoughts On Twitter, Delivered As A Tweetstorm

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I sent this out last night. In case you missed it, I thought I'd share it with all of you this morning. [View the story "Twitter Tweetstorm" on Storify]

A Vc 1 day ago

Dollar Shave Club and the bull case for eCommerce

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The cue for this post was Harry Stebbing's 20MinuteVC interview with David Pakman, the partner at VenrockAs whoAs led the Series A and Series B rounds at Dollar Shave ClubAs and recently...

The Equity Kicker 1 day ago

Ants and the Superintelligence

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I'll start with my bias – I'm very optimistic about the superintelligence. Yesterday I gave two talks in Minneapolis. One was to an internal group of Target employees around innovation. In the other, I was interviewed by my partner Seth (for the first time), which was fun since he's known me for 16 years and... Read more The post Ants and the...

Feld Thoughts 1 day ago

Trapped In A System 

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A book that has really stayed with me since I read it is The Prize, the story of the attempt to reform the Newark public school system. And there is a particular scene in that book that really sums it up for me. The author is at an anti-charter school protest and meets a woman who had […]

A Vc 2 days ago

It’s All About The Entrepreneur

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I'm in Minneapolis with my partner Seth. We had a meeting at Best Buy headquarters, met with a gang from the Mayo Clinic who drove up from Rochester, spent the afternoon at the Techstars Retail Accelerator which is at Target headquarters, and had dinner with Revolar. We are at the Techstars Retail Accelerator again today, then at Leadpages for... R...

Feld Thoughts 2 days ago

Understanding VCs

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I saw Joe Fernandez‘ tweet a few days ago and thought "he is making an important point." too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc's like they're heroes and their blog posts are scripture — Joe Fernandez (@JoeFernandez) August 19, 2016 VCs are not heroes. We are just one part of the startup ecosystem. We provide […]...

A Vc 3 days ago

Notes on Life…and Jobs

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OK, some folks have asked me questions and while free advice is worth exactly what it costs, I thought I'd post some rules that at least have helped me. I have ten rules, but I'd summarize by saying: Pick the right industry, then the right company in that industry, then the right job in that … Continue reading "Notes on Life…and Jobs" T...

Tongfamily Website 3 days ago

The Spillover Effect

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The New York Times has a piece today about how bay area tech companies are giving the Phoenix Arizona economy a boost. I think this is a trend we are just seeing the start of. A big theme of board meetings I've been in over the past year is the crazy high cost of talent […]

A Vc 4 days ago

Five Lessons Learned Getting to a Second Fund

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Today, I'm happy to announce that Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, the firm I founded and continue to run as the sole General Partner, has raised a second fund, totalling $15.1 million in commitments. Nearly all of our existing investors returned, and they were joined by a couple of new family offices and a prominent college endowment. What does this me...

Best Mac Antivirus Freeware

 Mark As Read    

OK I've tried most of them and the latest was Avira. It really used a lot of CPU. My old favorite was ClamAVX but it became paid and was slow. Macworld UK suggest Sophos, so I'm back to that 🙂 The post Best Mac Antivirus Freeware appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 4 days ago

Fullstack React Tutorial Fixes

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Errata and Fixes Well these guys have a really useful tutorial, unfortunately, it has bugs in it and apparently my disqus comments keep getting rejected, so here is an errata sheet for the Fullstack React Tutorial. They are focused on their book and other content so not surprising, still if you want to use their … Continue reading "Fullstack ...

Tongfamily Website 4 days ago

Book: Dark Matter

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An annoying thing about Twitter Search is that it's not good enough to help me find who tweeted at me that Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is something I should read. I scrolled through my @mentions until I was annoyed after trying to search but not being able to figure out how to scope the search... Read more The post Book: Dark Matter appeared first ...

Feld Thoughts 4 days ago

VC Bootcamp – January 2017

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The second Reboot VC Bootcamp is happening at my place from January 19th – 22nd, 2017. The reactions to the first VC Bootcamp were awesome and I'm excited about doing this again with my friends at Reboot. Apply here. The post VC Bootcamp – January 2017 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Feld Thoughts 4 days ago

Video Of The Week: The Internet Of Moving Things

 Mark As Read    

This is a talk that João Barros, founder of our portfolio company Veniam, gave at the Hard Wired event in NYC a few months ago. The talk is about the power of putting internet connectivity in vehicles. It is about 20 minutes.

A Vc 5 days ago

Book: String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis

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I love tennis. I love David Foster Wallace. And I needed a book on the couch day after a gruelingly long week where I started feeling better and then was flattened this morning by a few spoons of my yogurt and peach breakfast. String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis was the second book I read... Read more The post Book: String Theory: David F...

Feld Thoughts 5 days ago

Fifty Five

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I am fifty five years old today. I have always loved having a birthday in late august. It's a time of year when things slow down. It's a time of year to be surrounded by friends and family. It's a time of year that begs for reading a good novel on the beach. And I […]

A Vc 6 days ago

Helpful cognitive biases and their interplay with rational thought

 Mark As Read    

In November 2013 I saw the headline Five cognitive distortions of people who get stuff done, and thought "wow – all the cognitive biases I know get in the way...

The Equity Kicker 7 days ago

Funding Friday: Three Projects I Like

 Mark As Read    

It's funding friday. Time for some crowdfunding. Here are three projects I like: American Red Cross fundraiser for Louisiana Flood Relief on Crowdrise Greycork (low cost home furniture for millenials) convertible note on CircleUp The New York Fabric Convenience Store on Kickstarter I have backed the first and last projects and think the Greycork de...

A Vc 7 days ago

How our rational brains justify our intuitive decisions

 Mark As Read    

I'm sure you've heard about how unless we're careful we very often make our minds up about things in just a few seconds – decisions on candidates in job...

The Equity Kicker 7 days ago

Voice Input

 Mark As Read    

I went for a bike ride this morning and while I was riding I thought of something I need to do today. I didn't want to stop, take out my phone, remove my sunglasses, and type in the "to do" into my calendar. So instead, I took out my phone, opened up a calendar entry, […]

A Vc 8 days ago

How to Run Startup PR Like an Election Campaign

 Mark As Read    

Campaigns, conventional or not, are highly motivated and energetic storytelling machines. They come up with a narrative, figure out who they want to get it in front of, and work like all hell every single minute to get it out there.That's the kind of pace a startup needs to be on--except that most startups treat their PR as if all you need to do i...

Seth Asks Me Difficult Questions in Minneapolis

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On Tuesday 8/23, my partner Seth will be doing a Q&A with me at Beta.MN at the Target Plaza Commons in Minneapolis from 5pm – 8:30pm. He refuses to discuss anything about the questions he's going to ask in advance, so I expect it will be spicy. The post Seth Asks Me Difficult Questions in Minneapolis appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Feld Thoughts 8 days ago

Xeon E5-1650 V3 and higher overclocks but no the 1620 or 1630

 Mark As Read    

Ok there has been lots of confusion on this topic, but it looks like the E5-1620 V3, the older Haswell-E, chip is locked. So it is stuck at 3.5GHz. This is confusing as some folks have multiplier unlocked 1620s. Strange.... The post Xeon E5-1650 V3 and higher overclocks but no the 1620 or 1630 appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 8 days ago

INTC’s ARM play and the ARM ecosystem

 Mark As Read    

My best two investments this year have been NVDA and ARMH. NVDA's been on fire, it was obvious when I attended their GPU Tech Conference that they were going to do very well this year. And Softbank's play for ARMH has been rewarding. All the growth in compute usage and capability has moved to non-Intel […]

I want one of HP’s new Omen desktop PCs

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They look pretty cool. I wonder who could help me get in the queue…

Fitbit Pole to Pole Badge

 Mark As Read    

I love getting this in my inbox. Over the past few years I've walked from the North Pole to the South Pole. That's 12,430 miles. If you are counting steps, it's 23,882,806 as of this morning. And my best step day ever was April 7, 2012, when I ran a 50 mile race and covered 96,442... Read more The post Fitbit Pole to Pole Badge appeared first on Fe...

Feld Thoughts 8 days ago

Checking In On Chat Bots

 Mark As Read    

Four months ago, I blogged about our portfolio company Kik's chat bot platform. A week later, Facebook launched its chat bot platform for it's Messenger product. If you believed the hype around chat bots, you would have expected every mobile developer to quit developing for iOS and Android and start developing for these new new […]...

A Vc 9 days ago

Keyboards, keyboards

 Mark As Read    

OK, if you type all day (like I do), you get quite opinionated about keyboards, here's a list of my favorites: Corsair K70 Cherry Blue. $119. This is super noisy, but so much like the IBM Selectric or original IBM... The post Keyboards, keyboards appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 9 days ago

Deleting Crappy Draft Posts

 Mark As Read    

In the cold light of morning, I just deleted three draft blog posts that I wrote last night during a bout of insomnia. Their titles are telling about what was on my mind at 1am in the morning. SaaS + Transaction Fees Games Are a Hits Business, But B2B SaaS Is A Grind The B2B... Read more The post Deleting Crappy Draft Posts appeared first on Feld T...

Feld Thoughts 9 days ago

Please Consider Volunteering For ScriptEd This Coming School Year

 Mark As Read    

ScriptEd is a non-profit organization that equips students in under-resourced schools in NYC with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology.  It brings its tuition free program directly to schools, where classes are taught by software developers on a volunteer basis. Classroom vo...

A Vc 10 days ago

Why You Really Need to Reconsider Corporates

 Mark As Read    

It’s been some time that I’ve again been with a corporate. Those who know me told me often that they bet I’d be here for two or three years and then gone. That was over four years ago. To be honest, I too thought max three years and I’m moving on. Surprisingly, lots of things went right and I’m quite certain that this opportunity exists with many m...

Babbling VC 10 days ago

The 2% Change

 Mark As Read    

Here's something actionable for you on a Monday morning. If you want to improve your business, in addition to all the other things you are doing, focus on changing thing by 2%. For example, raise your prices 2%. Eliminate 2% of your variable costs. Focus on the bottom 2% of your team and ask yourself... Read more The post The 2% Change appeared fir...

Feld Thoughts 10 days ago

Comcast, your Olympic coverage is making me feel like a dupe

 Mark As Read    

Comcast must love our household. We have to be in the top tier of cable subscribers — multiple TVs, all DVRs, the most premium and sports channels we can get. Partly inertia, partly because we have been economically fortunate, partly because I want to get all the live HD football I can get. Comcast marketers […]

Radar detectorsAs 

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Gave my escort 9500i away. It's the third one. The other two were stolen out of the car. Remember to keep the glove compartment locked! Anyway time to look for a new one.  Wirecutter recommends the Valentine V1 for $400... The post Radar detectorsAs  appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 10 days ago

Apple support rocks!

 Mark As Read    

Ok Apple may be past its prime but i am still amazed by its customer service. I hope someone else takes up the mantle.  We had a bad Thunderbolt connector on the motherboard and it was fixed in four days.... The post Apple support rocks! appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 10 days ago

Takeaway Art Exhibit

 Mark As Read    

The Jewish Museum in NYC, which is a terrific art institution, is doing a show next month in which forty contemporary artists will create over 400,000 artworks that visitors will be encouraged to "take away" with them when they visit the show. This exhibit was inspired by a similar show that took place at the […]

A Vc 11 days ago

How to Make Time

 Mark As Read    

There is always more to do.Right now, I have about 1000 unread e-mails in my inbox and I have a bunch of personal errands and projects around the house that I've been unable to get to. One of the hardest things to learn is that if I don't get to all the e-mails, that's ok. You can't live your life in your inbox.You have to put your personal prior...

The ARM IOT software stack ecosystem is kind of a jumbled mess

 Mark As Read    

Google has announced Brillo which leverages Android and Linux. But no, wait, now there is Google Fuchsia because apparently Linux isn't good enough. On the pi there are a jillion variants of linux to use, but with glaring holes (general purpose gpu, docker for instance). ARM has mbed tho it is really targetted at low […]

Using a PC Keyboard with a Mac

 Mark As Read    

Well, this has been fun, I really love the Corsair 70 mechanical keyboard, but getting ti to work with a Mac is quite a trick, here are the two big things you need to do: The Windows and the Alt... The post Using a PC Keyboard with a Mac appeared first on Tongfamily.

Tongfamily Website 11 days ago

Would You Pay For News?

 Mark As Read    

I asked my kids this question last week. And I got three different answers. One of my kids said "Absolutely. I do pay for several news apps and I like them a lot." One of my kids said "It depends on the user interface. I really like Pocket and do most of my news reading […]

A Vc 12 days ago

First Seven Jobs

 Mark As Read    

I'm going to play follow the leader this morning and blog my #firstsevenjobs on the back of Fred Wilson's Fun Friday: First Seven Jobs post. I saw this meme go around last week while I was doubled up in the bathroom in Australia and thought it was cute but had no energy to participate. After telling my origin... Read more The post First Seven Jobs ...

Feld Thoughts 13 days ago

Fun Friday: First Seven Jobs

 Mark As Read    

William suggested this to me last night and I was dismissive, but like many things, a good night's sleep changed my mind. There's been a meme going around Twitter called #firstsevenjobs, in which you list your first seven jobs. These are mine: Test taker. Yes, I got paid $5 to take a standardized test on […]

A Vc 14 days ago

Love and Venture Capital

 Mark As Read    

If you've missed me, it's because I spent a week in Australia. Ten days ago, after being there for a few days, I came down with salmonella poisoning. I'm finally starting to feel normal again although I'm still exhausted. This has easily been the sickest I've ever been. While I was gone, the gang at Reboot... Read more The post Love and Venture Cap...

Feld Thoughts 14 days ago

Tokenizing Your Claims

 Mark As Read    

The blockchain sector continues to entertain, amuse, impress, and inspire me.  Last week one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex, was hacked and was reported to have lost around $65mm of bitcoin it was storing for its customers. So what did they do in response? They told every customer that they had lost a portion […]

A Vc 15 days ago

Nantucket | July 2016

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Nantucket | July 2016

bijan sabet 15 days ago

Opening Up Moments

 Mark As Read    

Nine months ago, I wrote a post saying that opening up Twitter's Moments would make it a way better product. The news came out yesterday that Twitter has now opened up Moments to certain users and plans to open up to all users in the coming months. I am not sure why it took Twitter […]

A Vc 16 days ago

Interesting week for ML exits

 Mark As Read    

Congrat's to Seattle's Turi, acquired by Apple. And congrats to Nervana and to Brad and Chris at Fuel, in what seems to be a great exit. The markups on ML companies are tremendous — not surprising given the dramatic impact ML is having. I'd expect to see many more dramatic ML exits.

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