mark bivens

8 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Follower | @rudevc | Recovering entrepreneur turned VC in software, digital media, and mobile. Happiest at the fringes, in my zoot, or on my calfee.

Introducing the European FinTech RUDEscape • Rude VC

Wow, the appetite for FinTech in Europe is booming, with VC funding reaching dizzying heights.<p>It’s not just Europe, by the way. A recent visit to …

What Etsy can teach us about company culture • Rude VC

Over the weekend I perused Etsy’s IPO filing document. Even though less ubiquitous in Europe, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Etsy:<p>What a compelling …

Time to invest in Japan? • Rude VC

I would posit that Japan is “the ultimate contrarian bet.” For entrepreneurs and investors in the West alike, the world’s third largest economy …

I have not invested a second reading about you. Now can you give me an hour of your time? • Rude VC

Robert Shrimsley’s column in the FT this past weekend with advice for journalism job seekers (Dear millennials: a few interview tips . . .) resonated …

An idea ahead of its time • Rude VC

Yesterday Fred Wilson penned a nostalgic post about Kozmo. it was a poignant piece for me, because I remember the Kozmo era well. But before I get to …

Did Apple just hobble Criteo's achilles heel ? • Rude VC

Apple caused some reverberations last week among ad-tech companies when it revealed that iOS 9 will permit “Content Blocking Safari Extensions”. In …

When engineers mix with artists, amazing things can happen. So why segregate them? • Rude VC

Skimming through the alumni magazine of my undergraduate engineering school, I stumbled onto an article about a student project from a course called …

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May 16, 2018<p>Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable on May 25th.<p>Intended to ensure data protection and privacy for all …