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Pacific Time

It’s that time of year again. The Gotham Gal and I are spending the rest of the winter out west.Blog posts will start coming in around 6am PT/9am …

Travel

Video Of The Week: A Conversation with Fred Wilson and Carlota Perez

Fred Wilson

Funding Friday: Milford Graves Full Mantis

I want to see this documentary when it comes out so I backed it on Kickstarter today to make sure it gets made.

Kickstarter

Owning Yourself

I saw the news today that HuffPo is shutting down their “contributor network.”<i>we are ending the HuffPost contributor platform. The platform, which</i> …

Fred Wilson

Beyond The Bitcoin Bubble

My friend Steven Johnson has penned a long and wonderful piece exploring what lies beyond the speculative market in crypto tokens.This essay, which …

Bitcoin

Yubikeys

I saw my friend Chris tweet this question yesterday and had to respond:Yubikeys are awesome. Not supported everywhere. I use them where I can— Fred …

Security

Light And Love

Today we celebrate the life and teachings of the great Martin Luther King Jr.He had a way with words and among my favorites is this quote, which …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some Thoughts On Equity Compensation

A hallmark of startup companies, the tech sector more broadly, and certainly our portfolio companies, is that they include equity in their …

Hewlett Packard

Audio Of The Week: Empowering Women with Tech – Fereshteh Forough

A few weeks ago on the Gotham Gal’s podcast, she had Fereshteh Forough, founder of Code to Inspire, an organization that teaches women in Afghanistan …

Tehran

Funding Friday: Make 100

Like last year, our portfolio company Kickstarter is starting the new year off with a Make 100 campaign.The idea is simple. Make 100 of something and …

Startups

Losing In Double Overtime

Longtime readers know that I am a Knicks fan. Or as the Signal group I have with a couple of my kids is called, a “Frustrated Knicks Fan.”Last night …

Basketball

Timing

There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen.Sadly, to profit from being right you …

Venture Capital

Being Direct

I saw The Gotham Gal’s reply to an email this morning that we were both copied on. I can’t remember exactly what she said but it was something like …

Fred Wilson

Meditation And Distraction

I’ve been meditating for ten to fifteen minutes every day for the past two months. I have not missed a day since I started. I find it to be a …

Meditation

Taking Money “Off The Table”

One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire …

Venture Capital

Video Of The Week: Vitalik Buterin

In honor of Ethereum trading (briefly) at north of $1000USD this week, I thought we’d hear this weekend from Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin.This …

Vitalik Buterin

Funding Friday: Shantell Martin

I support a bunch of artists on Kickstarter’s new Drip service.One of my favorites is Shantell Martin.She draws her dreams and makes music and shares …

Startups

I’m Having A Meltdown

So the chips we use in our personal computers and cloud computers have some newly discovered security holes. One is called Meltdown. The other is …

Microsoft

Some Thoughts On Checking References

We do a lot of referencing in our business. We certainly ask around about a team before investing in them. But we do even more referencing post …

Employment

Email Bankruptcy

I saw this tweet in my timeline yesterday and thought “what a great way to start the new year.”1st day of the year has to be inbox 0I’ve declared …

Owe

What Is Going To Happen In 2018

This is a post that I am struggling to write. I really have no idea what is going to happen in 2018.• Will the crypto markets continue in their bull …

Diversity

What Happened In 2017

As has become my practice, I celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one here at AVC with back to back posts focusing on what happened and …

AOL

Video Of The Week: Token 1.0 vs Token 2.0

AVC community member William Mougayar sent me a video of a talk he recently gave in Moscow.I really like the framework he articulates about half way …

Blockchain

Funding Friday: The Merry Merkle Tree

Our friends at TrueBit are trying to raise $250k to support Covenant House Toronto.They have built a virtual Christmas tree and are accepting …

Ethereum

The Digital Advertising Duopoly

This chart from eMarketer really brings it home.We have a digital advertising duopoly.The difference between second and third place is massive.I …

Advertising

A Fun Way To Learn To Create Dapps In Solidity

One of the reasons I am rooting for the Ethereum community to address many of its current issues (scalability being the big one) is that there is a …

Bitcoin

The Second Quartile

As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. A few investments produce the vast …

Venture Capital

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

I am publishing my annual year end playlist as a holiday gift to the AVC community.I did 21 songs last year but 2017 was a great year for music, so I …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Putting The Year In The Review Mirror

I’m in the process of going over all of the songs I favorited this year and putting my top ones into a playlist and then culling that list. I’m …

New Year's Day

Video Of The Week: The Token Summit Conversation

As I start thinking about 2017 and what happened this year in the world of startups and tech, I am going back and watching and reading things that …

Fred Wilson