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Blogging update

After more than four hundred posts spanning seven years, I’ve decided stopped blogging here. Instead, you can find me tweeting, podcasting, and …

The Babe Ruth Effect in Venture Capital

<i>“How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it</i> …

Venture Capital

Exponential curves feel gradual and then sudden

“How did you go bankrupt?”<br>“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”<br>― Ernest Hemingway<i>, The Sun Also Rises</i>The core growth process in the technology …

Mobile

Improbable: enabling the development of large-scale simulated worlds

Over the past decade, computing resources that were previously available only to large organizations became available to almost anyone. Using …

Big Data

“It all blossomed out of this tiny little seed”

Steve Jobs in 1985:I felt it the first time when I visited a school. It was third and fourth graders, and they had a whole classroom full of Apple …

Steve Jobs

The idea maze for AI startups

An “idea maze” is a map of all the key decisions and tradeoffs that startups in a given space need to make:A good founder is capable of anticipating …

Machine Learning

Come for the tool, stay for the network

A popular strategy for bootstrapping networks is what I like to call “come for the tool, stay for the network.”The idea is to initially attract users …

Bootstrapping

Virtual reality: a new creative medium where the default state is belief

The holy grail of virtual reality, the one that’s always been out of reach until now, is presence.In the VR community, “presence” is a term of art. …

Stack Exchange

Today we are announcing that A16Z is leading a $40M investment in Stack Exchange, along with earlier investors USV, Bezos Expeditions, Spark, and …

Startups

Skydio

I’m excited to announce today that Andreessen Horowitz is leading a $3M financing of Skydio, a startup developing artificial intelligence systems for …

Soylent

I was chatting with John Borthwick a few years ago and he said something that struck me. He said he was interested in companies that appear to be …

Food

VC investment vs Gartner hype cycle

Here is total VC investment over time: And here’s the Gartner hype cycle: One reading of this is that the advent of the internet was the technology …

Venture Capital

How We Got To Now

I really enjoyed Steven Johnson’s How We Got To Now. I read a lot of history and science books, but this book stood out because 1) the anecdotes were …

Frozen