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A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Last night I attended a dinner hosted by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (aka NYCEDC) hosted by Deputy Mayor Robert Steel and Head of the Center for Economic Transformation Steven Strauss. 

Defending the Brash Arrogance of Silicon Valley

Numerate Choir

I read this quote in a New York Times obituary in 2000, and it’s stuck with me ever since. The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard. As a data guy (I’m … Continue reading → Data

The Most Innovative Cities in America

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

We found several hubs of industry fueling new ideas. Detroit is 10th in the nation, with more than 25,000 patents issued between 2000 and 2011.

A Tale of Two Cities: Why Silicon Alley Isn't the Next Silicon Valley (Yet)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By contrast, this week, the office of State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli released its study on the high tech industry for New York City.

Super Angels Are A Boon To Startups Needing Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Like big corporations with a heavy investment in existing product lines, it’s hard to stop linear investing to look for innovative new opportunities.

6 “Don’ts” Of Starting A Successful Business


New competitors can pop up daily, the business landscape changes, and next thing you know, you’ll be sprinting just to catch up.

Playing Startup

Agile VC

My first startup job was as an early employee at PayPal, where I took a job at the end of ‘1999 and started a few months later in 2000.

Playing Startup

View from Seed

My first startup job was as an early employee at PayPal, where I took a job at the end of ‘1999 and started a few months later in 2000.

Where To Find The Most Angels To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

New England Investment Network. Or does it? Actually numbers and locations are just the beginning. Angel investors are people too. AngelList.

Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

It was big news in Charlotte, North Carolina where AvidXchange announced the groundbreaking on a new headquarters complex in the N.C. In 2000, Mike co-founded AvidXchange and has been building it ever since. I’m psyched to be joining the board of a company co-founded and run by Mike Praeger, a friend of mine for over 20 years.

7 Promising Trends Defining the Future of Remarkable Brand Storytelling in 2016


The future of remarkable brand storytelling in 2016 will be defined by this new normal. Brand storytelling is not new. source ).

Remembering Martin Luther King and His War on Inequality

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

After all, many of those "wealthy" people, who politicians would levy new taxes on, identify as founders and business owners. In the U.S.,

Start Here if You are Looking for Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Although relatively new, they announced early last year that their community had already grown to more than 500 startups, and 2,500 investors.

4 Things I Learned About Entrepreneurship as an FBI Agent

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As a covert agent in New York City, Jason Hogg was trained to track down criminals. But that''s not what he says prepared him the best.

Al Gore Almost Bought Twitter

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Al Gore may have lost his shot at the presidency in 2000, but he also lost a chance to own Twitter. But Gore wasn''t the only one after Twitter.

Girls Who Code: Crashing the “Brogram”


Small wonder that women made up just 21% of all programmers in 2010, off from 24% in 2000. It’s Still A Man’s World. Serious Support For Girls.

Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn’t yet dramatically transformed, it will.

Chris Dixon

The Internet has gone through fits and starts – in particular the dot com crash of 2000 disillusioned many – but every year we see it transform industries that previously sauntered along blissfully denying its existence. These questions are all footnotes that will be forgotten in a few years. startups

How Went Bust And Then Bust And Then Became A Super Unicorn


By the close of trading the stock price had more than quadrupled and the company was, as Saul Hansell put it in the New York Times the next day, “worth more than United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines combined.” in December 2000, people mostly stopped talking about Full Article.

Why Money Isn't Always Your Biggest Problem

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It went bankrupt in 2000. If you think more cash will solve all of your startup''s problems, you''re in for a disappointment. Remember Flooz

Where Great Entrepreneurs Come From

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Cheer up, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake: A new study of the Inc. In the decade beginning in 2000, Washington, D.C.

Incumbents die due to irrelevance or ineptitude

Chris Dixon

The New York Times was, for many decades, one of the few premium channels through which brand and classified advertisers could reach mass consumers. At the same time, the internet provided many new sources for breaking news, editorials etc, hurting the Times on the subscriber side. startups

VC Investment Reaches Highs Not Seen Since Dot-Com Bubble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

based, venture-backed companies went public in the first quarter, the most since the third quarter of 2000. No, make that huge. Some $5.7

4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Since 2000, I’ve been collecting information about startups, including how much founders, their lieutenants, and their employees get paid.

Why The End is Near for Angels

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A startup ante that was $5 million in 2000 is now down to $5 thousand. With the barriers to entry lowered, new players have rushed in.

3 Brilliant Mistakes That Built Great Companies

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

She'd seen a bold new business in Berlin: A rental-car company that offered cars by the hour instead of the day or the week. Here's how.

13 Storytelling Terms Explained For A Remarkable Brand Strategy


The art of storytelling is not new. Now imagine reading this in a 2000 page academic article. It helps connect and engage. Ira Glass.

From Airbnb to TaskRabbit to Zimride, sharing is becoming big business

Americas new business model: Sharing. The dot-com boom of early 2000 saw a proliferation of similar anything-at-your-service start-ups.

Nobody Cares

Ben's Blog

How could I have figured out that there would be 221 IPOs in 2000 and 19 in 2001? In his very first season as coach, Parcell’s team, The New York Giants, was hit with a rash of injuries. A great reason for failing won’t preserve one dollar for your investors, won’t save one employee’s job, or get you one new customer.

Why Malls Are Getting Mauled

Jeff Jordan

If I were thinking of starting a new retail brand right now, I would unquestionably start it online. America has too many malls. Source: Yahoo!

The Secret to Unlocking Your Most Inspired Work? Learning to Play

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Her anti-Helvetica typographical album-cover designs sparked a new design movement and propelled Scher’s career to unseen heights.

How to Lead Your Company Through Change

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

However they feel about a new situation, you can help all of them adjust. Your employees will react differently to change. No one was happy.

How To Predict The Future

Feld Thoughts

The same spreadsheet also predicted we’d see a music downloading service in 1999 or 2000. For example, it’s clear that the rate of settling new land in the 1800s (a trend that was increasing over time) couldn’t continue indefinitely since land is finite. Read Gotham: The History of New York City to 1898.) 2016.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand.

Odd Facts You May Have Forgotten (or Never Learned) About Gmail

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Gmail''s creator, Paul Buchheit, also coined the company''s motto, "Don''t Be Evil," in a 2000 meeting on company culture. Oh how things change.

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Trade Show Checklist: How To Successfully Sell Your Product At Trade Shows by Yaro Starak

I remember one brutal season doing the January accessory show in New York, flying to Hong Kong to walk their trade show and meet with suppliers, then back to the US to do Magic in Las Vegas, back to NY to do Coterie , and then to Paris to do Premiere Classe. It was crazy! You don’t belong here!” Send in deposit. Book hotel and travel.

Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

Up and Running

As a financial journalist during the 2000 financial crisis, Maria had a front-row seat for everything happening at the New York Stock Exchange.

“She doesn’t deserve to be alive”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I refuse to accept some new responsibility, e.g. “careful what you say because people might hear it.” No one should have all that.”

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11 Major Rebranding Disasters and What You Can Learn From Them

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The SciFi Channel''s "text-friendly" new name is a slang word for syphilis. Six days after releasing its new logo, the company reverted. "Ok,"

London Calling

Startup Lessons Learned

Happy New Year! Four months ago, T he Lean Startup debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. London School of Economics and Political Science Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ Most new businesses fail. I hope you'll join me, either in person or virtually.

The Latest Business News to Help You Plan for the Future

Up and Running

The New York Times tells us what to read. Image via Pantone, featuring the Color of the Year, Marsala. News in the Arts industries.