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What Happened In 2015

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Last year in my What Just Happened post, I said: the social media phase of the Internet ended. But it is not yet clear what that thing is.

Experiment and Scandal

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Combine that with the idea that these experiments are being funded by real people and the idea that the world of media/entertainment/culture has injected itself right in the middle of this brave new world and you have the recipe for scandal. We are living in a time of great experiments. They are not happening in the lab. They need to fail.

Nailing It

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I saw dozens of pitches for what was essentially YouTube between 1998 and 2005. PokemonGO. Liad Shababo (@L1AD) July 11, 2016. You are not alone LIAD.

The State Of The NYC Tech Ecosystem

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lots of ad tech (Doubleclick) and media (TheStreet). 2004-2011: NYC 2.0, a new layer emerges around commerce (Etsy, Gilt) and social (Delicious, Tumblr, Foursquare), on top of adtech (Admeld) and media. will use some of Matt’s work the next time that happens. Here’s some of my favorite points from Matt’s post.

What Just Happened?

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This is what I think happened in 2014: 1/ the social media phase of the Internet ended. their place is secure. 2/ messaging is the new social media. I’m not much for the rear view mirror. like to look forward, not back. guess that’s why I’m in the line of work I’m in. and explain what is going to happen.

What's Wrong With Sensationalist Media

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Check out this email I got from a major media company this past week: I was just talking to my boss about New York's tech scene and the types of stories I should go after. He  He wants me to get a little personal like digging into how founders and investors are actually using all this money flowing into the city.

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Reblog: VC Cliché of the Week

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Advertising dollars continue to move from offline media to online media and that is one rising tide that is certainly lifting all boats. Back in the early days of this blog I had a series called VC Cliche Of The Week. I’m not sure how long I ran it but I did eventually run out of material and phased it out.

The Business Insider Interview

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In New York, because of the media industry, the real estate industry and Wall Street, there are a lot of families with large capital bases.

Video Of The Week: Reid Hoffman and Joi Ito at The Churchill Club

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Joi is the Director of the MIT Media Lab and formerly the Director of Creative Commons. This talk is one of those. VC & Technology Web/Tec

Mocked And Misunderstood

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For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes. Twitter is a great example of this. The piece itself was pretty good.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

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Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media. Fast forward ten years or so and Nielsen sued two of my portfolio companies, comScore and TACODA, and a bunch of other companies too, on the basis of the Thinking Media patents. USV is committed to support this initiative.

Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't

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My friend Dave Winer put up an interesting discussion thread a few days ago talking about the sustainability of social media platforms.

Topic Mining AVC

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mentioned at year end 2014 that I thought social media had become uninteresting. Bugra Akyildiz (@bugraa) January 17, 2015. Here is his post.

Mobile Is Where The Growth Is

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If you are going to operate a media model on mobile, look at Twitter's model for inspiration. If you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year. We have seen this in our portfolio too. Yahoo!

Next Wednesday Is The Internet Slowdown

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You can change your avatars on your social media profiles, you can send push notifications if you operate a mobile app, you can put a slow loading graphic on your blog or website (there are WordPress widgets if you are on WordPress like I am). We’ve talked a lot here at AVC about Net Neutrality.

Finding And Buying A Domain Name

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He had launched texas hold'em on Facebook operating under the name Presidio Media. I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services. It's not in my top ten but it could be. Del.icio.us purchased Delicious.com with some of the proceeds of our investment.

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Why I'm Rooting For Google+

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My vision for social media is : every single human being posting their thoughts and experiences in any number of ways to the Internet. Not everyone wants a Tumblr experience; totally public, asymmetric follow, best for posting microchunked media. In any case, I hope Google+ succeeds. He might like Google+. It's a lot like email.

Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions

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And the media pounces on these big financing valuations like a hyena on red meat. And maybe the media can help us out a bit too by being intellectually honest what a $3bn valuation really means. I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago. The entire talk is online (in two parts) here.

Media Metrix Multi Platform

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If you are a Media Metrix user, you will see the option to get Multi Platform data on your key measures reports. Take Google.

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Lockups and Insider Selling

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There is a lot of sturm und drang out there in the worlds of social media, finacial media, and just plain media about all the lockups coming off and all the insider selling going on in some big internet stocks. As someone who has played this game a few times, I tought I'd post some thoughts about this. will say that again.

Sound

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I met Alex Ljung , founder/CEO of SoundCloud a number of times and each time he pitched me on his business. Each time I said no. One slide.

Users First, Brands Second

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Two that come to mind are Groupon and Buddy Media. I like simple ways to think about things. Like mobile first, web second. These kinds of constructs work for me. One that I've been using a lot lately to describe what we like and don't like as much is User First, Brands Second. You can focus on getting everyday internet users first.

Mastery And Mimicry

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Turns out it was from Sep Kamvar , a faculty member at the MIT Media Lab, and before that the Stanford computer science department. I don't know Sep and was not familiar with his work. I am now. The Internet is an amazing place. Sep pointed me to a series of essays he has written called Mastery and Mimicry. call them cyclical tools.

The Perception Of Conflict Is Conflict

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We made five or six social media investments. VC is a service business like law firms and ad agencies. Our customers are the entrepreneurs we back. Our shareholders are our limited partners. When we do a good job of helping our customers create value, our shareholders benefit. The same is mostly true of entrepreneurs and VCs.

Enough Is Enough

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And software is closer to media than it is to hardware. I believe that software patents should not exist. They are a tax on innovation. Patenting software is like patenting music. First of all, the idea of a transaction in an application isn't novel. That idea has been resident in software for many years. We need to change the laws.

Whither TechCrunch?

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The media has had a lot of fun over the past week watching AOL, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Mike Arrington figure out how to move on. Contrary to what many in the media say, he does not need TechCrunch as a platform to be influential. That's how it goes in media these days. But TechCrunch is a big question mark.

My CNBC Appearance

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I spoke at Techcrunch Disrupt yesterday and several media outlets had crews there. I was asked to speak to a few of them and I said yes. I was on CNBC and ABC News yesterday morning. To my knowledge the ABC News clip is not yet up. But CNBC put up three clips that I believe, in their totality, make up my entire appearance.

Check In Apps vs Audience Measurement Panels

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In that capacity I learnt a lot about using representative samples to develop broad based market research on media viewing.

Dig Deeper

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His is at the end of his post. I am interested in extending the internet/web/mobile disruption we've seen in media to big industries like finance, education, healthcare, energy, etc in order to address the challenging economic and social issues of our time. I'm going to take Brad's advice and dig deeper on these areas.

Some Lessons From Vine

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USV is an investor in Twitter so I've been watching the Vine story closely. As AllThingsD reports , Vine continues to grow in the wake of Instagram's video feature launch. Vine is a top ten free app on iOS and top 25 on Android in the US. And as a Twitter investor, I sure hope they do. mobile Venture Capital and Technology

Hallway Chat

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Here’s what we talked about: -questions from Twitter, including how Fred started investing in social media, & YC’s recent move to recommend exercising options from 90 days to 10 years. Yesterday I hung out (virtually) with Bijan and Nabeel at Spark Capital  and joined them in their podcast they call Hallway Chat.

Mailing It In

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At one point, Josh said "he didn't write this song, he barely raps on it, he just put it on the record" And I explained to him that Jay-Z might not be the rapper he once was but he's well on his way to becoming one of the biggest media moguls of his generation. It was a great evening. worry a lot about mailing it in.

Networks And The Enterprise

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But a year or so into its life, Disqus started hearing from big media companies who wanted to deploy the Disqus comment system. Many think that USV is a consumer web investor. We don't think of ourselves that way. Thus the consumer web investor moniker. MongoDB is an open source datastore for web scale applications. Lots of them.

Ben Horowitz On The Psychology Of Being CEO

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Every once in a while I come across a blog post that so totally nails something and I am reminded why professionals blogging about their craft is such an important development in the world of media. Yesterday Ben Horowitz posted about the psychology of being CEO. If CEOs were graded on a curve, the mean on the test would be 22 out of a 100.

Spring Startup Fever

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This summer, they are doing another program but it will be focused on emerging media companies. The program is called SeedStart Media and has big media companies like AOL, Hearst, News Corp, MTV, NY Times, Time Warner, and a bunch more involved as corporate partners. The financial markets come and go. 12th floor, New York, NY.

Why Hasn't NYC Produced Many Tech IPOs?

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  This theory suggests that the sectors that NY is particularly strong in – consumer, advertising technology, media – are out of favor for some reason.    As for the adtech sector, why did DC-based Millenial Media, a mobile advertising network, have such a strong public offering if the sector is out of favor? 

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Talent and Bandwidth

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There is the software, internet, digital media sector which is thriving and on a tremendous growth spurt. When people ask me what the city and state government can do to help the technology driven startup community in NYC, I tell them two things. First, there is not one tech ecosystem. would focus on two areas; talent and bandwidth.

The Perception Of Conflict Is Conflict

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We made five or six social media investments. VC is a service business like law firms and ad agencies. Our customers are the entrepreneurs we back. Our shareholders are our limited partners. When we do a good job of helping our customers create value, our shareholders benefit. The same is mostly true of entrepreneurs and VCs.

Tech Is NYC's Second Largest Job Sector

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would have thought the real estate sector was larger (it may be) and it is also a bit surprising to me that tech is bigger than media & entertainment. One of NYC's great strengths is the diversity of its economy - finance, real estate, media & entertainment, retail, fashion, health care, education, and now tech.

My Partners

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John Buttrick - I can't link to John because he's managed to avoid any social media presence in his first fifty years on planet earth. It's friday so it's time for another suggested post from the amazing comment thread on the bloggers block post. have two and half partners at Union Square Ventures. We never vote. We will see.