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Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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The bad was that it seems like when I shared media on Facebook I wouldn’t get any heat initially so Twitter was my go to place to share my blog.

Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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It takes a while to figure out the nav of Discover but once you do it’s a fun way to consume media. That’s the point. Navigation.

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Venture Outlook 2016

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There is a lot of uncertainty about the state of the private, high-growth technology markets and the venture capital markets that underpin them.

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Why Computer Vision Tracking the Flow of People Will be a Huge Market

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The basic use-cases of this simple data are obvious. and so on. Each human is captured in a polygon shape at a precise moment in time. Why Density?

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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You may have paid marketing: SEM, Social Media Ads, Banner Ads, email lists, etc. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. In our industry we applaud the efforts for entrepreneurs to have tried and we know that today’s failure can bring the experience for tomorrow’s success. Market Size. Market Structure.

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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They want to be media companies that use the Internet rather than tech companies that distribute video. I live in LA and fund startups.

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How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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Upfront: “Direct, Approachable, Early-Stage, WYSIWYG & Unmistakenly Los Angeles” (Upfront is also a term from the media sector).

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. They make a great pair.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

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you’re not following him?). The message of the panel was very clear – “We don’t need your help. And of course he’s right.

How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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He’s been great at fostering online relationships through blogs and social media for years. Product Hunt. This Week in Venture Capital

The Long Economic Case for Snapchat

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Today I want to talk briefly about why I believe Snapchat is an important media company. It’s up to Team Snapchat to live up to its financial expectations but I believe it certainly has the potential. I’ve heard the new media doubters before as nobody thought Google, Facebook or Twitter would ever make money. Reach.

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The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

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What person hasn’t crouched at an airport to get 18% extra on one’s battery before boarding an airplane? ” **. Entrepreneurs. Bubkis.

Fighting Back Against Mobile Phones in the Bedroom

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Technology is of course a dual-edge sword but the media discussions of how it affects human interactions all too often focuses on the downsides.

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Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

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Use your blogs, use social media, use the TV media. Collectively we have a voice. We must vote anyways. Why does it matter? He is Racist.

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

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Along with Greycroft Partners we were the first investors in Maker Studios 3 years ago when the company had no revenue and limited infrastructure.

My One Wish For All Startup Employees

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This summer I had the extreme pleasure of watching one of the funniest, funnest and most insightful documentaries in a long time: Supermensch.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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Fred Wilson has done this for the NY startup scene but of course you also have mass media located there. Why Now? What Next? KickStarter? Artsy?

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

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Please help me in amplifying this message and in welcoming Kobie to the team on social media. Why Kobie? Kobie scored highly on all fronts.

Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

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So Troy and Lady Gaga were amongst the earliest artists that turned to social media and tech platforms to break out. Same with Gaga. Globally.”

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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“We don’t have budget for that this year” “I don’t believe in social media advertising.” Call High. Summary.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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He built & IPOd Demand Media. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch. So what is actually going on in LA?

How to Build Online Relationships into Meaningful Networks

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But I see some people in our community who really only use Twitter to publish their media or have a one-way conversation or at best reply only to people they know. I won’t say this is doing things wrong. Every social media analytics platform, video platform with data or similar that I’ve seen show the same phenomenon.

Why The Haters are Wrong About Growth Hacking

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Avoid the spin, stay heads down and deliver the goods. believe growth hacking is about all of this. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”.

Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

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Yesterday I wrote a post about “ growth hacking ” and why I thought it was wrong that people were hating on the term unnecessarily.

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The Magic of the Irish – Dublin’s Resurgence on the Global Tech Scene

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know that people want a chance to say hello to somebody they know through the media and when you have a checkbook even more so. It will not.

How to Turn a FanBoy into a Hater in 5 Minutes: Lessons from the New WaPo

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Like many of you I read in awe last week about the accomplishments of the Washington Post since Jeff Bezos acquired the company two years ago.

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How You Know You’ve Got the Right Startup Model?

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Even governments don’t like losing their monopoly – control of the media. ” The next step is the industry tries to fight back.

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Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

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He or she has worked at some very successful big technology or media companies and went to a great school. A shortened, better edited and with nicer pictures version of this post first appeared on TechCrunch. But if you want it in it’s full V1 glory read on … You’ve never been a CEO but might like to be one some day.

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

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She’s worked for L’Oreal, Accenture, Virgin Mobile & BSkyB (one of the leading media companies in the UK). Hope you enjoy. **.

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

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It would be easier in terms of getting access to angels, VCs, the media, whatever. I travel the country a lot. Ask SuperCell. Or Rovio.

Why Most of Your Assumptions About Phone Calls are Wrong

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Social media users are  over 60% more likely  to check email at least four times a day than those who don’t use social media.

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Identifying Pain in the First Step in a Sales Process – Here’s How

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Have you found a way to best link your potential marketing leads in social media into activity that leads to more business?”. Click here. Never.

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A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

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We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs. The results? Intros.

The Perils of Shiny New Objects

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I have a saying that I employ as a powerful metaphor at every startup with whom I work – “beware of shiny new objects.” get me some.

Here’s How to Do PR on a Budget

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And you need somebody who is committed to keeping up your presence in blogs, social media and other online forums. Media training helped me figure out how to keep interviews on track and focused on the story I’m trying to communicate. It’s like “direct” traffic to your website that seems to magically appear. But how?

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Bring Me Your Accents. Immigration Fuels Innovation

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I have lived (England, France, Italy, Spain, Japan & the US) and worked (Ireland, Germany, India) around the world. adore accents. Your origins.

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Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

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You will not fundamentally change consumers media consumption habits. The concise guide is here. hours of TV per day. Right? Wrong. Bollocks.

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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This has particularly hurt the print media businesses that can no longer charge enough to pay for editorial, printing & distribution.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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This article originally ran on PEHub. If you prefer the super short version – I’ve summarized the post in the final section. Morning in VC.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

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No matter how smart or knowledgable Gore was he couldn’t get a break in the media. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.