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Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

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In addition to creating some certainty about the dynamics in our government going forward, it’ll also result in a decrease of political advertising in all media, which I generally think will enhance my life although some adtech and media companies will be bummed out about it. Each quarter Cooley does a VC market update. It’s the same.

Computer Science For All

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You can also follow updates from @whitehouse on Twitter, as well as the NCWIT social media channels. NCWIT, U.S.

The Future of Transportation

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Some concerns in the media include: Legislation. William Hertling  is one of my favorite science fiction writers. You’ll thank me later.

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Going Beyond Amazon: A New Model for Authors, Retailers, and Publishers

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If a media company wants all of their largest brands to provide ebooks, each brand can build its own community and stay connected around ebooks.

What’s Happening Today That No One Sees?

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Amy and I watched The Big Short  on Tuesday with my partner Jason and his wife Jenn. like some time to pass before I look at history.

Book: No Place To Hide

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Amy and I were going to have a bunch of friends over to our house today but we got rained out. Surveillance State instead. Ponder that for a moment.

Going Beyond Amazon: A New Model for Authors, Retailers, and Publishers

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If a media company wants all of their largest brands to provide ebooks, each brand can build its own community and stay connected around ebooks.

Stuff That Caught My Attention This Morning

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It’s almost entirely tech related, as I stay away from mainstream media during the week (e.g. After all these years, I’m still a heavy RSS user. Every morning I click on my Daily folder in Chrome, open it up, and spend whatever time I feel like on it. love the last two paragraphs as they reflect how I feel.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

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Many of the industry funds were wildly successful (in sectors such as media communications, health care, consumer, etc.), In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death:  Venture Capital in the 1980’s. You may recall I got into the industry in 1978. Total. 3,040,000.

Getting Your Demos Right

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One of them, Oblong , as been working on spacial computing since John Underkoffler’s early research in the 1990′s at the MIT Media Lab.

MergeLane – An Accelerator for Women-led Startups

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Our respect for Elizabeth and Sue, combined with our passion for their objective, led us to invest personally in MergeLane, which has secured strong support from a tremendous group of mentors , investors, media , and the Boulder startup community. I have been talking, writing, and helping advocate for women in technology for a long time.

Get Ready For Q115 Fundraising Insanity

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As we enter the time of year where every media-related thingy publishes it’s “best of 2014″ and “predictions for 2015″ lists, I simply pass on participating in all of them and read none of them. The number of large, “later stage” financings are remarkable – both in size and velocity.

Pubble Q&A – #askbfeld

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Tomorrow, I’m trying out Pubble ‘s product – a Q&A widget that leverages the standard social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) but lives where ever you want it to live. I’ll be answering questions live tomorrow (4/24) at 1:00pm MT. Tweet with #askbfeld to ask me a question. Check it out below.

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A Confusing Social Media Birthday

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But I was really surprised by the number of people that used my birthday as a way to “get something” without “giving something” other than a few words in a social media message. The post A Confusing Social Media Birthday appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I turned 48 on December 1st. The emails were mixed.

Transparent Funding Announcements

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After he posted it, he sent around the link to a few prominent people in the tech media. When I pondered it, I realized how divergent the media was becoming from what entrepreneurs were thirsty for in terms of substance. We are in a cycle again where how much you raise is the story. It’s what the press likes to write about (e.g.

Foundry Group Urges Boulder To VOTE NO on 300 and 301

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Send it to your friends via email and social media. This year’s local election in Boulder is a critical one. keepboulderopen. VOTE NO on both!

Vanishing Mediary

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The media wants hero stories. The most glorious media story arc is rags to riches to rags with redemption back to riches. I love the phrase vanishing mediary. This is what I aspire to be. It’s the opposite of a visible intermediary. In our ego-fueled world, many people want to be front and center. It also wants goat stories.

Startup Boards – Operation Pre-Order

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If you play, make sure you also tweet out about the book, Facebook the purchase, or do whatever other social media thing lights your fire. My newest book,  Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors , will ship at the end of the month. As a result, I’m activating  Operation Pre-order  today. Startup Boards startup board

John Lilly On The Role of Simplicity and Messaging

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Yesterday I talked briefly about taking a break from media. Some Sundays I read it quickly – other Sundays I savor it.

A DevOps Tent Big Enough for Everyone

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If you are going to have a DevOps community media site, it is hard to imagine a better domain to for it to live at. But media content is not the only mission.  My partner Ryan McIntyre says that any company doing business on the web should be practicing some form of DevOps. DevOps Glue jumpcloud protocol softlayer victorops

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Hollywood’s Massive Miss on Strong AI

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The MIT Media Lab was created at the same time  – opening in 1985 – and there was a revolution at MIT around AI and computer science. I did a UROP in Seymour Papert’s lab my freshman year (creating Logo on the Coleco Adam ) and took 6.001 before deciding to do Course 15 and write commercial software part-time while I was in school.

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In The Future, Everyone Will Have Some littleBits

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It’s another of our investments that traces its roots to the MIT Media Lab. We recently invested in littleBits.

How To Predict The Future

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By day he works on web and social media for HP. plotted the growth in capacity of magnetic platter hard drives and flash drives back in 2006 or so, and saw that flash would overtake magnetic media in 2016. Apocalypse , near-term science-fiction novels about realistic ways strong AI might emerge. Take a look – and take your time.

Scaling Techstars Horizontally

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Virgin Media Accelerator (London). There are two common ways to scale a system – horizontally or vertically. If you are a software engineer, you probably get this instinctively. If you don’t know what this is, let’s work with the simple Wikipedia definition which is pretty good. These two concepts are not mutually exclusive.

Book: No Better Time

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I’ve been reading a lot lately. On an almost daily basis, someone out in the world sends me a physical book, which I love. While I have something like 500 unread books on my Kindle, I still love laying on the couch reading a physical book. First, he was the co-founder of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM – currently valued at $8 billion.)

The Circle

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We’ve somehow elevated social media metrics to the same level as money in the context of self-worth. A bunch of my tech friends have asked me to suggest a book  to read over the holidays. My unambiguous recommendation is The Circle  by Dave Eggers. also have a giant literary crush on everything McSweeney’s. Powerful stuff.

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Why Don’t We Make Learning A Computer Language A Requirement In High School?

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Once a year Howard Lindzon gets together a bunch of his friends at the intersection of financing, tech, media, and entrepreneurship, we descend on The Del in Coronada, and have an awesome 48 hours together. I spent this weekend at LindzonPalooza. ” that had profound meaning to me. Year three was a total disaster. Am I wrong? If so why.

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Startup Life – Operation Win A Dinner With Us

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If you play, make sure you also Like the book (if you order on Amazon), tweet out or Facebook the purchase, or do whatever other social media thing lights your fire. My newest book,  Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur , that I wrote with my wife Amy Batchelor , is shipping. Or Win A Contest.

The Future Is Enchanted Objects, Not Glass Slabs

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On Saturday, I read the final draft of a magnificent book by David Rose. It captured so many things that I’ve been thinking about and working on in a brilliantly done 300 page manuscript. The basic premise of the book is that ultimately we want “enchanted objects”, not “glass slabs” to interact with. heard a chirp.

Revisiting Median vs. Average With Accelerator Data

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Startup Metrics accelerators average media TechStarsalso find people constantly confusing average , mean , and median.

Accelerating Technology Change and Continuous Learning

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They didn’t just “grow up with social media,” they grew up with “social media that constantly changes.” ” In fact, not only do they keep up with the changes on a particular social media service, they are always exploring the latest new services. The essay follows. think he totally nails it.

Play Offense When Predicting Revenue

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Increased Sales Pipeline Activity and Pipeline Management — Field Tested Sales Training Strategies and Tactics — Sales Training from Digital Media Training. I got an email today from an exec at a company who I was with at a recent board meeting. Rather than trying to summarize it, I got permission to just reprint the email.

Resegment If You Aren’t In The Top Three

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And, if you look at some of the successful companies we have had from our previous investing at Mobius Venture Capital, you’d see market leaders like Postini, Return Path, FeedBurner, Rally, Stratify, NewsGator, and Sling Media. ” If you look at the Foundry Group portfolio , you’ll notice a lot of market leaders. Resegment.

A Postcard A Day

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The connection will be through both space and time, using a media (postcard) that current generations rarely use any more. I’ve described this magic approach to staying connected with family when you are far away three times in the past few days. There will be periodic emails, texts, and phone calls as well. Draw a doodle or a picture.

My Twitter Feed Is Full Of Politics

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But no newspapers, no magazines, and no mainstream media. have a few companies in my feed. Suddenly it’s all politics all the time. Noisy.

Wear Sunscreen and Use Bitcoin

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If you want something serious from Terry, his 20 minute State in the State of Digital Media 2013 is definitely worth watching. Both are awesome.

The Microsoft Accelerator (Powered By TechStars) Is A Hit And It’s Expanding

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The first cycle of The Microsoft Accelerator , powered by TechStars , is in its final run up to demo day. Demo Day is in Seattle on June 28th. Python?

Book Cover Blurbs Should Die

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It’s an artifact of the publishing business that existed before “earned media” – blog posts, reviews, etc. I’d love to just BLOW UP blurbs. think we should be focusing on real earned media, real reviews, real substantive support, rather than marketing nonsense the industry has been pushing since the early 1900s.

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Games Where The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play

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My partner Jason Mendelson called this on 2/28 when he wrote his post  Goodbye Yahoo! Crosses The Line. However, Yahoo has now played.

Long Form to Nano Form

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Sure, the book is competing with a lot of other media types, but reading (and writing) seems to persist quite successfully. As my newest book, Startup Opportunities: Know When To Quit Your Day Job , has begun shipping on Kindle (order now and give me feedback, leave a review) I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately. love to write.