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Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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I’ve been online for nearly 30 years (yes, there was CompuServe and Prodigy before the www), blogging for 10 and using social media tools since the earliest days. Snapchat is biggest innovation in media right now and the biggest innovator in product design from a user perspective.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media. An obvious vector for me would be software for the media industry. media journalism

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And Then They Came for Me …

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Yet the only horror I experienced was watching Peter Thiel stand in front of a national media audience and re-endorse Donald Trump for President. We are the global cabal who control finance, media and governments in the eyes of the conspiracy theorists.

Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

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Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF. Mark: The media industry needs to just do what it does. We — and the media — should only focus on the undecided.

Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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The fourth part is “ discover ” and this is the professional media part of Snapchat that you barely knew existed but your younger peers certainly know about. It takes a while to figure out the nav of Discover but once you do it’s a fun way to consume media.

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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. So you can imagine that I see a lot of video startups. Most will fail. I repeat the same mantra to every one I see.

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

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There is so much in the media about “The Internet of Things” that it has lost meaning and for many for some strange reason it became a short-hand for wearables.

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.

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

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I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA.

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

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I told her that I believed America’s best asset – driven initially from software innovation mindset in the San Francisco Bay Area and media innovation driven from Los Angeles – was our willingness to accept failure.

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. I often try to follow product people at interesting companies who engage in social media. Product Hunt.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America. This is the cycle of synergies that lead to strong vertical franchises in media. So if Ted Cruz rises, Latino media gains.

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

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For much of 2013 I watched the press write articles about how the YouTube “MCNs” (multi-channel networks) were doomed and tried to square that with the data I was watching at the one I invested in, Maker Studios, who has had one hell of a year.

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. Technology. It has been a hobby of mine since 1981 when I fell in love with programming, applications and online games.

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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VCs generally have had an easy time fostering relationships with large ad agencies and media companies given how much our businesses have intersected over the past 20 years. Fred Wilson has done this for the NY startup scene but of course you also have mass media located there.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

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And of course African Americas and Latinos over-index in spend and consumption in many categories including many health & beauty products, movie theater attendance, mobile phone usage and even social media.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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In a world that is hyper competitive – even amongst VCs – I can honestly say that not only is the media recognition accurate but it is amongst the proudest days I’ve had in developing Upfront Ventures and our future.

Doing the Right Thing > Doing Things Right

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So many CEO’s just carry on being … CEO’s → fund raise, get media attention, attend conferences, hire staff, “set direction”, whatever.

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. If you still don’t get Snapchat please read the primer or follow me on Snapchat for a week or two because how I create “stories” on Snapchat is more of a use case for modern media than perhaps some teens use the product so it may resonate more with you what the future could bring.

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.” One of the questions I’m most often asked by CEOs is how to hire sales people.

My One Wish For All Startup Employees

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But he didn’t have access to venture capital money, online marketing dollars, social media – this was the late 60’s / early 70’s.

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

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He built & IPOd Demand Media. LA is the largest metropolitan area in the US for people employed in art, design and media and the local creative economy of LA generates more than $140 billion in economic output – more than the GDP of many countries.

Why The Haters are Wrong About Growth Hacking

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In essence Muhammad thinks the “growth hacking” is a charlatan term for online marketing that consists of a bunch of everyday tasks that all online businesses should be doing: SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, Social Media, Referral Marketing, etc.

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

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Thus you end up with Demand Media that booms until Google algorithm changes (Panda) changes send it off a cliff along with many other companies overly reliant upon one “place” and one “promotional” method.

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

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If you attract names like these you’re bound to attract some media attention and then Chad Hurley dropped the bomb that he was leaving YouTube while he was at the f.ounders event. I wrote this on my flight home from f.ounders & web summit in Dublin, Ireland late last year.

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. Every social media analytics platform, video platform with data or similar that I’ve seen show the same phenomenon. I was waiting for my son’s basketball game to start this morning and with the morning’s emails all drained I turned to Twitter and saw this Tweet from Marshall Kirkpatick.

Here are The Missing Positives of This Election

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I say emotional because it touched me that a senior media executive would put his life on hold to literally walk and knock on doors. It’s hard to feel any positives these days: We’re in the eye of the storm. We’re at peak anxiety. Maximum rancor.

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). My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job.

How Glenn Beck Won the Audience Over at the Upfront Summit

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LLfI9iHIJd  —  @msuster During the election of 2016 I started noticing that Glenn Beck was speaking out against Donald Trump and the alt-right and had apologized for his role in helping divide the country through the increasingly fragmented and polarized media.

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

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Use your blogs, use social media, use the TV media. His outrageous statements are so numerous and he adds so many new ones each week that the media simply focuses on the latest controversy rather than holding him accountable for the entirety of his past.

Why on Earth Would Anybody Post Business Videos on Snapchat?

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Remember — Snapchat has what every video media company wants: Reach and Immediacy. It’s why sports is so important to media — because it’s one of the few remaining events that MUST be watched in realtime.

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.

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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. And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community. They often ask whether they have to move to SF, NY or LA to get financed.

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. I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital.

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?”. This article initially appeared on Inc. If you haven’t already followed me on Twitter, that’s the fastest way to get blog updates. Click here.

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Why Most of Your Assumptions About Phone Calls are Wrong

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If you follow the tech media you would be subject to a lot of narrative biases that are completely off base – and this includes the value of email and phone calls.

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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. But how? Nobody sees you as a CEO since you’ve never been one?

The Perils of Shiny New Objects

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In today’s uber-connected, social media, everything-is-public, people tell you there’s killing it with these new features, investor & mentor whiplash – it’s hard to avoid the latest thing.

A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

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Andrew & Petri posited that a modern media company would build lovable characters that span video games, online digital media, lovable plush physical toys and then ultimately find its way to the big screen.

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. For the past three years I have been pounding the table as loud as I can about the future opportunities in digital video. The concise guide is here. My narrative has stayed pretty simple: People in the US watch 5.3