• Fake Cues: Why The Next Photo Innovation May Be Helping You Tell a Lie September 19, 2017 2:41 pm
    I want to share something which might be a bit unsettling – whenever I’m looking at you, I’m judging. Whether it’s in person or a static photo. I just can’t help it. It’s how I’m wired. By the way, it’s how you’re wired too. Perhaps our most basic survival skill is the near constant assessment […]
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  • The Markets Ignore Inputs But Over Time, Not The Means September 18, 2017 5:49 pm
    When asked for advice about a career in tech my feedback varies based on the individual’s goals but always ends with “…you can recover from any failure except one where you ruined your reputation.” Basically, trying to make sure that the desire to succeed, to impress, doesn’t overwhelm someone young in their career and cause […]
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  • Thinking About Bodega September 13, 2017 10:28 pm
    As investors, we hope to help founders see around corners in order to assess and predict outcomes. Startups, especially early stage startups, are in the weird position of simultaneously trying to reduce known risks while embracing new risks. Today, one of our portfolio companies launched and was met with a strong, unexpected reaction, one I […]
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  • The Bot Registration Act of 2017 Could Improve Twitter For Us Humans September 9, 2017 2:05 am
    This sounds like an X-Men storyline, but Twitter needs to ask all bot accounts to register as such & then badge. Bots can be very useful but users should know they’re following a bot & bots should follow certain ToS. Treat bots like a developer ecosystem, not like user accounts. Twitter hasn’t been able to effectively police […]
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  • The One Question Investors Should Ask Founders On Demo Day August 29, 2017 8:18 pm
    “What you’ve accomplished is really great and we’re excited to introduce ourselves and chat a bit more. Would you be willing to share your application to [incubator/accelerator] with us so that we can use it as a way to collaboratively discuss what you’ve learned since then?” For many accelerators and incubators, demo days kick off […]
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  • “My editors value impact stories” – Recode’s Jason Del Rey on Evaluating His Success August 22, 2017 4:17 am
    I think his colleague Peter Kafka introduced us? Or at least that’s my best guess for how Recode’s Jason Del Rey and I started hanging out a few years back. Jason rocks the Commerce beat but his reporting chops are only the start of my admiration. He’s a dad to two young kids and it’s […]
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  • This Former Hillary Staffer Is Building Aloe, A Self-Care App. Meet Amber Discko. August 19, 2017 7:42 pm
    I know Amber via her kind and helpful Twitter presence (I *think* @Iano introduced us). So when she launched a recent Kickstarter for Aloe, a self-care app, it felt right to jump in and support her. As the project gained momentum I was surprised by two types of reactions: first, the large number of teens […]
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  • Launched: Wim Yogurt August 11, 2017 4:18 am
    Quick crosspost from the Homebrew blog – Wim Yogurt launched, a startup out of NYC which has developed a kitchen appliance to make single-serve frozen yogurt in the comfort of your home. It’s good….. they’re selling (and shipping) now!
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  • Founders Should Set Aside More Equity for Their Team & “Split the Pain” With Investors August 8, 2017 12:00 am
    As you can see, Weekend VC Twitter gets pretty wild and crazy!!!! But employee option pool is important enough that I wanted to briefly expand upon my comment above. Employee options pools, typically created at the point of financings, shouldn’t be treated as haggling over dilution, but rather a strategic resource that will help founders build […]
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  • “We are one of just 13 industrialized countries with a rising maternal mortality rate” – Christy Turlington Burns on Fighting for Healthy Mothers August 2, 2017 6:44 pm
    I’d open this post by saying “Christy Turlington Burns works tirelessly to improve maternal health” except Christy doesn’t seem even recognize the concept of ‘tired.’ Attribute this energy to her yoga and running dedication, or maybe the very personal experiences in Christy’s own pregnancy which caused her to start Every Mother Counts, but either way her […]
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