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  • Howard Stern’s easy billion dollar pay day — courtesy of Spotify or an app

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    Jacqui
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    There is little debate that the greatest radio host in history is Howard Stern. In addition to reinventing himself multiple times, from the long-forgotten battles with the FCC in the 90s to giving Charlie Rose a run for his money over the past decade as ‘greatest interviewer alive,’ Howard’s savviest role is behind the scenes as a platform rainmaker. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/SKy6Y ] First he syndicated his show across the nation after being told his New York humor wouldn’t fly in other markets — heck, they told him he wouldn’t work in Boston…
  • The Bull Case For Solar

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    Fred Wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    My partner Albert blogged about solar yesterday and posted this chart: I’d like to add another chart to this conversation, mortgage rates over the past thirty years: The bear case for solar has been that the payback times are too long. But with cost declines (Albert’s chart) and carrying cost declines (my chart), solar makes more sense today than ever. The other chart worth looking at is home energy prices over time. Your payback on solar depends a lot on how much you are paying for alternative sources of energy. This part of the analysis is not as easy. It depends on what kind of…
  • Beliefs follow action; lessons from a pig farm bar mitzvah

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    Penelope Trunk
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    I studied rustic weddings for a year and realized that all the rustic wedding stuff feels like a parody on a working farm. So we had a very simple bar mitzvah lunch: harvest tables and flowers from the garden. I made all the food myself, from our farm and the farms of our Amish neighbors. I told everyone to wear the nicest clothes they could imagine wearing with boots made for walking through pig pens. This is what it looked like when people were arriving. I loved watching people traipse through the farm. And watching my son in action was just breathtaking. I felt, for a moment, that I…
  • "Is it too early for me to start a pay-per-click campaign?"

    Signal vs. Noise
    Nathan Kontny
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    A Redditor asks: My SaaS product is done. We have a customer who we reached out to locally. I’ve got a freelance writer (via Reddit!) who is working on creating an email course to educate and inform potential customers. Until that is done there is nowhere for me to collect email addresses and start warming them up. However, I do have pricing and plans and the sign up is fully implemented. Is it worth creating a couple ads to start generating some traffic yet? Or is it going to be a complete waste of time until I have that ecourse and am able to collect email addresses? If I do create…
  • Hong Kong Morning

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The upside of jet lag, like Om discovering the streets of Paris, are enjoying parts of the day you might not normally be awake for, like a beautiful sun rise. Here’s a time lapse I made of the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong taken from the incredible view I have in my room.
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  • Beliefs follow action; lessons from a pig farm bar mitzvah

    Penelope Trunk
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    I studied rustic weddings for a year and realized that all the rustic wedding stuff feels like a parody on a working farm. So we had a very simple bar mitzvah lunch: harvest tables and flowers from the garden. I made all the food myself, from our farm and the farms of our Amish neighbors. I told everyone to wear the nicest clothes they could imagine wearing with boots made for walking through pig pens. This is what it looked like when people were arriving. I loved watching people traipse through the farm. And watching my son in action was just breathtaking. I felt, for a moment, that I…
  • Don’t let your resume be a roadblock to your career

    Penelope Trunk
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    I am writing this post at the hairdresser. It’s my son’s second haircut this month. He loves the process of reinvention. While the haircuts feel extravagant, I like that he knows what he wants. Maybe I overvalue this trait in a person because the most frequent issue I deal with on coaching calls is helping people figure out what they want. It’s a very difficult thing to do, at any stage of life. But then, when they’ve figured out what they want, they almost never have a resume that is ready to get them what they want. Rewriting your resume is what you do at the very…
  • Hey ENFPs! Channel your energy and imagination to inspire greatness wherever you go.

    Penelope Trunk
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    This live, online course helps ENFPs reconcile their incredible ability to do everything with the unlikelihood that they will finish any of it. The course runs August 24 – 27 at 8pm Eastern. The cost is $195. Sign up now. The ENFP is the type that has the widest range of strengths, and ENFPs can imagine themselves accomplishing a wider range of feats than any other type. If you get different results each time you take a personality test, you are probably an ENFP. Why is this? Because you are so good at seeing possibilities that it doesn’t make sense that there would be one answer to…
  • I just read about the life-changing magic of tidying up

    Penelope Trunk
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    As someone who compulsively throws stuff out, I was thrilled to hear that the bestselling book worldwide right now is about throwing stuff out: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. You should buy that book right now because my husband and I both loved it. I knew I’d love it because I am compulsive about throwing things out. She gives me deep spiritual justification for throwing out stuff my kids look for three weeks later. My husband loves the book because it feels entirely illogical to him that we keep things we don’t use, and it’s a relief to have the…
  • What neurologists tell us about goal setting

    Penelope Trunk
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    You should set goals because striving to meet a goal makes you happier. This is because a goal gives us structure and purpose, but also once you set a goal, your brain feels like you have already attained that goal. (This explains the euphoria we feel when we decide to “start a diet.”) 1. Our brain thinks we are finished before we start. We need to be very careful setting goals. Our brain is hard-wired to get very upset when we lose something we already have, so we get upset when we don’t actually reach the goal. And, the bigger the potential for positive growth a goal…
 
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  • "Is it too early for me to start a pay-per-click campaign?"

    Nathan Kontny
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    A Redditor asks: My SaaS product is done. We have a customer who we reached out to locally. I’ve got a freelance writer (via Reddit!) who is working on creating an email course to educate and inform potential customers. Until that is done there is nowhere for me to collect email addresses and start warming them up. However, I do have pricing and plans and the sign up is fully implemented. Is it worth creating a couple ads to start generating some traffic yet? Or is it going to be a complete waste of time until I have that ecourse and am able to collect email addresses? If I do create…
  • A mountain of salt for the Apple Watch satisfaction numbers

    Noah
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    We’ve talked a lot about the Apple Watch internally, and even thought a bit about how Basecamp might work on it. A number of Basecampers have gotten Apple Watches, and reviews have been mixed; some people returned their watch, others wear it every single day. Our unscientific, non-representative sentiment runs probably 50/50 satisfied/dissatisfied with the watch. A study reporting high levels of customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch made the round of news sites last week, from the New York Times to Fortune to re/code. The same study was also mentioned by Tim Cook on the most recent…
  • How an idea comes together for me

    Jason Fried
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    First the idea hits. Then I think about it some more and it takes a direction. As I work through the direction, I’ll see another direction. Usually relatively similar, but different enough that it demands its own exploration. As I dig in into the problem, more layers and possibilities reveal themselves. Sometimes they point in entirely different directions. Some seem like big possibilities, others seem smaller. As I keep exploring, some more options emerge. Some independent of the ones I’ve already explored, but others branch off from an existing exploration. As I keep sketching…
  • Cheesecake, the Chicago Way

    Wailin Wong
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    The latest episode of The Distance visits Chicago institution Eli’s Cheesecake, which produces the equivalent of 20,000 cheesecakes a day. What goes into a Chicago-style cheesecake? How about a 1,500-pound Chicago-style cheesecake? Listen to the episode to find out. And if you like the show, you can subscribe to The Distance via iTunes or the podcast app of your choice. We’ll be back in two weeks with another episode about a long-standing business.
  • What are people reading on SvN lately?

    Noah
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Size of bubbles corresponds to share of total SvN web readership, January 2014 through June 2015.
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  • Hong Kong Morning

    Matt
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The upside of jet lag, like Om discovering the streets of Paris, are enjoying parts of the day you might not normally be awake for, like a beautiful sun rise. Here’s a time lapse I made of the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong taken from the incredible view I have in my room.
  • MPAA Smoking Gun

    Matt
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Sometimes truth is worse than what you would imagine: Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ.
  • WordCamp US to be in Philadelphia

    Matt
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    There were amazing applications for teams and cities to host the inaugural WordCamp US, a concept originally floated at the State of the Word last year. It was very hard to make a choice, but can now announce that the birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia, will host the first WCUS on December 4th–6th. They will also host it in 2016, but no dates have been chosen yet. Having it the same place two years in a row allows us to keep logistics a set variable and really focus on the rest of the event in the second year. I also want to use it to facilitate experience transfer:…
  • There is No Such Thing as a Split License

    Matt
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    There’s a term that pops in the WordPress community, “split license”, that we should put to rest. It’s sloppy at best, misleading at worst. First, some background. WordPress is under a license called the GPL, which basically says you can do whatever you like with the software, but if you distribute changes or create derivative works they also need to be under the GPL. Think of it like a Creative Commons Sharealike license. In the past people weren’t sure if themes for WordPress were derivative works and needed to be GPL. In 2009 we got an outside legal opinion…
  • Streak Broken

    Matt
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Due to some distractions and mishandling of scheduled posts on my part, I broke my blogging streak. I got up to 198 days, which isn’t bad, and I’m looking forward to beating it next time. A lot of people might not know this, but if you’re on WordPress.com or run Jetpack when you start a posting streak it will give you a notification high-five every day you continue it, this was the last one I got:
 
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  • Patterns Repeat…Breadth is Bad…But it Remains a Market of Stocks

    Howard Lindzon
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    If you own the right stocks, this has been an incredible time to own stocks. Take a look at the brands you can’t live without and love: Some of the most popular retail consumer brands are crushing the market in 2015 with average YTD performance of +43% — Ivaylo Ivanov (@ivanhoff) Jul. 23 at 10:00 AM You could add Chipotles, Buffalo Wild Wings and Disney to this group. Luckily the ‘robo advisors’ and ‘fee’ cutting software algorithms are here to diversify you into a year of 1 percent S&P gains. As good as it is for the winners, the losers in mobile and…
  • Amazon – The Largest Company in the World by 2020

    Howard Lindzon
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    The same argument has taken place since Amazon went public…it’s overvalued. During that time, Amazon has continued to climb…not without some shocking bear market close call sickening declines. As of this morning, Amazon is one of the 10 largest companies in the S&P, passing both JP Morgan (saved by the government) and Walmart. AMZN gained $36 billion to crack the 10 largest companies in the SPX. Leaped JPM and WMT. SPY — Ryan Detrick (@RyanDetrick) Jul. 24 at 07:33 AM The ‘cloud’ is their oil field and they tap and manage it best so I know they will…
  • Stocktoberfest 2015 – Investing for Profit and Joy – Powered by Amazon Web Services

    Howard Lindzon
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    I am so excited to be live with plans for Stocktoberfest 2015 – October 18-20, 2015. This year we will be upgrading once again to the amazing Del Hotel for the full event. Here is the website with the first run of early bird tickets. I am really proud that the show will not just be led by team Stocktwits and my partners at Social Leverage, but powered by Amazon Web Services. I have been friends with Dave Schappell and Scott Mullins (of AWS) for a while now and after attending the last few shows, they decided to take the lead sponsorship in support of the event. I asked Scott why they…
  • Stocktwits Mobile ‘Real-Time’ Notifications for iOS and Android…NEW

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    The power of the ‘niche’ in people, subjects, expertise and context is one of the best things about Stocktwits. I have always wanted to get alerts when the people I follow on a ticker or market post in real time. I have also wanted to make Stocktwits SO LIGHT that a user could come join, follow one to five key people they feel help most and get everything they need pushed to them. We are confident that people will appreciate the brand, learn the market and eventually engage more. For exmaple, our watchlists on mobile are magically sortable. On Twitter, I publish everything and…
  • ‘El Chapo’ escapes prison and Vows to Give up Drug Business for more lucrative ETF Business

    Howard Lindzon
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    We have reached peak ETF. I am not sure what it means, but it’s a disgusting place to be. The robo’s are fighting each other to the death. There is an ETF for each minute of the day. Not one millennial can name 20 American Companies on the Russell 2000. Today, legendary money losing investor Kevin O’Leary has launched an ETF, called …’I could give a shit’. This awesome investor Kevin O’Leary. Love this part: The fate of the Stanton International Equity and the Stanton Diversified Strategies funds, which has not been widely reported, may come as a…
 
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  • Howard Stern’s easy billion dollar pay day — courtesy of Spotify or an app

    Jacqui
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    There is little debate that the greatest radio host in history is Howard Stern. In addition to reinventing himself multiple times, from the long-forgotten battles with the FCC in the 90s to giving Charlie Rose a run for his money over the past decade as ‘greatest interviewer alive,’ Howard’s savviest role is behind the scenes as a platform rainmaker. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/SKy6Y ] First he syndicated his show across the nation after being told his New York humor wouldn’t fly in other markets — heck, they told him he wouldn’t work in Boston…
  • SMARTCAMP: 30 cities, 10 finalists, 1 winner

    Jacqui
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    We’re doing a global startup competition … with IBM! I’m proud to announce that IBM and LAUNCH are hosting SMARTCAMP 2015: a 30-city startup competition. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/7bspf ] $25,000 in funding (from me!) and acceptance into our 12-week, LAUNCH Incubator is the grand prize, and you can read all about it and request an application at smartcamp2015.com. Competitions from Singapore to Sao Paulo are accepting applications, and live events will be occurring across the globe in the fall. Finalists will travel to San Francisco to attend our SCALE…
  • Inside.com’s vertical strategy — looking for some partners!

    Jason Calacanis
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    We’ve been working hard on Inside.com and we’re starting to make great progress with our vertical App strategy. While our main Inside App has a great, loyal following, trying to get a large number of folks to a general App hasn’t been easy — for anyone. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/fmbge ] Of course, getting a smaller number of people to a large number of vertical Apps is, well, easier! As such we’re in the process of experimenting with a dozen vertical Apps. We’re testing big verticals, like TV and video games, as well as…
  • The most important piece of advice for folks starting their careers

    Jacqui
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    [ From a tweet storm last week ] 1/The most important piece of advice I can give folks starting out: be great at an important skill. The important skills in the world right now include: a. sales b. coding c. product design d. growth e. design f. corporate storyteller 2/Refine your skill faster than your peers. If you’re a product designer, stop binge-watching TV & read every book on UX. Learn to use every tool you find on the internet. Many folks will tell you that the world is not a zero sum game, with one person not having to lose at the expense of another winning. This is simply…
  • Circa’s biggest crime was …

    Jacqui
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    This week, a promising startup died: Circa. I was a small investor and a big fan. There’s a special place in my heart for emerging news brands and curation, and Circa was both. For background, the company spent $5m building and running a stunning, some say quirky, app powered by a respectable team of news junkies for the past three years. Compare that to magazine launches in the 90s, which ran $10-20m per year, and you can see how efficient their effort was. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/4Qx3U ] Sadly, Circa never caught fire. They did have a small, loyal…
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  • Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming

    Tim Ferriss
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Photo credit Alan Levine “Happiness, success, and good health can coexist with all kinds of negative emotions. You don’t have to get rid of negative emotions, you just have to balance them out.” – Dr. Jane McGonigal Jane McGonigal (@avantgame), PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times. She has been called one of the “top ten innovators to…
  • Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in a Day, And How to Start A Successful Blog

    Tim Ferriss
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.” – Maria Popova Maria Popova (@brainpicker) has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be BrainPickings.org. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut. It’s a treasure trove. Maria is massively successful, and her output is staggering. None of it’s accidental, and she’s great at…
  • Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    “The rule is: the basics are the basics and you can’t beat the basics.” – Charles Poliquin Charles Poliquin (@strengthsensei) is one of the best known strength coaches in the world. He has trained elite athletes from nearly 20 different sports, including Olympic gold medalists, NFL All-Pro’s, NHL All-Stars and Stanley Cup champions, and IFBB bodybuilding champions. His clients include long-jump gold medalist Dwight Phillips, NHL MVP Chris Pronger, and MLB batting champion Edgar Martinez, among many others. Poliquin is currently teaching advanced hypertrophy,…
  • Peter Diamandis on Disrupting the Education System, The Evolution of Healthcare, and Building a Billion-Dollar Business

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Peter Diamandis (Photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg) “I think of problems as goldmines.” – Peter Diamandis Dr. Peter Diamandis (@PeterDiamandis) has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine. His accomplishments are far too many to list, but here are a few: Peter is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. He is also the Co-Founder (along with Craig Venter and Bob Hariri) of Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI); and the Co-Founder of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecrafts to mine asteroids for precious materials (seriously).
  • Laird Hamilton, The King of Big Wave Surfing (Plus: Gabrielle Reece and Brian MacKenzie)

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    “There are no new ideas, just new applications of old ideas.” – Laird Hamilton Laird Hamilton (@LairdLife) is widely considered the greatest big wave surfer of all-time. He is credited with the creation of tow-in surfing, as well as the rebirth of stand-up paddle boarding. To get amped for my below interview with him, check out a few minutes of this insanity: Hamilton has starred in multiple surfing films and was the centerpiece of Riding Giants, a documentary about big wave surfing. Laird was also Tim’s teacher in the surfing episode of The Tim Ferriss…
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  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
  • Notes, not received

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    An expected apology rarely makes things better. But an expected apology that never arrives can make things worse. An expected thank you note rarely satifies. But an expected thank you that never arrives can make things worse. On the other hand, the unexpected praise or apology, the one that comes out of the blue, can change everything. It's easier than ever to reach out and speak up. Sad, then, how rarely we do it when it's not expected.        
  • Predicting the future isn't easy

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    The best plans are based on trends, not specific events. Here's a hopeless task: There are 18 candidates in the GOP race. If you can rank them in the order they're going to drop out, I'll give you a signed copy of my new book or $10,000, your choice. The chances of being correct are 1:18!, or about one in six quadrillion, so I think the prize is safe. On the other hand, this blog's twitter account is consistently creeping toward 500,000 followers. If you can guess the date, I'll send you a signed book. Your odds are a lot better on this one. When in doubt, pick projects where the factors you…
  • What is your art?

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting. Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen. Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection. You can be perfect or you can make art. You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.  The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and…
  • Thoughts for the consigliere

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The marketer, the sales rep, the CFO. These are the indispensable levers that help creative work get to the world. When you're part of a project but not the driving creative force, when you work to lever the work of a team of mad scientists and brilliant designers, consider a blend of three roles: Generous skeptic: When the new idea is on the table, when things are being discussed, hashed out and workshopped, are you able to ask the useful and difficult questions? Someone needs to be the trusted critic, asking not with fear, but with confidence. Your question is useful when it exposes…
 
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  • The Bull Case For Solar

    Fred Wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    My partner Albert blogged about solar yesterday and posted this chart: I’d like to add another chart to this conversation, mortgage rates over the past thirty years: The bear case for solar has been that the payback times are too long. But with cost declines (Albert’s chart) and carrying cost declines (my chart), solar makes more sense today than ever. The other chart worth looking at is home energy prices over time. Your payback on solar depends a lot on how much you are paying for alternative sources of energy. This part of the analysis is not as easy. It depends on what kind of…
  • Multi Modal Transportation

    Fred Wilson
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    This morning I citibiked down the west side of Manhattan along the Hudson to Pier 11, where I caught the East River Ferry to Dumbo. I took this picture on the ferry ride across the east river. In Dumbo, I got on another Citibike which I rode to Clinton Hill, docked it, got an iced latte, and hopped on the subway for a few stops into Bed Stuy. If Citibike was available in Bed Stuy, as it soon will be, I would have biked all the way to my breakfast meeting. But the subway works fine too. I have a friend who Citibikes every morning from Bed Stuy into downtown Brooklyn where be catches a subway…
  • Go East Young Man (or Woman)

    Fred Wilson
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    Here’s a fun post by Henry Ward, founder and CEO of our portfolio company eShares, about raising money last year. From Henry’s post: We were 0 for 21 with Silicon Valley VCs. I never got close. Most of the big firms wouldn’t even meet. A few had an associate do a Skype call even though we were 20 minutes away. After 21 meetings in SV, I took a Hail Mary trip to the east coast and met with 3 funds. All 3 invested. Thank god Henry came east. We are hugely excited about the company he’s building. Henry also makes some great observations about the fundraising process. I like…
  • Growth vs Retention

    Fred Wilson
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Entrepreneurs always ask what the one number they should focus on for raising money. I always say “90 day retention numbers for your acquisition cohorts”. There’s a common view in silicon valley and around the tech sector that growth is the one thing you should focus on. But it’s hard to grow if you are churning your users. And if you are paying for user acquisition, as many startups do in search of growth, then retention/churn becomes even more important. This issue was highlighted in a Forbes post on Homejoy, which apparently had a retention problem. A former…
  • Anxious Investors

    Fred Wilson
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Anxiety is something all investors feel at one point or another. Investing is a mix of greed and fear. When things aren’t going great, anxiety sets in. In public equity when you get nervous about a stock, you can usually sell the position and move on. In private equity, you are stuck with the investment. So anxiety sets in. Entrepreneurs might mis-diagnose anxiety as something else. If your investors are all of a sudden meddling in the business, you might be seeing anxiety. If your investors are asking for endless amounts of data, you might be seeing anxiety. If your board meetings…
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  • Four short links: 30 July 2015

    Nat Torkington
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    A Sort of Joy -- MOMA's catalogue was released under CC license, and has even been used to create new art. The performance is probably NSFW at your work without headphones on, but is hilarious. Which I never thought I'd say about a derivative work of a museum catalogue. (via Courtney Johnston) dat goes beta -- the "git for data" goes beta. (via Nelson Minar) Computer Generated Handwriting -- play with it here. (via Evil Mad Scientist Labs) Japanese Telcos vie for Consumer Robot-as-a-Service Business (Robohub) -- NTT says Sota will be deployed in seniors’ homes as early as next March, and…
  • Bluetooth LE has solved the 50% problem, cracking open the IoT

    Jenn Webb
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Subscribe to the O'Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week's O'Reilly Radar Podcast, O'Reilly's Mac Slocum chats with Alasdair Allan, an astrophysicist and director at Babilim Light Industries. In their wide-ranging conversation, Allan talks about the data coming out of the New Horizons Pluto flyby, the future of "personal space programs," and why Bluetooth LE (BLE) is cracking open the Internet of Things. Here are a few highlights from their conversation: The only thing Bluetooth LE shares with traditional…
  • Understanding neural function and virtual reality

    Ben Lorica
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Like many data scientists, I’m excited about advances in large-scale machine learning, particularly recent success stories in computer vision and speech recognition. But I’m also cognizant of the fact that press coverage tends to inflate what current systems can do, and their similarities to how the brain works. During the latest episode of the O’Reilly Data Show Podcast, I had a chance to speak with Poppy Crum, a neuroscientist who gave a well-received keynote at Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose. She leads a research group at Dolby Labs and teaches a popular course at Stanford on…
  • Building C# objects dynamically

    Brian MacDonald
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    [caption id="attachment_78995" align="alignright" width="237"] Buy the book in early release.[/caption] Buy "C# 6.0 Cookbook" in early release. Editor's note: This is an excerpt from "C# 6.0 Cookbook," by Jay Hilyard and Stephen Teilhet. It offers more than 150 code recipes to common and not-so-common problems that C# programmers face every day. In it, you'll find recipes on asynchronous methods, dynamic objects, enhanced error handling, the Rosyln compiler, and more. Problem You want to be able to build up an object to work with on the fly at runtime. Solution Use ExpandoObject to create an…
  • How real-time analytics integrates with our connected world

    Courtney Webster
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    In this special-edition O'Reilly Podcast, O'Reilly's Ben Lorica and VoltDB's co-founder Scott Jarr discuss how VoltDB's hybrid transaction, analytic system allows for real-time analytics and personalization of data across various industries. Scaling transaction processing without losing the relational database MIT's Mike Stonebraker (VoltDB's co-founder) wanted to scale traditional OLTP (online transaction processing) without losing performance. The project evolved and eventually commercialized as VoltDB around the time NoSQL systems introduced a paradigm shift to non-relational databases.
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  • HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR

    Catherine Shu
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:24 am
     HTC is planning to release its extremely well-received virtual reality headset Vive to consumers later this year, possibly in November. In the meantime, the Taiwanese company is busy building out its VR ecosystem. HTC disclosed that it spent almost $10 million for a 15 percent stake in WEVR, an open VR platform and community based in Los Angeles. Read More
  • Samsung And MasterCard Will Launch Samsung Pay Together In Europe

    Catherine Shu
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
     Samsung and MasterCard, which have been working together to bring Samsung Pay to consumers and merchants around the world, announced today that they will extend their partnership to launch the mobile payment system in Europe. Read More
  • Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

    Josh Constine
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
     35 million people run into a Facebook email and password login roadblock on iOS each day, and over half of them bounce. That’s why Facebook confirms to me that it’s testing a new tool that lets users log in to Facebook on Safari with one tap, rather than having to type in their credentials — which most don’t. It could ease frustrations for users while boosting… Read More
  • Find A Photo, Get A Waffle

    Drew Olanoff
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
     About a week ago, the Google Photos team shared this mystical and magical video about a waffle wafel. What could it mean? What is this all about? Why a waffle??!?!?! Read More
  • DogSync Is An App To Help Your Family Keep Track Of Feeding Fido

    Fitz Tepper
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
     Designed for pet-loving households, DogSync (a recent winner of our patent-pending TC Radio pitch-off) is a task manager that helps families communicate and sync tasks like feeding, walking or letting out Fido. So how do you sync real-life events like walking your dog? Read More
 
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  • Amazing gaps in Unix and Node.js worlds

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Disclaimer: It could be that I'm missing something, or everything, and if that's the case I apologize in advance. I'm working slowly in the background on the new EC2 for Poets, and have come across some missing pieces in the Node and Unix worlds, that I just can't believe are still there. Here are a couple. There doesn't appear to be a way to save a Node app as an executable. I understand this might end up being a big thing, but disks are huge these days and the net is super fast. My Android phone today downloaded Angry Birds 2. Sixty megabytes. In a few seconds. And even if a Node "applet"…
  • How future-safe are your ideas?

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    People post big ideas to Medium. It's nice that they have the ideas, and that they share them on the web, but how long will these ideas be there? I can still point to articles I wrote 20 years ago, in 1995. Will the Big Think piece you just posted to Medium be there in 2035? That may sound like it's very far off in the future, and who could possibly care, but if there's any value to your writing, you should care. Having good records is how knowledge builds. If we're constantly starting over how can we pretend to be accomplishing anything other than self-promotion? Is that enough? Don't we…
  • Podcast: What Would Twitter Do?

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Jeff Jarvis wrote a book called What Would Google Do, as if there were great wisdom in Google, and I suppose there was. You have to have captured some basic truth to grow from zero to Google-size in such a short time. Something that others missed, or couldn't execute on. Twitter deserves a similar treatment. Blogging was sputtering along when Twitter came out, and while it did its share of sputtering, it also was roughly a straight line pointed to the right and up. So What Would Twitter Do? That's what I cover in this 30-minute podcast.
  • Denton vs "Sources Go Direct"

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    I have a little story I want to tell. Five years ago, when I was a visiting person at NYU J-school, I organized an afternoon seminar, a discussion between three leaders in the local Internet business community, about a topic very dear to me -- Sources Go Direct. The three panelists: Rachel Haot, Fred Wilson and Nick Denton. The discussion was to have been about the way news was organizing itself on the net, with the sources of the news going direct to the people who were interested in the news, without control of intermediaries. My theory was that there would be a role for journalism in this…
  • The U.S. Blues

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    One of my favorite Dead songs is U.S. Blues. Not only is it a catchy tune with eye-moistening patriotic lyrics, it was written at a time when reactionaries in the US were trying to take ownership of patriotism. Wave that flag, wave it high and wide! Did the hippies say OK you can have the country oh hard hat war lovers? I'm Uncle Sam that's who I am, been hidin out, in a rock and roll band! Hah of course, that's exactly where Uncle Sam would be. So when you see something you love, something important to you, get usurped by forces of hate and war, what you do is you love it right back into…
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  • Why a NYT Editor Left Her Job to Start the News Site Kicker

    Craig Newmark
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Kicker is a news website that helps you get up to speed easily by making news digestible, engaging, and actionable. They’re one of the women-led startups who came in 3rd place for the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition. Holly Ojalvo and Lisa Vehrenkamp, Kicker Cofounders, are the real deal. Holly Ojalvo and Lisa Vehrenkamp, of GoKicker.com, at the Women Startup Challenge Kicker provides helpful explanations on the most important and compelling news of the day, along with ways to take action so readers don’t feel helpless or hopeless while they’re getting their news. They pride…
  • craigconnects.org 2.0 — Better, nerdier

    Craig Newmark
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Folks, many of you may know that I don't tend to change things that are working just fine. You may have noticed this from all the change that's happened to craigslist over the years. (yes, the Mrs. reminds me I'm not as funny as I think I am…) My team, however, finally convinced me that it's time we make craigconnects.org, the online hub of the philanthropic initiative I'm focusing almost 100% of my time on, more modern and accessible.  craigconnects.org was first built in 2011, and it's hard to believe that was more than 4 years ago. I wanted to create a…
  • 4 Women-led Startups Disrupting Travel

    Craig Newmark
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    Hey, I travel quite a bit. I travel for public service and philanthropy, not business; I haven't been in craigslist management since 2000. (I hear that people travel for "pleasure" or on "vacation," which I understand are mythological concepts.) Photo Credit: TripCommon Website It's always nice to see new apps and startups that make traveling less of a hassle, and that help you find good, local food. 1. TripCommon – Follow @tripcommon TripCommon was born out of cofounder Gillian Morris' years of struggling with outdated, buggy travel search and booking…
  • Empowering Women’s Political Leadership Globally

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Folks, the first-ever Women Startup Challenge just took place, and some important women-led startups really worked hard to raise money for their ventures. My team and I interviewed one of the ventures, Mina's List and their Founder/Executive Director Tanya Henderson, Esq., about their inspiring work. What's Mina's List? Mina’s List: Empowering women’s political leadership globally, was founded in 2014 as a non-profit organization dedicated to realizing women’s equal (50%) and substantive political representation in national governments around the world. Substantive…
  • How Tech and the Media Impact Social Change

    Craig Newmark
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Hey, I recently spoke about what's going on regarding hope for trustworthy news at the Media Impact Funders Forum, and you can see the video here: (the usual reminder from Mrs Newmark: I'm not as funny as I think I am.) As always, I try to respect boundaries, I'm a news consumer, not a professional, and only want news I can trust. The forum was really useful, and I spoke about news economics from Ken Doctor, a little about real trends in classifieds revenue, rather than the prevailing disinformation. More importantly, Ken helped me understand that the Trust Project might be…
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