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April 28, 2014

I watched the first episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley last night. Yes I know I’m several weeks behind at this point, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to get into this series (still not sure actually). FWIW I’m a big fan of Mike Judge’s films like Office Space and Idiocracy, and also enjoyed […]

February 20, 2014

Like most folks in the tech ecosystem, I’m still slightly slack-jawed this morning by the announcement late yesterday that Facebook is buying WhatsApp for approximately $19 billion in total consideration.  There are so many remarkable aspects of this event… from the sheer size, to founder Jan Koum’s personal story, to the way it caught most […]

February 12, 2014

It’s widely known we VCs focus on just a couple of key dimensions when making our investment decisions:  team, market, product / technology, and investment parameters or “deal”.  While all of these parameters are loosely connected and there are many paths to “yes” at the end of the day market size is the prime reason […]

February 5, 2014

Most consumer web/mobile companies focus on user growth and usage early in the company’s lifecycle before shifting to monetization.  This is a logical thing to do… when we started LinkedIn, my mentor Reid Hoffman instilled a mantra of Growth –> Usage –> Revenue which still holds for many consumer companies.  This is especially true for […]

January 22, 2014

Change Collective announced their seed round today, in conjunction with their broader launch of the company.  I thought I’d share a little of what makes us enthusiastic to partner with Ben, Derek, and their team to help them as they build their business. I first met Ben about 5-6 years ago. This was before we […]

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    How on earth has there not been a remake of The Running Man?
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    @avidindoorsman hope you're good too. Going to roll dice w/ Jones, but benching TY Hilton… tough to miss both my WR studs for championship
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    @avidindoorsman I'm in the exact same boat... tough call, I'm leaning towards playing Jones
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    RT @davidbeisel: What a year it's been! Looking back at everything that's happened to our firm @NextViewVC in 2014: http://t.co/u0Pi1AY9pq
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    What a year it's been! Looking back at everything that's happened to our firm @NextViewVC in 2014: http://t.co/u0Pi1AY9pq

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