Customer Service…RIP?

I just completed my annual New Year’s purge of apps on my iPhone.  I test countless apps and services as market research as I evaluate new investments.  Just 5 years ago, overall smart phone penetration and user “education” was a hinderance for startups looking to capitalize on this new medium.  Now with the plethora of  … Read more


Posted: July 9th 2014 None

Yahoo/Tumblr: Peanut Butter & Chocolate?

It had to happen. Tumblr, a next generation content site that epitomizes media creation, consumption and usage of the 21st century and of the net-native generation, has been acquired by a staid, late 20th century, Web 1.0 media brand, Yahoo (I can’t bring myself to add the exclamation point that was such a part of  … Read more


Posted: July 20th 2013 9

Best of Breed

When I invested in enterprise software in the late 1990’s, I saw a proliferation of “best of breed” solutions. These vertical solutions would focus on specific pain pain points in the enterprise, such as logistics or customer relationship management. Larger companies such as IBM and SAP that had enterprise-wide deployments would offer some solutions around  … Read more


Posted: July 13th 2013 None

Interpretative Intelligence

…or how to avoid drowning in the coming data flood. According to a recent Cisco report, last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 12x the size of the ENTIRE global Internet in 2000.  This “big data” is going to proliferate as most of the world still does not have smartphones (or affordable access to 4G  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2013 3

Be a Pioneer not an Opportunist

As we turn over to a new year, it seems that everything old is new again. From retro typefonts to Instagram filters to the recent neon craze in the fashion world, it seems we are cycling back in time. And now I can’t open a tech blog without reading about the new bubble or the  … Read more


Posted: July 1st 2013 1

I Want to Wake Up in the City That Tweets…

About a month ago, I got a call from NASDAQ asking me if I’d participate in a video about the technology scene in NYC. The only time we could coordinate was a quick interview before I spoke at Social Media Week. The full “Made in NYC” video is below and it is a fantastic representation  … Read more


Posted: July 30th 2012 None

Disrupting VC

As a venture capitalist, I am always looking for highly innovative, disruptive businesses. Ones that challenge the status quo, that aim to make a significant difference in the way we do and look at things. When I left Omidyar at the end of last year to move back to NYC and start my own fund,  … Read more


Posted: July 9th 2012 2

Web 3.0+: The Hyperconnected Global Internet

The title of this blog comes from a presentation I did at last year’s Web 2.0 conference in NYC, in September 2010. I overviewed the growth of the global internet and penetration, noting that the future of the Web was going to be driven by emerging countries, as mobile connectivity continues to be more ubiquitous  … Read more


Posted: July 18th 2011 3

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

As a venture capitalist, I am privy to innovations long before they become mainstream, one of the things I love about my job.  But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me.  This was the year that the promise of  … Read more


Posted: July 16th 2011 17

NYC 3.0

Now that I’m back full time in NYC, I decided to run for the Board of NY Tech Meetup, a dynamic community of 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and people interested in tech.  Founded in 2004, it has grown in leaps and bounds along with NYC’s tech sector.  My view is that it’s time to  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2011 None