Category Archives: VC

Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

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 With industry pundits including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others hotly debating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Hollywood priming the public for the release of a slew of new movies — including Terminator 5 — that warn what can happen when software and hardware evolve to the point that they are capable of human feats of intelligence, it’s little wonder…

What It Means When Law Firms And Startups Give Away Legal Documents

What It Means When Law Firms And Startups Give Away Legal Documents

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 Over the past five years, law firms in Silicon Valley, New York and Boston have put online – for free – the documents that startups need to execute basic legal transactions. But as big law firms mimic their small clients’ “freemium” business development model, they face increasing competition from startup companies seeking to disrupt the legal industry.

Amazon’s Secret Plan: Building A Platform For Inventors (AMZN)

Amazon’s Secret Plan: Building A Platform For Inventors

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Amazon is quietly working on a new program to connect the company with inventors and early-stage hardware and electronics startups, Re/code’s Jason Del Rey reports. Based on a few job postings, Del Rey’s sources describe it as Amazon’s attempt to get these innovative startups and small businesses to use Amazon as their main sales channel. In some cases, Amazon is offering hardware startups perks like enhanced marketing on its site, one source told Del Rey. A former Amazon employee speculated that Amazon could provide funding and mentorship to fledgling companies.

Coming in 2015: reality check for VC-engorged digital media

Coming in 2015: reality check for VC-engorged digital media

http://digiday.com/publishers/digital-media-carnage/

For venture-backed publications, 2014 was a year unlike any other. This has prompted a fever pitch about “what happens next?” Harvard’s NiemanLab published a slew of predictions from industry observers. They were well argued, but I disagree with many of them. In my opinion, the major narrative in 2015 will be revenue. Everything else will be a function of how publishers thrive or struggle to monetize.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. When second place isn’t good enough because we live in winner-take-most markets. The desire to be better than anybody else in one’s field. This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.