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Transit [0.16]

Posted on Aug. 17, 2017, 11:22 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

As Co-Chairman of Tech:NYC, I get asked frequently to name the issues that matter most to the tech companies of NYC. Getting to and from work matters a lot to the employees of the growing number of tech companies in NYC.

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If You Lie Down With Dogs, You Come Up With Fleas [-0.12]

Posted on Aug. 16, 2017, 9:48 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

I don’t know enough to say with any confidence that our President is a supremacist.

Instead, for political reasons, if not for other reasons, we have our President asserting their morality.

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How To Hire Executives [0.22]

Posted on Aug. 15, 2017, 10:06 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

If you don’t follow Brian, you might want to.

If you plan to hire executives or are already doing it and would like to see how another CEO does it, I would suggest you go read Brian’s post.

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MBA Mondays [0.09]

Posted on Aug. 14, 2017, 5:33 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

For almost four years, from Jan 2010 to late 2013, I would write a column every Monday called MBA Mondays where I tried to cover the basics of a business education here at AVC.

Since many regular readers have shown up since then and may not know about MBA Mondays, I thought I would let all the new readers know about it.

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Founder Friendly [0.38]

Posted on Aug. 13, 2017, 10:31 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over.

But there are times when interests diverge and what is best for the Company and it’s stakeholders may not be what an entrepreneur perceives to be in their own best interest.

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My partner Albert gave this talk recently at The Blockstack Summit. He frames the crypto/blockchain movement in the context of a broader societal shift into the knowledge age.

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SoundCloud [0.29]

Posted on Aug. 11, 2017, 6:46 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

I have spent much of the last four months working on this and was up most of the night last night finishing it, so I don’t have a lot of gas in the tank today.

But I do plan to write about all of this at some point, maybe soon, maybe not so soon.

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Work Market Acquires Onforce [0.19]

Posted on Aug. 10, 2017, 4:59 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

Our portfolio company Work Market announced today that they have acquired their competitor OnForce from its owner, The Adecco Group.

This combination makes Work Market the undisputed work automation leader in IT services sector, where both companies got their start.

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Was This About Me? [0.18]

Posted on Aug. 9, 2017, 9:23 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

I often get people asking if something I wrote was about them or their company.

There are times when I don’t want to name that person or company, but when something is about a someone or some company, I don’t hide that.

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A Public Record [-0.05]

Posted on Aug. 8, 2017, 10:54 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

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Greed Isn’t Good [0.21]

Posted on Aug. 7, 2017, 12:24 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. There is a fine line between the profit motive and greed.

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Podcast Weekend: Gotham Gal On The Role Models Podcast [0.00]

Posted on Aug. 6, 2017, 10:14 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

My friend David reached out to me and suggested that I share this podcast with the AVC crowd.

In it, he and the Gotham Gal talk about her career and the lessons she learned from it over the years.

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Audio Of The Week: Recovering From Failure [0.12]

Posted on Aug. 5, 2017, 2:46 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

In last week’s Positively Gotham Gal podcast, Christine Quinn, the former NYC mayoral front runner who got passed and beaten by Bill de Blasio, talks about dealing with failure and how to recover from it.

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Fun Friday: Summer Vacation [0.23]

Posted on Aug. 4, 2017, 11:13 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

It is that time of year that most of us take a week off and go somewhere to rest and relax. Where do you plan to go for your summer vacation?

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A Range Not A Price [0.14]

Posted on Aug. 3, 2017, 9:35 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

Entrepreneurs often struggle with how to signal their valuation expectations to investors.

But entrepreneurs don’t want to negotiate against themselves and certainly don’t want to undervalue themselves.

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Creating Tech Apprenticeships For Military Veterans [-0.10]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

AVC community member Bill McNeely is doing a Kickstarter to create tech apprenticeships for military veterans.

I backed it this morning and I thought all of you should know about it too.

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Unrelenting Stress [0.04]

Posted on July 31, 2017, 9:39 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress.

The unrelenting stress is the hardest of the three in my opinion.

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On Forks [0.24]

Posted on July 30, 2017, 11:23 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

Last year Ethereum forked and we got a new crypto asset called Ethereum Classic. Forks introduce instability for a period and the Ethereum fork last year is a good example of what can happen.

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Video Of The Week: Shipping As A Competitive Advantage [-0.09]

Posted on July 29, 2017, 10:37 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

Our portfolio company Shippo is helping ecommerce companies compete with Amazon by making shipping easier and less expensive to offer.

In this short(ish) video, Shippo’s founder and CEO, Laura Behrens Wu explains how they do that and why it is so important.

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Funding Friday: Restore Historic Mission Control [0.35]

Posted on July 28, 2017, 11:01 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

This is so cool. I just backed it.