Video Of The Week: Is Crypto the Future of Early Stage Funding?

A lot of people in the crypto sector have suggested that ICOs and tokens are the future of early stage investing and highly disruptive to my business (venture capital). In this video (yet another from the Upfront Conference), VCs and other investors discuss why that may not be the case.


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Albert Wenger — February 16, 2018
The Power of Continued Innovation: MongoDB Adds Transactions Bethany Marz Crystal — February 16, 2018
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Fun Friday: Skiing

The long Presidents Weekend has always been ski time for our us. And the same is true this year. We’ve arrived in ski country with a bunch of friends and plan on being out on the mountains for the next three days. Skiing (and Boarding) is an incredible combination of being outdoors in the mountains surrounded by awesome beauty and an exhilarating athletic experience. I’ve been skiing since I was a teenager and it’s always been one of my favorite things to do.


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Albert Wenger — February 16, 2018
The Power of Continued Innovation: MongoDB Adds Transactions Bethany Marz Crystal — February 16, 2018
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The Dronebase API – Assign Drone Missions Directly In Your Workflow

Our portfolio company DroneBase announced another round of funding today but the more exciting thing to me is that they have built out and are scaling the operational layer for the drone industry. From their announcement:
DroneBase recently completed over 100,000 commercial drone missions for enterprise clients across various industries such as real estate, insurance, telecommunications, construction, and media. The company has the largest, most engaged and skilled drone pilot network, having grown it 10x year over year for the past two years. Through this network, DroneBase is able to turn around a client mission in less than 48 hours anywhere in the United States, since its pilots are active in all 50 states and over 60 countries.
And you can access that network via the Dronebase API. So if you are in the insurance, real estate, construction, media, or telecom business and need to acquire aerial imagery on a
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Stash Your Cash

My partner Rebecca announced our most recent investment yesterday in a company called Stash. Stash is a simple mobile app that you connect to your bank account and each week (or month) you stash some of your cash away (ie save) and the app invests it for you in a portfolio of funds that it puts together for you based on your investing interests. Here is my current Stash portfolio: As you can see, I “auto stash” $25/week and it gets invested in the first three funds. I have also directly bought four additional funds. I get mobile notifications on my phone when new funds are offered (like “corporate cannabis”, that was an instant buy). I can move around where I want my weekly auto-stash funds to get invested. I think I might do that today and direct more funds toward some of these other funds that I quite like.
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Pixel Buds vs AirPods

When I got my new Pixel 2XL recently, the Google Play Store offered me to add the Pixel Buds to my cart and get them for half price. Normally they are $159 (same price as AirPods). So I took up Google on the offer and after I set up my Pixel 2XL, I paired my Pixel Buds to my phone and used them as my headphones. That experiment lasted less than a week and last Wednesday when I was in SF for the day, I stopped by the Apple Store in Union Square and bought a pair of AirPods. The Pixel Buds are not great and the AirPods are excellent. Here are five reasons I feel that way: 1/ The AirPods fit in my ear (and from what I heard most ears) without any issue. The Pixel Buds fit weirdly and require the user to use this rope thing to
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Streaming The Olympics

Yesterday morning something amusing happened. My friend and I were headed out to go skiing and we both got texts from our children asking for the logins to our cable accounts. I thought to myself that there must be tens of thousands of those text messages being sent at that moment. Many of our adult children don’t have cable television. They stream their media over their laptops and AppleTVs. And so when something big like the Olympics comes along, they head over to the network’s streaming services and they need to log in with their cable television credentials. Which, of course they don’t have. But their parents do. This has been going on in our family for some time, but I realized yesterday that this goes on in many families these days. The parents are still on cable, the kids are not, and at times, the kids need their parent’s
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