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How to Recognize that You are Caught in a Bubble – And How to Leave Before it Bursts

November 3, 2010

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There is a dot.com bubble going on these days.  It has the look and feel of the late 90s, with the major difference that instead of public money it is private money that is being invested irrationally.  The problem is, of course, that you might notice this only once the bubble bursts.  And even that […]

Y Combinator

October 13, 2010

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Another interesting NYC start-up world event tonight:  @YCombinator’s Q&A session with @kn0thing and @Harjeet.  The latter is the distinguished right hand to @paulg at Y Combinator, the former is Y Combinator’s “Ambassador to the East” (to underscore his commitment to this very important position, @kn0thing recently traveled to Laos and met some easterners). The best […]

New York Startup Weekend

September 13, 2010

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It’s 2am, but since I have a plane to catch at 6am, I might as well think out loud about the newyork startup weekend I just lived through. First of all, who the hell organized this?  Apparently it’s some kind of non-profit based in Seattle.  @shanereiser seemed to be one of the organizers.  Well, whoever […]

Do Angels Exist? Deconstructing Some Myths:

September 1, 2010

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1) Angels’ motivation is to help you Capitalism is a great way to shift money from those without ideas to those who need it to realize their ideas.  Money is worthless if not spent or put to work.  Angels have a lot of cash and they want to put it to work after having run […]

Hunch

June 29, 2010

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I’ve recently heard a prominent venture capitalist say that what’s missing in NY’s start-up scene are “grand approaches”.  Something revolutionary. I think Hunch is an example of people trying something ambitious.  @cdixon, one of its founders, explains that Hunch is trying to tap connections among people based on their personalities and personal preferences, instead of […]

So Did “Moot” Get a Good Deal?

May 17, 2010

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With much fanfare Techcrunch announced that Christopher Poole, known as “Moot” to his buddies, received $625,000 in funding (that is 625 thousand, not, as you would be excused to have misunderstood, 6.25 million).  Techcrunch can’t hold back its excitement: “Poole has revealed the names of the investors in the round, which are impressive to say […]

New York’s Startup Scene

May 14, 2010

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I’ve recently had a chance to dive a little into New York’s thriving start-up scene.  I am a big supporter of this community.  As others have pointed out, this country needs less finance types (admittedly I am one of them) and more entrepreneurs who will actually produce something.  Economists call it the “real economy” and […]