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November 4 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

Raise your (recycled) glass to Bambeco

New Atlantic Ventures just welcomed the entrepreneurs behind Bambeco to our portfolio. Bambeco sells sustainable goods for the home. My favorite item Bambeco sells right now is the Vintage Champagne Ice Bucket, reclaimed from French champagne caves and hotels in Paris (while supplies last) – fitting for the occasion. Today, Bambeco announced it raised $4.5 […]

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October 8 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

A Transaction Worth the Wait

Today one of our portfolio companies reached a pivotal milestone – GlobalLogic, which operates design and engineering centers around the world, agreed to be acquired by Apax Partners.  This is a bittersweet moment for me as I have been involved with this company as an investor for 13 years.  Yet this is not the end […]

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June 27 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

The Consumerization of Everything

Sometimes you have to take a step back to appreciate the frantic pace of change in consumer technology that we take for granted.  The ipad didn’t exist before 2009, but it is basically the tool I know use to read all my magazines and newspapers.  The iphone didn’t exist before 2007 but it is now […]

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March 9 2012
by Thanasis Delistathis

Takeaways from Jobs’ biography

I recently finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.  It was a fascinating retrospective of Jobs the business person, but also Steve Jobs the individual.  I already knew a lot about his role in starting Apple and eventually saving the company, but very few things about his personal life and character. Visionaries that drive […]

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January 19 2012
by Thanasis Delistathis

Venture capital should not be a political punching bag

Venture capital has been in the news lately, thanks to the critics of Mitt Romney’s previous career as a CEO of Bain Capital.  For those of you that have been in a cave over the last couple of weeks, the criticism from Romney opponents is that some of the companies that Bain Capital invested in […]

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January 5 2012
by Thanasis Delistathis

Privacy matters

Mark Zuckerburg, founder of facebook, famously declared in one public appearance in 2010 that the age of privacy is over.  As we all share more information over the internet, the world is becoming more transparent. So do people care about privacy, and does it matter? I saw some data recently from the work of one […]

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September 20 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Facebook launches “Subscribe” button: worlds collide

In a bid to stay ahead of competitors Twitter and Google+, Facebook quietly launched a new way to share and receive news on its network.  It’s called the “Subscribe” button and allows me to follow “public” news updates of other Facebook users even if they are not friends in my network.  That comes on the […]

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July 7 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

What’s in it for Skype?

Facebook announced a new feature that allows users to communicate with their friends via video calls.  The backbone of the service is powered by the skype network. I was curious to see how the service worked so I tested it with a couple of colleagues.  To enable it, I had to click on a friend […]

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June 15 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Think Different: Apple Retail Stores

A couple of months ago my Mac Air’s operating system was fried.  The Finder was malfunctioning and I couldn’t get an anything done.  I took it to the Apple store around the corner from our office.  The rep at the Genius Bar hooked it up to a hard drive and asked me to come back […]

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June 10 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

GroupOn: Amazing biz model or “ponzi scheme”?

Does GroupOn have a sustainable business model?  Not a day goes by when I don’t have that debate with another VC or entrepreneur.  They went from $0 to $2.5BN annual revenue run rate in less than 4 years.  Arguably the fastest growing company in history.  It almost sounds too good to be true.  Can it […]

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