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April 6 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Why we invested (again) in Stitcher Radio

Stitcher Radio announced today the closing of its Series B round of funding, lead by Benchmark.  We added to our Series A investment with more dollars in this round and I thought it would be worthwhile explaining why we choose to invest again in Stitcher and what we consider the bid idea. Many of you […]

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March 16 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Facebook Connect: The biggest no-brainer in the history of earth

Well; maybe that is a slight exaggeration.  But when I sit back and try to think about some other things that would qualify as some of, say, the top 10 biggest no-brainers in the history of earth, Facebook Connect has got to be among them. The tagline is one I heard in radio ads on […]

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March 12 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Pitching your business? Keep it simple!

Back in elementary school, we all had to buy these school notebooks with the school insignia in the front.  On the back of the book there was a quote in three languages.  It was a famous quote from Pascal Blaise that went something like: “I made this letter longer than usual because I did not […]

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February 17 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Mobile communications opening up

I believe that this week’s announcement of Verizon exclusive bundling of Skype into its mobile phones is a significant milestone in the inevitable march towards a world of open mobile communications. What I mean is that carriers will increasingly become value added internet service providers.  They are currently the old AOL.  Providing access to the […]

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January 29 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

iPad and the amazing Apple PR machine

So the Apple tablet is finally out and it is called the iPad, to the amusement of most females who think they should have been consulted on the name.  I have been following the rumours and hype surrounding the lead up to the announcement and I was having a tough time thinking of another product […]

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January 28 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

“Checking in” on the hyper-local opportunity

There is a new term that is quickly gaining popularity in the lexicon of social media: “checking in.”    You can think of it as letting the world know where you are.  Many apps have begun enabling this new functionality.  And it has now made its way on my facebook page.  On almost a daily basis […]

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January 11 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Themes from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

I had a chance to walk the floor of CES in the past few days and thought I would share what stood out for me.  This of course is not meant in any way as a conclusive list and there has been plenty of coverage in the press about all things interesting.  My summary is […]

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December 22 2009
by Thanasis Delistathis

The changing landscape of internet TV

I have argued in a past blog entry that getting your TV through the internet is inevitable.  The big question is “how will it unfold”?  Who is likely to lead this revolution? In numerous blogs and articles, it appears likely that Apple is trying to play a role.  Here is an article from today’s Wall […]

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November 10 2009
by Thanasis Delistathis

5 things to know about creating a financial model for your business

When pitching your business to venture investors, sharing a well designed financial model is very important!  Why?  Because how a financial model is designed helps investors learn some things about you and your business:  it provides insights into how you think about your business, helps clarify what are the main assumptions that drive it and […]

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October 27 2009
by Thanasis Delistathis

Why is it hard to monetize ad-driven businesses? Answer: it’s not if you have the right people.

About a month ago, I was talking to Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Ventures about the state of the advertising market.  Many of our portfolio companies have a free, ad-supported business model.  So the ability to get revenue is correlated to the ability to sell the advertising inventory at attractive rates. We both marveled at how […]

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