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April 30 2013
by Scott Johnson

Redefining Series A (and college education)

In the good old days, aka the mid ’90s, the venture world was quite orderly.  Angel rounds were under $500K.  Series A rounds were $3-$5 million for companies just getting their first customers, and “B rounds” happened 18 months later at $5-$15 million to scale up.  Which firms did which type of investment was well […]

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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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November 17 2010
by Scott Johnson

Expanding “Opt In” to include “Claw Back.”

My partner Thanasis wrote a thoughtful piece about the trade-offs between privacy and convenience.  Since I am a table pounding “opt-in” zealot, I felt compelled to weigh in.  Opt-in is why Pontiflex is taking share so rapidly from legacy “email list brokers”.  Opt-out is the reason Facebook got kicked in the gut when they launched Beacon, and how […]

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November 12 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Privacy vs. Relevance (or Convenience): a tricky balance

According to today’s Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the Obama administration is taking steps to regulate privacy practices on the internet.  That might include new laws and a new regulatory position.  While Europe has always been more aggressive in this area, the U.S. government has largely left it unregulated, lest it might impede innovation. The WSJ […]

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