Posts filed under “Venture Capital”

The Hierarchy of Innovation

I find this intriguing:

From Rough Type:

If progress is shaped by human needs, then general shifts in needs would also bring shifts in the nature of technological innovation. The tools we invent would move through the hierarchy of needs, from tools that help safeguard our bodies on up to tools that allow us to modify our internal states, from tools of survival to tools of the self.

Source: Rough Type

Category: Technology, Venture Capital

Confessions of an Institutional Investor

Josh here – the other day I did a post about the amazing complexity and obsession with tail risk that’s caused so many professionally-managed investment pools to miss the market over the last few years (see: I don’t understand). Every general fights the last war, as they say, and a portfolio geared toward having a…Read More

Category: Asset Allocation, Hedge Funds, Really, really bad calls, Venture Capital

NYC Startup Guide

StartupsFM presents “NYC City Beat: The ultimate guide for startups in NYC. Welcome to NYC, the land where startups BREATHE innovation! Shai Goldman says “There are roughly 1,000 startups that are currently active. About 400 of those are VC backed (including seed funded). The other 600 are bootstrapped / self-funded.” WSJ recently reported that the…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

The Future is All Possibility.

Back in April 2012, I urged some people to Step aside, old man. Let imagination lead the way.  Although I have been called me a curmudgeon, I noted “as I look to the long term, I’m optimistic.” That thought process was revisited this evening. Why? Tonight, I spoke at the NYU Stern Launch. Speaking to…Read More

Category: Psychology, Venture Capital

So You Want To Be A Landlord?

My fishing pal and hedge fund buddy Scott forwards along an email from an anonymous analyst in Asia, who is somewhat perplexed by the massive “rent to flip” private equity investment in US distressed (or not so distressed) homes:     Take a look at the number of houses for rent in Phoenix.  This is…Read More

Category: Real Estate, Venture Capital

NYC startup scene

The NYC startup scene from André M. König by André M. König on Jul 17, 2013

Category: Think Tank, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

The Sharing Economy

Final le web london (june 2013) from Mark Suster by Mark Suster on Jun 09, 2013

Category: Think Tank, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

Tesla Model S Cold Weather Range Test Norway

We attempt to drive the Tesla Model S from Oslo, the capitol of Norway, to Geilo. The journey is only 270 kms, but with a climb of 800 metres and freezing temperatures. The test car is a US-spec Model S without cold weather spec. Hat tip: Market Clues

Category: Technology, Venture Capital, Weekend

Possible versus Probable

Its Friday, and has become my wont, this is the day of the week I like to kick back, wax philosophical about various thoughts kicking about me noggin. One of the things that I have been noticing of late is the way so many people seem to confuse facts with forecasts. Twitter is rife with…Read More

Category: Hedge Funds, Investing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Venture Capital

Risk-Taking: Real Economy vs Wall Street

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Source: Yahoo

 

Real Economy Avoids Risk-Taking as Wall Street Embraces It:

“Has the intrepid American entrepreneur turned timid? Is the courageous, risk-embracing business pioneer becoming like the cowboy: a popular icon of a bygone time rather than a reflection of what America has become?

We might not be quite there. But there is a broad array of evidence, much of it hashed out in a long Wall Street Journal feature, that American workers and companies have grown more risk-averse in recent years.

Companies are less eager to expand payrolls to grow; the rate of small-business creation has ebbed; investment in startups is sluggish; workers are less likely to leave a job for a better opportunity; families aren’t as willing to move to a part of the country with more vibrant economic prospects. If these trends persist, it will restrain the pace of long-term economic growth.”

Category: Employment, Venture Capital, Video