That Was The Week, Newsletter from Keith Teare. #31 How to raise funding This week’s talking points draw from a wide range of authors and topics. There really is no theme, so instead I want to draw attention to some of the most remarkable and interesting content. A few weeks ago I posted “How to […]
The China Countdown – Tik-Tok, Tik-Tok
Do we care where a consumer internet company was founded? Lets start with the fact that I am British. Bear with me, it’s relevant. I can still remember my middle school geography when the teacher told the class that the pink parts of the world map were “ours”. There was a lot of pink. it […]
Progress, Open Debate, Disagreement, Diversity, Tolerance of Difference, Tolerance of Being Offended. Live and Let live? This week, ‘That Was The Week’ leads with Paul Graham’s essay – The Four Quadrants of Conformism. Paul has been very busy on Twitter, leading the way on issues related to free thinking and open debate, opposing cancel culture. […]
Gelt, How to Make Money?
IPO, SPAC, Traction, Story? This week, ‘That Was The Week’ leads with Ned Desmond leaving TechCrunch after eight years as the boss. On the surface perhaps not the biggest story, but Ned has been the hidden hand of logic and execution at TechCrunch for the past 8 years, in the same way Heather Harde was […]
Which Investors Perform Best? Growth Funds, Venture Funds, Micro Funds, Angels?
Success in Venture – how to measure it. Jean-Louis Gassée gets pride of place this week with his “Apple Silicon: The Passing of Wintel”. Probably the biggest technology story for a long time. TechCrunch launched its “List” this week. It is a list of 400 Venture Funds who are writing checks, along with a list […]
Cancel Culture – Facebook? The New York Times? Who’s Next?
Intolerance and Dissent in Silicon Valley This was an intriguing week in Silicon Valley. Various investors reacted to some negative publicity from the New York Times by calling for the Valley to boycott the newspaper, Facebook’s internal oversight committee seemed to side with those who disagree with Mark Zuckerberg’s defense of openness, and the advertiser […]
Story Telling for Startups
Startup Story Telling Andrew Keen has a new startup in development – now.tv. This video is our first attempt to leverage the approach explained in “Story Telling For Startups” to help him tell the story of now.tv. now.tv – the first attempt Andrew Keen has a new startup in development – now.tv. This video is […]
Facebook versus Advertisers – Who to Trust?
The politics and economics of Venture and Startups Reads of the Week Prepare for the U.S. and China to Decouple – Harvard Business Review Tim O’Reilly makes a persuasive case for why venture capital is starting to do more harm than good – TechCrunch Break Up Google – Tim Bray Why Virtual Events Are The […]
Advertising Boycotts, Regulation, Break-Up ….. and Visas.
Government & Advertisers at war with ‘Big Tech’? Should ‘Big Tech’ be broken up? Should free speech in social media be constrained? Should advertisers block spending on Facebook and Twitter? Are Facebook and Twitter media companies or platforms, or something new? Will the advertisers win as their money speaks? Will video on the Internet become […]
Unemployment in USA hits 47 Million. Racism Exposed. How will Tech Respond?
This week’s discussions in Startup and Venture Capital Land were again dominated by responses to racial injustice, highlighted by the #BlackLivesMatter protests. Not far behind were many stories about the rise of unemployment and the changes it is forcing as we try to come to terms with rising Covid infections acrtoss much of the USA. […]