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Joe Lonsdale (co-founder of Palantir, Addepar and Formation8)  kicked off a meaningful conversation with us on building  multi-billion dollar businesses in big data at one of our recent Lightspeed Dinner Series events this week.

Lightspeed Dinner Series on Big Data with Joe Lonsdale from Formation 8

Lightspeed Dinner Series on Big Data

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In the early days of a startup, every business component, from what to pay employees to new product features seems critical.  But what are the most important measures of success for a startup?

This week, I shared an article on …

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Over the years, I’ve had the great honor of supporting some truly inspiring entrepreneurs as they have strived to not only disrupt markets, but also improve the world we live in.  Today, I am thrilled to see that one of …

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What does “big data” mean to you? When most of us hear the term, we immediately think about mainstream use cases that leverage smarter data sets to assist companies in making better decisions that optimize business operations, improve enterprise application …

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I’ve been writing up reviews of this season’s Shark Tank pitches from a silicon valley VCs perspective. Week three’s breakdown covered topics like how hard momentum is to turn around, and how participating preferred stock works. This time I’ll break …

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With their acquisition of Nicira today, VMware is making a brilliant strategic move that gives them not only the leading network virtualization technology but also a world-class of team of executives and engineers.  Congratulations to Martin, Steve, Rob, Alan, JJ, …

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This weekend I had the opportunity to join AngelHack, a hackathon event that took place in Palo Alto, New York, Boston and Seattle, to help judge the finalists in Palo Alto.  Over 1,500 people participated in the event around …

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I’ve posted in the past about how tablets and kindle will change reading. Friday’s WSJ had a big story on the fan fiction phenomenon that is well worth reading. One of the companies that they call out is Wattpad

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I just wrote a guest post on TechCrunch asking. “Is Direct Selling The Next Driver Of Startup Commerce Companies?” We’re seeing lots of exciting startups using this old channel to drive very fast growth.…

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The first attempts to capitalize on a new medium are always simple ports from an old medium. The first TV shows were newscasts – basically the same as radio, a guy reading the news. The first e-commerce sites were cataloges …

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