23 7 / 2014

How the Crowd Taught a Robot to Build a LEGO Turtle



Humans learn by imitation. There’s no predicting what your kid will bring home from school or the park. What if machines could learn like kids? In fact, they can and do. Robots don’t go to the park or school (yet)—but they live in labs and can go online.

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23 7 / 2014

welcometokindergarten:

Investors learn important truths, but we sometimes choose to suspend this knowledge when it feels better not to be encumbered by it. As an investment advisor, I come into contact with this phenomenon on a daily basis. No one is immune to it, myself included.

Below are seven essential truths of…

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22 7 / 2014

Also, Introductions and the “forward intro email”



Making introductions is one of the most rewarding things we do as backers and builders of startups, and as affiliates of Bloomberg — where we love bringing promising startups to the attention of a company we admire.

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22 7 / 2014

The “Simpsons-Futurama” Crossover Episode Will Air This November



The crossover episode was announced at Comic-Con last year, but now we know that it will air in November. His answer: “We are definitely doing one. We recorded it with the full Futurama cast. It’s going to air in November.

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22 7 / 2014

Venture capital is changing — and not necessarily for the worse





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22 7 / 2014

Yahoo to Acquire Flurry to Strengthen Mobile Products



Over the past couple of years, Yahoo has been focused on re-imagining our users’ daily habits, and mobile is at the center of everything we do.

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22 7 / 2014

Estimize — Here’s Why Hedge Funds are Expecting Apple to Crush Earnings Estimates



Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with CNBC’s Josh Lipton last week to discuss his firm’s blockbuster partnership to bring IBM’s business analytics software to Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad consumer devices.

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22 7 / 2014

Doomed to Repeat It



Did you ever notice, wrote my friend Finn Smith via chat, how often we (meaning programmers) reinvent the same applications? We came up with a quick list: Email, Todo lists, blogging tools, and others. Do you mind if I write this up for Medium? I asked. I will credit you for the idea.

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20 7 / 2014

As Popular As It Is, We Can No Longer Unbundle Microsoft Office



Editor’s note: Tom Limongello is based in NYC and is VP of Product Marketing for Crisp Media. It’s summertime, so we know there’s pressure to ‘unbundle’ ourselves from work as much as we can.

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17 7 / 2014

Microsoft’s Excel Might Be The Most Dangerous Software On The Planet



No, really, it’s possible that Microsoft‘s Excel is the most dangerous software on the planet.

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17 7 / 2014

My Role as a VC: What I am and what I am not.



There’s been some writing about how VCs and founders interact with each other and it inspired me to take a step back and reflect on what my role is supposed to be with regards to the investments I make and the founders I deal with. Here’s what I came up with…

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15 7 / 2014

False Positives, False Negatives, and Reading Decks in Advance



As a VC, I take the majority of my meetings without seeing a presentation or “deck” in advance. And when I do get slides, I tend not to study them closely in advance. I’ve never explained why and wanted to do so.

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15 7 / 2014

AngelList Syndicate Feedback From An Experienced Entrepreneur



We recently funded Blinkfire Analytics using our FG Angels Syndicate. The CEO and founder, Steve Olechowski, was co-founder / COO of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. I was an investor and on the board of FeedBurner, which is how I got to know Steve.

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15 7 / 2014

FinTech Investment: Cerulli Say Asset Managers Must Spend to Save



Global analytics firm Cerulli Associates say asset managers and other financial institutions plan to invest in product, distribution and FinTech in 2014. Those were the key themes emerging from the January 2014 issue of The Cerulli Edge®: U.S. Asset Management Edition.

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15 7 / 2014

Thirty Things I’ve Learned



Remember you will die. Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you have today.

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