We need to be angry and empathize with the victims without being scared. Our...– The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic Inspired by this. And I’m gonna run the fucking boston marathon next year. (via bijan) Sign me up too!
Observations from my trip to Turkey
I have had a very pleasant trip to Turkey not too long ago. I spent most of my time with the family and eating my favorite Turkish food. In between all the eating, I could not help notice how far Turkey had come over the last 10 years under the AKP regime. It was quite astounding actually, the economy is booming: Tax revenue is high, foreign investment is pouring into the country, unemployment is...
Think twice before you stay at Gansevoort Park...
They have a very bizarre policy in the summer to limit the A/C use. The thermostats in the room are programmed to go only to 75 degrees no matter what temperature you set. Here is the message I sent to the night manager, he is actually a nice guy. Hi XXXXXX – This is Santo Politi from Spark Capital. I was hoping to talk to you before I left but I did not see you. It sounds like you asked your...
The Gong Show: More on the Job Spec →
thegongshow: Since launching our Analyst hiring process we’ve already received a flood of applications, and I’m really excited about the quality we are seeing. I want to add a bit of color around the type of person we are looking for. It’s easy for us to know what we want because we already have a great…
The Gong Show: Hiring an Analyst at Spark Capital →
thegongshow: We’re hiring for an Analyst at Spark. You can find the full job description and application link here. I entered the venture capital industry through an Analyst program, so I can say from first-hand experience, it’s a great way to way to learn about venture capital, while also meeting…
Aftermath of Facebook IPO
I am very disappointed how the Facebook IPO went down. It is still not clear where it went wrong but between NASDAQ’s failure, the last moment share increase and the selective disclosure issues, there is enough blame to go around. I am still very bullish on the company and I hope the “lower revenue growth” for the year is just a hoax. I am more worried about the aftermath though, this was the big...
Bullish on Facebook IPO
Facebook IPO is only a couple of days away and I am very excited. I am in the “extremely bullish” category, I fully expect the stock price to double post IPO and perform well over the long term. Apparently the order book is very strong. I heard that some of the recent NASDAQ pullback is due to public investors, like mutual funds, taking money out from existing positions to re-allocate...
Capital Intensive Ideas
Like most venture funds, we often see some very interesting companies building truly life altering technologies. These companies usually require significant capital investment before they take their innovation out of an (MIT) lab and turn it into a first viable product. In the current investment environment, where most dollars are chasing the ‘social’ breakouts, finding an interested...
I had a funny experience flying United to San Francisco yesterday. Like most, I have permanently switched to Virgin for the excellent service and inflight Internet. I had to get to San Francisco early, so Virgin was not an option. It all started with the pre-flight video featuring the new United CEO. He espoused great customer service above all, while the experience to that point and throughout...
Bijan Sabet: My partner, Mo →
bijan: I first met Mo about 5 years ago. I’m pretty sure it was Santo that made the initial intro. He was working at IAC at the time, and I really enjoyed meeting him. His energy, passion and opinions about the world of media and technology left a mark with me. We stayed in touch and a few…
Why is NYC great and Boston sucks?
If I ever sit on another panel to discuss “Why is NYC great and Boston sucks?” I am going to throw up. This was the topic at the NVCA panel discussion I participated today as a budding NEVCA board member (NEVCA: New England Venture Capital Association not to be confused with the NVCA: National Venture Capital Association). Ever since Battery Ventures turned down Facebook and the...