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Tech Layoffs Slow As Quarter Ends

On April 6, 2016, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Tech Layoffs Slow As Quarter Ends

tl;dr: Tech layoffs are slowing, but things aren’t that much better. Since we last discussed tech layoffs, over 20 high profile layoff announcements — LivingSocial (280 staff), 3D Robotics, and First Data (129 employees), etc. — have occurred. To date, my data suggests that at least 130 tech-related rounds of layoffs that reached…

Tech Layoffs: How Bad Is It?

On March 12, 2016, Posted by , in startups, With Comments Off on Tech Layoffs: How Bad Is It?

tl;dr: Despite flood of layoff news on, the situation isn’t that bad (yet!). 2016 is off to a rocky start here in peppy, optimistic, techland – at least according to the media. News of Down rounds, Layoffs, and Shut Downs consistently bubble to the top of Twitter feeds – the…

Quick Note on Millennial Media

On September 3, 2015, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Quick Note on Millennial Media

A few years ago, a small publicly traded company called Millennial Media acquired another small company called Jumptap for $225M. It was a fun affair – Millennial Media had started to experience some sales slowdown and was looking for growth opportunities. The company’s shares had dipped significantly since IPO hayday…

Thoughts about hunting new deals.

On October 8, 2014, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Thoughts about hunting new deals.

I suspect this is well-known for investors already. I know at Golden Gate, it definitely is a thing where we’d chat with our portfolio companies about what services they use and such. Regardless, it seems that in addition to figuring out what teenagers are using (@ProductHunt http://www.producthunt.com/e/products-teens-love)[1], early investors would probably get a…

Dogmas of the startup world.

On October 8, 2014, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Dogmas of the startup world.

To get more reading into my life, I decided to start a little reading group with some close friends of mine. “What? A reading group?!” I know, I know – the concept of the reading group seems lame at first – like a cliché out of some 90’s sitcom with working professionals who…

Something about… blogging?

On October 7, 2014, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

Every few months I get this urge to write. No, everyday, I have an urge to write. Between finishing school, moving to San Francisco, and being at Mattermark, I haven’t had a lot of time to sit and think about things. And of course, that all sounds like fluffy bullsh*t. We constantly…

It’s 4:30AM and I’m super pumped.

On October 7, 2014, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

Me: “My code works!” Ricky: “hahaha. Pure satisfaction.” My code is running. I can go to sleep (maybe?) and not dream of the console. Indeed, pure satisfaction. Good night.

Top Blogs for my my Startup Friends. Sort of.

On February 19, 2014, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

A while back, my friend Michael asked what I read on a regular basis. I thought about it and came up with a “quick and dirty” list of the various blogs I try to read. Thought I’d throw this on my page and share it with everyone! For actual startup…

What I’m Reading Today – Jan 10, 2014 #KevinsDailyReads

On January 10, 2014, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

Probably the most bizarre thing I’ve read in a while – company CEO screws over investors and Mark Cuban; a tale that involves private jets, Vegas parties and what sounds like straight up fraud; will have to wait and see if the article’s “facts” are true (Tech Crunch); Apparently, divorced…

What I’m Reading Today – Jan 9, 2014 #KevinsDailyReads

On January 9, 2014, Posted by , in Projects, startups, tags , , With No Comments

Weather’s cold – basically everywhere. Keep warm and don’t get sick! #gentrification continues – techie NIMBy in Rhode Island – tech CEO urges probation offices to be moved out of DT; RI Gov wanted to move offices DT – closer to parolee but also near growing # of startups; obviously,…