Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by David Pakman

Without Aereo, How Will Traditional TV Be Disrupted?

After yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision against Aereo, will traditional TV be disrupted? The First Phase of Disruption Already Started There has been a major shift away from appointment TV to on-demand viewing, beginning with the DVR, followed by Netflix, and now partially fulfilled by hundr

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by Doug Dooley

Cloud networking beyond SDN and NFV

New innovations in networking are being triggered because of at least four broad-based macro trends: Cloud: Growth of business-critical applications in the cloud (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) Mobility: More branch offices and mobile workers using a variety of devices Security: IT administrators losing visibil

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by Doug Dooley

How to become a venture capitalist

Since I joined the ranks of venture capital investors, the most common question I seem to get from my friends and colleagues is, “How did you become a venture capitalist?” I think it’s because the path and even the role seems opaque to so many. For others, mostly those working at t

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by David Pakman

Taking the Other Side in the Amazon/Hachette Debate

This post is likely to be unpopular. In April of 2012, I wrote “Why Should eBooks Cost $15” in response to the news that the Justice Department was suing Apple over price collusion with the book publishers. In it, I discussed eBook pricing… Readers of this blog are familiar with my

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by Doug Dooley

Protected: Cloud networking beyond SDN and NFV

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by Nick Beim

A Debate about the Future of NY Tech

HotTopics recently hosted an interesting debate moderated by Jeff Glueck about the future of the NY tech scene that I participated in along with Kevin Ryan, Dennis Crowley, Jessica Lawrence, Alfred Lin and Bob Goodman. Here are the highlights. Some of the big questions we hit were: -How is the NY

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by Nick Beim

A Discussion With Some of New York’s Most Successful Repeat Entrepreneurs

Some of the most helpful advice in building startups comes from entrepreneurs who have been there and done that successfully multiple times. To try to find and highlight the best advice of this kind, we recently hosted a panel discussion with a group of New York’s top repeat entrepreneurs, includ

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by David Pakman

The FCC Decides to Eviscerate the Neutral Internet

Like many in the tech community, I was both shocked and dismayed at the FCC’s sudden about face on the basic principles of net neutrality. “The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.” ̵

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by Brian Ascher

The Future of Software is…Wicked Smaaht

Software as a Service and cloud computing has been transformational for the software industry.  But compared to what is coming next, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  First, to appreciate where we are heading a quick review of where we’ve been is in order.  Back in the olden days of business soft

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by Richard Kerby

Net Neutrality

Imagine this:You sit down at your laptop one day and go to your favorite video streaming website. But instead of getting clips of hilarious cats, you get a message telling you that you have exceeded your streaming allowance for the month, unless you would you like to purchase some extra streaming cr

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by Richard Kerby

ESPN vs Cable

In this economy, the cost of cable television is more of a pain than a benefit. With the introduction of lower cost alternatives such as Netflix and Hulu, more and more people are deciding to cut the cord.  However, there is one problem, one obstacle — where will sports fans go? As

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by David Pakman

The Price of Music

Will the recorded music industry ever grow again? Since 1999, the industry has been in rapid decline as CDs became unbundled into downloaded singles. The digital download market never came close to the size of the physical music market. Now we are in the midst of another format transition, this time