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Bryan Goldberg

Bryan is an entrepreneur in New York and San Francisco. He is the Founder and CEO of Bustle.com. He previously founded Bleacher Report, and currently advises several startups. You can follow him on Twitter.

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    Dear VCs: Here’s the first thing to look at in a media deal

    Venture Capitalists tend to ask a lot of questions. And when they are looking at media deals — which are intimidating in their unpredictability — they ask a ton of questions. But they can save themselves a lot of time, because there is one question that is so important that it should really be the first one they ask. I’m talking about traffic, right? A great VC can make up his or her mind within moments of looking at a website…
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    How much does your college degree matter?

    With unemployment for young people still at elevated levels, and so many career paths basically obsolete, the “college debate” is in full force. Tom Friedman recently entered the fray. But his article turned into a puff piece for his daughter’s friend’s company, and besides, who really cares what a career journalist thinks about hiring people? When was the last time a newspaper hired anyone? I’ve personally hired over a hundred people — most of them in their 20s. And…
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    Together, we can eradicate taxis…

    I remember a story from four years ago, when UberCab was the newest thing. That was before it had a massive valuation, before Travis Kalanick was CEO, and before it changed its name to escape one of its countless legal brouhahas. I was riding in an airport taxi — it was the first time in weeks that I had taken one. The driver, a hefty bearded man in his 50s, asked me if I had downloaded the TaxiMagic app yet. “No,”…
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    California aspires to mediocrity — It’s almost there

    The Atlantic recently published a quintessential “puff piece” about Governor Jerry Brown that talks in depth about the man and offers a primer about the state itself. Because it is a long article, I will summarize it here: First, the state of California is unwieldy due to several deeply-ingrained political peculiarities, such as (a) direct democracy, (b) a weak legislature, and (c) a widespread defeatist sense that the state is ungovernable. Second, the state suffers two fiscal issues which are (a)…
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    Why I missed this year’s New York Webutante Ball…

    I didn’t know that it was going on — was too busy starting a company. (Below, our illustrator Hallie Bateman envisions what I missed)
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    Writers should be paid

    When we launched Bleacher Report, we did not pay our writers. This was out of necessity as well as principle. From a necessity standpoint, we simply did not have the money to pay writers. We were operating on a shoe-string budget, and we had (correctly) chosen to invest our seed capital into building a platform. That platform continued to improve, and allowed the company to do some very innovative things for years to come. From a principal standpoint, we felt…
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    Stop bitching about Millennials

    Everyone is allowed to have pet peeves, and here is one of mine: When people talk about generations. There is nothing more annoying and dilettantish than when a faux-intellectual tries to explain the mindset or behaviors of a particular generation. “The thing about Millennials is…” That kind of stupid crap. Recently, I was treated to a horrific article located here in which some old lady wantrepreneur named Penelope Trunk rambles about how much she dislikes “Generation Y.” Like so many articles about…
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    Dave McClure, Risk Taker

    Disclosure #1 — I am an LP in 500 Startups.  Disclosure #2 — If I were a wealthier man, I would put more money into 500 Startups. The world gives us very few risk takers. But it does give us a lot of people who think that they are risk takers. For every entrepreneur… there are nine people who show up at parties, networking events, and demo days talking about their great app idea, and how they are almost ready…
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    Do software engineers earn more than MBAs?

    Last week, PayScale.com earned significant press attention for its list of the College ROI Rankings — an effort to figure out which schools provide the most lifetime earning potential. The top five are all, not surprisingly, very tech heavy: Harvey Mudd College CalTech NYU-Poly MIT SUNY – Maritime College And, if you look further down the list, you find a bunch more tech schools. So, that settles it, right? This list is nothing more than a beat-you-over-the-head reiteration of…
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    Humility, Pt. 2

    I am not a humble person by nature. If you have read more than four of my articles, then you know that I have strong opinions and strong ideas. But part of being an entrepreneur is knowing when to be humble. And if you are a second-time entrepreneur, even one who had a great deal of success the first time around, then the rule applies doubly. A few observations thus far from the second go around: 1. If you are entering a…

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