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Bryan Goldberg

  1. Your 2013 resolution: Come to terms with being “only” an engineer

    There are so many problems with the world. History will no doubt look back at the last half-decade and talk about how awful it was. Just a few of the ills include: high unemployment, collapsing home prices, violence across the world, and political gridlock that never seems to end.

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  2. Muni is 100 years old. Too bad it won't die like a human that age

    San Francisco's municipal transportation has finally reached the tender age of 100 years. Unfortunately, it refuses to keel over, die, get cremated, and be forgotten about.

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  3. Nobody thinks you're valuable. (But I do.)

    Nobody thinks you’re valuable. You just graduated from college with one of those impractical degrees. Literature or History or something like that. You provide no tangible skills, and your picture appears beside “fungible” in the dictionary. Corporations are looking for very specific abilities, and you posses none of them.

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  4. I want absolutely nothing for Christmas

    I’m lucky enough to have grandparents of both Jewish and Christian heritage, which means that I am theoretically positioned to get more presents than most during the holiday season. And for much of my life, I parlayed this great fortune into some of the coolest gadgets that any kid or adult could ever want.

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  5. Let’s admit it… Steve Jobs was lucky

    Apple isn’t doing very well at the moment. I know this, because I am a small sheep in the herd of AAPL shareholders who have watched the company lose substantial value over the last few months.

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  6. Reflections on the recession in Silicon Valley

    My company closed our first large round of funding — $3.5 million — on September 12, 2008. Three days later, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Though it is not the main point of this article, I do want to pause and note something that every good entrepreneur needs to admit: Luck is a pretty damn huge part of any success.

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  7. Well, I for one like the Bravo "Silicon Valley" show

    Bravo is an outstanding TV channel, and I have incredible respect for what NBC has built over the last decade.

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  8. What Fred Wilson and the VCs don’t get about advertising

    I’ve written before about how well Silicon Valley VC’s understand advertising — which is to say, they don’t understand it very well at all. So it was a relief when a New York VC decided to cover this meaty topic, and it was a special bonus when that VC was Fred Wilson. He made several good points, but his overall thesis is one to which I take exception: I will conclude by saying that an advertising model is a viable revenue model option if you are building a service that has a lot of scale. But if you don't have millions of users a month, you should think hard before going in this direction. There is a limited amount of ad dollars out there (except CPA budgets which are in theory infinite) and more and more services trying to tap into them every day which is why advertising rates on the Internet seem to be in permanent and systemic decline. This passage contains precisely the three fallacies that investors seem to always employ when discussing consumer-advertising models — especially display advertising. I will now discuss all three fallacies.

    By Bryan Goldberg , written on

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