Scam Likely


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The most common caller on my Android phone is Scam Likely. I am sure that most of you are in a similar situation.

Last week we were driving and two calls came into The Gotham Gal’s phone which was bluetoothed into our car and she declined both. I asked her why she did that. She said they were likely robo calls. I told her that they looked to be legit numbers to me. Later on she found out that both calls were from people she knew, but for some reason those names were not showing up on the car dash and so she declined the calls.

That led to a discussion of why spam filtering for email has gotten so good and robocall filtering for phone calls is still not great. I brought up the great work the email industry has done over the last twenty years with email signing

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The Spotify Apple Issue


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Many people who follow tech know that Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the challenges that Spotify has doing business in the iOS app store.

I am very sympathetic to Spotify’s complaint. In my post last week on The Warren Breakup Plan, I wrote:

The mobile app stores, in particular, have always seemed to me to be a constraint on innovation vs a contributor to it.

Spotify has a huge user base and brings in billions of dollars of revenues every year but it has a challenging business model. Let’s say that 70cents of every dollar they bring in goes to labels and artists. That seems fair given that the artists are the ones producing the content we listen to on Spotify. But if they also have to share 30cents of every dollar with Apple, that really does not leave them much money to build

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a16z Podcast: Lessons Learned from Chinese Education Startups


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When people talk about trends in education technology, they often focus on how to disrupt higher education in the U.S., whether it’s about breaking free of the “signaling” factor of elite educations or how to shift education out of its …

5G’s Potential, and Why Businesses Should Start Preparing for It


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The technology will allow for a range of new products and services.

KoBold Metals


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I’ve shared a lot about a future enabled by mobile — covering how mobile changes product design, app monetization, and business models to social communication and more. But what we don’t talk about enough in the software industry is the …

a16z Podcast: Capitalizing on an Autonomous Vehicle Future


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When people talk about autonomous vehicles, we hear everything from “we’re much closer than you think” to “we’re much further than you think”. So where are we, really, in the widespread reality of autonomous vehicles today? It depends, of course, …

Humanity + AI: Better Together


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This is a written version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2018. You can watch a video version on YouTube.

Skynet is coming for your children — or is it?

In July

The Convergence Of The Phone And Laptop


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The Gotham Gal wanted to get a new laptop. Her late 2015 Macbook has started to fade on her.

So yesterday we made a visit to the local Apple Store and checked out the options. We looked at the Macbooks, the Macbook Airs, and we also looked at the iPad Pros. We debated the choice and she ended up deciding to go for the iPad Pro. We work with a few people who have iPad Pros and love them. And she noticed how much I am using and enjoying my Pixel Slate.

One of the most interesting things about these hybrid tablet/laptop devices is that they run operating systems that are designed for the tablet or phone. They are touch devices like our phones vs mouse devices like our laptops.

A good example of this is how I do email on my Pixel Slate. I could run Gmail in the

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Ogury raises $21 million to continue global expansion of mobile marketing cloud service


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Leff to right: 
CEO Jean Canzoneri; co-founder and CEO of USA, Thomas Pasquet; and COO and co-founder Jules Minvielle.


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Beyond Cameras That See… To Cameras That Understand


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What’s Next for Education Startups (Part II)


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Continuing our series on what’s next for education startups, in this a16z hallway conversation general partner Connie Chan talks with deal and research team operating partner Frank Chen about apps and services she’s seen in China that might inspire entrepreneurs …

Screen Time Tracking/Management


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In my “What Happened in 2018” post I wrote this:

And the usage of screen time management apps, like Screentime on iOS, is surging. We know we are addicted to tech, we don’t want to be, and we are working on getting sober.

I wrote that based mostly on anecdotal data but we have been looking for better data and have not found it.

So Dani and I worked on a survey that she ran last week and we got these results from a survey of 1,000 adults in the US using Google Surveys:

  • 24% use an app to track their screen time.
  • 34% of iOS users use an app to track screen time vs 19% of Android users.
  • iOS users are twice as likely to use the default screen tracker app than Android users.
  • People across age groups are equally likely to use an app to track

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If You Build It, We Will Fill It: 5G


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a16z Podcast: Pulse Check on Consumer Tech Trends 2019, CES and Beyond


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Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) puts the latest and greatest developments in consumer technology on display in Vegas. But beyond the excitement and the hype, what’s really here — or not here — to stay? Will televisions roll …

CES 2019: A Show Report


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Startups: Telling Your Story with Numbers


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… nailing Unit Economics

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Every startup begins as an idea. And as a founder, your idea needs a powerful story that wins the support of two key audiences:

  1. The customer. The story to a potential customer is all about what product or service you offer them, why they should care, how and when you plan to deliver it, and at what price.
  2. The investor. The story to an investor is simply how the money they give you will grow into more value, how fast and how big. It is also why you and your team are best placed to execute on that.

Oftentimes, the customer story is solidified. However, the story founders tell investors, which should focus on what they get out of their investment, is typically underdeveloped. To fix that, you need to understand your startup’s unit of value, unit Continue reading “Startups: Telling Your Story with Numbers”

Pixel Slate


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My Chromebook journey has led me to the Pixel Slate.

As I wrote here a few months ago, I have wanted to move to a Chromebook for a while and I finally decided to do it.

I started with the Pixelbook, and I have been using it for about three months as my only machine at work. I wrote a bit about what I like about it and what I don’t like about it.

The lack of a biometric login (face or finger recognition) is a real limitation for me with the PixelBook because you have to use your Google login to unlock the device and I’ve got a very strong password on my Google account.

So when the Pixel Slate came out and offered fingerprint login, I bought one. I got it this week and have set it up and started to use it at work.

It’s a

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What’s Next in Consumer Startups?


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If you look at consumer adoption curves of major new technologies in the U.S. over the past 100 years, you’ll see interesting patterns in both growth and behavior change. Some took longer, some came faster (especially …

The End of the Beginning


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In his now annual state-of-innovation talk at the a16z Summit in November 2018, Andreessen Horowitz’ Benedict Evans walks through where we are now in software eating the world… and how things may continue to change over …

Feature Friday: Wireless Charging


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One feature of the Pixel 3 that I really like is the return of wireless charging, something earlier Google phones had but went away.

I bought a Pixel Stand and set it up where I charge my phone when I come home.

I just place my phone on the stand and it charges. No cords involved.

You can set up all sorts of cool things like a screensaver of your recent photos and photo albums, Google Assistant so you can ask your phone questions when it is charging, and a display of your upcoming appointments.

I am still playing around with the right choices for me but I think there is a lot of interesting things one can do with this charging stand

I quite like it and just got one for my office too.


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