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David Semeria
"That's a good point Fred." - David Semeria
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David Semeria
"Well said Arnold!" - David Semeria
David Semeria
"Hey Avi, allow me to introduce you to the EDIT button, I believe you two have not met ;-)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
"I agree with the intention, but I'm not too sure the USA should be ruled by decree." - David Semeria
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Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Nah, just slightly less busy at work than usual." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"I'm reminded of Warren Buffet's decision regarding his kids' inheritance: Enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Banks (when not in mass hysteria mode) generally don't lend money in the absence of collateral or cast-iron cash flows. A VC requires neither of these." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Peace to you too" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Capital And Success - http://avc.com/2014...
"Money may not be the secret to startup success, but not having any is a bummer all the same." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"Good points Fernando." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"The blockchain is simply a distributed ledger which nobody controls and which is practically impossible to modify without the necessary crypto key. But if you let your key fall into the wrong hands, then they can operate on your behalf. This isn't a weakness with the blockchain itself, it's a security issue faced by every service which requires authentication, and is probably the hardest problem to solve on the web. I imagine that sooner or later someone will finally invent a viable biometric solution and in the process make a packet." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"I managed to reset without any problem." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"But with a massive prize. If they can pull it off people would be able to choose the next president from their smartphones, for example." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Distributed Identity - http://avc.com/2014...
"Where do you see the border between identity and authentication? I ask because I created a onename account in March and now I have forgotten which email I used to create the account. It's no big deal for me to fix this, but I was pondering this question as I started looking through my various email accounts for the original email confirmation." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The First Law Of Internet Physics - http://avc.com/2014...
"Up to a point. Some sites let you read above the fold for free, or read X number of articles per week in their entirety. In other words, the content is produced and funded by the paywall. By allowing limited free access to what you've already got, the hope is to enlarge the paid base. The trick with freemium is knowing of much (or what parts) of your inventory (be it software, music, or media content) to give away for free." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The First Law Of Internet Physics - http://avc.com/2014...
"Can you explain your question better?" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The First Law Of Internet Physics - http://avc.com/2014...
"That's simply two business models running in tandem." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The First Law Of Internet Physics - http://avc.com/2014...
"Just for the record, freemium is not a business model, it's a marketing model. The underlying business model is still subscriptions, you just consider the cost of servicing the free users as the marketing spend required to gain conversions." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Book Recommendation: The People’s Platform - http://avc.com/2014...
"At first I read "thongs of fans". Consider editing; it would improve your comment substantially." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Book Recommendation: The People’s Platform - http://avc.com/2014...
"Just reading the Amazon summary seems to sum up the message. I don't feel massively compelled to read this book, but I hope once you've finished you'll change my mind." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Internet Freedom - http://avc.com/2014...
"I live in Italy so I don't have a dog in this fight. I've read all of your comments in this thread Andy, and I think you've perhaps missed one thing: *somebody* has to regulate the last mile. If it's not government it will be the telcos themselves. Skepticism aside, who do you think will best defend consumer interests? As an investor, how would you feel if one of your companies didn't have the funds to buy a seat at the top table? Tough shit, you might say, that's market forces at work. But that very freedom of access to the end user was fundamental in allowing hundreds of -- now household -- names to disrupt much wealthier incumbents by providing better services at lower cost. Regardless of your dislike of big government, your position seems significantly more anti- than pro- business." - David Semeria
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Re: Internet Freedom - http://avc.com/2014...
"It's about monoply rents, JLM, that's all." - David Semeria
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Re: All Or Nothing Vs Keep What You Raise - http://avc.com/2014...
"That's a great idea: instead of raising the full amount initially, set an amount for each stage and only get the funding for the next stage when you've completed the previous one. The crowding funding platform could act like an escrow account, returning funds to backers if the milestones are never achieved." - David Semeria
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Re: Scripting For Others - http://avc.com/2014...
"I remember how one of my old CS professors described software libraries as the opposite of normal libraries: people put things in but no-one takes things out. That may be too much of generalization nowadays, but it's still true that usage for open source projects is very much a power law. In other words, it may make you feel good to open source your spreadsheet script, but it's unlikely many people would actually use it. Which is a lot like creating a web site -- and so, at the end of the day, not a good reason for not at least giving it a shot...." - David Semeria
David Semeria
"I love hearing that story, along with the ObamaPops." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: SoundCloud Co-Founder Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London - http://avc.com/2014...
"Key phrase in your intro: "seven years later". Many people still don't realize that frequently overnight success takes years to achieve." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Founders Circle - http://avc.com/2014...
"I think the key point is to offer the same terms to all shareholders. As as seed investor I would be unhappy to see founders taking money off the table before me. If, on the other hand, I was extended the same terms (pro rata of course) then I can have no compliants." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Founders Circle - http://avc.com/2014...
"Aren't we all supposed to go to the pay window together?" - David Semeria
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