Broadswords, hot tubs, and giant killer robots

Leading venture capitalist Brad Feld gets real on the future of finance, defeating bad guys, and Foundry Group's investment in Mozaik.










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What's the most important trend nobody is paying attention to?

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Marc Andreesen is the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, a leading venture capital firm. He also co-founded Opsware and Netscape and sits on the board of Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, eBay, and several other private companies.


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What's the hardest part of raising a seed round?

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The hardest part of raising a seed round is aligning serendipity, investor education, and timing.

Whether or not you're in Silicon Valley, just getting in front of active investors is challenging. Cold emails are rarely the ticket, so I've had to become a professional networker in order to gain access to capital. For angel or institutional investors who aren't professional venture capitalists, ensuring they understand seed investment structure and the dynamics of early stage investing can be challenging and time consuming. All investors look to their own experience when making investment decisions. If an angel only has experience with other areas like real estate or biotech, you can expect to spend hours with them explaining how everything works. Confusion over standard parts of a startup term sheet can kill a deal as easily as trepidation over the company or product in question. Just like anything else in life, timing is everything. It's always better to raise capital when you don't need it and strike while the iron is hot to ensure you're adequately capitalized in the face of future uncertainty.


Stefan Martinovic is the Co-Founder and CEO of Create, a real estate data platform for investors and the construction industry. Like SimCity for the real world, Create is built around an immersive 3D map of the entire city that is packed with building and property data including structural, ownership, residential and commercial market, construction cost, tenant, financing, transit, zoning, city planning, environmental, and demographic data sets which are constantly updated through live feeds from 3rd party partners.  


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What's wrong with the Internet?

Welcome to the Good Question Series where I ask the most interesting people I know a single question that they are uniquely qualified to answer. It's interview haiku, short and thought provoking. I'm out to prove that brevity and depth can coexist.

The Internet is not the answer.

Firstly, it is compounding the already gaping inequalities between rich and poor and contributing to the hollowing out of the middle, both in cultural and economic terms. Secondly, it is undermining many of the jobs of the industrial economy without offering equivalently secure or viable jobs in the digital economy. And thirdly, it has created a surveillance economy in which we, its users, have been packaged up as the data product.


Andrew Keen is the author of The Internet Is Not the Answer, Digital Vertigo, and The Cult of the Amateur. He's the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast and a columnist for CNN. He's a provocateur to the core and will disagree with you on anything.


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