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Why Web3?

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Over the last month, there has been a ton of debate and conversation about web2 vs web3 with many leading voices raising doubts about web3. Debate and doubt are healthy. And web3 enthusiasts, particularly on Twitter, remind me of missionaries trying to recruit the unwashed to their belief system. Frankly, it is all too much for me.

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As the pandemic lingers, there’s no shortage of entrepreneurs wondering how to inspire their remote employees to want to come back to the office, at least a few days a week if not full-time.

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4 Ways to Promote Team Collaboration and Inspire Innovation Within Your Startup

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What do all startups that drive growth by embracing strategic thinking, inspiring creativity and supporting talent have in common? Team collaboration. Market competition is thick.

African tech took center stage in 2021

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What Happened In 2021

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As is my custom here at AVC, I like to end the year looking back and start the year looking forward. This post will be the look back and I started by revisiting my look forward into 2021 that I wrote on New Year’s Day 2021. In my typical optimist fashion, I was dead wrong about how quickly the pandemic would fizzle out. I predicted that vaccines plus immunity from those who had been infected would end the pandemic by mid-year 2021.

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