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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.

How—and why—to prioritize employee comfort with ergonomic office furniture

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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.

News: 17 Million New Businesses Are Expected to be Launched in 2022, Reports QuickBooks Survey

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If you want to start a new business in the new year, then you’re not alone. According to QuickBooks’ New Business Insights report, 3 out of 5 (57%) US employees thinking about taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.

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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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There’s no better time than now to map out a solid marketing plan for 2022. The COVID-19 outbreak has left a significant impact on marketing in 2020 and 2021. Consumers are no longer buying the way they used to, leaving brands with no choice but to change their sales and marketing tactics.

African tech took center stage in 2021

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Two years ago, the African tech ecosystem saw newfound attention from global players that translated to the continent’s best year of receiving venture capital. From varying sources, it is estimated up to $2 billion went into African tech startups in 2019.

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These are my favorite books from this year. The Future of Money. I’m waist deep in this compendium of financial history that traces money from the first paper currency issued by Kublai Khan to modern day crypto. The Future of Money is great so far, but I’m running out of time to finish it before 2022, so it might not truly belong on this list! Words like Loaded Pistols.

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Southeast Asian startups to watch in 2022

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Why I Became An Entrepreneur

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How to Help Consumers Manage the Pressures of Inflation

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Not every creator economy startup is built for creators

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Web3/Crypto: Why Bother?

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One thing that keeps surprising me is how quite a few people see absolutely nothing redeeming in web3 (née crypto). Maybe this is their genuine belief. Maybe it is a reaction to the extreme boosterism of some proponents who present web3 as bringing about a libertarian nirvana. From early on I have tried to provide a more rounded perspective, pointing to both the good and the bad that can come from it as in my talks at the Blockstack Summits.

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