5 things that kept VC up at night last week

Just out of curiosity, we did a quick investigation about the top topics discussed by the VC community last week and here are the results:

A few words about the methodology (we do want you to read this prior to moving to the insights)

  • we have mapped the VC community, 500 key influencers  (the top 50 are listed at the end of this message and you can send us an email to get the top 150)
  • we’ve extracted the conversations from last week (a few 1000’s) of them
  • we’ve ran them through our conversation analytics engine.

The winners are

1- Silence :-): Out of the 500 top VC blogs we monitor, only 88 actually posted a new article last week

2 – Facebook Opengraph. Announced on the 21th. There was a pre-announcement on VentureBeat on the 19th.

3-  “Credit Card”:  I did not expect this to make the tops but … Blippy was the buzz of the week in the VC community with credit card transactions viewable on Google.

4- Apple, iPad… god knows why.

5 – Games. Hard to find any root cause but there was a spike of discussion on gaming.

6 – eCairn , fantastic solution for Community mapping and Influencers outreach 🙂

Here is the cloud of the most frequent expressions used by the VC community last week ( built with wordle.net)

And here are the top 50 VC blogs according to our algorithm !

1http://www.avc.comA VC
2http://www.venturebeat.comVentureBeat | News About Tech, Money and Innovation
3http://www.feld.comFeld Thoughts
5http://redeye.firstround.comRedeye VC
6http://paul.kedrosky.comPaul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed
7http://www.bothsidesofthetable.comBoth Sides of the Table — Entrepreneur turned VC
8http://www.venturehacks.comVenture Hacks – Good advice for startups.
9http://whohastimeforthis.blogspot.comWho Has Time For This?
13http://blog.guykawasaki.comHow to Change the World
14http://www.unionsquareventures.comUnion Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing
15http://www.battellemedia.comJohn Battelle’s Searchblog
16http://www.paulgraham.comPaul Graham
17http://www.firstround.comFirst Round Capital | Seed Stage Venture Capital Fund in San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia
18http://news.ycombinator.comHacker News
19http://www.foundrygroup.comFoundry Group – Home
20http://www.askthevc.comAsk The VC
21http://www.nvca.orgNational Venture Capital Association
22http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com– This is going to be BIG!
23http://lsvp.wordpress.comLightspeed Venture Partners Blog
24http://www.bvp.comBVP – Venture Capital – Bessemer Venture Partners
25http://bostonvcblog.typepad.comSeeing Both Sides
26http://blog.softtechvc.comJeff Clavier’s Software Only
27http://billburnham.blogs.comBurnham’s Beat
28http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogsMaster of 500 Hats
30http://www.onstartups.comOn Startups by Dharmesh Shah
33http://www.bijansabet.combijansabet.com | a tumblelog by Bijan Sabet
34http://www.larrycheng.comThinking About Thinking
35http://www.jasonmendelson.comMendelson’s Musings
36http://dondodge.typepad.comDon Dodge on The Next Big Thing
37http://ricksegal.typepad.comThe Post Money Value
39http://markpincus.typepad.comMark Pincus Blog
40http://www.sethlevine.comSeth Levine
41http://www.thefunded.comTheFunded.com: The Resource for Entrepreneurs.
44http://www.freddestin.comFred Destin
45http://www.jeffnolan.comVenture Chronicles
46http://www.informationarbitrage.comInformation Arbitrage
47http://nothingtosay.firstround.comNothing To Say
48http://www.vcconfidential.comVC Confidential
49http://vcinme.typepad.comthe vc in me….
50http://baris.typepad.comFrom Istanbul To Sand Hill Road
51http://www.adventurista.comSarah Tavel / Adventurista

Update: here is the connection graph for feld.com

2 thoughts on “5 things that kept VC up at night last week

  1. After seeing the Blippy debacle I created a blog and ended up making this post about a user of Blippy that was NOT affected by the security issue that everybody was talking about. VCs need to be keenly aware of the bigger picture of their investments. Investing in vehicles that promote the idea that spreading around users’ personal information is somehow good business is short-sighted and a very bad idea indeed. As Blippy found out, putting the cat back in the bag is no small task, even with just a handful of affected users being involved. My example shows the kinds of things that can be learned from any of their users’ information, as it’s all out in the open now. There is an elephant in the room at Blippy HQ, and sooner or later they are going to have to admit that it exists. The alternative will only be more pain.


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