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 !

Url Title
1 http://www.avc.com A VC
2 http://www.venturebeat.com VentureBeat | News About Tech, Money and Innovation
3 http://www.feld.com Feld Thoughts
4 http://www.pehub.com peHUB
5 http://redeye.firstround.com Redeye VC
6 http://paul.kedrosky.com Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed
7 http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com Both Sides of the Table — Entrepreneur turned VC
8 http://www.venturehacks.com Venture Hacks – Good advice for startups.
9 http://whohastimeforthis.blogspot.com Who Has Time For This?
10 http://www.ventureblog.com VentureBlog
11 http://blog.pmarca.com blog.pmarca.com
12 http://www.beyondvc.com BeyondVC
13 http://blog.guykawasaki.com How to Change the World
14 http://www.unionsquareventures.com Union Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing
15 http://www.battellemedia.com John Battelle’s Searchblog
16 http://www.paulgraham.com Paul Graham
17 http://www.firstround.com First Round Capital | Seed Stage Venture Capital Fund in San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia
18 http://news.ycombinator.com Hacker News
19 http://www.foundrygroup.com Foundry Group – Home
20 http://www.askthevc.com Ask The VC
21 http://www.nvca.org National Venture Capital Association
22 http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com – This is going to be BIG!
23 http://lsvp.wordpress.com Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog
24 http://www.bvp.com BVP – Venture Capital – Bessemer Venture Partners
25 http://bostonvcblog.typepad.com Seeing Both Sides
26 http://blog.softtechvc.com Jeff Clavier’s Software Only
27 http://billburnham.blogs.com Burnham’s Beat
28 http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs Master of 500 Hats
29 http://www.abovethecrowd.com abovethecrowd.com
30 http://www.onstartups.com On Startups by Dharmesh Shah
31 http://waytooearly.firstround.com WayTooEarly
32 http://www.christine.net Christine
33 http://www.bijansabet.com bijansabet.com | a tumblelog by Bijan Sabet
34 http://www.larrycheng.com Thinking About Thinking
35 http://www.jasonmendelson.com Mendelson’s Musings
36 http://dondodge.typepad.com Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing
37 http://ricksegal.typepad.com The Post Money Value
38 http://www.theequitykicker.com TheEquityKicker
39 http://markpincus.typepad.com Mark Pincus Blog
40 http://www.sethlevine.com Seth Levine
41 http://www.thefunded.com TheFunded.com: The Resource for Entrepreneurs.
42 http://www.continuations.com Continuations
43 http://earlystagevc.typepad.com EarlyStageVC
44 http://www.freddestin.com Fred Destin
45 http://www.jeffnolan.com Venture Chronicles
46 http://www.informationarbitrage.com Information Arbitrage
47 http://nothingtosay.firstround.com Nothing To Say
48 http://www.vcconfidential.com VC Confidential
49 http://vcinme.typepad.com the vc in me….
50 http://baris.typepad.com From Istanbul To Sand Hill Road
51 http://www.adventurista.com Sarah 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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