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Fred Destin

High Risk + Founders First + Boston: The Atlas Venture way



I am re-publishing an interview with Tom Lytton-Dickie in which we discussed Atlas’ focus on people, our high risk strategy and the benefits of existing within a single location.  Excellent write-up, I did not touch it. Putting people first In response to …


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Fred Destin

Ecommerce is a slog — what’s your angle ?



 There a bold piece by Marc Andreessen in PandoDaily announcing the “death of retail“. As an extension to the theme of “software will eat the world” it’s smart statement of intent for a firm that wants to attract the best …


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Fred Destin

Instagram : follow your dreams, CANCELLED



The great interweb is in an almighty furore over Instagram’s changes in terms and conditions (thank you NY Times) which allow them to use new user content for advertising (and possibly, licensing) and which they tried to pass off a …


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Fred Destin

Thriving in the Age of Chaos



I wrote an article for Wired UK’s August 2012 Idea Bank which I am reposting here.  I love the work of David Rowan and would like to thank him for publishing my thoughts. We have entered an age of chaos …


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Fred Destin

The Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)



I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ?  It’s fast moving from job to have for new HBS grads with flat abs and trophy girlfriend (or vice versa) to labour of love for guys or gals …


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Fred Destin

The Great European Venture Capital Crisis



 Over the past few quarters I have had to organize or assist in refinancings of some of the companies I work with on European soil. The exercise of drawing up target list of investors has been a depressing one, for …


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Fred Destin

Inside500 Startups: the fund as API



My partner AJ Shanley and I dropped by the 500 Pirates’ Den the other week, more officially known as the 500 Startups accelerator in Mountain View.  For those who don’t spend too much time inside the world of high velocity startups, …


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Fred Destin

Should Angels break free from angel groups ?



I hear a lot of commentary in the Boston area about how VC’s have needed to replace angels in seed rounds.  In an area with some much technology wealth created over the years I always found this puzzling. Angel groups …


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Fred Destin

#OWS 2: Hubris in the face of risk and a culture of entitlement



Insider view on the investment banking mayhem, take two.  My friend Sean Park (read Park Paradigm) dropped this excellent comment / beautiful rant on my previous “how banking lost its way” post.  Another guy who lived inside the belly of …


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