I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

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Newsletter Podcast

Venture Capital Deep Dive

By Keith Teare • Issue #274 • View online This week a far deeper dive into the changing world of venture capital, and a video essay by @kteare to accompany a great selection of writers from across the venture ecosystem Let’s go on a journey into the obscure world of venture capital. This has been bubbling under for quite some time now in That Was The Week. With Andrew Keen traveling it seemed like a perfect week to pull things together and do a face to camera video essay on the topic. The catalyst was the wide range of exceptional writing by Jack

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The App Store War

South Korea Hits Apple and Google Where it Hurts By Keith Teare • Issue #272 • View online Apple agrees to modify App Store rules in Japan in a week where South Korea passes a law forcing Apple and Google to create a billing back-door for developers who want to avoid paying for carriage. It is incredible how silly we humans can be and how short our memories are. The first iPhone emerged in 2007 and the first Android phone in 2008–9. Apple’s App Store debuted in July 2008, Google’s Play Store in August 2008, branded as Android Market. The software business before that

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Money is Changing

By Keith Teare • Issue #271 • View online Money is changing. Machine Learning is broken. China is winning foreign investment. Apple is becoming a spy and venture capital is exploding in all directions. Another That Was The Week. David Marcus heads up Facebook’s journey into digital wallets, stable coins, and payments infrastructure. The journey so far has taken him far from his starting point, but he has not lost his taste for a big vision that in my opinion would represent a net plus for most of us on the planet. Having initially made the error of too closely aligning Facebook with

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Facebook and Afghanistan

As Kabul collapsed and the Taliban took over, Facebook decided to try and remove any Taliban-related content. Good or Bad? By Keith Teare • Issue #270 • View online Contents Editorial The reaction in social media to the failed “nation building” exercise in Afghanistan has focused on the details of the departure of the US and UK presence and the speed of the Taliban advance. It has largely sought to blame President Biden for poor tactics whilst embracing his larger point that the entire US episode was a mistake from day one and was always unwinnable. To a large degree, there is nothing

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Cash For Creators? It’s happening

By Keith Teare • Issue #265 • View online This week Facebook announced a one billion dollar budget for enticing creators to use its platforms. The New York Times said Venture Capitalists are looking to invest in creators. Cash for creators is finally here it seems Contents Editorial First a shout out to @mariamatloub. She is a subscriber and clearly a design-aware person. She noticed how appalling my front page designs were and sent me fonts and a template to improve the look. You can find Maria on Telegram for all your design needs. Thank you, Maria. There is more content than normal this week,

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Startups IPO. Why Not VCs?

The End of the Artisan VC? By Keith Teare • Issue #27 • View online Another Venture firm announced plans to become a publicly listed company this week. Nic Brisbourne’s Blackrock-backed Forward Partners is the fund in question. So, can VCs become publicly listed companies? Contents Editorial It’s a little early to call it a trend, and it seems to be primarily focused in London, but more VC firms are choosing to become public companies. The latest is Nic Brisbourne’s Forward Partners, a UK-based seed-stage investor. They are following in the steps of Draper Espirit, which has been public for

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2021 — 199 Unicorns so far

By Keith Teare • Issue #26 • View online 2021 has seen 199 private valuations over $1 billion. The year has 7 months still to run. In response to this wealth creation angels, seed funds, venture funds, and growth-stage investors are changing the rules of the game. Content Editorial This was not a slow news week. First. 199 unicorns minted in five months. The highest previous year, 2018, saw 178. IPOs are popping left and right. Even SPACs seem back on track. And the stock markets reached record all time highs in the past week. The creation of wealth drives behavior. And in

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Regulation and Free markets — Which Works Best?

By Keith Teare • Issue #25 • View online This week Amazon said no to Google’s new tracking tech, FLOC. Microsoft launched an app store that takes zero from developers. Brave, the startup browser, launched a search engine competitor. Do free markets challenge Google and Apple better than Governments could? Contents Editorial While Lina Khan has started her new role at the FTC and begun to appoint people to see through her agenda, Congress, or at least the House committee responsible, has allowed six anti-trust measures to proceed to the next stage. Meanwhile, Apple faced a full-frontal assault on its

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Killing Innovation — Is Big Bad?

Lina Khan’s rapid elevation from student paper writer to head of the US Government’s corporate regulation authority is a worrying signal that the Democratic Party has lost the plot on innovation and technology. Far from killing innovation, the US technology leaders are the heroes of it. Content Editorial Lina Khan is 32 and her claim to fame is that she wrote a paper in 2017, while still a student, called Amazon’s Anti-Trust Paradox. According to reporting in NPR: The paper went viral in some influential circles and led some to call her the leader of the progressive movement known as

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Mixed Signals

Global technology is creating a new class of companies valued over $100B. But who is winning and who is losing, and how can we ensure the benefit is evenly spread? By Keith Teare • Issue #23 • View online Content Editorial Elad Gil is one of the World’s angel investors and a “helper of startups”. His LinkedIn profile says: Entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies such as AirBnB, Airtable, Coinbase, Flexport, Gusto, Instacart, Opendoor, Optimizely, PagerDuty, Pinterest, Square, Stripe, Wish. Co-Founder and Chairman at Color Genomics. Was CEO of Color from 2013 to fall 2016. Previously, was the VP

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