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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Worldcoin

Andreessen, Khosla and Altman Team Up By Keith Teare • Issue #303 • View online It’s hard to avoid being impressed by the vision of Worldcoin. Sam Altman wants to create a human-centric coin that can be distributed to every person on earth regularly. It is Universal Basic Income using a new currency. Contents Editorial It’s hard to avoid being impressed by the vision of Worldcoin. Sam Altman wants to create a human-centric coin that can be distributed to every person on earth regularly. It is Universal Basic Income using a new currency. This week, thought leaders in venture capital, Andreessen

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Substack and the Future of Content

Substack has a new video service in beta. It released the Substack Reader last week on iOS. With a growing number of creators using its platform, the question of what Substack is, and whether it is good has started to arise. Let’s dive in. Nathan Baschez, CEO of Every, a collection of 13 newsletters, and a former Substack team member, wrote about Substack this week. He said: The thing I didn’t understand going into it was that Substack wasn’t just about an economic trend of power flowing to individual writers thanks to the leverage technology gives them — it was

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Apple Sucks?

By Keith Teare • Issue #300 • View online Apple held one of its 3–4 annual launch days this week and showed us the M1-Ultra. And a new 27″ Screen. @Om has a top-end Apple display but still lusts after the less expensive new one. What gives? The biggest development in my world this week (assuming we do not want to talk about the Russian massacre of innocents in Ukraine) is that Tiger Global partners Scott Shleifer and Chase Coleman announced that they were planning to put $1 billion of their own capital into Seed Funds as Limited Partners. $300 million or so

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The Internet in War Time

By Keith Teare • Issue #299 • View online This week we look at the Internet in War Time. Ukrainians are using it effectively. Meta, Youtube, and others are banning Russian content. Coinbase and Binance are not banning Russian content. Big Tech seems compliant to government requests. Is the Internet for good or for bad? Contents Editorial Let’s start with this week’s Tweet of the Week. It seems that I am about to become a Doctor. My University — Kent University in the UK — has announced that it is honoring me at a ceremony to be held in Canterbury on April 1st (ominous

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$4 Trillion of Unicorns

By Keith Teare • Issue #298 • View online Putin invades Ukraine and Tiger invades Series A rounds. OK Not the same thing. This week we look at the 3 venture asset classes, unicorns, with content from @profgallaway, @geneteare, @crunchbasenews, @eastdakota, @cape and @LocalGlobeVC and others Content Editorial Crunchbase News tells us that the company has updated its Unicorn Board and that: There are 59 so-called decacorns — companies valued at $10 billion or more — within the group. Just a year ago, there were only around half that count, at 31 decacorns. Three of these decacorns are valued above $100 billion and stand

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Uneasy Bedfellows: Seed Investors and Late Stage Venture Capital

By Keith Teare • Issue #297 • View online This week The Generalist covered Coatue while Paul Graham Tweeted that he has never read a business plan or a balance sheet. The contrast between the investment stages could not be starker. Are seed and growth investors partners, enemies, or frenemies? Contents Editorial When Paul Graham tweeted that he has never read a business plan or balance sheet we can assume there is some poetic license. But we can also assume he is making a point. And when he follows up by saying that the valuation of a company at the

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Our Web3 Future

By Keith Teare • Issue #296 • View online Web3 is becoming a more familiar label for innovative technologies. But what is it? This week Maggie Hsu from Andreessen Horowitz gets the lead position for her article covering what makes Web3 marketing different. Contents Editorial Tech stocks have somewhat rebounded this week so it has been possible to forget how much value has disappeared from the public markets. And while there are some interesting developments in the venture capital space (Tiger Global’s new $11bn sidecar fund, a great profile of Roelof Botha and Blackrock predicting 1000 energy sector unicorns) other

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Venture Capital 2022 – Up or Down?

By Keith Teare • Issue #295 • View online This Week @Beezer232 Clarkson leads the way in analyzing 2022 venture capital trends. As the public markets remain in a frenzy of volatility the venture ecosystem seems predictable. or is it? @Bryce, @SamirKaji, and @MylesDanielsen all have opinions. Plus @AleResnik, @HPierreJacques, and @MillicastRTC Content Editorial The volatility in the public markets is driving much of the conversation among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley this week. How will it impact me is the question on everybody’s lips. We covered some of this in issue #293, A Tale of Two Markets. But with Facebook falling 25% overnight

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The Golden Age of Data

Venture Capital Evolved Crunchbase reported that over 100 2021 unicorns reached the status by the B round. TechCrunch reported that Angel List has a fund that allocates capital using algorithms. Kyle Harrison says Venture Capital is becoming productized. Institutional Investor says that there is plenty of data on private companies. Is this is the golden age of data-driven decisions? By Keith Teare • Issue #294 • View online Content Editorial When I read the headline of the press release that heads up this week’s newsletter I had to click. I am a data geek. I love being able to understand

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A Tale of Two Markets

Venture Boom & Wall Street Gloom By Keith Teare • Issue #293 • View online January has been all gloom for tech on Wall Street, but there is still a boom in Silicon Valley. What are the implications for Venture investors and founders of startups? Let’s dig into valuations and trends in tech investing. Content Editorial I have avoided looking at my E*Trade account in 2022. I know it will not be pretty. My portfolio is made up of high growth recently public companies stretching from Snowflake and Cloudflare in cloud computing to Tesla, Rivian, Nio, and Li in Electric

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