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The Dolphin House, a documentary on John Lilly and Margaret Howe's attempts to communicate with dolphins

When I was a teen seeker and consciousness tweaker, books like John C. Lilly's Man and Dolphin and Programming and Metaprogramming the Human Biocomputer were my jam. Then his Ketamine use got more extreme (up to 24 injections a day) and his writings became too bizarre and unintelligible even for a space cowboy like myself. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Dolphins, John Lilly, John C. Lilly, Interspecies Communication, The 1960s, Margaret Howe

Gowalla raises $4 million from GV and Spark for its AR social app

The newly resurrected Gowalla wants to realize its mobile dreams from the early-aughts in an augmented reality world, and they’ve raised some new funding to make it happen. The AR startup tells TechCrunch that it has raised $4 million in seed funding co-led by Google’s venture arm GV and Spark Capital. Other investors include Niantic, Upside Partnership, Otherwise Fund, Capital Factory, Form Capital and a host of angels like April Underwood, Leah Culver, Jason Calacanis, John Lilly, Scott Belsky...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Technology, Tech, Software, Dave, Williams, Computing, Augmented Reality, Foursquare, TechCrunch, John Lilly, Jason Calacanis, Dennis Crowley, Spark Capital

A venture capitalist says every startup should identify its 'mitochondria' employees — and use these 3 strategies to keep them

The founder must attract and retain "mitochondria" and promote them to leaders once the company scales. Mint Images/Getty Images Sarah Tavel is a general partner at Benchmark, where she leads investments in consumer businesses, SaaS, and the future of work. Tavel says employees at startups who contribute passionately, add value beyond what's asked of them, and view the company as more than a job are the "mitochondria" — the core of a company's growth.  It's up to founders to attract and re...
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There are two types of employees at most startups — here's how to attract and keep the more valuable group, according to a venture capitalist

The founder must attract and retain "mitochondria" and promote them to leaders once the company scales. Mint Images/Getty Images Sarah Tavel is a general partner at Benchmark, where she leads investments in consumer businesses, SaaS, and the future of work. Tavel says employees at startups who contribute passionately, add value beyond what's asked of them, and view the company as more than a job are the "mitochondria" — the core of a company's growth.  It's up to founders to attract and re...
Tags: Pinterest, Trends, Strategy, Management, Tech, Mozilla, Venture Capital, Sarah, Greylock Partners, Medium, Venture Capitalists, John Lilly, Nordic, Tavel, Contributor, Chainalysis

Here's how the CEO of Figma went from a computer science intern to the head of a $2 billion company that's challenging Adobe for the love of designers across Silicon Valley

Dylan Field, CEO and co-founder of Figma Figma The demand for user experience and product design in tech are growing, and apps like Instagram, Uber, Slack, TikTok, and even Starbucks have become popular largely because of their design. Figma CEO Dylan Field launched the design software company to help teams better collaborate on their designs online. The growth in design and cloud collaboration has helped propel Figma to a $2.05 billion valuation, and helping it take on giant...
Tags: Design, Enterprise, Adobe, US, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Flipboard, Invision, Software As A Service, John Lilly, Enterprise Startups, Figma

Figma CEO Dylan Field discusses fundraising, hiring and marketing in stealth mode

You’d be hard pressed to hang out with a designer and not hear the name Figma . The company behind the largely browser-based design tool has made a huge splash in the past few years, building a massive war chest with more than $130 million from investors like A16Z, Sequoia, Greylock, Kleiner Perkins and Index. The company was founded in 2012 and spent several years in stealth, raising both its seed and Series A without having any public product or user metrics. At Early Stage, we spoke with co...
Tags: Startups, TC, Design, Enterprise, Developer, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, Mozilla, John, Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, John Lilly, Figma, Evan, Dylan Field

Greylock GP John Lilly steps back into venture partner role

Greylock Partners General Partner John Lilly said in a blog post he would step back into a role as a venture partner. Lilly said after eight years as a GP he wanted to spend more time with Code for America and VotingWorks, where he has taken on board duties. He added that he would continue working with existing portfolio companies as a board member but not look for new investments. His companies include Caffeine, Figma, Crew and Angle. Here is the post.
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Should Parents End 'Screen Time' For Children?

The New York Times reports that in Silicon Valley, "a wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: The benefits of screens as a learning tool are overblown, and the risks for addiction and stunting development seem high." One Facebook engineer doesn't allow his own kids to have any screen time, according to this article shared by schwit1, and even Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired, believes screen time is addictive for children. "On the scale between can...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Steve Jobs, Tech, New York Times, Mozilla, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Melinda Gates, Greylock Partners, Anderson, Chris Anderson, John Lilly, Slashdot, Lilly

Dropbox finishes up 36% on first day of trading

Dropbox was off to the races on its first day as a public company. After It’s surely a sign of public investor enthusiasm for the cloud storage business, which had initially hoped to price its IPO between $16 and $18 and then raised it from $18 to $20. It also means that Dropbox closed well above the $10 billion it was valued at its last private round. Its market cap is now above $12 billion, fully diluted. Dropbox brought in $1.1 billion in revenue for the last year. This compares to $8...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Enterprise, Microsoft, Drew Houston, Ipo, Funding, Tech, Dropbox, Sequoia Capital, Nasdaq, Greylock Partners, Goodwater Capital, Accel, Sequoia, Bryan Schreier, John Lilly

Tortoise vs. the Hare

Most startup-lore is focused on lightning fast growth or striking out, but what about slow-growth businesses? The proverbial tortoise to the blitzscaling hares?Much of the writing on startups focuses on two elements:finding product-market fitscaling the company once #1 is accomplishedFor product-market fit, we have a lot of source material to work with from the last decade: Steve Blank’s leadership on Customer Development, and Eric Ries’ on the Lean Startup — along with the contributions of doz...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Texas, Stanford, Startup, Linkedin, Austin, Reid Hoffman, Berkeley, Steve Blank, John Lilly, Paul Graham, Eric Ries, Lean Startup, Customer Development

Researchers trained killer whale to speak English words

Researchers at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile trained an orca named Wikie to mimic words like "hello," "bye-bye," and other human speech sounds. John Lilly, I wish you were around to be part of this conversation. From the New York Times: “We wanted to study vocal imitation because it’s a hallmark of human spoken language, which is in turn important for human cultural evolution,” said José Zamorano-Abramson, who led the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the Pontifical Cat...
Tags: Video, Science, News, Animals, New York Times, Whales, John Lilly, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, José Zamorano Abramson

Apprente lands $4.75 mln seed

Palo Alto, California-based Apprente, an emerging artificial intelligence tech company, has secured $4.75 million in seed funding. The investors included AME Cloud Ventures, Greylock Partners via Discovery Fund, Morado Ventures, Pathbreaker Ventures and StageOne Ventures. PRESS RELEASE PALO ALTO, California – January 22, 2018: Apprente, an emerging AI technology company, today announced it has raised $4.75 million in seed funding to grow its research and development team and further product deve...
Tags: California, Trends, Greylock Partners, John Lilly, David Eagleman, Palo Alto California, VC Deals, Georges Harik, StageOne Ventures, Apprente, Jaan Tallinn Apprente, Itamar Arel

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a brief history

Is there anybody out there? If we don't listen for the answer, we certainly won't hear it. Over at the Planetary Society, Jason Davis posted an excellent survey of the past, present, and future of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. It begins in 1959 with Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison's historic paper "Searching for Interstellar Communications" and Frank Drake's Project Ozma, the first scientific SETI search: One year later, the National Academy of Sciences hosted an invit...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Science, News, Earth, Drake, Hewlett Packard, Carl Sagan, Seti, John Lilly, Jodie Foster, Jill Tarter, SETI Institute, National Academy of Sciences, Lilly, Mountain View California

Peak performance and Flow

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse”?—?Jim Rohn I’ve started a 30 day blogging challenge (more about it here and please sign up to receive the newsletter). This is day five. TL;DR recent discoveries in psychology found the conditions necessary to achieve flow, a mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Lea...
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Blitzscaling: A Free Stanford Course on Scaling a Startup, Led by LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman

A quick postscript to yesterday's mention of Reid Hoffman's new podcast, Masters of Scale. Many of the concepts discussed in Masters of Scale expand on a 2015 course taught at Stanford by Hoffman and his colleagues-- John Lilly from Greylock Partners, LinkedIn co-founder Allen Blue, and author Chris Yeh. The course focuses on Blitzscaling--or what Hoffman described in the Harvard Business Review as " the science and art of rapidly building out a company to serve a large and usually global market...
Tags: Google, Business, College, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Linkedin, Online Courses, Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Eric Schmidt, Harvard Business Review, Brian Chesky, Reed Hastings, John Lilly, Seth Godin, Facebook Twitter

Team communications startup Crew reels in $15 mln Series B

San Francisco-based Crew, a team communications startup, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The investors included John Lilly of Greylock Partners and Matt Huang of Sequoia Capital. In conjunction with the funding. both Huang and Lilly have joined Crew’s board of directors. Source: Press Release
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Greylock Partners, John Lilly, Crew, Lilly, Huang, VC Deals, Matt Huang

Simplify and repeat

English: Diagram of venture capital fund structure for Venture capital (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   I am constantly (pleasantly) surprised at how often the interviews in the New York Time’s Corner Office column provide great advice for your marketing efforts. Adam Bryant each week talks with top executives about leadership, and no matter what the title of the person, or the nature of the business, the points they make about creativity—though not always labeled specifically as such—are worth hea...
Tags: Business, Wikipedia, Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Creativity, Ideas, Silicon Valley, John Lilly, Good Ideas, Lilly, Jay H Heyman, Adam Bryant

Keep It Simple

I like this advice from John Lilly, a serial CEO and now a partner at Greylock: I didn’t understand the role of simplicity and messaging early on. One of the things that happened at one of my start-ups was that I would get bored saying the same thing every day. So I decided to change it up a little bit. But then everybody had a different idea of what I thought because I was mixing it up. So my big lesson was the importance of a simple message, and saying it the same way over and over. If you’re...
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John Lilly On The Role of Simplicity and Messaging

Yesterday I talked briefly about taking a break from media. However, I wasn’t precise, as the one thing I read each week is the New York Times Sunday paper. When Amy and I lived in Boston we started reading it every Sunday morning and continued whenever we travelled. Several years ago I started having it delivered to our house on Sunday morning and it is a delightful Sunday morning ritual for us. Some Sundays I read it quickly – other Sundays I savor it. I generally spend most of my time in The ...
Tags: Leadership, Boston, Trends, Management, New York Times, John, New York Times Magazine, Message, Greylock Partners, John Lilly, Amy, Feld, Corner Office, Adam Bryant

The importance of a simple message

So my big lesson was the importance of a simple message, and saying it the same way over and over. If you’re going to change it, change it in a big way, and make sure everyone knows it’s a change. Otherwise keep it static. – John Lilly: Simplify Your Message, and Repeat Often. How many of our clubs, businesses, organisations or churches are saying a whole load of stuff all at once… complicating their message and making it hard for people to figure out what they are saying or doing.    
Tags: Business, Life, Church, Religion, Voice, Message, John Lilly

Corner Office: John Lilly: Simplify Your Message, and Repeat Often

Mr. Lilly of Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm, says he learned the keep his message simple and say it the same way over and over to prevent confusion.
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Why the next great SaaS company will look nothing like Salesforce

 Integration companies, while not glamorous, can build market power by positioning themselves at the center of an ecosystem and creating an “ecosystem network effect”, whereby they become a de facto standard. Okta and Segment are both on their way to achieving this. Read More
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Silicon Valley is divided on whether California should secede from the US in a 'Calexit'

The Silicon Valley elite has taken to social media to express its thoughts on "Calexit," a fringe political movement that aims to establish California as an independent country. Most techies seem opposed to a Brexit-style California exit, though one tech tycoon, Shervin Pishevar, has loudly voiced his support. A secessionist group out of California "hit it big" on Election Day 2016, according to a spokesperson in a statement, when Donald Trump won the race to the White House. The Yes Califor...
Tags: Twitter, California, White House, US, America, Trends, Shervin Pishevar, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Cnbc, Greylock, John Lilly, Trump, Ryan Holmes, Facebook and Twitter, New California

You Don’t Need A Daughter To Know Trump Bragging About Sexual Assault Is Vile

You don’t need to be the parent of a daughter or the grandfather of a little girl or the husband to a wife to understand that bragging about ― and committing ― sexual assault is vile. To be human is all that is required to understand that Donald Trump’s comments about women, caught on a and released late Friday, are beyond offensive and degrading. In bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy” and kissing women without their consent, Trump was proudly admitting that he brazenly commits sexua...
Tags: Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, News, America, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Paul ryan, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, John Lilly, Trump, Bush, Emily Peck, Romney, Carina Kolodny, Billy Bush

When science intersected with the counterculture, things got wonderfully weird

In the late 1960s and 1970s, the mind-expanding modus operandi of the counterculture spread into the realm of science, and shit got wonderfully weird. Neurophysiologist John Lilly tried to talk with dolphins. Physicist Peter Phillips launched a parapsychology lab at Washington University. Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill became an evangelist for space colonies. Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture is a new book of essays about this heady time! The book was co-edi...
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Gener8tor Opening Minnesota Office, First Class to Start in Fall

Gener8tor’s westward march along Interstate 94 continues. The startup accelerator, which launched in Milwaukee in 2012 before adding programs in Madison, WI, said on Thursday that it plans to open an office in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and enroll its first class of early-stage companies there later this year. “We see a really robust market of startups and investors in Minnesota,” says Gener8tor co-founder Joe Kirgues. “We think it’s one of the leading markets, in the Midwest and beyond,...
Tags: Startups, Minnesota, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Trends, Vc, Wisconsin, TechStars, Target, Alice, Arthur Ventures, Accelerators, John Lilly, Pillsbury, Midwest

A top investor nails why Microsoft is getting more respect in Silicon Valley these days (MSFT)

A few years ago, Silicon Valley thought that Microsoft was toast. Comments like this one from entrepreneur and professor Steve Blank were typical: " Microsoft is the living dead. Microsoft is a standing joke now in the technology business." There were many more conversations like that in private. How times have changed. These days, people often mention how impressed they are with new technologies like HoloLens, give grudging respect to Azure (Microsoft's cloud competitor to Amazon Web Serv...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Mozilla, Silicon Valley, Vanity Fair, Amazon Web Services, Greylock, Steve Blank, John Lilly, Lilly, Nadella, Satya, Linux Salesforce Apple Today Microsoft

Fletcher Page: Bryan McClendon, John Lilly made sure Mark Richt's Georgia Way ended on high note

After a tough, rough, hang-on-to-the-last-second football victory, John Lilly didn't want to come off weak. "I might lose my man card on this, but I've been emotional a couple times this week," he said.
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DWNLD, The Easy-Bake Oven For Apps, Picks Up $12M In Series A

 DWNLD, the publishing platform that takes any website and seamlessly turns it into an app, has today announced the close of a $12 million Series A funding round led by Greylock Partners. The platform, which was created by cofounder and CEO Alexandra Keating and cofounder Fritz Lanman, allows any web publisher to easily transfer all of their content over to a native app, without any coding… Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Enterprise, Greylock Partners, Greylock, Fritz Lanman, Dwnld, John Lilly, Alexandra Keating

Mozilla Taps New CEO

The company looks to John Lilly to grow its business while ex-CEO Mitchell Baker focuses on Mozilla's vision.
Tags: Mozilla, John Lilly, Mitchell Baker