Author Archives: Alex Taussig

Come join me on my new blog:

My first 18 months of blogging has been an interesting experiment for me. I never liked to write when I was in school, but I have grown to enjoy it more and more as I’ve gotten older. That said, keeping … Continue reading

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A (Mobile) Dao of Web Design

New forms of media take a while to go mainstream; but, when they do, it is often because they are inspired by what came before. Referencing a more familiar, mainstream medium has often proven to be a successful strategy, as … Continue reading

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My belated homage to Steve Jobs

When Steve Jobs died, I decided not to write anything. There wasn’t much I could say about Steve, having never met the man and knowing little about him as a person. Yet, like most of us who have dedicated our … Continue reading

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Go after monolithic markets

One of the great things about moving from one place to another is all the free stuff people leave behind. A few weeks ago, Highland shuffled out of its decade-long digs on Route 2W in Lexington, MA and headed over … Continue reading

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Two brains. One VC.

When people ask me why I like my job, my answer usually contains one of these three reasons: I love technology and imagining how it will shape the future. I love working with entrepreneurs. I love doing lots of different … Continue reading

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Peter Thiel and the definite future

I attended a discussion with Peter Thiel yesterday at Harvard Business School. This is my second time hearing Peter speak in the last 12 months, and I find his brand of intellectual honesty quite refreshing in the age of politicized, … Continue reading

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Am I destroying civilization?

I tend to think of the pursuit of technology as a humanitarian endeavor. Inventions like the printing press, steam engine, transistor, polymerase chain reaction machine, and the internet have all created immense social value, in addition to private wealth. I … Continue reading

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“Strategic” customers are a myth.

Lots of small companies will do anything to sign up a big customer. Startups often make concessions of two varieties: We’ll give you more stuff (read: features/support). You give us less stuff (read: money). Often, when we meet companies who … Continue reading

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Starting your MBA this week? Read this first.

It’s that time of year again. Summer is winding to a close, and students are returning to campus.  The energy in the air is palpable, especially in a place like Boston, which seems to live and breathe along with the … Continue reading

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interview to venture: Episode 2, Bit9

Last time on interview to venture, I sat down with Boris Revsin, co-founder & CEO of CampusLIVE. Boris is a first-time CEO in his 20’s and is building a consumer internet company that is transforming the way college kids interact … Continue reading

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