Kara Swisher

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Ron Conway Speaks About Porches and Porsches

I had lunch with well-known angel investor Ron Conway recently and we had a lively discussion about a range of topics, including the venture business (better than ever!), innovation (better than better than ever!), monetizing video content on the Web (best of all!) and more.

Ron also had a bit to get off his chest about entrepreneurs getting signing bonuses from VCs eager to close a deal. I was, of course, shocked, shocked, shocked to find out VCs offered such Turkish delights to attract business. In this vein, Ron and I had a funny miscommunication about porches versus Porsches for start-ups. Bottom line: Just say no to both!

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik