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A Talk With VCMike

Mike Hirshland of Boston-based Polaris Venture Partners was in San Francisco recently, and so I had a little chat with him, part of my ongoing series: Meet the VCs, so you can fight or flee when you see them at parties.

I met Hirshland when he was working in Congress on tech issues such as the Microsoft antitrust case, but he moved onto Intel and then venture investing and now focuses on funding companies, well, that Microsoft might be interested in buying. He also has a blog with a pretty good name: VCMike’s Blog.

Here’s the video where he talks about the consumer market, where Hirshland likes blogs, social networking–and, of course, the hot-and-hyped Facebook–and some video-content plays:


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”