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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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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