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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work