Peter Kafka

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First Round Capital Forces Its Start-Ups to Sing for Their Supper (and Your Holiday Card)

Some of you really enjoyed last year’s edition of the First Round Capital holiday card, which featured the VC firm’s portfolio companies “dancing” a la 2008′s “Where the Hell is Matt?” viral video.

Alas, I don’t think this year’s version is nearly as entertaining. But Susan Boyle fans, who include at least one of my bosses, may get a kick out of it.

Also, people who like watching Web darlings like Xobni, Mint and Get Satisfaction try to warble along. By the way, anyone want to tell us what “stealth” company Swipely is up to? Looks credit cardy.

First Round Capital 2009 Holiday Card from First Round Capital on Vimeo.


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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