Peter Kafka

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Hey Start-Ups! These Guys Have Checkbooks. Just Ask Them!

You can debate whether we’re in a “bubble” or simply seeing “storm clouds.” Or perhaps we’re just in the midst of some harmless exuberance, egged on by Facebook and Google‘s apparent willingness to buy everything, at nearly any price.

All I know is that you definitely don’t see this sort of thing when times are tough: Investors with open checkbooks, piled into a room to show off for start-ups and hoping to land the next Twitter, or Foursquare, or Tumblr. Or at least the next GroupMe.

That’s the agenda for next week’s “VC Demo Day,” hosted by AOL and a bevy of VCs and angels in New York. I dropped by the first one of these, in July, and I can’t tell if any checks got written as a result of the pitch sessions.

But it’s definitely a good place to bump into a lot of deal-hungry investors. If you’re into that kind of thing.

On Wednesday’s agenda: Presentations from Polaris Ventures, Softbank Capital, Greycroft Partners, Village Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Rho Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Flybridge Capital and GRP Partners.

Also, free beer. As I recall, the last one had a keg of something pretty good.


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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