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Grocery Is Dead. Long Live Grocery!

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition. Welcome to the first installment of Greycroft Science, a blog post prepared in conjunction with Earnest Research. I would like to thank Lucy Wang, Masters candidate from NYU Courant, for her assistance in analysis and data science. There is no …

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Future of Work

This post originally appeared on John Elton’s Medium blog. Machines, if you can’t beat them, join them When Kasparov was beaten by Deep Blue in chess, I have to admit that I was rooting for the computer. I wanted Kasparov to win, but I was happy I wasn’t the only …

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The VC Fixer Upper

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition. I had a visit from an entrepreneur yesterday who was deliberating about whether to take on a CEO job at a venture-backed company or start a new company from scratch.  The only problem was that the VC deal had some …

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Button: Bringing symbiosis to the mobile app ecosystem

This post originally appeared on John Elton’s Medium blog. I think about performance marketing as the business world’s equivalent of symbiosis — where two living things benefit from each other and work together throughout their lives. Button, our latest investment, is the mobile app ecosystem’s mechanism that allows for symbiosis among different …

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Foundational Technologies

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition. Humans have always been farsighted, but few knew it until 1450. In 1450 Gutenberg invented the printing press and soon afterwards the masses were reading. Then people suddenly realized that they couldn’t read small print, which created a huge market …

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The Year of the Undercorn

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition. “When a venture-backed company breaks through the $1BN valuation mark, we call it a Unicorn. When the same company falls back below the $1BN threshold, it becomes an Undercorn.” -Dan Primack In 1974 Wilshire Associates launched an index with the …

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The Shenzhen Experience

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition. I just arrived in Shenzhen for my first trip to China in a decade.  It is Saturday night and the streets outside my hotel are crowded with revelers wearing party hats and waving balloons.  I am not exactly sure what …

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Where Are We Going?

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition. In 1999, the Wachowski Brothers released The Matrix, set in a dystopian future where software governs the world and humans are bred into captivity.  I recently watched the movie again, fifteen years later, and a new thought came to mind. …

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Food in America

This post originally appeared on Ian Sigalow’s blog, Pattern Recognition.   Did you know that 50 years ago there were no Thai or Japanese restaurants in the United States? When I first heard that factoid I didn’t believe it. From my apartment on the Upper East Side, I have delivery …

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Dark Pools Come To Madison Avenue

This post originally appeared on Business Insider. Dark pools on Wall Street were once heralded as a way for clients to get better deals on stock trades, but now they are associated with fraud and market manipulation. In the latest dark pool scandal, Barclay’s was accused by the New York Attorney …

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