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Notes from Digital Hollywood NY

Spoke last week at Digital Hollywood in NY.  A few observations:

1) As Antonio Rodriguez from Matrix noted, all of our panelists were VC’s who come from entrepreneurial backgrounds. 

2) Lots of buzz and activity around the location / offers concept, lots of it tied back to FourSquare.

3) There’s a rabid angel investor network in NY.  In today’s market with many companies getting started with less than $500K-$1M, guys like Fabrice Grinda are backing a lot of cool companies.  One angel I spoke with has written 38 checks in the last 24 months. 

4) Ton of activity around new ad formats and concepts.  A lot of Doubleclick alumni + ad network founders you may not have heard of with liquidity from later stage vc’s – funding their own startups + raising capital from the angel network.

Special thanks to Ed Zimmerman, NY’s uber tech attorney, for making intros and another fabulous wine dinner.

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