Ron Conway on Economy

Ron Conway was one of the investors in Zappos. Facebook. Twitter. Digg. Kyte. And many other companies I use and like. So, when Ron Conway speaks, I listen (and turn on the video camera). Here’s a four-minute clip where he talks about how long the economic downturn will be. Whether or not companies are getting funded. What entrepreneurs should expect.

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15 thoughts on “Ron Conway on Economy

  1. Robert,
    Wanted to tell you this for a while – taking live video from your cellphone may be a cool technological achievements, but the low video quality and shaky video experience practically ruin the great content of the video. It’s really hard to concentrate even in a 4-minute-long video when a viewer is busy not getting sea-sick. I warmly suggest to switch back to a small video recorder. Content is king (including quality), and it’s much more important then time-to-publish.
    Best,
    John.

  2. Robert,
    Wanted to tell you this for a while – taking live video from your cellphone may be a cool technological achievements, but the low video quality and shaky video experience practically ruin the great content of the video. It’s really hard to concentrate even in a 4-minute-long video when a viewer is busy not getting sea-sick. I warmly suggest to switch back to a small video recorder. Content is king (including quality), and it’s much more important then time-to-publish.
    Best,
    John.

  3. It’s nice, for an extreme change of pace, to hear someone talking about a positive in the current economy, even if there are somewhat guarded elements to what he says (though, in truth, caution is certainly a good thing!). While I’ll always hope that real estate leads the charge back into economic normalcy in the U.S. (sigh…), if startups are that vehicle instead (or one of them), that’s just fine as well.

  4. It’s nice, for an extreme change of pace, to hear someone talking about a positive in the current economy, even if there are somewhat guarded elements to what he says (though, in truth, caution is certainly a good thing!). While I’ll always hope that real estate leads the charge back into economic normalcy in the U.S. (sigh…), if startups are that vehicle instead (or one of them), that’s just fine as well.

  5. Scoble, et al — STOP running these drively interviews with Ron Conway. He is well connected but totally contentless, and the top tier of the valley knows it.

    He is a once-lucky investor who now gets incredible deals because of his name.
    Should anyone in the media tap him for insight and advice? Absolutley not. He has nothing original or insightful to say that you can’t find on another VC blog — and most of these VCs have real operating experience.

  6. Scoble, et al — STOP running these drively interviews with Ron Conway. He is well connected but totally contentless, and the top tier of the valley knows it.

    He is a once-lucky investor who now gets incredible deals because of his name.
    Should anyone in the media tap him for insight and advice? Absolutley not. He has nothing original or insightful to say that you can’t find on another VC blog — and most of these VCs have real operating experience.

  7. Conway says, “People are becoming more selective, but people are not stopping investing. In the year 2000, people did stop investing, because the epicenter was here in the Valley. The epicenter of this economic crisis is not here in Silicon Valley, but we have to be cautious …”

    I think that’s an important distinction that I haven’t heard before.

  8. Conway says, “People are becoming more selective, but people are not stopping investing. In the year 2000, people did stop investing, because the epicenter was here in the Valley. The epicenter of this economic crisis is not here in Silicon Valley, but we have to be cautious …”

    I think that’s an important distinction that I haven’t heard before.

  9. Great interview Robert. Glad to hear that active investor like Ron Conway has a positive outlook about startups in this economy. I wonder who the 3 companies he says he’ll be investing in in the next 60 days will be?

    When on TechCrunch today, I noticed more than 30 posts in October alone about startups receiving funding.

  10. Great interview Robert. Glad to hear that active investor like Ron Conway has a positive outlook about startups in this economy. I wonder who the 3 companies he says he’ll be investing in in the next 60 days will be?

    When on TechCrunch today, I noticed more than 30 posts in October alone about startups receiving funding.

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