probably quantum? NISQ and where we are today

In October, my colleagues Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, Maxime Le Dantec and I were honored to co-host an awesome crowd of thinkers and builders in Quantum Computing at Balderton HQ alongside the UK's National Physical Laboratory, just a night before Google announced their achievement of quantum supremacy. I won't get into the…

rahko

For decades theoretical physicists and computer scientists have explored what might be possible if we took a fundamentally quantum approach to computation. They’ve discovered algorithms that are theoretically able to accomplish tasks no classical algorithm has historically proven capable of. In order to execute those algorithms we require usable…

a brighter take on privacy

I had the fortune of joining a many-to-one video conference with Ed Snowden in August in Berlin. Perhaps counterintuitively, it left me feeling rather optimistic about our current direction in regards to privacy both online and in our society, a feeling that contrasted sharply with the gloom I felt after…

Cross the River by Feeling the Stones | 摸着石头过河

There is a saying in China, 摸着石头过河, that translates to “cross the river by feeling the stones”. It is generally attributed to Deng Xiaoping, who used it as a metaphor to describe China’s approach towards the reform and opening (改革开放)which kicked off at the end of the 1970s.…

anticipations for 2019

Und nun wollen wir glauben an ein langes Jahr, das uns gegeben ist, neu, unberührt, voll nie gewesener Dinge... "And now we would like to believe in a long year, given to us new, untouched, full of things that never before were..." -- Rainer Maria Rilke in a…

back to basics > operating leverage

i've liked thinking about businesses in terms operating leverage since i started looking at internet companies seven years ago. why? it's a great framework for both founders and investors to think about profitability, scalability, and the stage of maturation of a business. it's also just a neat concept. operating leverage…

how many bitcoins does a nasdaq cost?

OK. You'll have to forgive me. This one is really because I was just curious of what the chart looks like. Why? I'm not sure. It's certainly not a fundamental analysis of anything, and I would be wrong to say you should read well, anything, into it. On the other…

how german policymakers are hurting berlin's startups

this post first appeared as an article on venturebeat on july 1, 2018. for more thoughts on employee equity, go to equity.balderton.com You can hardly go a day without seeing an article heralding the prodigal rise of Berlin’s startup scene. It is true that Berlin has tremendous…

JOMO and smartphone intent destruction

i thought i'd flag a new piece of research done by the android UX research team (summarized in this blog post) essentially the gist is that even google is coming around to the idea that smartphone / mobile addiction is a problem and they are studying the different approaches people are…

product market fit

Copyright Bill Watterson a lot of people smarter than me have written a lot of intelligent things about product market fit. i still get asked the question by entrepreneurs of how i would define it so i thought i'd lay down a summary of my thoughts here. creative, but largely…