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Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.

Venture Partner, Quotidian Ventures / CEO, Secret Clubhouse.

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I’m joining Percolate

I’m excited to say today that I’ve taken a role on the leadership team at Percolate, as VP of People operations. I’ve been friends with Noah and James forever. Noah was a Barbarian back in the day, and established the planning department there. When he left to form Percolate with James in late 2010, I was one of their first investors. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of helping and watching Percolate grow from one little email product to the amazing company it is today - over 120 employees, an amazing roster of Fortune 500 clients, and a fresh round of $24 million sitting in the bank from Sequoia, WPP and others. Back when I first started investing, I always envisioned that eventually some portfolio company would take off at breakneck speed and I could jump in and help for a while, and today that is coming to fruition.

Percolate, by the way, is awesome. What is it? It’s a marketing software company. It builds products to help you manage your marketing. “Like Hootsuite?” you might ask? Well, it handles social monitoring, yes, but that is just part of it. It also handles content calendaring. Asset management. Approvals and workflows. Managing fan generated content. Content creation, from writing briefs to commissioning content. It makes working with your agency easier from planning to paid media. It makes it easier to create tons of content at the breakneck pace that brands must operate these days. It will even help you figure out what to write about.

The Percolate gang has written extensively about their workplace culture. I’m proud to say that some of that was inspired by what we created at The Barbarian Group, but they have taken it further, and I’m psyched to help them build a great culture, grow it, and sustain it. It’s going to be a good time.

I’ve got a lot going on - the book is finished and I’ll be announcing its release soon and I am still working with the Quotidian gang - but that is news for another day. In the meantime I’ll be here at Percolate every day, working on people and culture.

Also, they are totally hiring. Lots. And not just in New York - also SF, Chicago and London. You should totally drop a line about that.

Two years ago today I invested in Timehop. Worth every penny. 

Via Wegener

Two years ago today I invested in Timehop. Worth every penny.

Via Wegener

Well this will be exciting! Congrats, Anthony and Matt!

With Docracy’s big data tool, searcher.io, companies can quickly and more easily uncover “prior art,” information that can help shoot holes in the often weak patents used to bring infringement lawsuits. Prior art—patent applications, rejected patents, previously published descriptions of a technology—can invalidate a patent and any lawsuit based on it.

Startup helps firms fight frivolous lawsuits | Crain’s New York Business

Thanks to the Getty Images partnership, Percolate customers now have access to a broader library of photos, a library where they don’t have to worry about whether or not they have the rights to use the images (because they already know the answer is yes).
And that library is automatically sorted using Percolate’s technology, which tries to understand what topics are relevant to a company at a given time, and highlights photos based on those topics. Gross said the goal is to make the process as easy as possible, but if the algorithm doesn’t surface the image you’re looking for, you can also search the photos based on things like tags.
(via Percolate Partners With Getty Images And Aviary To Help Companies Create And Share Images | TechCrunch)

Thanks to the Getty Images partnership, Percolate customers now have access to a broader library of photos, a library where they don’t have to worry about whether or not they have the rights to use the images (because they already know the answer is yes).

And that library is automatically sorted using Percolate’s technology, which tries to understand what topics are relevant to a company at a given time, and highlights photos based on those topics. Gross said the goal is to make the process as easy as possible, but if the algorithm doesn’t surface the image you’re looking for, you can also search the photos based on things like tags.

(via Percolate Partners With Getty Images And Aviary To Help Companies Create And Share Images | TechCrunch)

Lover.ly’s redesign and rebranding was not just about incorporating commerce more prominently. Khalil tells me she took it as an opportunity to make the brand more sophisticated, less feminine, and more versatile. The move also paves the way for the launch of native mobile apps, which the CEO tells me is imminent. Previously the design was the product of the piecemeal efforts of multiple outside designers. For the latest version, the company added a full time designer to its staff, picking up a former member of Mixel at the time of its acquisition by Etsy.

Lover.ly adds shopping to its wedding visual search engine

Kellee is so awesome. 

Everyone hears when Facebook and Instagram get greedy with your data, but dozens of others are chipping away at your privacy in ever-changing fine print you agree to without blinking. Docracy tracks ToS changes to show you just what you’re giving up.

8 Sneaky Terms of Service Changes At Beloved Online Services: Skype, Geico, Stubhub, More | Fast Company

Haha this is pretty great. Docracy lets you keep an eye on Terms of Service changes for websites. Every reporter would love this. 

It works like so: Anyone familiar with Timehop knows that the service will send you a little notification each morning, letting you know that your trip back in time to view your old status updates and tweets is ready. With the new partnership, users will see a significant, newsy item from the past, and the contemporary story matched to that day. So, for example, you may see what the state of the Mars rover mission was six years ago, and a story about where the program is today.

Timehop Hooks Up With USA Today to Deliver Stories From the Past - Mike Isaac - Social - AllThingsD

Technologically, building such filters would not be impossible, Mr. Wegener said, but he hasn’t done so yet. He said the notion reminded him of the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a quirky romantic comedy in which the main characters wipe away any traces of their past relationship, and presumably, the trauma inflicted.

New Apps Recall the Details of Your Online Past - NYTimes.com

Awesome Timehop article. Personally, I like even the painful memories. My Timehop reports go back seven years, and sometimes the pain is healed enough that Timehop nudges me to reach out again on a long lost friend. It’s been cathartic and rewarding. 

Psyched to be an investor in three of these (Circa, Branch and Sherpaa) and advisor to another. CONGRATS GUYS. 

In talking to marketers, he explained, “The biggest problem they have is that they’re going from a production model where they create things like television commercials and billboard ads and they’re moving to a content model where instead of creating something every 3 to 6 months like a TV commercial is, they need to create something every 3 to 6 minutes. They don’t know what to put into that blank box.” The biggest publisher on Facebook, he pointed out, is Coca Cola with 52 million fans. “If you think about it, these brands are massive publishers in these channels and of course what we know is that the bigger the audience, the more content you need.”

With Its $9 M. Series A, Percolate Might Become the Next Buddy Media By Turning Brands Into Microbloggers | Betabeat

I don’t mind hiring people from there. We have a nice handful of ex-agency folks now and they’re very talented… One thing we noticed in our first six months to a year is that people’s appetite for risk is not that high. When we were an unfunded startup, there were a lot of people who were saying, “Oh yeah, I want to go work for a startup, but I want to get the same salary I was getting before.” We were an unfunded startup and we were profitable, but we can’t give you the salary you were making before.

Percolate, ‘Son’ of Buddy Media, Helps Brands Build Interest Graphs

Oh hey. Branch has groups now. Awesome. 

Oh hey. Branch has groups now. Awesome. 

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