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About Me

The story behind this blog is pretty simple. When I became fascinated by the blogging revolution generally, and the WordPress phenomenon in particular, I convinced WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg (then the ripe old age 0f 21) to let me be his lead investor along with a couple other folks. There was a condition, though: if I wanted to be his investor, Matt told me, I would need to start blogging. Hence the birth of VCMike (Matt picked the title for me).

In the real world I am known as Mike Hirshland. For work I do Venture Capital at Resolute.vc; outside of work most of time and energy is consumed being a proud and busy father of four.

During the day (and occasionally nights as well) I am the Founder of Resolute.vc, a new seed stage venture fund.  Prior to Resolute, I was a General Partner with Polaris Venture Partners.

I invest in all things Internet. I am passionate about the Internet revolution and love spending time in the middle of it.  Most of my investments have been early stage (seed or series A) though occasionally I will dabble in later stage deals. As for geography: though I live in Boston, I alternate weeks between the East Coast (Boston and NYC) and San Francisco, though nearly all of my  current investments are in the Bay Area. I also was the guy who originally conceived and launched Dogpatch Labs.

Going from oldest to most recent, my investments are as follows:

Prior to joining Polaris I had a wild ride in law, public policy and politics down in Washington DC.

After graduating from law school I spent a year clerking at the federal court of appeals, then spent a year clerking for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, which I have to admit was as cool as it sounds. Later, I spent a couple years as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. There, I ended up stumbling into, and then being put in charge of the Microsoft Hearings (remember those hearings when Senator Orrin Hatch, Bill Gates, Scott McNealy, Jim Barksdale and Michael Dell went at it? For a good overview of that whole imbroglio check out this wired article).

Enough of that. I have four wonderful, fun and demanding children:

Henry, 15, who lives for everything sports, plus X-Box and Facebook;

Maggie, 13, who loves soccer, basketball and texting;

Oliver, 11, who is our little naturalist and loves all animals, but especially sea turtles;

and Lucy, 9, who, well, is a sweet little tyrant who runs the whole household.

We also have two rabbits, Speedy and Dodger. (Addendum: Dodger passed away in April 2006, but was replaced by Max). (Another Addendum: we have since added two dogs, Charley and Coco, to the craziness). (Another Addendum: Max vanished, most likely into the gullet of a wild coyote in the ‘hood. So Speedy is on his own again). (Another addendum: Speedy is now toast too). (One more addendum: now we have 2 hampsters, Teddy and Oreo). (Yup, you guessed it: Teddy vanished).

Our favorite family activity is dashing from one kids sporting event to the next.

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  1. September 30, 2006

    check out our launch this monday oct. 2, 2006. provide feedback if you have time.

    thanks in advance.

  2. Kevin Sinclair #
    October 12, 2006

    Mike,

    I want to reply about your start page question, but prefer to do it in private email not on your page. Is this going right to you? All of the answers given were ‘wrong’. Its just like your Henry Ford quote… email me and I will give you the RIGHT answer.

  3. Gareth Plummer #
    December 30, 2006

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I own the domain name poweroverwireless.com through which I am constructing a website which promotes Power Over Wireless technology to consumers, developers and investors. I would to take this opportunity to discuss whether you have any material you would like to promote through the site or an RSS feed you would like to submit.

    I am also investigating the potential of selling and distributing related software.

    Please feel free to reply should you have any questions or any material you would like to submit to the site.

    Best Regards,

    Gareth

  4. just ME #
    August 7, 2009

    Underbart! Rolig läsning också
    även om när det inte är skämt utan allvar – någon borde kunna hjälpa till med den svenska översättningen…

  5. chris #
    October 23, 2009

    Mike – great blog – particularly like the addendum’s.. good seeing you in SF and look forward to the follow up

  6. December 8, 2009

    Mike – Are you planning to attend CES 2010? If so, I’d like to arrange an informal networking meeting with Doug Garnett from Atomic Direct, http://www.atomicdirect.com, please.

    Doug would welcome the opportunity to talk with VC’s who have projects that target a consumer market. Doesn’t have to be broadly mass market. But, they are selling to the consumer market.

    No matter how exciting their technology, they can significantly lower the risk in their money with the right communication.
    But for consumer goods, that communication process is much more complex and demanding than it is in BtoB. And for consumer electronics, it’s even more complicated because consumers need technology explained.
    For a complex product or product value, Atomic knows how to get that communication across more effectively, with faster return of their money, and at lower overall investment than with almost any other communication option.

    Thanks.

    - Jack Rubinger, 503-788-7325

  7. sharelomer #
    May 14, 2010

    a great about page, I will love to write this kind of page one day :)

    Thanks for inspiring us, and please keep on writing (haven’t written in a while…) :)

  8. July 1, 2010

    This is Jaime Laviena, I am an editor for Christian.com which is a social network dedicated to the christian community. As I look through the your web site I feel a collaboration would be a great way for us to target a larger young audience. I would be inclined to acknowledge your website offering it to our users as I’m sure our audience would benefit from what your web site has to offer. I look forward to your thoughts or questions regarding the matter.

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    Hi, Mike:
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    I blog Art of life in practice independently at web.

    I do like to write independently. and I need a VC to support until I sell my story successfully

    Let know if you or your VC friends have this interest or not.
    Let know how I can convince a VC.

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  12. May 19, 2011

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  13. jayabin #
    May 31, 2011

    Hi Mike,

    I’m the Technology editor at Before It’s News. Our site is a ‘people powered’ news platform with over 2,000,000 visits a month and growing fast.

    We would be honored if we could republish your blog RSS feed in our Technology category. Our readers need to read what your blog has to say.

    Syndicating to Before It’s News is a terrific way spread the word and grow your audience. Many other organizations are using Before It’s News to do just that. We can have your feed up and running in 24 hours. I just need you to reply with your permission to do so. Please include the full name and email of the person who will be assigned to the account, and let me know the name you want on the account (most people have their name or their blog name).

    You can also have any text and/or links you wish added to the end or to the beginning of each of your posts on Before It’s News. Just email me the text and links that you want at the beginning and/or ending of each post. If you know html you can send me that. If not, just send me the text and a link to your site. It should be around 200 characters or less (not including links).

    You can, if you like, create a custom feed for Before It’s News that includes multiple links back to your blog or web site. We only require that RSS feeds include full stories, not partial stories. We don’t censor or edit work.

    Thank you

    Jaya


    Jaya Gibson
    Editor, Before It’s News
    http://www.beforeitsnews.com

  14. June 11, 2011

    Hi there,

    

Just following up from my recent email about your RSS feed being published to Before It’s News. 

I’m the Environment editor at Before It’s News.

    Our site is a People Powered news platform with over 2,000,000 visits a month and growing fast. 



    We would be honored if we could republish your blog RSS feed in our Technology category.
    Our readers need to read what your blog has to say.

    Syndicating to Before It’s News is a terrific way spread the word and grow your audience. Many other organizations are using Before It’s News to do just that. We can have your feed up and running in 24 hours. I just need you to reply with your permission to do so. Please include the full name and email of the person who will assigned be to the account, and let me know the name you want on the account (most people have their name or their blog name).

    

You can also have any text and/or links you wish appended to the end or prepended to the beginning of each of your posts on Before It’s News. Just email me the text and links that you want at the beginning and/or ending of each post. If you know html you can send me that. If not, just send me the text and a link to your site. It should be around 200 characters or less (not including links).

    You can, if you like, create a custom feed for Before It’s News that includes multiple links back to your blog or web site. We only require that RSS feeds include full stories, not partial stories. We don’t censor or edit work. 



    Thank you, 



    Jaya

    Jaya Gibson
    Editor, Before It’s News
    http://www.beforeitsnews.com

  15. Vanessa Miller #
    February 20, 2013

    I am recruiting for a mid-sized hedge fund operating a desk of 14 traders. They are looking to contract an independent (remote) individual to perform corporate analysis reports on a freelance basis at a rate of $150/hour. The desk manager explained that he would rather recruit someone who is already writing about the markets and has a passion for in-depth, fundamental corporate analysis.

    I noticed your writing online and wanted to see if you might be interested in the opportunity. If so, send me an email, and I will explain the details more thoroughly. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Vanessa Miller

  16. May 12, 2013

    Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I will send this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!

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  17. Robert H. Duffield #
    March 9, 2014

    I’m interested in selling the “Name Rights” for a program that will replace QWERTY on 2 B cell phones and tablets.
    Any ideas? See patent info…..type “Touch Alphabet Communication” on BING. 40-50 WPM either hand….texting.

  18. August 30, 2009

    Hey VC Mike – I enjoyed this “about you” as well as your history – and your article on the NYC TV upfronts (how I found you via a search) and your take on the converging industries, your investments and eye on the future.

    I’ve done a lot of TV and film, VC and JV work, internet start-ups, myself – and even am working on a pre-revenue software that merges a ton of all this. Don’t worry, I won’t pitch you :) but I’ll be interested to follow your thoughts on your blog!

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