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The Economic Times April 18th, 2014

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Lou Kerner at the Social Internet Fund  an investment fund focused on new tech firms, said the question of overvaluation has to be examined “on a company by company basis.”  You can see companies whose valuations are stretched,” he told AFP. “Will they grow into their valuations? I think most of them can.”  Kerner also said the new Internet economy creates a situation “where companies are gaining traction at speeds we’ve never seen before.”


CNBC February 20th, 2014

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Discussing the high price of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp and what it means for Google and Apple, with Amir Efrati, reporter for The Information; Lou Kerner, Social Internet Fund Founder & Managing Partner; and CNBC’s Julia Boorstin.


Business Week, Feb. 18th 2014

“It’s obviously an amazing company but still a one-hit wonder,” Lou Kerner, manager of the Social Internet Fund, which invests in social-media companies, said by phone from New York. “You’re betting that ‘Candy Crush’ will either have a very long life or King will be able to have other hits.”


Wall Street Journal, Feb 4th, 2014

Coverage of our Bitcoin 2014 Conference Call By The Wall Street Journal…

Jamie Dimon might have called bitcoin a “terrible store of value” on CNBC last month, but if Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, is to be believed, many of the JP Morgan’s chief’s peers are very keen on it.

“I can say with confidence that 2014 will be the year of bitcoin on Wall Street,” Mr Silbert said during a conference call Tuesday to discuss themes surrounding the digital currency.

“I can’t tell you how many individuals I meet or meetings I go to where I’m asked to talk about bitcoin, but I can tell you it involves the most senior people at the some of the largest banks and funds here on Wall Street,” he said.

“While there is a lot skepticism on CNBC, some of the smartest and most well-known investors have invested in bitcoin via the Bitcoin Trust,” said Mr. Silbert, who made his name in setting up the private exchange SecondMarket. The Bitcoin Investment Trust is limited at this stage to sophisticated institutions and high-net-worth individuals.

He said there has been a “fantastic response” to the Trust and “we haven’t done any sales or marketing. And by the way, we’re hiring.” (Mike Casey)

Here are the slides from Mr. Silbert’s presentation:

Bitcoin Investment Trust – Bitcoin 2014 from Lou Kerner

Speaking on the same conference call as Mr. Silbert, Chris Larsen, CEO of Ripple Labs, said his firm’s global digital-currency exchange has processed some $40 million in transactions over the last 60 days.

He said that the network, which is built on a decentralized structure akin to the bitcoin protocol but which operates independently of bitcoin, now has 63,000 independent “nodes.” These function as market makers for trading currencies via an encrypted system or as gateways for people to buy or sell XRP, the Ripple protocol unit, in return for fiat currencies or other units of value.

The value of XRP in market capitalization terms now stands at $2 billion, he added, without elaborating on how that number is reached.

(Based on discussions in different chat forums for users of digital currencies, there’s some debate over how best to measures XRP’s market cap, which the company derives by multiplying the last price at which an XRP transaction occurred by the number of XRP units that Ripple has issued.) (Mike Casey)


Business Insider, AFP Feb 3, 2014

…. “More than 20 percent of all time spent on the Internet is spent on Facebook,” says Lou Kerner, founder of the Social Internet Fund.  …. “People joke that for the teen, Facebook isn’t cool when your mom is on it,” Kerner said. “I think it’s not even your mom any more, now it’s also your grandmother.”  …. Kerner notes that being “cool” is not necessarily Facebook’s long-term goal.  ”You can’t be the cool place forever,” he told AFP.  ”One of two things happen to companies when they’re done being cool. They either go away, or they transition to becoming more of a utility. And Facebook is very successfully doing the latter.”



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Chris Larsen
Founder & CEO of Ripple

Marco Santori
Chairman, Regulatory Affairs Commission,
The Bitcoin Foundation

Sebastian Serrano
Founder & CEO BitPagos

Barry Silbert
Founder & CEO SecondMarket/Bitcoin Investment Trust

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 2PM-3PM EST

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MobSoc Media Launches 35 Digital Properties

January 28, 2014

Share The Digital Journal, January 28, 2014 Coupled with the company’s launch announcement, MobSoc Media unveiled its leading entertainment digital property, Celeb Bistro, a celebrity news site. With more than 4 million fans on Facebook – CelebBistro has already surpassed People Magazine’s Facebook page by more than 1.0 million fans and is the largest celebrity news site on [...]

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Tiger Global snaps up Alibaba shares at lofty valuation

January 20, 2014

Share USA Today – January 20, 2014 “Alibaba is an amazing company and preparing to IPO. That’s when secondary market investors get very interested,” said Lou Kerner, managing partner of the Social Internet Fund, which invests in social and mobile companies in primary and secondary markets.  

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Twitter IPO is Wall Street hit but challenges lie ahead

November 9, 2013

Share Sky News Australia, Saturday Nov. 9th Full text here “Kudos to Twitter for orchestrating a highly successful IPO,” said Lou Kerner of the Social Internet Fund. “However, as Facebook showed, an IPO success, or disaster in Facebook’s case, is really just noise in the long term. Twitter’s success as a stock is going to [...]

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Lou Kerner’s Social Internet Conference Call Series

November 7, 2013

Share November’s Topic: NATIVE ADVERTISING  Featuring Jordan Kretchmer, Founder & CEO, LiveFyre –  Presentation here Ari Lewine, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, TripleLift  – Presentation here  Rebecca Lieb, Analyst, Altimeter Group - Presentation here  Adam Solomon, VP of Digital Advertising Products, Time Inc., Presentation here   When – Thursday, November 7th, 2PM-3PM EST Please join us for a conference call featuring four [...]

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