Matt Turck

Matt Turck

Managing Director at FirstMark

Bio: I'm a venture capital investor at FirstMark in New York. I invest in early-stage technology startups, mostly at the Series A level, anywhere in the US and in Europe. I feel incredibly privileged to get to partner with outstanding entrepreneurs, and I work hard to help them succeed.

The Compression of the Hype Cycle

The Compression of the Hype Cycle

I spend a lot of time thinking about hype cycles, across industries (Big Data/AI, IoT) and ecosystems (New York). Whether you use the Carlota Perez surge cycle (see this great Fred Wilson post) or the Gartner version, hype cycles convey the fundamental idea that technology markets don’t develop linearly, but instead go through phases of boom and bust before they […]

The New Gold Rush? Wall Street Wants your Data

The New Gold Rush? Wall Street Wants your Data

A few months ago, Foursquare achieved an impressive feat by predicting, ahead of official company results, that Chipotle’s Q1 2016 sales would be down nearly 30%. Because it captures geo-location data from both check-ins and visits through its apps, Foursquare was able to extrapolate foot-traffic stats that turned out to be very accurate predictors of […]

Debunking the “No Human”​ Myth in AI

Debunking the “No Human”​ Myth in AI

What goes up must go down, and the hype around AI will inevitably deflate sooner or later. One unfortunate consequence of the hype is that it created the widely-shared perception that AI reached seemingly overnight a stage where it can be fully automated, leading both to endless possibilities, as well as concerns about its impact […]

The Power of Data Network Effects

The Power of Data Network Effects

In the furiously competitive world of tech startups, where good entrepreneurs tend to think of comparable ideas around the same time and “hot spaces” get crowded quickly with well-funded hopefuls, competitive moats matter more than ever.  Ideally, as your startup scales, you want to not only be able to defend yourself against competitors, but actually […]

Firing on All Cylinders: The 2017 Big Data Landscape, part 2

Firing on All Cylinders: The 2017 Big Data Landscape, part 2

A walk through the 2017 Data Ecosystem Landscape INFRASTRUCTURE A lot of themes from last year have continued to play out, such as the ever-increasing importance of streaming, with Spark reigning supreme for now, with interesting contenders such as Flink emerging. In addition, a few interesting themes have kept coming back in conversations: It’s now official, SQL is […]

Firing on All Cylinders: The 2017 Big Data Landscape, part 1

Firing on All Cylinders: The 2017 Big Data Landscape, part 1

It feels good to be a data geek in 2017. Last year, we asked “Is Big Data Still a Thing?”, observing that since Big Data is largely “plumbing”, it has been subject to enterprise adoption cycles that are much slower than the hype cycle. As a result, it took several years for Big Data to evolve […]