I got up at 6 to travel to 4 Times Square to go on CNBC, a television channel about business. I got to the entrance and told the door guy I was on the show. He said, “You are?” I said, “I am.” He said, “No, you are?,” by which he meant, “Who are you?” Oh, I said, “I’m that guy” — pointing at his sheet with my picture on it.
On the show with me was my partner at Obvious Ventures, James Joaquin. We were there to talk about our 3rd fund in 7 years. On the show, Andrew Ross Sorkin asked about my first company, Blogger. At Google, prior to moving to building 42, Blogger was stationed in building e.
This new fund size is $271,828,182 — the first nine digits of Euler’s number, otherwise known as e. I am no math nerd (that’s James), but I am told that e is both transcendental and irrational. Someone could make a joke about a VC fund that raised an irrational number of dollars. Good thing no one did.
We have a tradition of fun fund sizes. Our first was $123,456,789. Our second was $191,919,191. Maybe our 4th fund will be π. Too obvious?