Where You Come From
At the bottom of this post you will find a map and a table of AVC visit activity by geography for the past twelve months.
You could look at this data two ways. AVC is dominated by US visitors. That's true. 63% of visits come from the US. Or you could say that this is an international community wtih about 1mm visits a year coming from outside the US. Both are true.
Everyone is welcome here at AVC. But we do use english as the language of choice in this community. And so english language speaking countries dominate. The bounce rates are highest and the visit lengths are shortest in the countries that aren't english native. That makes sense to me.
I am proud to have an international readership and community here at AVC and I hope we can make it even more so in the coming years because entrepreneurship and technology are global phenomenons and only growing more so.
Very disappointed my personal efforts seem not to have nudged the needle in Switzerland :)Combining tech. , management and finance outlooks through thought leadership I would be surprised if interest were not International.I see the head in sand attitude to venture in Europe as particularly sad – there are great companies worthy of investment but visionary backers are few and far between
All you can do is be the change you want. As someone who moved to London to start a tech company 8 years ago all I can say is that the scene now is exponentially bigger than it was then. Not just in London but all across Europe. Obviously lots of noise, clutter, distraction, missteps, and indeed outright failure, but also lots of solid hard work emerging, and in many cases already being rewarded. The future looks great.
Why I’m moving to Toronto in the fall.I was planning to do it last year, just things are much better aligned, and more ready than before.
Matt can you elaborate?(Toronto-born Bostonian here who may set up shop in my birth city one day).
Just relating to where I am personally at with my business plans – it’s the right timing to go to Toronto, and there’s been a growing ecosystem there with government support, etc.. Much more so than even a few years ago.
Ed – Agreed – London and Berlin are making the right noises.But in Switzerland if you haven’t got a 50 page business plan you don’t pass go 🙂 – Lunacy from the land that I believe has a government spontaneity planning department 🙂
Your business may be in CH, why do your investors need to be?
Ed, they dont – we are talking to people in London and Munich. We have offices in DE , UK, CH and there are tax benefits in Swiss companies ( no capital gains !). So it is (for us) a matter of finding the right investors rather than the money.
Maybe it’s easier to start a chocolate or cheese factory in Switzerland then?
If you have prototype chocolate and cheese for investors to demo, sure. 😉
Some markets are MUCH better done the traditional way. Real Cheese and Chocs or Soylent Green – tough choice !
Give me a Brinz anytime 🙂
Do you mean Sbrinz http://en.wikipedia.org/wik… had some grated on a Spaggetti Bolognese – not ten minutes ago :)Per wiki – The name may come from the village of Brienz in the Canton of Berne – Brienz is 10km from me !
Yes, Sbrinz – it’s like a harder Parmesan. I like it a lot. Wow, so it comes from Brienz!I presume it’s must be really good since it’s local. What a coincidence.
Erm, as a Canadian who’s spent the last 15 years in Europe and 2 in Switzerland I feel like I have to comment here.There are a few of examples of start ups growing out of Switzerland with execution rather than large business plans. Newscred and Shafqat Islam comes to mind, they started in CH, got their first few rounds in CH before moving to the US.Think Housetrip and Poken are other examples where you have product and traction leading to investment and growth.
Fair Play – and really good luck to them.It is sad people need to move to get physically close to a virtual market !Hmm (blog post or analysis material there ?) @fredwilson:disqus
Paper.li is there too.
50 pages? wowzers…don’t they know it’s a constant work in progress
About half of our investments in the past 12 months have been in Europe for this exact reason. Supply demand imbalances create investment opportunities
It’s because you’re a thought leader though, and most are followers – so there will be more investments that investors there (or likewise in the U.S.) don’t understand the play you’re making. It makes for a relatively good selection for you I imagine – puts you in a good position.I wonder how many other mainly-U.S. firms invest in Europe.
Fred, do you have the intra-US numbers? Would be interesting to see the East Coast/West Coast balance – and if the Midwest is making waves
London makes a much better showing on that list – but as Jay says “You run NY!”
Perhaps it’s because the entrepreneurs are reading blogs, the investors are not.
I think an entrepreneur who has his eyes closed to learning from others is already in the down elevator – looking around everything looks ok – but eventually you hit bottom.As for investors – it’s dog eat dog – we would be very happy to pitch a US VC with European aspirations
The issue is aligning of understandings of markets and business models.Part of that is transparency of investors, and entrepreneurs – of voicing what they are looking for and what they are offering/doing.The more and better you know, the more finely you can connect with one another.Some investors just are followers though, and will invest in what others invest in – is okay if you just want money, though they may not be able to be of any other help.
+100 >> The issue is aligning of understandings of markets and business models.I think this is probably more of an issue in B2B markets, non-English Speaking markets (just because tech-cultural change often adheres to linguistic boundaries).A huge exception (when tech went the other way) was post Berlin Wall – when real technological capability flooded out of the old eastern-bloc particulalry in electronics where people were very used to McGyvering a solution due to the frustration of doing technology under Soviet governance.
I agree. There are some interesting opportunities in Europe. You guys have a chip on your shoulder because the US is doing so well with tech startups. Same with Canada,- we look-up to the US in envy and want to show we can have world-class startups in Canada too, and this is beginning to happen.
Winners win – while losers make excuses. So if we are envious we simply need to change things not complain ! But acknowledging reality is a good thing to do when wanting to change it.
Well there’s your problem. Instead of looking up to the US, you’ve really gotta look down. Otherwise you just won’t see us at all. I’m short on shares that I bought in BBRY yesterday. Anything gonna happen up there this week?
“Over Under Sideways Down”Name that band ?Answer:http://www.youtube.com/watc…
Yardbirds – http://www.youtube.com/watc…
I don’t have a clue re: BBRY, but it wouldn’t be good for the Canadian Tech economy if they go under.”If we look at someone smaller than us, we will become dwarfs, but if we look at someone larger than us, we will become giants.” – modified quote from David Ogilvy.
well, switzerland may also only have a smaller user base to start with 🙂
weighted, it could be huge
I hope that is not a beer gut reference ! 😉 – Would be a slam dunk !
omg lol hah. chocolate for me
True – Shame there is no ” passionateness ” metric on participation – we have that is spades 🙂
I was thinking it’d be nice to see Canada beating out U.K numbers.It would be nice to see the breakdown based on population size. 😉
It’s a slow day at the office. Population #s are from Wikipedia. Obviously, this is a pretty flawed way to measure, but it’s all I had:
You too?! I was just in the process of doing similar when your post appeared. Thanks!
that UK pop figure is official, and wrong. UK supermarkets estimate, based on their sales figures, that the UK pop is nearer to 75mm. UK GOV is re-engineering the UK economy by stealth to strengthen its position to France and Germany.
Using the supermarkets to gather population estimates sounds brilliant. I’ll check that out.
Probably want to take into account weight gain of the population too – maybe people are just eating more. 😉
Want to know what’s scary? A friend who lives in Hong Kong said China numbers are closer to 2 billion population.
the Earth does spin off axis. now i know why.
I wonder if all governments are doing this.
i’m sure some are. i’m also sure some hold some of their public’s money offshore in private accounts.Officially Russia’s pop is falling. that might be true.
Cool. I was going to do that same analysis. I suspected that Canada would have better engagement than the UK.
I have been reading this blog using feedblitz. It is very convenient as it goes straight to my inbox. But perhaps I should visit avc.com directly to help boost the Canadian number. 😉
You miss all the comments by using Feedblitz
And with all respect to @fredwilson:disqus the comments are 90% of the value (sure he would agree)
He knows – has said it many times.
I get an equal number of daily views from RSS of which feedblitz is part of
Do those stats you posted take into account location of RSS users? Not sure if all instances would allow that to be possible..
Dont think so
But you don’t get the whole post in the email, do you? I just checked, it’s truncated, so you need to hit the link to read it on the website, no?
I get the whole post but I don’t get the comments. We have meaningful discussions in the comments here. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to follow them usually, which is a shame ….
After reading your comment I realized I never knew you were from Switzerland.Perhaps an idea for Disqus to display the country of origin for non-us visitors.  And a flag.Reason being is that way it will highlight that there is a wide representation outside the US for non-us readers who upon scan of AVC might not know that is the case.Additionally residents of those countries would focus on the country similar to the way you start to notice a car you are going to buy which magically appears over the place (not sure what the “bias” is for this effect but it does exist).James Ferguson – SwitzerlandWilliam Mougayar – CanadaCarl Rahm Griffin – United KingdomOurielOhayon – Israel I think it adds a classy touch. I realize this is probably never going to be implemented but I will suggest just the same.
+1 from Yorkshire 🙂
Good to see India high up there
I can seriously get lost in google analytics.Fred, would you care to share your distribution by states? (as non CA/ NY) it would be fascinating. thanks
Will do later
Does your software give you a map like this?
why can you get lost in GA
I took it as in he’s addicted to stats and loves to dive into them – hence why asking for more specific demographic breakdown.I too am wondering what the reach and spread is and how much the west coast takes in from Fred.
Thanks matt – you are spot on.
Check out Pathful.com really granular analytics, different than google.
“The bounce rates are highest and the visit lengths are shortest in the countries that aren’t english native. That makes sense to me.”I wonder if worth experimenting with an auto-translate, and have the viewer needing to click “Show me English version” if they are wanting untranslated?
I’d rather see more international issues / financing related topics before I see every post translated in every language…I don’t think I’m the only one here who appreciates reading and communicating in english precisely because it gives me an opportunity to practice a certain type of vocabulary that I would have a hard time finding somewhere else…Also, if posts are suddenly translated, then what’s the effect on the community overall? Like you stumble a post in french but the conversation is mostly in english, then someone makes a comment in indian and you have an entire discussion most visitors can’t understand or participate in.also, hi! back in canada? how was england?
Actually, this would be really interesting as an MBA monday request
which part of my comment? discussing international issues / international financing?
yes. It has never been covered, and it would be really interesting
I am back in Canada! England / the U.K. was good – the weather kept being fantastic and sunny. I started to think they all lie about their terrible rainy weather to keep others away…
auto-translation technology sucks, especially when you apply it to jargon-intensive dialogue
Google is fairly good with it, though I agree – sometimes it is bad.
Mostly why I am thinking it more of an experiment, to try it out.
Used Google translate to date a girl in Colombia. Ended up saying “you are cold” when I meant “you are cool”. (Tu estas fria). Checked now and they’ve fixed it.Translate wouldn’t work with current translators here unless crowd edited (edit huddle is one app), which would be a heavy use of community effort. Maybe translators will soon get better at understanding nuance, jargon, slang, etc.
wait a second: *63%* is US? I find it remarkable and laudable that it’s that LOW. A majority, but not really domination. Dios mio!! (trying to break the English-only content here).
I know. Its low. But it does make it more fun to travel 🙂
Ha! El 63% me sorprendió demasiado.
I wish visits would tell you about readership breakdown – it does say the US visitors are more likely to come. But for all we know it is driven by a bunch of US visitors who come here obsessively 🙂
Install a translate plugin.Welcome, world!
Built in to Google Chrome.Which, incidentally, always detects our payroll system’s detail report as needing to be translated from Turkish to English.Not sure which engineer’s name is triggering that. 😉
Good Idea – Trouble is Google used to translate my home town as”Between the sheets ” – Interlaken(Shame just checked some fool “improved” the translation)
That’s 225,000 visits per month, 7,500 per day, 312 each hour….Impressive.Curious if you care to disclose how much you pay per month on hosting to support this kind of traffic?(to those that thought this blog could move to wordpress with an overnight transfer, think again)
Hosting cost? That really shouldn’t be much at all … that is a tiny amount of traffic.
I think I pay typepad $10/month
Wow. That’s pretty cheap. I’m paying $50/month for an upgraded managed server for WordPress hosting and with 1/10th of your traffic. That’s an eye opener re: Typepad hosting.
Have some stuff there and have been happy for the price paid. That said it’s a YMMV from what others have said. (Perhaps they pay to much per gallon who knows?)
It all depends on what you need and what you get for the money.I would pay $50 per month for a reliable handyman that when I needed something fixed would return my call same day and show up next day to fix what needed to be fixed thereby saving me time and money trying to coordinate someone to do the same. (Handyman would also get paid for the job obviously.)I have a few people around and pay perhaps $1000 per month but those people are available at anytime (even when on vacation) if something needs to be fixed or for other information issues. I’ve been doing this for years and years. One guy I hardly ever even ask anything. But he could be in India and if I need something he is there.Given a need I don’t look at price I look at the value for the price and what problem it solves.
That’s not even enough to feed Sally Fields children’s charity kids.In any case hard to believe they aren’t getting more money than listed on their pricing page out of Marriott, Salesforce or Discovery (see “trusted by”).http://www.typepad.com/pricingOwned by these guys:http://www.saymedia.com/abo…This dovetails totally with the fact that the product is being ignored (from what you say I don’t use it). Makes no sense to not offer pricing to take advantage of people/companies who can and will pay more.And in a sense need to pay more. Imagine if you are a corporation and you are paying $30 per month and something goes wrong.I get scared off if something is to cheap relative to the value provided. You are paying way less than you should for what you are getting and the traffic you have.
Hello from Aruba 🙂
No traffic from china?
blocked. capitalists are dogs.
AVC has been blocked in China in the past. Nor sure what the status is now
I’ll check and let you know.
avc is still blocked (they dont know what they are missing!)
I wonder what I said or did
what about us foreigners on US soil! you can definitely add to the “where are you from” score with that.
avc: worldwide dominationi think i know, i know where you’re coming from; oooh i know, i know where you’re coming fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watc…college semester in london and eurail pass vagabonding on summer break: embarrassed at the multi-language skills of everyone i met, having only hs french barely adequate to order a meal
i’m from Earth too
I love that Brazil has cracked the Top 10!
Why not put up a poll here to compare the traffic stats to the profile of the active “regulars”? (Maybe you have done this already in the past).
Correlated to time zone. Much less likely to post a comment toward end of the day unless in response to an existing comment. Much less likely to read comments posted at end of the day.
mmmm israel not there? not good
That’s an impressive distribution. It would be fun to learn where each of us was born.
Not even one reader from Chad. Come on, man!
I come from down in the valley…
I seem to remember a post from a couple years ago — probably of the Fun Friday sort — where everyone chimed in, in a non-native language.I think Fred wrote his post in French.And everyone commented in a variety of languages – my comment was in Portuguese.
Yeah it was a purple cow so it stood out.  Other way is with repetition. With what Matt just said I remembered that post upon reading what Matt said.I definitely remember this:”I think Fred wrote his post in French.”That stood out. (Personally I wasn’t a fan of that post iirc.) Like the time you yelled at some woman (oh shit was was her name (LE pauses determined to remember and not do a search for the answer) … Cindy, that’s it. It was Cindy because she was pushing women’s issues. She has blond hair I can see her avatar. Something about “Change the balance” that was getting annoying. Kid Mercury doesn’t like Apple.
that is why i repeat 9/11 being an inside job too, although i’ve reduced how much i repeat that since some things require a greater degree of psychological fortitude that weaker people cannot accept even with repetition. with the passage of time and with greater societal hardships they will be strengthened, at which point the stored value of repetition will be unleashed.
yes, it was april fools. I freaked out.
You mean Avril Fools Day, oui?
cool that everyone is welcome here…except badgers – we don’t need no stinking badgers:) 🙂 -> http://youtu.be/gx6TBrfCW54
Speaking of, “Where You Come From”, has AVC ever gathered a list on where we all hail from? Could be fun, when traveling, to grab a beer with community members from other cities, or throw an AVC get-together. Here’s a link if it hasn’t been done (and if this isn’t a terrible idea):https://docs.google.com/spr…
Here is the tag results: http://www.ohheyworld.com/u… (IF logged into the site, the results would be sorted by geographic proximity)
If there was a really really simple way to discover who the other AVC community members near you in the physical world (say, within 25 miles) are, how many people would be interested in using it to connect with others?Think the old MyBlogLog dynamic of “show me the faces of a given blog community”, but with geographic proximity as primary sort order.This is one of the most passionate and loyal communities that exists on the web, so I know the dynamic of wanting to connect with others applies – http://blog.ohheyworld.com/… – but I’d love any and all feedback.
I would happily go further on occassion – plus I guess this is a well travelled community. Interesting to know what cities would carry enough interest for say quarterly meetups
Coincidentally, I just posted a public Google Spreadsheet elsewhere in the comments if anyone would like to fill in information for something like quarterly meetupshttps://docs.google.com/spr…
Done – Expect it will attract some spam – but worth it !
Hey Ryan-I’d love to chat with you a bit to get your feedback…we already have a whole system in place that can handle this better than a spreadsheet. I just sent you an email.
Props for your support of http://www.mothersfightingf…
How do you know Rocky (or her husband Jeff) or the organization?Truly – amazing family. I had the chance to spend a week at the orphanage in Nairobi in 2010 and timed it so Rocky was there at the same time. Such an amazing experience.
Seems pretty cool. A little less passive than a spreadsheet. How would I look at everyone who reads AVC in Cincinnati, for example?
Your “tag results” page (ie if you click “avc” from your profile) will show you others with a matching tag, and order them by proximity. There is no one checked into Cincinnati right now – but you could set it up to notify you via email anytime someone who matches that tag checks in around you. If you search for “microfinance”, you’ll get a better feel for it since there are numerous people in the system tagged with microfinance already.
Interesting, right now, I can’t query for people who live in London who are interested in Microfinance. Do they have to be my friend?
No. Are you logged into the site? We still have a reg code on it, so you can’t search without having an account.I see this on my microfinance results – https://www.evernote.com/sh…
Yep, all logged in. Wanted to try finding people who were interested in Microfinance, but only in London. It didn’t allow me to do both – just one or the other.
Yea, right now you can only search by city or interest – not both at the same time.Longer term – the “everyone checked-in” part of the city search results – will be people with the most matching tags.
You probably already figured out that you’ll need to check-in to a city in order to show up on that “avc” list.Send me any other feedback you wish to share.In a perfect world…the landing page for AVC would be something like the attached image..
Would be very useful the to have a “zoomable” location (ie degrees of specificity. Otherwise even the AVC communities will be small for most people most of the time. I would bet another AVC person is in Switzerland right now but in my “city” – very improbable. But as the pop of Switzerland is less than NYC people would be prepared to travel more for a meet.
The tag results page will show you that already – it’ll show you everyone that matches that tag with geographic proximity as sort order.But the “people nearby” from the current city page won’t get at that scenario right now. Default is within 25 miles of the city you are in. But seeing others within the same country is certainly feedback we’ve heard from people outside the US. It’s on our list, just haven’t gotten to it yet.
😉 Don’t undersell yourself – I understand the beta solution works for Liechtenstein and Monaco
really? what is it?
Here – http://www.ohheyworld.com/?…Then click on “avc” from your profile once you are in.
perfect. I need to borrow this for a launch of something 😀
The same dynamic will work for any group or community.Send me an email if I can help in any way. drew at ohheyworld
Exactly. I’d love to know who is in the avc community in Seattle to meetup with.
we need a mobile app for that. “find fellow fredlanders nearby.” google+ will probably have this for their communities feature in due time.
It exists already…it’s just mobile web now though.
And I’m proud to be part of the international contingent!
Hi @fredwilson:disqus , I’m very happy to see Brazil in your Top 10 audience. We’ve met briefly about 2 years ago in General Assembly @ NY, and since then I’ve made personal efforts to present http://avc.com for Brazilian entrepreneurs, specially people from http://manguez.al, in Recife/PE.It would be one of the greatest contribution to entrepreneurship in Brazil so far if we have AVC content available in Portuguese. Maybe, If you agree, I think I can make a collaborative effort to translate MBA Mondays to Portuguese.
Have Google translates spit out a Mandarin version and send it out. Bet your numbers surge. Then one in Hindi…
So can we safely assume Chad does not exist on the internet? The smaller white spaced ‘country’ is Western Sahara.
Tech news must be slow these days…
Nope. I am on vacation and didn’t feel like a long post today
Curious what the state / city breakdown looks like for the US visitors. Mostly NYC and SF or well represented nationwide?
i attached it to a previous commentit is this commenthttp://www.avc.com/a_vc/201…
I am curious: how many unique visitors come from Argentina?
born in the states but i live/work in seoul. pleased to be a part of this site!
I was in Seoul in 2010 for a week and a half – really loved that city!! How long you been there?
4 years now.the startup scene here is incredibly dead. THe only field that’s seeing any growth in games, which is where I happen to work.
gotcha. Would love your feedback on what information a “techie” would want upon arriving in Seoul to get acquainted with the city?
From Kuwait, just moved to Dubai. I don’t think anyone can compete with that!
Looks like UK visits are stickiest if you look at the other columns. Wonder if it’s because of language + time difference (UKers get to first read during lunch or aft GMT).
Some of us read your posts via the daily FeedBlitz emails that we get. Most of the time, there’s no need to go to the AVC site at all, so that would suggest that the visit activity is even higher.
Hmmm, the color scheme of the map is not best to compare countries, or is it just my laptop monitor?
When I lived in Ireland I loved the fact that, due to the nature of when Fred tends to post, I would often be one of the first people to comment on a post. Here in Oz, I’m nearly always late to the party.
I like the idea about having flags so that at glance someone can see the countries. I’m from Kenya. Would you be having a breakdown of members of this community in my country?
Nice to see India on top 5 🙂
Hi Fred! First time commenter, long time reader and fan from Brazil! :-)Keep up the good work, by educating the VCs and entrepreneuers across the world you make us all a little wiser and experienced. Unfortunately, I can’t dream of you ever investing in Brazil, but if it ever happens I would be honored to pitch you.