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Blog Post Archive

Funding Friday: The Ollie Chair

The Gotham Gal is an investor and Board member of Rock Paper Robot, which designs and manufactures furniture for modern living environments. Their newest design, The Ollie Chair, is coming to market this year and they are running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for the manufacturing of the chair. It launched this week and has […]

The Kickstarter PBC Annual Report

Our portfolio company Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation in the fall of 2015. I blogged about it at the time. A Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) is a specific type of corporation that allows for public benefit to be a charter purpose in addition to the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profit for shareholders (from Wikipedia). […]

Go SoundCloud Go

Our portfolio company SoundCloud introduced a new subscription offering yesterday called SoundCloud Go which compliments its existing subscription offering called Go+. Combined with the longstanding free service, SoundCloud now has an...Show More Summary

Machine Learning For Investing In Consumer Goods Startups

Our portfolio company CircleUp has been building a marketplace for startup investing, by accredited and institutional investors, in consumer goods companies (natural foods, personal care, beverage, home goods and apparel). In four years of operation, over $300mm has been raised on CircleUp by entrepreneurs to scale their consumer goods startups. But underneath all of this […]

Superstar Firms

Watching Amazon take home two Oscars last night brought home the point that they are a juggernaut, a massive business capable of throwing its weight behind all sorts of new businesses. It turns out these superstar firms, not robots, may be the most important economic issue right now. This piece from the Economist argues that […]

The American Formula

It’s that time of year when investors (including me) spend the morning reading Warren Buffett’s annul shareholder letter. There are always nuggets of wisdom and insight in these letters and I enjoy them very much. In this year’s letter, Warren spells out the formula that America has used to build the greatest economy in the […]

Audio Of The Week: Andy and Flyover

Here’s a podcast my partner Andy did with Flyover Labs recently:

The Monthly Match

Last month, when the Gotham Gal and I and our friends Brad and Amy combined to match $20k of donations to the ACLU and ended up raising $120k on a weekend that saw the ACLU raise over $25mm, we committed to do a match every month for all of 2017. Part of me wants to keep […]

Getting Human Resources Right

The news out of Uber last weekend was horrifying. A woman engineer was unable to get human resources to deal quickly and appropriately with a sexual harassment claim. I don’t know anything more than what I learned in her blog post. Uber is investigating and the full story will likely emerge in due course. I […]

Numeraire

Late last year, USV invested in Numerai, a hedge fund that uses data scientists all around the world to “crowdsource” stock price predictions. I blogged a bit about Numerai then. If that business model wasn’t cutting edge enough for you, the Numerai team has now gone a step further and issued a crypto-token called Numeraire to incent […]

The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the startup ecosystem. This index “incorporates both the money flowing into VC-backed startups, as well as the exits that are making money for investors. To smooth out some of the volatility, we calculated the average value for the last 12 weeks.” I like […]

Why Ethereum?

AVC regular William Mougayar gave this presentation at the European Ethereum Developers Conference, Edcon, in Paris a few days ago. In his talk, William argues that Ethereum, unlike Bitcoin, is developing into a rich environment with many different services coming together to provide developers a wide platform to build on top of. I am increasingly […]

The Robot Tax And Basic Income

In my work to prepare for the Future of Labor conversation we had at NewCo Shift a few weeks ago, I talked to a number of experts who are studying job losses due to automation and thinking about what might be done about it. Two ideas that came up a number of times were the […]

Video Of The Week: Mark Cuban At Upfront Summit

I posted the discussion my partner Andy and I did at the Upfront Summit last week. There were other great conversations at the Upfront Summit. This discussion with Mark Cuban was great. I totally agree with Mark that we need more tech companies to go public and have been saying that publicly for several years.

Funding Friday: Off Assignment

I backed this journalism project a few days ago and I thought I would highlight it to all of you here today. Off Assignment is a publication that allows writers to go off assignment and tell the stories they really want to tell. Here’s a video that explains it in more detail:

Top Hat and Toronto

We announced an investment in Toronto based Top Hat yesterday. I RT’d my partner Albert‘s post on the investment with this bit: “We now have five investments there, placing Toronto third as a location in the USV portfolio after New York and San Francisco.” https://t.co/IinjtETAIj — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) February 15, 2017 Toronto is a great place […]

Etsy’s Valentine’s Day Party

Yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, Etsy invited press and analysts to its headquarters in Brooklyn and took the covers off a bunch of things they have been working on for most of last year and will launch shortly. For those that don’t know, USV was one of the first investors in Etsy and have been on […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

My two favorite holidays are Thanksgiving when we are thankful for family and food and Valentine’s Day when we celebrate love and the people we love. Love is a powerful thing, maybe the most powerful thing. And I am blessed to have a lot of it in my life.  So I hope everyone in AVC […]

Shout Out To SoundCloud

At the Grammy’s last night, Chance The Rapper, one of the night’s big winners, gave props to SoundCloud in his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album: Chance talked about the importance of artists staying independent and his shoutout to SoundCloud was a well deserved acknowledgement of the power of platforms like SoundCloud in helping artists […]

What We Don’t Do

Strategy is hard and becomes increasingly important as companies grow and scale. One thing I advise teams to focus on when they go through a strategy exercise is to identify the things they won’t do. One way to do this is to make a list of all the things people inside (and outside) the company […]

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