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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
Posts on Regator:2618
Posts / Week:7.7
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Video Of The Weekend: Brad Burnham’s Testimony On Net Neutrality

Last month, my partner Brad Burnham went down to DC and testified on the subject of Net Neutrality. Here is his testimony:

Fearful Friday: When Will This Bull Market End?

We are going to do a variation on Fun Friday today. We are going to discuss the near future of the public stock markets, particularly the NASDAQ, where so many of the tech stocks trade. Here’s a chart of the NASDAQ over the past six years. What you see is a big run upwards since the […]

Paul Graham Dropping Serious Wisdom

Every so often Paul Graham will email me something and say “can you read this before I post it?”. He did that last week. It was a talk he was going to deliver in Sam Altman‘s startup class. It was great. I told him I wouldn’t change a thing. I am not sure if he […]

How We Got To Now

For the past two years, NYC’s loss has been the Bay Area’s gain. No I’m not talking about hot startups, VC, or anything like that. I’m talking about Steven Johnson‘s two year departure for the beauty of Marin County over the grimy streets of NYC. But this summer Steven and his family came back to […]

Satisficing

We had one of our many (non-stop) email conversations among the USV crew last week about a situation in our portfolio where nobody could agree on something. I lamented that “VCs are such optimizers.” It takes one to know one you see. Nick Grossman replied that he prefers satisficing to optimizing. I had never heard […]

Switching Things Up

The thing I most want to avoid is to come back from a long break and get right back into my habits and routines. There are exceptions, of course. I can’t wait to get back to my bike rides and my yoga practice. But in other areas, I want to switch things up. I’m still […]

It’s A Wrap

The six week break I took from work is ending. The trip through Europe is over. We landed back in the US on friday night and drove up to our kids’ college yesterday for homecoming/parents weekend. It was great to see our kids (two of them) and we’ll see our oldest this afternoon. I’ve missed […]

Video Of The Week: Fred Ehrsam’s Bitcoin Presentation

Someone posted this video in the comments a week or two ago. I watched it and liked it a lot. Fred Ehrsam, the co-founder of our portfolio company Coinbase, does a good job explaining what Bitcoin is and why it is important in ten minutes, no small feat. In other Bitcoin news, the results of […]

Do You Own Bitcoin?

As suggested yesterday, we are going to follow up on my Bitcoin post with a poll of the AVC readers today. It’s a simple question: Do You Own Bitcoin? Do You Own Bitcoin? If you don’t own Bitcoin and would like to, just head on over to Coinbase and they can help you out if […]

Photoblogging: Tour Eiffel

As my extended vacation comes to an end, the question of how I was going to blog during it also comes to an end. For the most part it was the same as usual. There were a few reblogs on the days I didn’t want to blog. And some vacation oriented posts. The photoblogging experiment […]

The Bitcoin Hype Cycle

Most people are familiar with the Gartner Hype Cycle. It is a great framework for looking at the development of important technological innovations: It is interesting to look at the price chart of Bitcoin in this context: It sure feels like we’ve been through the technology trigger phase, the inflated expectations phase, and are now […]

Reblog: Minimum Viable Personality

There are two guest posts that are essentially tied for the most popular guest post ever on AVC. They are both in the top ten of all posts on AVC since I put Google Analytics on this blog at the start of 2007. They each have seen about 125,000 page views since they were published. […]

My Current Home Screen

here’s the current state of my phone’s home screen. adds: – snapchat – which along with Kik is how i stay in touch with my son Josh at college – audible – which we are using to listen to audiobooks on our trip. i think we will continue to use audible on our drives back […]

Audio Books – Late To The Party

We were driving up the coast of Italy from Rome to Genoa listening to music being bluetoothed from my phone to the car’s audio system and the Gotham Gal said, “let’s listen to some audio books on this trip.” I was dubious but she was adamant. “I tried it on a drive from NYC to […]

Video Of The Week: The Visitors

We visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao earlier this week. They were exhibiting a video installation called The Visitors by Ragnar Kjartansson. It’s not easily captured in a YouTube video, but that’s the best I can do for all of you. Basically you walk into a big room and on every wall there is a video […]

The Coin Center

We have found that the best way to deal with policy makers and regulators when something new and threatening and dangerous looking comes around is to educate, educate, educate, educate. You can hire expensive lobbyists, you can try the “ignore and deal with it later” approach, and you can try operating in other more welcoming […]

Search Vs Social

Back in 2008 and 2009, probably because of our investment in Twitter, I was obsessed with looking at acquisition traffic from search and social and comparing the two. Here’s an example of a post I wrote at that time looking at the two channels and comparing them. At some point, I became convinced that websites […]

Toshi

Our portfolio company Coinbase announced something yesterday that went largely unnoticed, but might be one of the most important things to happen in the Bitcoin space in a while. They put out a bunch of developer tools under the name Toshi, including a full open source version of their Bitcoin node. When you combine Toshi […]

Burn Baby Burn

Andy sent me a WSJ piece with Bill Gurley yesterday. I don’t like to link to paid content so here’s a good Business Insider summary of the article that is open for anyone to read. Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of Bill’s. He’s as smart as they come and I generally agree with him […]

Doubling Down On Ridesharing

Back in February, I wrote about our investment in Sidecar. At that time, Sidecar had recently launched a marketplace model where riders can choose the drivers they want to ride with. That model has proven very popular and Sidecar’s ride volumes grew significantly after it launched. Sidecar followed up that innovation with the launch of […]

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