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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

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Video Of The Week: The Lost Interview

Chris Dixon suggested I watch this interview with Steve Jobs from 1995. It’s about 70mins long and I’m not embedding the whole thing here, just a trailer. You can rent the whole thing on iTunes. I would strongly suggest you do that unless you’ve already seen it. It’s amazing.

Feature Friday: The One Tap Checkin

In commemoration of my first full day with an iPhone6 (today), we are going to talk about a pretty cool feature that just arrived on the iPhone – the one tap checkin. If you have the swarm app on your iPhone (get it here), you swipe down to get your notifications, and in the Today […]


Most companies have a mission statement and many have a values statement. But not so many companies live their values so much that they permeate the company and ooze out from every pore; the product, the office, the hiring process, the marketing, and so on and so forth. Last night I did an event with […]

Bitcoin Adoption Metrics

I said in yesterday’s post that price and volume charts were not what I look at when I think about Bitcoin. I mentioned Github repos, hackathons, and teams in accelerators working on bitcoin projects. This morning I came across an excellent slideshare on the state of the Bitcoin ecosystem. It had this slide in it. […]

Bitcoin – Price and Promise

I’ve written a lot about Bitcoin. I’m a believer as I think it will be the transactional plumbing of the Internet and mobile and lots more in due course. But the story right now is the sagging price of Bitcoin. In full disclosure I’ve started buying it again after staying mostly on the sidelines for […]

A Couple Of Good Books For Entrepreneurs

I feel like we are in this zone where everyone is doing a startup. Of course that is a great thing. Getting people out of dead end jobs and into their creative zone seems like a good thing no matter what the outcome. There is a flood of angel and seed capital flowing through the […]

The AVC Community Is An Optimistic Bunch

The results of the poll we ran on Friday are interesting: 62% of AVC readers think the NASDAQ will be flat to up 10% in six months. That means continuing the steady march upwards that it has been on for six years. 6.5% of AVC readers think the NASDAQ will be up big (>30% in […]

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 […]


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 […]

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