Blog Profile / A VC


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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Video Of The Week: Real Biz at Disrupt

While I was at Disrupt last monday, I did two TV appearances. I posted this first one, CNBC, on Tuesday. Here’s the second one, on ABC’s Real Biz. There are two other clips from that interview on YouTube: On learning to code On Bitcoin and Wearables

Feature Friday: Google Calendar for Android

Since moving back from iPhone to Android, the thing that has been the most pleasing to me is the evolution of Google Calendar. It has gotten a lot better and it keeps getting better seemingly every day. It is starting to understand things about my day that it did not understand before, like people, places, […]

Survata

We’ve been using a tool at USV recently that I like. It is called Survata and it allows to you to create a survey and then target it at whatever number of completes you want. You can target it to respondents in 17 countries “by age, gender, geography, and custom attributes.” It is helpful for […]

Valuation As A Scorecard

When you set out to build a great company, it’s hard to know how you are doing along the way. There does come a time when you know you’ve done it. Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Salesforce, Tesla, etc got there. We know that. And the founders of those companies know that too. But two years […]

My CNBC Appearance

I spoke at Techcrunch Disrupt yesterday and several media outlets had crews there. I was asked to speak to a few of them and I said yes. I was on CNBC and ABC News yesterday morning. To my knowledge the ABC News clip is not yet up. But CNBC put up three clips that I […]

Taking Inspiration From Failed Projects

It’s easy to dismiss ideas after the first attempt fails, but I don’t think we should do that. Instead we should learn from what worked and what didn’t. I saw the news that the Mayweather fight was watched on Periscope by many people and thought “that was the same thing that used to happen on […]

Why be civically engaged if you’re in tech?

Tomorrow, Ron Conway and I are going to kick off Disrupt NY 2015, with a fireside chat with Kim-Mai Cutler. We plan to discuss philanthropy and civic involvement. I’m looking forward to this talk. I think folks in the tech sector need to embrace philanthropy and civic involvement and I look forward to making the […]

Video Of The Week: SEP Spring Showcase

The SEP (Software Engineering Pilot) Spring Showcase is today from 10am to 2pm at BRIC in Brooklyn. I’m still in Paris so will miss it but I encourage anyone in NYC to attend. Here’s a video from last year’s showcase so you can see what goes on at the SEP showcase. SEP Showcase from SEPNYC on […]

Fun Friday: Apple Watch Feedback

As all of you know, I’m quite interested in how the Apple Watch is doing even though I don’t plan to get one. So if any of you have one and have thoughts on it, we’d love to hear them in the comments. Apple Watch by Mestaty on Sketc...

Having Empathy For Your Users

My partner Albert has a great post up today on the limitations of data and A/B testing in managing a product. He strongly advises that product teams do two things that many don’t do 1) do in-person product testing sessions to see users interacting with the product and develop an understanding of why users struggle […]

Dronebase

A couple years ago, in early 2013, I started writing a lot about Drones. I have always thought that Drones represent the leading edge of a robotics age. There are a host of reasons for that but the main ones are that they are already being actively used in military and some commercial applications, they […]

On Europe Time This Week

The Gotham Gal and I flew to Paris last night and we arrived today. I’ve got meetings here the next few days and then we plan to enjoy Paris with some friends late this week and weekend. I watched The Social Network on the flight over for the first time. The depiction of VCs in […]

Using CrowdRise To Help People In Nepal

When a disaster strikes, caring people all over the world seek ways they can help. Usually that means giving funds to a global relief organization like the Red Cross. But in the age of crowdfunding, giving to relief efforts takes on an entirely new flavor. You can see that in action on our portfolio company […]

The Lesson Of Title II and Time Warner Cable: Markets Have Two Sides

On thursday of this past week, I attended a small gathering of academics and policy makers who follow the technology sector. During that gathering, the news came out that the Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable was falling apart due to regulatory opposition. The conversation turned to the reasons why this happened. I surmised that […]

Video Of The Week: Albert’s TEDx Talk

My partner Albert gave this TEDx talk earlier this year. Somehow I missed it until this morning when I was looking around YouTube for something to post. I’ve heard Albert articulate all of these ideas for years. He’s influenced my thinking on them greatly and I’ve gone from dismissive, to skeptical, to supportive of experimenting […]

Fun Friday: Teach A Kid To Code

You know what is fun? It’s fun to show somebody how to do something powerful. It’s fun to give somebody the superpowers you have. So if you know how to code, it’s really fun to teach kids how to do it. And if you want to have that kind of fun, you should check out […]

Project Fi

One of the areas we are investing in and trying to build a portfolio around is next gen internet access. We have one investment and are close to another. We’d like to build a portfolio of a number of innovative and disruptive approaches to broadband internet access in the next few years. So any new […]

Dumbing Things Down

I had lunch with Milton Pappas yesterday. Milton and his partners at Euclid Partners taught me the venture capital business in the mid/late 80s. We got to talking about mentors and I asked him who taught him the venture capital business. He told me General Georges Doriot of American Research and Development taught him a […]

eShares

This post is self serving to some degree as USV is an investor in eShares. But in the world of VC and startups there isn’t much that is more broken than cap table management. eShares fixed that by putting the entire cap table online and allowing your company to issue new shares and options directly from […]

The Rich Get Richer

The 2014 numbers for the VC category are out and it was a huge year, almost $50bn in total VC funding. ‘ But look at the numbers for “deals” vs the numbers for “dollars”. In 2014, there were 4,356 deals vs 4,193 deals in 2013, an increase of 3.8% year over year. In 2014, VCs […]

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