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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
Posts on Regator:2561
Posts / Week:7.7
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Fun Friday: A Blast From The Past

Last week I came into the USV office after being away for most of the prior week and Lauren said “I’ve got some photos of you on my desk.” I wasn’t expecting any photos so I was curious. She handed me a manilla envelope and it was from Euclid Partners, the first venture capital firm […]

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Last week I wrote the Dentist Office Software Story and the top comment on that post was this from LIAD: ….along comes Sevin Kystrom, he only cares about looking at photos of teeth. he unbundles photos from denstry.com by creating a standalone app called teethagram. users love it. he sells it back to dentistry.com for $1bn I kind of […]

The New Foursquare

Today our portfolio company Foursquare is launching the all new Foursquare. You can download it here. There’s a really interesting lesson for entrepreneurs and developers in the Foursquare story. The initial product was very innovative and it brought to market the notion of checkins, being able to see where your friends were, recommendations of places […]

Get Lucky

I’ve always thought of myself as a lucky person. I’ve had a tremendous amount of good fortune in my life; a happy marriage, great kids, a fantastic job, several great partnerships, and lots of financial success. So it was with interest that I read this post about some research a psychologist named Richard Wiseman did on […]

A Comment About Comment Spam

The AVC blog has been hit with a rash of comment spam in the past several weeks. Every day we take down at least five or ten of these annoying things. And some days, we take down a lot more. The “we” is me, William, and Shana. I really appreciate their help with this chore. […]

Tearing Down The Teardown

CB Insights published a “teardown” of USV’s investment strategy last week. It’s a pretty solid piece of work considering they did not have access to any of our internal data. The got some stuff wrong, however. 1) We did not participate in Zynga’s “megaround” in Feb 2011. 2) We only have six main investment vehicles; […]

Video Of The Week: Etsy and Rockford

Our portfolio company Etsy is helping Rockford Illinois build an entrepreneurial economy in their city. Here’s a short (3 min) video that talks a bit about what they are doing and how it got started.

Feature Friday: Embedding Tweets Inside Tweets

Since the very beginning of Twitter, users have wanted to take tweets from their timeline and tweet them out to their followers. Initially it was just users copying the original tweet and pasting it into the tweet box. Quickly the user convention became to put the initials RT in front of the pasted text. And […]

The Scourge Of Zero Rating

It seems like every week I read another article about a mobile carrier offering some incredible deal to eat the mobile data costs you rack up using certain apps. The most recent was the news that Sprint will sell at data plan that “only connects to Facebook and Twitter”. Many on the Internet are up […]

The Dentist Office Software Story

I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy. Yesterday I told it at a HackNY event we did at the USV office and my partner Albert provided a finishing touch that really drives it home. Since I’ve never told […]

The Micro And Macro Of Mobile

Here’s a great podcast featuring my favorite analyst Benedict Evans, talking about macro and micro stuff in mobile.

Getting An Outside Lead – The Myth Of Third Party Validation

There are some “truths” in the venture capital business that I have been hearing since I got into this game in the mid 80s. One of them is that getting “third party validation” by going outside of the current investor syndicate to find a new lead is good for the company and good for the […]

Freemium In Education

We’ve been investing in the education sector for a few years now. We started our exploration of online education in early 2009 with an event called Hacking Education. The takeaways from that event have informed a lot of what we’ve invested in since then. One of the key takeaways was that learning could and should […]

Video Of The Week: New Tools For Filmmakers

Here’s a talk that my partner Andy did with our friend Jason Hirschorn last year about the changing landscape of filmmaking. It’s about 45mins long

Fun Friday: How Do You Take Your Coffee?

It seems like its been a while since we’ve done a Fun Friday around here. I’m not sure why that’s the case but its time to change that. I’m sitting here in the Soho House in Berlin drinking a nice cappuccino and thinking about all the ways one can consume coffee. I have one cup […]

The Pro-Rata Opportunity

Mark Suster has a good (and long as is his wont) post up on the topic of the changing structure of the VC business. Mark focuses on something important that is probably not getting talked enough about when people talk about the VC business these days. I like this slide from his post: “Capturing pro-rata” […]

Independent Directors

Boards are important. They might not do the day to day work of company building but they set the tone at the top. The group that the CEO reports to has a big impact on the CEO’s mindset which trickles down. If you raise capital for your business you are likely to get investors on […]

Flurry

Yesterday our portfolio company Flurry announced it was being acquired by Yahoo! I thought I’d provide a bit of history since this was an interesting investment for us. Back when Apple was launching its app platform in the winter of 2008, we met with Greg Yardley who had teamed up with Jesse Rohland to build an analytics service […]

Free International Roaming With A Premium Upsell

I just landed in Berlin after an overnight flight from the US. In the past, turning on your phone after landing overseas could be an expensive experience as the phone downloads all the email you received since taking off at international mobile data rates. I’ve used a host of techniques over the years to avoid […]

Messaging, Notifications, and Mobile

I’ve written about this stuff before, but I continue to be interested in it. I actively use the following messaging apps on my phone: Kik – my primary channel for The Gotham Gal, my daughter Jessica, and USV people Snapchat – my primary channel for my son Josh SMS – my primary channel for my […]

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