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The End Of The Level Playing Field

I am old enough to remember the gogo days of cable TV when entrepreneurs who wanted to launch a new cable channel would go, hat in hand and cap table in tow, to the big cable companies and beg to get distribution on their networks.  When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we […]

Funding Friday: Islam And The Future Of Tolerance

I backed this Kickstarter project last week. I’m a big Sam Harris fan and I think the topic is about as timely and important as anything out there.

Online Immigration and Travel Resources

I found this thread on Hacker News quite informative. If you are seeking to travel to the US, particularly given all the uncertainty now, you might want to check these resources out: Stack Exchange Expatriates Stack Exchange Travel Visa Journey Candle For Love The Arrived Mobile App Anyone who works in the tech sector knows […]

Generational Transition In VC Firms

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm at the Upfront Summit, my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman, who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003. The subject is timely with the news that […]

10,000 Commercial Drone Flights

Two years ago, on January 30th, 2015, Dronebase founder Dan Burton flew a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone over a quarry in southern Orange County California and captured a TNT explosion in the quarry that turned big rocks into little rocks. Dan was paid $300 by the quarry owner to do the mission. And thus, our […]

AVC, Gotham Gal, and Feld Thoughts Communities Rally $100,000+ For The ACLU

Reposted from Sunday morning Fred Wilson put up the following blog post: A $20,000 Match Offer On ACLU Donations Today. Joanne Wilson put up a similar post titled A $20,000 Match Offer On ACLU Donations Today on her blog. It came after a flurry of emails that started with one from me at 7:41am. “Inspired by Chris […]

A $20,000 Match Offer On ACLU Donations Today

Brad, Amy, Joanne, and Fred have been inspired by Chris’s $150,000 match offer yesterday and Albert and Susan’s $15,000 match offer today. So we are joining together (the four of us) and joining the movement they started and doing a $20,000 match offer on ACLU donations today. And in the interest of keeping this thing […]

Make America Hate Again

I’ve kept my mouth shut about President Trump since he was elected in early November. I figured there were other things to focus on where I could have an impact and so I did that. But friday’s executive orders are too much for me. Trump is institutionalizing hatred, bigotry, and racism with these orders. They […]

Video Of The Week: Femtech

We have had fintech and now we have femtech. Ida Tin, founder/CEO of our portfolio company Clue, explains it in less than two minutes. USV has several femtech investments and we would love to make even more.

Feature Friday: Capturing Live Video

Livestreaming is everywhere. Twitch, YouNow, YouTube, Periscope, Snapchat, Facebook, and many many other services allow you to broadcast what you are doing to the world and let anyone and everyone watch it. But how do you discover the best live content when there is so much of it and the streams can last hours, if […]

My Current Homescreen

I saw this tweet in my notifications timeline when I looked at Twitter this morning, and so I replied with a screenshot. @teawaterwire — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) January 26, 2017

From The Archives: The Board Chair

One of the things I am spending a lot of time on these days is Board leadership. That usually means Board Chair, but can also mean “Lead Director.” If you have a Board of five or more and are struggling with managing your Board, get a Board Chair or a Lead Director asap. Here’s a […]

From The Archive: Employee Equity – How Much

I’m skiing this week. It’s snowed two feet in the last two days. So we will continue to dip into the archives until I come up for air, later this week. I saw this tweet exchange yesterday about my employee equity post.  So I’ve reposted it here below. ___________________________ The most common comment in this […]

From The Archives: Turning Your Team

I’m on a short vacation in Utah for the next few days and so I’m going to pull an oldie but goodie out of the archives. I’ve been seeing a lot of “turning the team” in our portfolio as of late so I thought it would be good to give this a re-run. A serial […]

Consumer Centric Healthcare

As we think about how to modify the ACA (aka Obamacare) into something different (aka Trumpcare) I would encourage everyone involved to think about one central tenet – put the person/consumer/patient at the center of the system, not the employer, not the insurer, and not the doctor. I have written a few times about consumer […]

Video Of The Week: How To Cope With A New Reality

This panel conversation about coping with the new reality took place earlier this week in Munich at the DLD Conference.

Feature Friday: Foursquare List Search

If you are looking for a restaurant, a bar, a cafe, a museum, or whatever, there are plenty of ways you can do that on your phone. You can use Foursquare (a USV portfolio company), you can use Yelp, you can use Google or Apple maps, you can do a Google search, or you can […]

What If The Narrative Is Wrong?

I always like to look for where conventional thinking might be wrong. I think you can find interesting investments that way. I was exchanging emails with a colleague yesterday about Twitter’s decision to get out of the developer tools business and I asked her if it was possible that the conventional wisdom about Twitter (it […]

Protecting The Right To Speak And Write And Blog

I stayed out of the public debate and discussion of the Gawker lawsuit because while I privately came down on the side of Gawker, the specifics of the case made me uncomfortable and I don’t think it was an ideal case to determine what is free speech and what is not. However, the same lawyer, Charles […]

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