Blog Profile / A VC


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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Summer Doldrums

We are entering the summer months when things move slower in the investor community. This is true of venture capital, but it is also true of other investment sectors as well. Summer vacations slow things down and investors also use the time to step back a bit and evaluate how the first half of the […]

Video Of The Week: Explaining Mediachain

Here’s a presentation Denis Nazarov, co-founder of our portfolio company Mediachain, made about their open platform for creating a universal media library.

Funding Friday: Wine and Cheese

It’s that time of the week for some fun around here. This week in the spirit of a holiday weekend, I am going to point everyone to some crowdfunding campaigns around the wine and cheese theme. Here’s a wine glass that supposedly is impossible to spill: And here’s a family farm that wants to bring […]

Diversity and the Blockchain

Two of my favorite things are coming together at the MIT Media Lab (another favorite of mine). The Media Lab is hosting a bootcamp on blockchain technologies for underrepresented minorities and women. The blog post announcing this event is here. I will reblog the top part of that post: The MIT Digital Currency Initiative is excited to […]

The Candidates’ Tech Agenda

Hillary Clinton laid out her tech agenda yesterday. You can see it here. I like much of it, particularly the emphasis on getting our kids the skills they need to be competitive in the 21st century. I am so with her on that. I googled Donald Trump tech agenda and found nothing substantive. I would […]

AFSE Commencement Speech

Four and a half years ago, in January 2012, I announced on this blog that New York City was opening a new high school called the Academy For Software Engineering (AFSE). Yesterday, AFSE graduated its first class. 110 of the 120 students who enrolled four years ago made it to graduation. And each and every […]

AVC Demographics

If I was going to start selling ads on AVC (I am not), here are the advertising categories I should target according to Google Analytics: Nothing too surprising in here but it is interesting that entertainment (Film and TV) scored so high. I guess you don’t spend all of your time reading AVC ????

Some Thoughts On Brexit

Clearly the UK’s decision to leave the EU is a big deal. The implications for the UK and Europe are large. And there is a feeling that similar politics will be adopted in other parts of the world. All of that is concerning. But my immediate reaction to the news when I woke to it […]

Video Of The Week: Made In America

The Gotham Gal and I are making our way through the OJ Simpson documentary, Made In America. It’s a fascinating tale that weaves OJ’s story with the story of race relations in LA from the 60s to the 90s. It is very well done. Here’s a podcast where my friends John and Will discuss it […]

Feature Friday: iPhone Hearing Test

Last week in a blog post, I wrote: My daughter’s iPhone can’t deliver a strep test to her, yet. But it can deliver an eye exam and a hearing test. So I thought I would showcase one of these iPhone based medical tests on feature friday today. If you download an app on your iPhone […]

Best Seed Pitch Ever

I read yesterday evening that our portfolio company Twilio, which priced its IPO last night, is going to live code from the NYSE this morning. That brought a powerful flashback to the first time I met Jeff Lawson, founder and CEO of Twilio. It was 2008 in our old offices on the 14th floor of […]

USV 2016

My partner John has a post up on USV this morning talking about our new fund, USV 2016, which we quietly raised earlier this year. We added our final portfolio company in USV 2014 last week and we are making our first investment in USV 2016 this week, led by John. In John’s post he addresses […]

Some Thoughts On Ethereum and The DAO

As many (most, all?) of you know, last week The DAO, a large crowdfunding experiment based on the Ethereum blockchain, was hacked and something like $50mm of Ether was taken from The DAO. That Ether may end up being recovered due to a fork of Ethereum that was done in response to the hack. Much […]

The Will To Win

Will is the word that comes to mind after watching the Cavs fight back from a 3-1 deficit and take the title last night. Of course, the Warriors did the same thing in the western conference finals against the Thunder. Those two series were two of the best NBA playoff series I’ve watched and I watched both […]

Father’s Day

So today is Father’s day. I will get a gift from my wife and kids and they always do a great job with that. And I appreciate it very much. But honestly the greatest gift I have ever received is my three kids (and my wonderful wife who made them in more ways that one). […]

Video Of The Week: Albert Wenger On What Is Next

My partner Albert gave a talk at the Gel conference last month on what he’s thinking will come next. It’s about 22mins. Here it is:

Feature Friday: Voice Interface For Music

We finally got an Amazon Echo in our home a few weeks ago. We have had one at USV for quite some time and have had fun hacking around on it. But I really wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen when we got one at home. We have Sonos in our homes. I […]

Voir Dire

I am doing jury duty this week. I am not supposed to blog, tweet, or email about the cases and I won’t do that. But I thought I would talk a bit about the Voir Dire process which is the way the judge and lawyers select the jury. In NYC, which is the only place […]

Patient Centric Healthcare

My daughter went to see a doctor a month or so ago. She thought she had strep throat. The doctor checked her out and said that she did not think she had strep. My daughter wanted a strep test but the doctor talked her out of it. A week later, my daughter was back at […]

Wattpad Studios

One of the things I am most proud of about our portfolio at USV is that we have invested in a handful of companies that are slowly but surely changing the way content creators reach their audience and make money doing that. I like to think of it as the evolution of the studio model […]

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