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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Ethics and Morals

At the end of the Berlin talk I posted yesterday, there was a question about ethics. It was directed at startups and how they build a culture of ethical behavior. But ethics and morals is an issue that extends beyond startups. It is an issue for all businesses and business people. The Gotham Gal recently […]

Video Of The Week: The Berlin Conversation

Last month, my partner Brad and I found ourselves in Berlin at the same time. We decided to do an event for entrepreneurs in Berlin with the help of the folks from Tech Open Air Berlin. We rented a space, brought in some entertainment and food, and then had an hour long conversation about technology, […]

Feature Friday: The Dashboard

Our portfolio company Duolingo did something interesting this week. They launched a new product by adding a dashboard to the existing product. For those that don’t know, Duolingo is the most popular language learning app on mobile phones (and the web) around the world. They saw many students and teachers around the world adopting the […]

The State Of Bitcoin – January 2015

This is a slideshare from Coindesk: State of Bitcoin 2015 from CoinDesk I think this slidedeck shows that 2014 was a tough year for bitcoin, something I mentioned in look back and look forward posts. This year has started off poorly with problems at Bitstamp and the price breaking below $300, probably in relation to […]

Some Thoughts On Workplace Diversity

Intel made news yesterday when they announced a $300mm fund to “to be used in the next three years to improve the diversity of the company’s work force, attract more women and minorities to the technology field and make the industry more hospitable to them once they get there. The money will be used to […]

More On The Coin Center

Last September, I blogged about a new policy organization called the Coin Center that had been formed and that USV was supporting financially along with a number of other entrepreneurs and investors. At the time, the Coin Center had only one employee and there wasn’t much information about them on their website. In the roughly […]

Asking Questions vs Positing Answers

Both Benedict Evans and I wrote posts about the year we are now in, 2015, as we enter it. Here is mine Here is Ben’s My approach was to take a swing at some predictions. They generated a ton of conversation and are still generating it. It seems that people really love to debate predictions. […]

Broken Cap Tables

A “cap table” is a schedule of all the shares outstanding for a specific company. Here’s an MBA Mondays post I wrote back in 2011 on the subject of cap tables. If you want to know how much of a company you own, a cap table is the best way to figure that out. Cap […]

Rant of The Week

I am interrupting our regularly scheduled programming (video of the week) to rant a bit. Yesterday morning, Tom Labus left this comment on AVC: You’re on the scroll on CNBC. Quoting you that “the Apple Watch will be a flop” A bit of creative editing I had already seen Business Insider running that headline and that […]

Feature Friday: Topic Pages

Yesterday we relaunched A team inside USV has been working on it on and off over the past few months. Though it’s not perfect yet, I encouraged them to launch it and fix the inevitable bugs in public. And that is exactly what they did yesterday. Nick Grossman, who led the effort, wrote a […]

What Is Going To Happen

Yesterday I wrote a post summing up what happened in 2014. In it I promised a post on what is going to happen. What I did not specify was how far forward I am going to look. It’s a lot easier to predict the future without a timeline on it. I think we all know, […]

What Just Happened?

I’m not much for the rear view mirror. I like to look forward, not back. I guess that’s why I’m in the line of work I’m in. But I’m going to force myself to look back at 2014 and explain what just happened. Doing that will help me look forward (tomorrow?) and explain what is […]

With All Due Respect

Last week we spent the Christmas week on the beach with family and friends. Our friends John and Diana were with us and we talked about a lot of the things that are in the news at the intersection of tech and society. John asked me to take that conversation onto his TV show, With […]

Some Thoughts On Founder Liquidity

I saw a post last week that suggested that VCs competing to win deals is leading to excess amounts of founder liquidity. We haven’t seen that sort of thing to be honest. It may happen but it is certainly not rampant. I also saw this tweet from Sam Altman yesterday: if founders are selling their […]

There’s Something About Twitter

I watched a friend of my son sign up to Twitter this past week and get completely smitten within minutes. There’s something about Twitter. It sort of reminds me of the 1998 Farrelly Brothers comedy featuring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, and Brett Favre and Jonathan Richman! Any film that features Jonathan Richman is […]

Video Of The Week: The Interview

I think it’s hard to argue that this was not the video of the week. So I’m making it so. There’s just something about a major length feature film being viewable (and embeddable) on the web on the same day as it hit the theaters. I think that’s a big deal.

Feature Friday: Password Management

I posted about The Interview last Thursday and the next morning I woke to a message from Facebook: I can’t imagine the login attempt on my Facebook was in reaction to my blog post about The Interview, but as Andy Grove famously said “only the paranoid survive” and so I spent some time changing passwords […]

Merry Christmas Everyone

It’s Christmas Day, a holiday in much of the world and one of the biggest religious holidays of the year. We are spending it with family and friends on a beach in the caribbean. I hope that all of you are spending the day with friends and family. I know that Christmas is a tough […]

The Not So Global Internet

We’ve talked about this stuff before, but not lately. The promise of the Internet is you can connect a server to the Internet anywhere in the world and reach users anywhere in the world. You can login to the Internet anywhere in the world and reach services anywhere in the world. In reality it doesn’t […]

College and Entrepreneurship

After I tweeted out a link to yesterday’s post, I had this twitter exchange: @dHandlos i don’t know the exact number but i would not be surprised if half of the entrepreneurs we have backed don’t have college degrees — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 22, 2014 I took some time today to look through our […]

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