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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

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The White House is hosting a “festival of ideas, art, and action” today on the South Lawn (the SL in SXSL). We will have someone from USV there to participate. If you want to check in on what is happening, you can watch the live stream on YouTube which I have embedded here.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Bluetooth Headphones

I came into the office a few weeks ago and Nick was sitting at his desk working with over the ear wireless headphones on. I started talking to him and got no reaction. I spoke a bit louder and eventually he heard me and took off the headphones. I said “what are those headphones you […]

Audio Of The Week: Passwords Suck

The Techdirt podcast had a good episode last week on why passwords suck and what might replace them. Here it is:

Funding Friday: A Computer Anyone Can Make

If you haven’t heard of Kano, you are missing out. This is so cool. I funded it the day the project launched. They are a little bit more than half way to their goal of $500k. Join the fun and back this today.

Relaunching At Age Fourteen

Our portfolio company Meetup was launched in June of 2002. We invested five years later, in 2007, when the company was already profitable and was approaching double digit revenues. Nine years later they are 3x the size when we invested in revenues, meetups, and more. But the founder and leaders of Meetup feel like they […]

Machine Learning As A Service

Our portfolio company Clarifai introduced two powerful new features on their machine learning API yesterday: visual search train your own model Visual search is super cool: But I am even more excited about the train your own model feature. Clarifai says it well on their blog post announcing these two new features: We believe that […]


If I think back to all the Presidents I’ve known in my lifetime; LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton, Bush Junior, and Obama, the one thing they all had in common was a Presidential temperament. Putting aside all of their differences, they were solid, steady, measured, calm, and collected, at least in their […]

How To Watch Tonight’s Debate On Twitter

I wrote about this on Friday. I think Twitter is going to be a great way to watch the debate tonight. Here’s how you can get Twitter on your big screen and watch the debate on Twitter: if you have a “fourth generation” AppleTV, you can add the Twitter app to it using the AppleTV […]

Blockchain Nation States

I went on a walk through the Chelsea Art Gallery district yesterday afternoon. One of the galleries I visited was the Petzel Gallery and they have a show up by the New Zealand artist Simon Denny. The show is called Blockchain Future States and it compares Blockchain efforts like Ethereum and Digital Asset Holdings to […]

Audio Of The Week: Kara Swisher Talks To Bill Gurley

Regular readers know that I am a big fan of Bill Gurley. He and I are in the same generation of VCs. We started our careers in the PC era and learned VC in the first generation of the Internet era. Bill and I also bring a “fundamental investor mindset” to our work which is […]

Fun Friday: How Will You Watch Monday’s Presidential Debate

I am super excited to watch the Presidential Debates on Twitter. I wrote this yesterday afternoon: I am so excited to watch the debates on Twitter. The @bpolitics team is the perfect choice to do Twitter style play by play. #gamechange — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) September 22, 2016 I know the Bloomberg Politics team. […]

Team and Strategy

I’ve been in board meeting blitz since the summer ended. Many of the companies I work with are well past the startup phase and are well into or even past the growth/scaling phase. And the thought that keeps occurring to me as I go from board meeting to board meeting is the key to success […]

Feeding The Trolls

Danah Boyd has a nice post up about what it was like to live on the block that the second bomb was placed this past weekend in NYC. But the post is really about something way more important. It is about the fact that we are increasingly letting the trolls drive us nuts. The trolls […]

Visualizing Kickstarter

A visual data company company called Polygraph looked at over 100,000 Kickstarter projects in the US and wrote a really cool blog post about them. This table shows the different character of the biggest cities on Kickstarter: NYC over indexes for film, theater, and dance. LA over indexes for film in a big way. SF […]

Host a ScriptEd Advanced Class This School Year

Here’s something great your company can do to help inner city kids, engage your employees in rewarding volunteer work, and do all of this inside the four walls of your office. ScriptEd is a non-profit working to help youth from low-income high schools access careers in the tech industry. They recruit developers to volunteer to […]

AVC Down Time?

Yet another post about something I supposedly don’t actually care about ???? I am pursuing a theory that the cause of the AVC down time that I posted about last week has to do with a burst of traffic from social media (mostly Twitter) that happens right after I publish a post on AVC. I […]

Video Of The Week: Citibike Rage

AVC regular Rob Underwood sent me this video a couple days ago: This happened at a Community Board 6 (Cobble Hill Brooklyn) meeting this week. Here’s a news report that explains the context of what happened here. I am posting this for several reasons. I am a huge Citibike fan and user. I’ve already used it […]

Feature Friday: The NFL on Twitter

Last night was a revelation for me. I’m not joking. I wasn’t really expecting to be blown away by the experience of watching football on Twitter. I was. I installed the new Twitter app on our AppleTV and watched the entire Jets Bills game on Twitter last night. It looks like this on the TV […]

The CS For All Consortium

Over the past couple years, it has become apparent to school districts across the country, particularly in inner city schools, that teaching computer science to ALL students (CS4All or CS For All) is a good idea and must be done. I am proud to have been one of the people pushing this idea for the […]

Mobile Matures and Consolidates

comScore released its annual US mobile app report yesterday. The data comes from a large mobile panel of US smartphone users that comScore maintains. The story is one of maturity and consolidation, themes we have visited a lot on AVC in the last few years. This is the most interesting slide in my view: If […]

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