Blog Profile / A VC


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Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Filling Out A Round: When It Matters, and When It Doesn’t

Almost every financing I’ve been involved with over the years (seed, VC, growth, raising a VC fund) goes mostly like this: Struggle like hell to find a lead Come to terms with the lead Turn your attention to filling out the round The deal gets oversubscribed as all the investors that could not summon up […]

Video Of The Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends

It was an easy and obvious call this weekend. I’m going to spend some time this morning watching my friend and coinvestor (on a few things) Mary Meeker do her thing. You should too.

Fun Friday: NBA Finals

It’s easy to say this series is going to be a blowout after watching last night’s game. But I’m not ready to do that. I think the Cavs will defend their home court and this will go seven games. What do all of you think?

The Buy Bitcoin Button

If you have an app that uses Bitcoin for something, like virtual goods in a game, you need to give your users an easy way to buy the Bitcoin. Our portfolio company Coinbase has a solution for that problem. It is a “Buy Bitcoin” button, powered by the Coinbase API. There are some limitations to […]

Critics, Haters, Voyeurs

Jeff Bezos had some great advice on critics, haters, and voyeurs who cover him and other tech luminaries: I would say that as a public figure, the best defense to speech that you don’t like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin, because you can’t stop criticism. You are going […]

The Application Period For Our Analyst Hiring Process Ends Today

Just over three weeks ago, we announced that we are hiring a two year analyst. I blogged about it here at AVC. This is a reminder that if you want to apply for this position, the application process ends today. If you are interested in spending the next couple years at USV, you can apply […]

A Nice Way To Celebrate Memorial Day

In addition to remembering those who gave their lives serving our country today, it’s also a nice thing to assist those who made it home and are transitioning to civilian life. I just backed a Kickstarter project which is attempting to rase the funds to build a “digital library” of educational videos to assist veterans […]

11 Years of the USV Investment Team

As part of the hiring process for our two year analyst position, we asked everyone who has worked at USV in an investment team role to make a two minute video (the same thing we ask applicants to do). We asked them to answer these two questions – when did you join USV and how […]

Video Of The Week: Three Freedoms For The Future

This is an interview that Andrew Keen did with my partner Albert about three freedoms we need for the future:

Feature Friday: Learn To Code on an iPhone

Hopscotch is a visual programming environment, like Scratch or Blockly, that runs on an iPhone. If your kids like to grab your phone and watch videos or play games on it, put Hopscotch on your phone and encourage them to make games instead of just playing them. Here’s a piece from Wired that explains how […]

Biodigital

I am really into embed codes. I think the ability to take content and software from one app and inject it into another app is one of the coolest things about the Internet. Biodigital is a 3D visual model of the human body. Think of it as Google Maps for the body. I’ve had issues […]

Vacation Policy

I saw a discussion among our USV portfolio CEOs yesterday in one of the many communication channels we offer our portfolio companies.  The question was about vacation policy. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that most of our portfolio companies offer unlimited vacation to their employees and that there is almost no abuse of […]

Flashback: The Lycos NYC Office in 1995

I was taking the subway uptown yesterday afternoon and as I stepped out of the train I thought I saw the word Lycos on the advertisement on the station wall. Upon closer observation, it was not an advertisement for Lycos, but by then I was already thinking about my visit to the Lycos NYC office […]

When Teams Get Hot

Right now the OKC Thunder look unbeatable. They made the Spurs look old and they are now making the Warriors look slow. That’s quite something to accomplish. Let’s see if they can keep this up. It isn’t easy. I am reminded of the Mets last fall. They went on a hot streak that quickly took […]

Experiment and Scandal

We are living in a time of great experiments. They are not happening in the lab. They are happening in the real world. And they are being financed by real people. We are witnessing the de-institutionalization of experimentation. We are returning to a time when anyone can be an inventor and innovator. Some of this […]

Video Of The Week: My Coin Center Talk

A few weeks ago, I gave a keynote at the Coin Center Annual Dinner in NYC. I previously posted the text of that speech but it showed up on YouTube this week and so I am posting the video of it here today:

Feature Friday: GBoard

Quite a few friends and family members of mine are loving Google’s new GBoard third party keyboard for iOS. I am currently on Android and Google has not released GBoard for Android. So unlike most feature fridays, I am not going to be able to explain why I like this feature so much. I expect […]

Google I/O 2016

I was in meeetings all day the past couple days and missed all the news coming out of Google’s big event. So I am getting my friends Bijan and Nabeel to explain it all to me. You can do that too by hitting the play button below.

When You Have Concerns

I hear this said all the time – “when you have concerns about an employee, it almost always means you will need to make a change.” I hear execs lament that they tend to wait too long to admit that they made a hiring mistake and act on it. I hear them wish they trusted […]

The “Yes And” Slack Bot

I wrote a blog post a while back about collaborating on a list in Google Sheets. At USV, we do a lot of list making in Google Sheets. But Sheets doesn’t have a great conversational interface for coming up with new entries for the list. So we use email to do that but the process […]

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