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Some Thoughts On Seed Investing

We (USV) raised a new venture fund at the start of last year and started investing it in the spring of 2014. It is called USV 2014. We have made six investments in it so far and five of them are seed investments. That’s a very high ratio for USV and we do not expect […]

Virtual reality: a new creative medium where the default state is belief

The holy grail of virtual reality, the one that’s always been out of reach until now, is presence. In the VR community, “presence” is a term of art. It’s the idea that once VR reaches a certain quality level your brain is actually tricked?—?at the lowest, most primal […]

Video Of The Week: Opening Keynote Of The Women’s Entrepreneur Festival

The Gotham Gal and her friend Nancy Hechinger have put on the Women’s Entrepreneur Festival for five years now. It’s become an annual celebration of women and entrepreneurship. It was held in NYC this past wednesday and thursday. Here’s the opening keynote the Gotham Gal delivered (it is the first 12-13mins of this video. the […]

RxMatch Coaches Patients Through Recovery, Initial Target Is Back Pain

RxMatch’s solution to fighting chronic illness is to engage patients with complex conditions in multiple ways.

Data Collective Tapped Its New Growth Fund for Planet Labs Deal

Data Collective’s fund echoes other “opportunity fund” efforts in the industry, as venture firms attempt to retain or grab significant percentages of promising companies as they raise successive rounds and see their valuations soar.

Feature Friday: Back Up iPhoto To Dropbox

The Gotham Gal moved from an old macbook air to a new one about a year ago. When she moved all of her files, configurations, and settings from the old macbook to the new one, somehow her iPhoto folders didn’t come over correctly. She was missing a bunch of photos on her new laptop and […]

The Daily Startup: Button Raises $12M to Deep Link in Apps

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.

BIG and BOT Policy Proposals (Transcript)

Here is the transcript of my talk about a Basic Income Guarantee and the Right to be Represented by a BOT from TEDxNewYork. All of our economic theory, all of our business practice, all of our public policy, they were all developed during an era of scarcity. Show More Summary

UK mCommerce penetration higher than the rest of the west

The chart above is from the ever useful Criteo State of Mobile Commerce report. It’s good to see UK shoppers turning to their phones to shop more than the rest of the western world because UK companies will innovate faster on mobile as a result. We already produce more than our fair share of ecommerce [...]

In Santa Fe We Wish We Had The Boulder Problems!

There has been a lot of recent noise in Boulder about growth, challenges, and the impact of the tech community on the city. I stirred the pot a little more with my post The Endless Struggle That Boulder Has With Itself. It generatedShow More Summary

Security for Startups: A 10-Step Affordable Plan to Survival in Cyberspace

== Originally published on TechCrunch == Company founders have neither the time to worry about hackers, nor the tolerance for corporate-style security policies. After all, who’d bother attacking a startup? “Startups don't like friction to get their job done. Show More Summary

Sujan Patel: 8 Startups to Pay Attention to in 2015

Sujan Patel, Vice President of Marketing at When I Work: A new year brings new innovation. These eight startups have made major inroads in their industries, and their continued success is likely to bring additional disruption to their target markets. Show More Summary

Box, a Cloud-Storage Firm, Prepares an IPO After Delay

Online-storage company Box Inc.’s ambition to go public is finally coming to fruition.

What happens when you find the right journalist for the story

I'm incredibly excited to announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Plum Print. Plum Print turns your kid's artwork into buyable merchandise like coffee table books, and soon note cards, framed prints, and calendars. While other...Show More Summary

Handle Emerges With $9.9 Million for New Approach to Organizing Email

Handle was founded in 2011 by Shawn Carolan, a general partner at Menlo Ventures and now Handle’s chief executive. So far, the company has raised $9.9 million from investors.

Persado Raises $21 Million to Replace Human Copywriters With Computers

The Series B round was led by StarVest Partners and includes Citi Ventures and American Express Ventures, the venture arms of two Persado customers, along with current investor Bain Capital Ventures.

eCommerce inflection point coming in 2018: invest now

I just saw this chart in a Morgan Stanley investor note with the subtitle eCommerce Hits it’s Stride. Firstly it’s good to see that top investment banks continue to see a lot of growth ahead in eCommerce, but more exciting is the notion that an inflection point is coming towards the end of this decade. [...]

Deep Web Marketplaces

Last week Joel sent everyone at USV an email outlining his journey through and exploration of the Dark Web which ultimately resulted in a purchase of a pair of boots for his girlfriend. Jonathan replied to all with “this is the best thing I’ve read on the Internet this year” to which I replied “except […]

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