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European venture growing nicely – UK remains strong

Gil Dibner just published this great analysis of Q3 venture activity in Europe and Israel. It’s very comprehensive and well worth flicking through the full 55 pages if you are...

ReplyBuy Raises $2 Million to Sell Sports Tickets by Text

ReplyBuy Inc. is betting that sports fans don’t want to download another memory-hogging app, but still want to buy tickets via mobile.

The Daily Startup: NovoCure IPO Misses Its Private Valuation

Art by Mike Lucas In this morning’s Web roundup, medical-technology company NovoCure Ltd. is the latest company to price its initial public offering below its last private round, venture debt firm Wellington Financial LP has held a first...Show More Summary

Sustainable engineering – avoid big re-writes

Last week friend of Forward Partners Douglas Squirrel published a post about Sustainable engineering on The Path Forward in which he advises founders on how to scale their engineering effort. When the focus...

The NYU Tandon School Of Engineering

I’ve written about NYU and Poly here on AVC a few times, most recently when I gave a commencement speech earlier this year. Poly is one of the great successes in NYC over the past ten years. In 2005, it was a struggling engineering school in downtown Brooklyn and NYU hadn’t had an engineering school […]

Deal Certainty

We’ve seen several M&A deals collapse unexpectedly in the past two months. Each was at the signed LOI stage. There was no warning or evidence of an issue until the moment the CEO got the phone call from the acquirer saying the deal was off. In both cases, the explanation was vague. I’ve also seen... Read more The post Deal Certainty appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

The European Startup Market

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. Currently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe. Since 2010, we’ve invested in 47 companies (roughly 8 per year) and 11 of them have been in Europe (roughly 2 per year). So over the past six years, roughly 25% of our investments have been […]

Video Of The Week: Emma McGann

Our portfolio company YouNow is a broadcasting app that tends to be used by entertainers, youtubers, and young people in general. While not as well known as Periscope, it’s users are super into it and highly engaged. This week came the story that a singer/songwriter in the UK named Emma McGann got a song in […]

Announcing Our Investment in Renoviso

A few years ago I replaced all of the decades-old windows in our home with new ones.  The entire process was horrible.  I used home service lead-gen and recommendation-review sites to identify a half-dozen installers to set up initial...Show More Summary

Transport for London’s ‘Private hire proposals’ make me mad

Many of you will have seen this already, but Transport for London’s ‘Private hire proposals’ are so loaded in favour of protected interests and against consumer choice that I’m...

Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999?

I spent the day yesterday doing Denver Startup Week stuff. I was on a bunch of panels and during one of the Q&A sessions someone asked something to the effect of: “Now that things are moving faster than ever before, how do you deal with / keep up with them?” I thought about it for a... Read more The post Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999? appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

What Should You Make of the Web Summit Controversy? A View Behind the Scenes

Like many of you I read the Is Web Summit a Scam article making the rounds this week. I have attended Web Summits three times – it is not a scam. Let me get that out of the way. It’s a big conference and all big conferences charge money, make money and serve a diverse set […]

Pioneer Square Labs – Investing More In Seattle

Pioneer Square Labs (PSL) launched today. We led the round and I’m joining the board. PSL, based in Seattle, is a not a VC firm, accelerator, or incubator, but instead is a startup studio, which is a company that creates companies. The co-founders are Greg Gottesman, Geoff Entress, Mike Galgon, and Ben Gilbert. Show More Summary

Bill Gurley’s insights into the future of ecommerce – know your customer and personalise

A Fireside Chat with Bill Gurley of Benchmark: The Future of Ecommerce — September 15, 2015 from Sailthru on Vimeo. Gil Dibner recommended this video with Bill Gurley in...

Dolly Raises $8 Million to Become the UberX of Movers and Haulers

Using the Dolly app, people can book a helper or a mover to arrive within a 30-minute window on a given date.

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