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Hiring Mobile Engineers vs Training Engineers On Mobile

We have watched many of our large “web first” portfolio companies struggle to make the change from web first to mobile first. By now, most of them (but not all of them) have made the transition. And it is not an easy transition. Most of them built up “mobile teams” that are made up of […]

Come for the tool, stay for the network

A popular strategy for bootstrapping networks is what I like to call “come for the tool, stay for the network.” This idea is to attract users initially with a single-player tool and then, over time, get them to participate in a network. The tool helps get to initial […]

Video Of The Week: Gabriel Weinberg on Search and Privacy

I came across this short (~12min) interview of Gabe this past week. I enjoyed it and I think you all will too: And if you want to see something cool and new from Gabe’s search engine (and USV portfolio company) DuckDuckGo, check out this search query.

P2P Lending Gets a Fresh Boost from the Mainstream

Peer-to-peer lending just got its latest endorsement from mainstream finance.

Friday fun: Tesla insane button and software updates

I saw two fun things about Tesla this morning. First the ‘Insane button’ video below. The Tesla P85D has a acceleration labelled ‘Insane’ (see here for picture) which initiates maximum acceleration from a standing start. For passengers it’s a hell of a ride, as you can see in the video. Stay with it until 2.45 and [...]

Fun Friday:

I just realized we haven’t done a fun friday since mid December. It’s gotten way too serious around here. I’m sorry about that. So we are going to rectify that by posting our favorite comedy routines (youtube embeds or anything else that will work in the comment thread). Here’s my contribution. I recently saw Jason […]

Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Microsoft is investing in Cyanogen, a startup building a version of the Android mobile-operating system outside of Google's auspices.

Another Tweetstorm Rant

I got fed up yesterday with seeing this on my phone all the time That red notification next to the Facebook app is basically permanent because it is about messages that I need to download FB messenger to receive and clear the notification. I love notifications, they are the primary way I navigate my phone, […]

Can Big Data Predict the Super Bowl? One Startup Says It Can

On Sunday, numberFire is releasing an app, numberFire Live, that will let Super Bowl spectators predict the outcome of the game, too.

Secrets: Do We Really Need Them?

I have written on and off about my ambivalent feelings about a society where we value individual privacy over collective intelligence. Whenever I bring up this argument there is a counter to the effect of “but we need secrets” or “concealment...Show More Summary

Facebook is a powerful advertising platform

You can see from the charts above (originally on Techrunch) that Facebook is getting stronger and stronger as an advertising platform. So long as advertisers are spending rationally, which is a good first order assumption, then if ARPUs are rising then ads are becoming more effective. Perhaps unsurprisingly, none of this is happening by [...]

Doggy Fitness Tracker Whistle Raises $15 Million, Acquires Tagg

Whistle and Tagg both make dog activity monitors that attach to Fido’s collar, similar to the Fitbit and Jawbone trackers humans wear on their wrists.

Food-Delivery Startup Deliveroo Picks Up $25 Million in Series B Funding

When it comes to food-delivery startups, investors have a seemingly insatiable appetite. London-based Roofoods Ltd., doing business as Deliveroo, is the latest such company to secure new institutional funding, scooping up $25 million and signaling the mature sector is still developing.

Augmented-Reality Headset Maker Meta Secures $23 Million

The infusion represents the beginning what Meta executives describe as a long and gentle push to replace smartphones and computers with wearable computers.

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