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AlphaZero Chess: Computers Will Think Differently from Humans, Letting them Outperform Us (on Many Tasks)

Planes fly differently from birds. Cars move differently from horses. And computers think differently from humans. That had always been my assumption but if you needed more proof, Google’s AlphaZero program, which had previously shown novel ways of playing Go, has just learned how to play chess incredibly well. Show More Summary

Break The Internet Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I am going to take AVC offline to show the FCC what the Internet will look like if they repeal the Net Neutrality rules. It is part of a collective action called Break The Internet. If you want to join me in this protest, you can get what you need here. Hopefully, the Verizon […]

Proceed With Caution

The CEO of Coinbase, a company that I am on the Board of, wrote a note to all of their customers on Friday. That note, which he also posted to his blog,  urged caution in the trading of crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This is a quote from that note: Over the course […]

Video Of The Week: Samir Desai at Slush

One of the most impressive startup executions I have witnessed in the past ten years is what the team at Funding Circle has pulled off. They have gone from a team of friends with an idea to the largest non bank lender in the western world. In this interview at the Slush Conference, CEO Samir […]

The Quest for a Stable Coin

One of the objections against crypto currencies has been their volatility. Bitcoin for instance just rose by about 60% over 2 days only to then fall by about 15% in a matter of hours. Steam just ended bitcoin support citing volatility. Show More Summary

Funding Friday: Brooklyn Cider House

I backed this project today. The idea of a cider bar and restaurant in Bushwick seems so right to me. There is less than 24 hours left on this project. I’m hoping we can help them get across the finish line.

How Startups Actually Grow

We’ve all seen the growth curve on the left – all successful startups strive for a version of one. But in reality, the notion of a smooth growth curve actually masks how most successful companies truly grow. Our experience at Foundry suggests that if you blow up the growth curve you’ll find that companies grow... Read more

CS Education Week In NYC

All over the city this week, students in NYC’s public schools have been celebrating CS Education Week by doing events and hackathons to showcase their coding skills. Through NYC’s CS4All program, over 1000 teachers have been trained to teach CS classes in their schools. That is over 500 schools to date. Over the course of […]

How to calculate your total addressable market and make a great TAM slide for investors

I’ve seen hundreds of startup pitch decks in my time at Matrix, and have found total addressable market (TAM) slides to be among the most frequently mis-executed. I get the sense they are often included as a formality in an attempt to get VCs to check a mental box and continue on hearing about other...

Un-Super-Vised

My partner Andy and I were playing with the latest crypto craze, cryptokitties, this weekend and he suggested we sire a USV kitty. So he contributed a parent from his collection and I contributed a parent from my collection and with the addition of some Ethereum, which I paid from my Coinbase account, we made […]

Uncertainty Wednesday: Suppressed Volatility

Last Uncertainty Wednesday provided a recap on our adventures with sample means and what those implied about the difficulties of inference. Now we will look at another equally fascinating complication: inferring volatility. As the title...Show More Summary

What Does it Mean to Be Human?

[This is a talk I was going to give at Slush but had to change my travel plans.] A 12 minute talk should be plenty to address this simple question. Just kidding. This is one of the profound questions that humanity has grappled with for a long time. Show More Summary

Disqus and Zeta

Today, our portfolio company Disqus, which makes the software that powers the comments on this blog, is announcing that they have joined the Zeta Global empire. Zeta Global operates the largest independent marketing cloud for enterprises. Zeta competes with companies like Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, and others to provide enterprises the marketing services they need […]

VCs and our quest to invest in “home runs”

This chart (taken from a recent post by First Republic’s Samir Kaji, data from leading venture investor Horseley Bridge) shows that to get the 3-5x return that most venture...

Do An Hour Of Code

It is CS Education Week, which happens at this time every year to celebrate and energize the growing K12 CS Education movement. The highlight of CS Education Week is the Hour Of Code, in which students, teachers, parents, and community members all do an hour of code during the school week. I would like to […]

The Early Stage Slump

I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: “we believe 2012-16 was a bubble in early-stage funding” https://t.co/VZlKOCDg5P — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 1, 2017 And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it. The data is pretty clear. The seed and early stage […]

Video Of The Week: Albert on CNBC

CNBC asked my partner Albert this week at the Slush conference if we are in a bubble in crypto. This is what he said. It’s a very short (<2min) video. Cryptocurrency to be worth trillions: Union Square Ventures from CNBC.

Funding Friday: Little Book For Big Changes

I just backed this children’s book project. I love it. I hope you do too.

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