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Resource Constraints

Most of the companies I work with tell me that they are resource constrained and do not have enough capital and engineers to do everything they want to do. I tell them that is a blessing not a curse. They look at me like I am crazy and rationalize it as me being an investor […]

Go Back To School With Quizlet

If you or someone in your family is going back to school in the next few weeks, I strongly suggest putting the Quizlet mobile app on your/their phone as part of the back to school preparation process. Quizlet (a USV portfolio company) has a bunch of new stuff for its existing and new users this back […]

On No Sides...

On no sides is genocide an ok thing to promote with your free speech or to organize a group around. On no sides is the Confederacy, the sole purpose of which was to defend the institution of slavery, a thing to be admired. On no sides is the eradication of Nazis and the KKK a slippery slope to the end of free speech in our country. Show More Summary

Sunblock

From roughly 1pm ET to roughly 3pm ET today there will be an eclipse of the Sun by the Moon over the US. I like this map which shows when and where the eclipse will take place: I spent a half hour this morning on the Internet and learned everything I wanted to know about […]

Fifty Six

It is my 56th birthday today. I am spending it surrounded with family and friends on the East End of Long Island. I came into this year thinking I would dial it down a bit on the work front and spend more time on personal things. But, like many things, the opposite happened and I […]

Video Of The Week: Who Has The Right To Police The Internet?

This week our portfolio company Cloudflare made news when they made an exception to their long-standing policy of not terminating customers for hate speech and terminated The Daily Stormer. In this interview with Bloomberg, Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince explains why he made that decision and why it bothers him so much that he and other […]

Taking a Break

This will be my last post until Labor Day. I will be spending as little time online as possible, reading books instead, spending time with family and friends and working on World After Capital.  I will be disabling all notifications on my phone and checking email only twice a day. Show More Summary

Touchy Subjects

I got some feedback from some in the community here at AVC that the comments on Wednesday’s post were “ugly.” As many readers know, we have a comment policy at the top of the comment thread and I’ve worked to make sure people know that we try to keep our discussions civil. Whenever there is […]

Transit

As Co-Chairman of Tech:NYC, I get asked frequently to name the issues that matter most to the tech companies of NYC. On my list, often at the top, is transit. Getting to and from work matters a lot to the employees of the growing number of tech companies in NYC. And this summer has been […]

Uncertainty Wednesday: Risk Seeking (Jensen’s Inequality Cont’d)

Last Uncertainty Wednesday, we saw how diminishing marginal utility of wealth provides an explanation of risk aversion via Jensen’s inequality. Why would it be then that lots of people seem to like small gambles, like a game of poker among friends. Show More Summary

ICOs and Governance

As has been widely reported, in the last few months ICOs have raised significantly more money for blockchain startups than has come from traditional venture investors. This can be seen as a sign of the long discussed unbundling of venture capital. Show More Summary

If You Lie Down With Dogs, You Come Up With Fleas

I don’t know enough to say with any confidence that our President is a supremacist. But he made a cold hard political calculation that paid off for him when he made these horrible people the foundation of his political base and fired them and their hatred up at his campaign rallies. He can’t throw them […]

How To Hire Executives

Brian Armstrong, founder and CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase, writes a regular blog in which he talks about a bunch of things; Coinbase, things he has learned, the crypto market, and a bunch more. If you don’t follow Brian, you might want to. Last week he laid out the entire process he uses to […]

MBA Mondays

For almost four years, from Jan 2010 to late 2013, I would write a column every Monday called MBA Mondays where I tried to cover the basics of a business education here at AVC. There are roughly 200 posts in total that I wrote during the time this weekly series was active. Since many regular […]

Founder Friendly

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate […]

Preparing for Superintelligence: Living the Values of Humanism Today

In my draft book World After Capital, I write that humans having knowledge is what makes us distinctly human and gives us great power (and hence great responsibility). I define knowledge in this context as science, philosophy, art, music, etc. Show More Summary

Video Of The Week: Albert On Decentralization And The Knowledge Age

My partner Albert gave this talk recently at The Blockstack Summit. He frames the crypto/blockchain movement in the context of a broader societal shift into the knowledge age.

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