Here is my talk from the wonderful GEL conference earlier this year covering some of the ideas from my draft book World After Capital
Both individually and collectively we learn more from our failures than from our successes. Failures make us question our assumptions, successes generally don’t. I therefore welcome the hack of the DAO (even if I wind up losing the 0.5 BTC I had converted to Ether and invested). Show More Summary
As part of the hiring process for our two year analyst position, we asked everyone who has worked at USV in an investment team role to make a two minute video (the same thing we ask applicants to do). We asked them to answer these two questions – when did you join USV and how […]
Brand is on my mind this morning. Mat Braddy, formerly CMO of Just Eat and now founder of Rock Pamper Scissors gave a great talk on building challenger brands at...
Like many immigrant families and many Jewish families I grew up around a kitchen table, often outside my house and experiencing food, culture, life and other people through meals. I remember fondly my dad (from Colombia) wanting to eat out of the house and experience the best multi-cultural foods one could actually find in middle-class, […]
We’ve been thinking a lot about excellence at Forward Partners recently, for our own operations and to help our portfolio companies. At one level it’s an easy topic. As...
I’ve been throwing this term around for a while and thought it was worth writing about, as I believe that understanding entrepreneurial how density can shape an entrepreneurial ecosystem is very important. But first, a link back to some ideas around entrepreneurial communities in general. My partner Brad literally wrote the book about this (highly... Read more
Usher is best known as a singer-songwriter, dancer and actor, but is also an investor in tech startups. masterclass.com New Enterprise Associates, Robert Downey Jr. and Usher are among new the investors in MasterClass, a site that offers interactive and video courses taught by big names including athletes, actors and singers. The San Francisco company, […]
There was so much great content at the Upfront Summit but I think one that held a special place in minds of most people I talked to was our panel on diversity led by my partner Hamet Watt (<– what? you’re not following him?). The message of the panel was very clear – “We don’t need your help. […]
5 years ago I sat at our annual meeting bored beyond belief. It wasn’t just that I have ADD making boring meetings excruciatingly painful – it was that the format was tired, unimaginative, uninspiring and not very useful. We did what many VC funds did – we presented our annual results, we stood up and […]
A few weeks ago, USV and our friends at Box Group, hosted a panel discussion in the USV Event Space on artificial intelligence. We called it Talking With Machines. Here’s the video of the discussion. Talking with Machines from Union Square Ventures on Vimeo. If you’d prefer to listen to it and not watch it, […]
The tensions caused by San Francisco's tech boom are playing out on the local ballot.
Let me start the post with three statements 1. I have attention deficit disorder, it is a real condition, I have been diagnosed including having radioactive isotopes through my brain to map my development and yet I’m a leader, I have accomplished much, I did well in school and went on to earn a master’s degree […]
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...
When most people think of John Shahidi two words come to mind. Bieber & Mayweather. Yes, that Bieber (67 million Twitter followers, 73 million on FB) & that Mayweather (6.4 million Twitter followers, 12 million on FB). The reason being – John Shahidi counts both as investors and friends. So. You’re probably thinking, “slick talking, […]
Technology. It has been a hobby of mine since 1981 when […]
This summer I had the extreme pleasure of watching one […]