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My GEL 2016 Talk (Video)

Here is my talk from the wonderful GEL conference earlier this year covering some of the ideas from my draft book World After Capital

The Path to Learning requires Failing: The DAO

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

11 Years of the USV Investment Team

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 […]

The Greatest Strength of America is Immigration and Integration

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, […]

Pursuing excellence at startups – balancing speed and quality

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...

Entrepreneurial Density

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

Robert Downey Jr., Usher Join $15 Million Investment in MasterClass

Usher is best known as a singer-songwriter, dancer and actor, but is also an investor in tech startups. 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, […]

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

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. […]

Embracing Your Community as a Strategy

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 […]

Video Of The Week: Talking With Machines

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, […]

How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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 […]

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...

What You Could Learn from @John About Teens and Social Media

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, […]

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