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  • Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

    Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

    I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk. Steven has this wonderful quality of being able to observe both history and the prese…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 18, 6:47am -
  • What’s Going On?

    What’s Going On?

    A lot, to be honest. It’s Crypto Week in NYC this week. The last two weeks have been a blur, with so many things happening that I can’t keep up or write about all of them. But, here are a few 1/ The Rockets ended the sweep nonsense talk going on…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 18, 6:28am -
  • Having A Foot In Both Camps

    Having A Foot In Both Camps

    At our annual CEO Summit, which took place last week, we kick things off going around the room with each attendee (there are over seventy at this point) mentioning something they are struggling with right now. When it got to my turn, I said that I am…
    - 9 days ago, 14 May 18, 6:20am -
  • The Jetsons

    The Jetsons

    When I was a kid, two of my favorite cartoons were from Hanna-Barbera; The Flintsones and The Jetsons. I particularly loved The Jetsons. From Wikipedia: the Jetsons live in a comical version of the future, with elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens…
    - 13 days ago, 9 May 18, 8:44am -
  • Canada

    Canada

    I’m in Canada today to attend a board meeting. I love Canada. It’s a kindler gentler more welcoming version of the US. And it’s increasingly an important place to be for the tech sector. About 10% of USV’s active portfolio is in Canada. And 3…
    - 20 days ago, 2 May 18, 9:00am -
  • Time And Money

    Time And Money

    One of the least discussed aspects of investing in startups is the value of the time commitment one makes to a company they invest in. The money part is pretty simple; you invest capital into a business and get an equity participation in the upside.…
    - 37 days ago, 15 Apr 18, 8:00am -
  • USV Thesis 3.0

    USV Thesis 3.0

    At USV, we are thesis-driven investors. We state clearly and concisely what we want to invest in and, implicitly, decide not to invest in anything else. That is a good thing because, as our partner Rebecca wrote in this post: The commitment to a the…
    - 49 days ago, 3 Apr 18, 10:29am -
  • The Jiu-Jitsu Move

    The Jiu-Jitsu Move

    When a new technology or a new entrant or some new behavior comes into a market, the initial reaction is often to reject it. But, as my partner Brad likes to say, the better move is to take that new energy coming at you and use it to your advantage.…
    - 55 days ago, 28 Mar 18, 10:00am -
  • 3D Printed Homes

    3D Printed Homes

    A few years ago I was up at the MIT Media Lab, where I have been on the advisory board, and met a bunch of faculty members. The one that blew me away was a woman who was building a 3D printer that could “print” office buildings. That really stuck…
    - 56 days ago, 27 Mar 18, 9:29am -
  • The VC/Company Relationship

    The VC/Company Relationship

    When I got into the VC business in the early 80s, the VC/Company relationship was pretty different than it is now. Capital was hard to come by, VCs commanded terms that would be laughed at today, and once they had made the investment, VCs acted as if…
    - 69 days ago, 14 Mar 18, 8:43am -

Academic VC

  • Scary Error Messages

    Scary Error Messages

    Apple literally wrote the book on Human Interface Guidelines. I have a copy of the original paperback, published in 1987. It’s still worth reading. But the current version lives online. Check out the guidelines on alerts. Informative Text Provides…
    - 2 Oct 17, 2:29am -
  • Happy Blogiversary!
    Ten years ago today, prodded by some of the more-connected folks in the Atlanta technology community (hi, Jeff!), I secured the “academicvc.com” domain, pestered Mike Schinkel to teach me a minimally-viable subset of WordPress, and began blogging…
    - 25 May 17, 7:45pm -
  • Go West, Young Man!

    Go West, Young Man!

    I'm delighted to announce that I've accepted a newly-created position as "Vice President, Strategic Business Initiatives" reporting to the Vice President of Research, Discovery, and Innovation.
    - 12 Jan 17, 2:20pm -
  • Beltline Lantern Parade 2016

    Beltline Lantern Parade 2016

    One of the best things about living within walking distance of the Beltline… The “official” parade took a full hour to pass our spot, but there were plenty of illuminated revelers before and after. Click any image to embiggen.
    - 11 Sep 16, 2:22pm -
  • Back to the Moon

    Back to the Moon

    DragonCon is enormous. If you haven’t been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the “Reality Tracks.” These tracks are for a different kind of fan… thos…
    - 4 Sep 16, 5:39pm -
  • My Talks at DragonCon 2016

    My Talks at DragonCon 2016

    My annual post in response to the people asking me “What are you talking about at DragonCon this year?” Here’s the deal. DragonCon has a limited number of official Guest memberships available, and most of those get reserved for the media tracks…
    - 24 Aug 16, 7:54am -
  • Children in the Snow

    Children in the Snow

    Last weekend, I made my annual pilgrimage to Chattanooga for LibertyCon. In addition to the expected geekery and humor, I happened to catch John Ringo hold a 300-person auditorium spellbound with a personal recollection from his childhood. To underst…
    - 14 Jul 16, 10:20am -
  • Surplus Book Extravaganza

    Surplus Book Extravaganza

    One of four truckloads of books, headed for storage. They creep up on you. Multiplying silently in the night. Smuggling themselves in the front door, disguised in innocent Amazon boxes. Building themselves nests that spread to cover every wall in you…
    - 30 Jun 16, 10:38am -
  • Michael Griffin on Commercial Space
    If you’ve been hanging around the space business for a while, you’ve heard of Michael Griffin. You may love him, you may hate him, but you’re probably not neutral about him. If you haven’t been following NASA politics for the last decade or s…
    - 22 Feb 16, 2:26pm -
  • Spaceport Camden Legislation

    Spaceport Camden Legislation

    Last Monday, I attended a hearing at the Capitol on House Bill 734, the Georgia Space Flight Act. This legislation is being led by representatives from southeastern Georgia, the proposed site of Spaceport Camden. (You can read more about the spacepor…
    - 16 Feb 16, 11:24am -

GenuineVC

  • Announcing Our Investment in Renoviso
    A few years ago I replaced all of the decades-old windows in our home with new ones.  The entire process was horrible.  I used home service lead-gen and recommendation-review sites to identify a half-dozen installers to set up initial in-person con…
    - 28 Sep 15, 7:44am -
  • Seeking Nonconsensus
    Tales become legends about founders of exceptionally transformative companies who truly struggled to get any investors’ attention early on.  These rejection emails to the founder of Airbnb represent just one of the most recent example of this fami…
    - 27 Aug 15, 8:42am -
  • Introducing the NextView Talent Exchange: Connecting Top Talent to Startups
    Today, I’m thrilled to publicly announce NextView’s Talent Exchange, a program helping both top talent and NextView-backed startups connect with each other more easily, beginning with Boston companies (which make up just over half our portfolio)…
    - 5 May 15, 9:42am -
  • Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

    Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

    A couple weeks ago my colleague Dimitri Dadiomov published a post on NextView’s “View From Seed” blog which answered the question “Should we take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders?”  The (obvious) answer of “yes” he supported…
    - 16 Mar 15, 8:33am -
  • VC Ground Game

    - 4 Mar 15, 8:14am -
  • The “Come-from-Behind” Lead Investor
    As an entrepreneur, if you’re running a venture capital fundraise effectively, you’re treating the process like a sale process: identifying a set of prospects to fill the top of the funnel, cultivating those relationships over a series of meeting…
    - 15 Jan 15, 11:08am -
  • The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups

    The Unique but Powerful Way the HubSpot Mafia is Impacting Boston Startups

    It’s official: now two months after the IPO, HubSpot has surpassed the $1B market cap threshold and has become that “pillar” company that the tech ecosystem long anticipated. The benefits have been touted previously: an anchor for attracting an…
    - 3 Dec 14, 10:25am -
  • The Market Is Hot for Code Climate, NextView’s Newest Investment
    When Chad Pytel introduced me to Bryan Helmkamp, CEO/Co-founder of Code Climate, I knew that I had to pay attention.  Chad is the CEO of thoughtbot, a consulting firm that makes web + mobile apps for early-stage startups.  The two companies had bee…
    - 18 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • The Road to Our Investment in Bridj
    Mass transportation is the largest single source of travel within metropolitan areas across the globe, but our current fixed infrastructure approach hasn’t changed since the 19th century.  Here in our innovation hub of Boston, the country’s olde…
    - 4 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • Unusual Rounds of Early-Stage Funding & What to Know
    This is an excerpt from the original post, found on NextView’s blog, The View From Seed, launched this week. Find the original post here. As the VC seed market has institutionalized, especially over the past five years, there has emerged a prot…
    - 8 Jul 14, 5:02pm -

Google Ventures Blog

  • Field Guide to UX Research for Startups

    Field Guide to UX Research for Startups

    Photo by Dose Media on UnsplashHow to spot the 5 studies startups need mostAfter completing hundreds of research projects for startups across dozens of industries, I finally noticed something. Although each project seems unique on the surface, they…
    - 15 days ago, 7 May 18, 12:55pm -
  • Fake designs yield real results

    Fake designs yield real results

    Twenty years ago, when I started my design career, I made a lot of fake stuff. I can still clearly remember when I designed my own CD covers for albums by famous bands, created a fake e-commerce site with my friends, recreated famous logos in Corel D…
    - 13 Nov 17, 10:57am -
  • How to Build Better Rapport For Better Research Interviews

    How to Build Better Rapport For Better Research Interviews

    When coaching startups to conduct interviews and usability testing, I see one opportunity that is missed again and again: building a strong rapport with research participants by reading and responding to their body language. For me, learning to do th…
    - 2 Nov 17, 3:56pm -
  • How to attract top recruiting talent

    How to attract top recruiting talent

    I’ve advised recruiting operations at close to 300 startups, ranging from a five-person team at Scalyr to a several-hundred-person team at Gusto. Most startups share a common theme: Technical recruiting is often a top business priority — and…
    - 8 May 17, 5:59pm -
  • Everyone is a designer. Get over it.

    Everyone is a designer. Get over it.

    Photo by Alice Achterhof via UnsplashRecently, Jared Spool caught my attention with an article about how Netflix’s performance engineers are actually designers. It’s a provocative idea, but it makes sense. His argument is that everyone in your o…
    - 20 Apr 17, 9:41am -
  • The Three-Hour Brand Sprint

    The Three-Hour Brand Sprint

    GV’s Simple Recipe For Getting Started On Your BrandWith super deluxe thanks to Laura Melahn, Daniel Burka, and John ZeratskyWarning: This is a post about branding, but I’m no brand expert. For most of my career, any mention of the word brand m…
    - 22 Mar 17, 11:36pm -
  • How to Run a Remote Design Sprint Without Going Crazy

    How to Run a Remote Design Sprint Without Going Crazy

    A few tricks for distributed teamsOne of the most common questions about the GV sprint process is “How do you run a remote sprint? What if the team can’t be together in one place?”I’ve heard stories of people running successful remote sprint…
    - 4 Jan 17, 8:16pm -
  • GV’s Sprint Process in 90 Seconds

    GV’s Sprint Process in 90 Seconds

    We made this video for people running their first sprint—or trying to explain a sprint to somebody else. Check it out:https://medium.com/media/732d80bfb8f0d57256dd2c9a7e0494d0/hrefTwo notes:Yes, that’s my best acting.Yes, the video is 98 second…
    - 8 Dec 16, 7:49pm -
  • Start at the End: How to Do Research That Has Real Impact

    Start at the End: How to Do Research That Has Real Impact

    As far as I know, I’m the only UX researcher at a venture-capital firm. (If there’s anyone else out there, please say hello!) This gives me a pretty unique perspective, and a big challenge: I’m constantly jumping into new domains and figuring o…
    - 2 Nov 16, 6:15pm -
  • Mostly luck, not an accident

    Mostly luck, not an accident

    (This essay is based on my keynote talk at Techstars FounderCon on October 18, 2016. I’ll post the video once it’s up.)The United States Census of 1880 came at a pivotal time in U.S. history. It was the last time the Census Office could identify…
    - 18 Oct 16, 4:01pm -

LifeSciVC

  • New Directions In Alzheimer’s Disease Research And Development

    New Directions In Alzheimer’s Disease Research And Development

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    - 7 days ago, 15 May 18, 7:19am -
  • Right From The Beginning: Returning To The Origins Of The Orphan Drug Movement

    Right From The Beginning: Returning To The Origins Of The Orphan Drug Movement

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    - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 6:36am -
  • Another Trophy Quarter For VC-Backed Biotech Funding

    Another Trophy Quarter For VC-Backed Biotech Funding

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    - 22 days ago, 30 Apr 18, 8:19am -
  • Little by Little: Real Life Lessons In Business Development

    Little by Little: Real Life Lessons In Business Development

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    - 37 days ago, 16 Apr 18, 6:55am -
  • Life After ECHO-301: Lessons Learned About Modulating IDO/TDO To Treat Cancer

    Life After ECHO-301: Lessons Learned About Modulating IDO/TDO To Treat Cancer

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    - 41 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 6:41am -
  • Caravans of Biotech Immigrant Executives

    Caravans of Biotech Immigrant Executives

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    - 48 days ago, 5 Apr 18, 6:27am -
  • Two Really Big Fish That Got Away

    Two Really Big Fish That Got Away

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    - 60 days ago, 23 Mar 18, 7:54am -
  • Just a Little Patience: In-licensing from Biopharma

    Just a Little Patience: In-licensing from Biopharma

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    - 64 days ago, 20 Mar 18, 6:46am -
  • Beyond the CEO: Building An Effective Leadership Team  

    Beyond the CEO: Building An Effective Leadership Team  

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    - 69 days ago, 15 Mar 18, 6:10am -
  • Allostery: Realizing The Promise

    Allostery: Realizing The Promise

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    - 78 days ago, 5 Mar 18, 6:25am -

VentureBeat: Venture Capital

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VC Café

  • A wealth of sources for startup fundraising – A primer for founders

    A wealth of sources for startup fundraising – A primer for founders

    The financial side of technology entrepreneurship means that almost from inception, an entrepreneur has to think about and plan his or her sources of financing. Wether you like it or not, startups...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 56 days ago, 27 Mar 18, 6:11pm -
  • Purpose is no longer a “nice to have”

    Purpose is no longer a “nice to have”

    Purpose used to be a “nice to have” for corporates and startups, that was usually tucked away in the CSR department. I know its not a fair generalisation as many companies have put significant efforts into giving back to society, but general busi…
    - 19 Jan 18, 8:11am -
  • Roundup of 2018 AI Predictions

    Roundup of 2018 AI Predictions

    In this post I round up various AI predictions, not so much the ‘eye rolling’ apocalyptic ones, but the more practical view on how will AI progress next year. No need to mention that forecasting is...This is a content summary only. Click on th…
    - 8 Jan 18, 5:33am -
  • 5 Tech Trends that Dominated Headlines in 2017

    5 Tech Trends that Dominated Headlines in 2017

    In my last post, I covered 5 tech trends that shaped 2017 including the proliferation of AI, Blockchain and crypto currencies the growing dominance of GAFAM, etc. Below, I cover the trends that dominated the headlines in 2017 including fake news, the…
    - 6 Dec 17, 8:22am -
  • The tech trends that shaped 2017

    The tech trends that shaped 2017

    As we approach the last stretch of 2017, I wanted to take stock of the tech trends that shaped our year. In the next post, I’ll cover additional tech trends of 2017 and my predictions for 2018. Continue Reading →
    - 4 Dec 17, 8:40am -
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