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  • Not All Gross Margin Is The Same

    Not All Gross Margin Is The Same

    I wrote a blog post in September of last year arguing that gross margins and operating margins really matter when valuing companies. I argued that “software companies with software margins” are better businesses than tech companies that are not r…
    - 37 days ago, 27 Apr 20, 9:32am -
  • The AVC Cap Table Template

    The AVC Cap Table Template

    I woke up to this tweet this morning: I went to that blog post and clicked on the link and sure enough someone had swapped out my cap table template from 2011 with their own cap table. I am not entirely sure how that happened and for how long that ha…
    - 43 days ago, 21 Apr 20, 9:07am -
  • Still Open For Business

    Still Open For Business

    I wrote a blog post on March 12th called Open For Business and thought I would return to the topic. If you search for “vc open for business” on Twitter, you will see almost universal scorn for the idea that VCs are open for business right now. Bu…
    - 44 days ago, 20 Apr 20, 5:53pm -
  • Startups and SBA Loans

    Startups and SBA Loans

    Last week Congress passed the CARES Act which provides a vast array of financial relief provisions to people and businesses in the US. Congress is providing relief to small businesses via a forgivable loan program administered by the Small Business A…
    - 65 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 9:54am -
  • New Faces At USV

    New Faces At USV

    We onboarded our new analyst team over the last few weeks at USV. As is our tradition, they have each written a “hello world” blog post on usv.com introducing themselves. They are: David Hannah Hanel I can’t imagine how hard and surreal it must…
    - 77 days ago, 18 Mar 20, 11:50am -
  • Open For Business

    Open For Business

    I got an email from a well known journalist who covers the VC sector today. He was asking a bunch of VCs a few questions that basically can be summed up “are you open for business?” I answered him with these facts: 1/ We are working on two term s…
    - 83 days ago, 12 Mar 20, 8:03pm -
  • The Venture Capital Math Problem Revisited (aka How Could You Be So Wrong?)

    The Venture Capital Math Problem Revisited (aka How Could You Be So Wrong?)

    Back in 2009, I wrote a post called The Venture Capital Math Problem. I was reminded of it yesterday when I saw this tweet: In that post, I argued that the venture capital business could not sustain more than $20bn a year of new capital coming into i…
    - 97 days ago, 27 Feb 20, 12:09pm -
  • Being In The Flow

    Being In The Flow

    I have been investing in developer tools since the earliest days of my VC career. The first investment I led in the late 80s was a financing that provided the funds to acquire a programming editor called Brief. It was a text-based editor for PCs. Tha…
    - 18 Feb 20, 8:20am -
  • Entertainment vs Utility

    Entertainment vs Utility

    The news this week that HQ Trivia has finally called it quits reminded me of this post I wrote back in 2012 about the difference in sustainability (and thus value) between entertainment and utility apps. What is interesting to me is if you could use…
    - 17 Feb 20, 9:45am -
  • Tech in 2020: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

    Tech in 2020: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

    Our friend Benedict Evans posted his annual “macro trends” deck this weekend. You can also download the PDF here. In the deck, Benedict poses the question “what is the next S-Curve?” And while he doesn’t exactly answer that question, these…
    - 3 Feb 20, 9:05am -

Academic VC

  • Tucson and the U.S. Space Force

    Tucson and the U.S. Space Force

    This is Part IV of “Tucson after the Coronavirus“… but it’s not really triggered by COVID-19. The idea of bringing substantial Space Force operations to Tucson has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a couple of years now. This series of posts is e…
    - 3 days ago, 31 May 20, 2:48pm -
  • Nearshoring after the Pandemic

    Nearshoring after the Pandemic

    Part III of “Tucson after the Coronavirus“ First, let me add a link that I found after posting Part II earlier this week: Tucson Ranks #1 in U.S. in Google Search for “Homes for Sale” Since COVID-19 I suspect some of those Google searches are…
    - 6 days ago, 28 May 20, 3:27pm -
  • The Pandemic Diaspora

    The Pandemic Diaspora

    So what happens when people stop thinking of the Big Apple as the right place to build their career, and start thinking of it as a place you might get sick and die? To misquote Frank Sinatra, “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere else…
    - 10 days ago, 24 May 20, 6:30pm -
  • Tucson After the Coronavirus

    Tucson After the Coronavirus

    Back when I was blogging regularly, one of my rules of thumb was: if I have the same conversation with three different people in a week, it’s worth blogging about. Maybe I can try that again. One conversation I’ve had a lot over the last seventy…
    - 11 days ago, 23 May 20, 6:46pm -
  • Surplus Domains Available

    Surplus Domains Available

    Well, it’s time to start blogging again. Twitter has robbed much of the time and mental energy that I used to devote to this blog, but maybe the Great Coronavirus Pause is a good opportunity to add some new content. In the meantime, though, I decid…
    - 41 days ago, 23 Apr 20, 5:31pm -
  • 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 -

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

  • 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…
    - 37 days ago, 28 Apr 20, 1:38am -
  • GV’s Guide to UX Research for Startups

    GV’s Guide to UX Research for Startups

    How to learn more fasterSince 2010, we’ve helped hundreds of GV startups (like Nest, Foundation Medicine, Flatiron Health, Slack, Gusto, Lime, and Uber) use UX research to answer critical business questions and to build more successful products. W…
    - 2 Oct 19, 3:49pm -
  • UX Watch Parties

    UX Watch Parties

    How to help your team get the most out of research interviewsSourceThere’s nothing quite like visiting a foreign city for the first time — especially with a great tour guide. That eye-opening, first-hand experience just doesn’t compare to r…
    - 13 Aug 19, 11:39am -
  • How to build a simple UX lab anywhere

    How to build a simple UX lab anywhere

    When I do UX research for startups, I try to make it easy for teams to observe from anywhere, while demonstrating they don’t need a fancy usability lab to do it themselves. Having conducted over 200 UX research studies for GV companies, I’ve come…
    - 21 May 19, 6:01pm -
  • 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…
    - 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 -
  • 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 -

LifeSciVC

  • Controlling Your Destiny: Why Investment in Manufacturing Capabilities Makes Sense

    Controlling Your Destiny: Why Investment in Manufacturing Capabilities Makes Sense

    By Philip Astley-Sparke, CEO of Replimune, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Manufacturing of medicines based on biology is complex. Viral vector manufacturing to produce gene therapy constructs, vaccines and oncolytic viruses is…
    - 7 days ago, 28 May 20, 7:51am -
  • The Business Of Science

    The Business Of Science

    This blog was written by Jonathan Montagu, CEO and co-founder of HotSpot Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Today marks an important milestone for HotSpot Therapeutics as we announce our Series B financing, but itTh…
    - 14 days ago, 21 May 20, 7:04am -
  • Long-Range Planning (LRP): Reframed Leaders Require Purpose

    Long-Range Planning (LRP): Reframed Leaders Require Purpose

    This blog was written by Rene Russo, CEO of Xilio Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. In an environment where senior leaders are tasked with defining agile strategies in uncertain times, there are many perspectivesTh…
    - 27 days ago, 8 May 20, 7:35am -
  • Ordinary People Achieving The Extraordinary: Lessons In Leadership From The Court To The C-suite

    Ordinary People Achieving The Extraordinary: Lessons In Leadership From The Court To The C-suite

    This blog was written by Josh Brumm, CEO of Dyne Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. I stood in front of 15 skeptical parents and prepared to sell them on an improbable mission. They hadThe post Ordinary People Achie…
    - 35 days ago, 30 Apr 20, 6:37am -
  • Running Rehab: Managing Talent In A Pandemic

    Running Rehab: Managing Talent In A Pandemic

    This blog was written by Andrea DiMella, VP and Head of Talent at Atlas Venture, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. What a difference a little time makes. When Bruce originally encouraged me to be aThe post Running Rehab: Managin…
    - 38 days ago, 27 Apr 20, 7:06am -
  • Reflections of an Immigrant CEO 

    Reflections of an Immigrant CEO 

    This blog post was written by Gerhard Koenig, CEO of Arkuda Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. When I discussed the topic of writing about my experience as an immigrant biotech CEO with Bruce Booth,The post Reflecti…
    - 42 days ago, 23 Apr 20, 7:03am -
  • Value Creation And Destruction: Dispersion of Performance In Biotech IPOs

    Value Creation And Destruction: Dispersion of Performance In Biotech IPOs

    The biotech IPO market in 2020 remains strong, despite the volatility and COVID headwinds. We’ve seen stellar pricings and good after-market performance, with ten new offerings already this year. And the queue for companies with active S1’s on fi…
    - 48 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 7:24am -
  • Booming VC-Backed Biopharma: Strong Market Despite Pandemic

    Booming VC-Backed Biopharma: Strong Market Despite Pandemic

    Venture capital is a long investment cycle business, and never before has that been so clear as now in the face of the ongoing COVID pandemic. Even with the unprecedented public equity market volatility, venture investing into private biopharma compa…
    - 57 days ago, 8 Apr 20, 6:56am -
  • Confessions Of A Planner

    Confessions Of A Planner

    This blog was written by Samantha Truex, CEO of Quench Bio, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  I am a planner.  I like to plan most things well in advance; in fact, maybe too far inThe post Confessions Of A Planner appeared fi…
    - 62 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 7:04am -
  • The Balancing Act: Taking A Systematic Approach To Hard Decisions In Times Of Rapid Change

    The Balancing Act: Taking A Systematic Approach To Hard Decisions In Times Of Rapid Change

    This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  If CEOs have empowered their teams effectively, they have three roles during times of rapid change: Motivator in chiefThe p…
    - 66 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 6:49am -

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