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A VC: Venture Capital and Technology

  • Pacing

    Pacing

    Pacing in a VC fund context is how much capital the firm is investing in a given period and tracking that over time. I don’t think a VC firm should manage to a pacing number. It should manage to the opportunity set that it sees. But I think pacing…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Oct 19, 6:20am -
  • Being There

    Being There

    We get feedback from the leaders of our portfolio companies on an annual basis. It helps me get better at what I do and I love it. One area that I am constantly challenged to improve on is accessibility. The common refrain is “I know you are busy a…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Oct 19, 10:44am -
  • Reckoning Reflections

    Reckoning Reflections

    The post I wrote yesterday generated a lot of discussion. I followed it on Twitter and engaged with much of it there. One of the best things about writing is all of the feedback you get. It helps to sharpen your arguments and also makes you rethink t…
    - 50 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 9:08am -
  • The Great Public Market Reckoning

    The Great Public Market Reckoning

    Dan Primack wrote in his friday newsletter: Public market investors have become less willing to leave their comfort zones, and it’s manifesting most obviously in the IPO market.Novel disruption has fallen out of favor, with many preferring more tim…
    - 51 days ago, 29 Sep 19, 12:29pm -
  • Audio Of The Week: Nick Grossman on Venture Unplugged

    Audio Of The Week: Nick Grossman on Venture Unplugged

    My partner Nick did this podcast recently. In it he talks about how we think about and make investments at USV, our thesis on crypto, and a number of our crypto investments. If you want to bypass all of the intros and sponsor messages, fast forward t…
    - 52 days ago, 28 Sep 19, 6:21am -
  • Hair On A Deal

    Hair On A Deal

    In a perfect world, everything about a potential investment will be confidence inducing. The team will be great and reference well. The market will be huge. The technology will be well developed. The price and terms will be attractive. But the world…
    - 63 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 8:36am -
  • The Hit Rate

    The Hit Rate

    This simple and short blog post by the folks at Correlation Ventures contains the key to venture capital returns – the hit rate. In the Correlation post, they define “hit rate” as: the percent of invested dollars generating a 10X or greater ret…
    - 65 days ago, 15 Sep 19, 6:34am -
  • Returning The Fund

    Returning The Fund

    I have always felt that every investment in a venture fund should be able to return the fund. That doesn’t mean that they all will. In fact, for many funds I have worked on, only one or two investments work out well enough that each of them can ret…
    - 84 days ago, 27 Aug 19, 8:52am -
  • Hypothetical Value To Real Value

    Hypothetical Value To Real Value

    I remember when my son came home one day in high school and told me he wanted to “day trade” along with some friends who were doing it. We opened a TD Ameritrade account and staked him with a small amount of money, enough to trade but not enough…
    - 86 days ago, 25 Aug 19, 7:07am -
  • The Long Engagement

    The Long Engagement

    The Gotham Gal and I met when we were 19 and got married when we were 25. We lived together for most of those six years before we got married. By the time we tied the knot, we knew each other very well. While venture capital investing and marriage ar…
    - 93 days ago, 18 Aug 19, 7:03am -

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

  • 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…
    - 48 days ago, 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…
    - 98 days ago, 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 -
  • 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 -

LifeSciVC

  • Thinking Boldly: Alkermes Acquires Rodin Therapeutics

    Thinking Boldly: Alkermes Acquires Rodin Therapeutics

    Today Alkermes announced its acquisition of Rodin Therapeutics, a leader in the field of synaptic dysfunction and neuronal epigenetics. Alkermes extensive experience in CNS diseases made them an ideal partner for Rodin, and this acquisition helps exp…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Nov 19, 7:04am -
  • The Promise Of Precision Neuroscience And Launch Of Arkuda Therapeutics

    The Promise Of Precision Neuroscience And Launch Of Arkuda Therapeutics

    Neuroscience has had a tough run of news lately. With Amgen deprioritizing neuro this year, Pfizer doing the same last year, and others like BMS, GSK, and AZ cutting back on CNS a few years earlier, it would seem darkThe post The Promise Of Precisio…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 19, 6:29am -
  • Ode to Patients 

    Ode to Patients 

    This blog was written by Samantha Truex, CEO of Quench Bio, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Due to meetings in London on a Friday and in Dortmund on the following Monday, I spent the weekendThe post Ode to Patients  appeared…
    - 35 days ago, 15 Oct 19, 6:52am -
  •  Leave No Stone Unturned: A Pipeline Story

     Leave No Stone Unturned: A Pipeline Story

    This blog was written by Deanna Petersen, CBO of AVROBIO (@dmp9818), as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Building a leading gene therapy pipeline in under two years (and a lot of air miles): how to persevereThe post  Leave No Sto…
    - 40 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 6:52am -
  • Early Company Evolution – People, Pipeline, and Purse

    Early Company Evolution – People, Pipeline, and Purse

    This blog was written by Mark Manfredi, CEO of Kyn Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. “Time flies when you’re having fun.” That’s how I feel as I reflect on the first three years ofThe post Early Company Evo…
    - 64 days ago, 16 Sep 19, 9:01am -
  • Navigating The Unknown: Practical Thoughts On A Team That Can Rise To The Occasion

    Navigating The Unknown: Practical Thoughts On A Team That Can Rise To The Occasion

    This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  One of the joys of building a company is that meeting one’s milestones routinely places us in positions thatThe post Navi…
    - 75 days ago, 5 Sep 19, 6:19am -
  • The Creation Of Biotech Startups: Evolution Not Revolution

    The Creation Of Biotech Startups: Evolution Not Revolution

    The startup paradigm for the creation and funding of new biotech companies has evolved enormously over the past two decades. Recently there’s been a pair of articles from Tech VCs about applying alternative models of company creation (here, here) t…
    - 96 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 7:32am -
  • Goldilocks And GMP

    Goldilocks And GMP

    This blog was written by Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. New therapeutic platforms, like those based on cell and gene therapy, provide potential to address diseases in new waysThe p…
    - 7 Aug 19, 8:01am -
  • Tips for Industry-Academia Collaboration

    Tips for Industry-Academia Collaboration

    This blog was written by Samantha Truex, Atlas EIR and CEO of Quench Bio, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Some of the most promising and innovative research underlying biotech start-ups arises in research institutions.  ItThe…
    - 24 Jul 19, 8:25am -
  • Of Microbes And Men

    Of Microbes And Men

    This blog was written by Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. I am the CEO of Synlogic, a synthetic biology company, where the focus of our work is the developmentThe post Of Microbes An…
    - 29 May 19, 6:54am -

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VC Café

  • 10 Takeaways for Israeli founders considering the UK

    10 Takeaways for Israeli founders considering the UK

    Should Israeli founders consider the UK as a market to fundraise and do business with? My takeaways from a week packed with building bridges between the two countries. Continue Reading →
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 19, 2:02pm -
  • Startup Benchmarks

    Startup Benchmarks

    I joked the other day that some of the best fairytales are written in Excel. While there isn't a single magic number or set formula, understanding industry benchmarks can be really helpful to keep a finger on the pulse to measure the health of the co…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Nov 19, 7:54am -
  • Job vs. Startup

    Job vs. Startup

    Many students ask themselves this question: should I become a founder or take a job? There's no right or wrong answer. Keep in mind the role of the CEO in a startup to help guide your decision. Continue Reading →
    - 18 days ago, 1 Nov 19, 9:47am -
  • Notion the all in one workplace scratchpad

    Notion the all in one workplace scratchpad

    I love trying new products. In this post I focus on Notion HQ, the 'all in one workspace' productivity tool. With 'only' $18.7 million in seed funding, it's already valued at $800 million. Continue Reading →
    - 18 days ago, 1 Nov 19, 7:49am -
  • Is Winter coming for startups?

    Is Winter coming for startups?

    11 years ago Sequoia released the “RIP Good Times” Presentation. With the financial crisis meltdown, it was clear that “winter is coming” for startups. Even though VCs are sitting on large cash reserves, many economists indicate a slowdown in…
    - 37 days ago, 13 Oct 19, 7:56am -
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