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  • 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…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Aug 19, 7:03am -
  • Reserves

    Reserves

    One of the unique things about early stage investing is the ability (and in my view, the need) to continue to invest in the companies for multiple rounds of investment. Late stage, public market, private equity, real estate, and most other popular fo…
    - 14 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 7:27am -
  • Certainty Of Close

    Certainty Of Close

    On Friday, I had two separate conversations with founders about fundraising strategies. Both had an easier path that would likely get them to a closing quickly but might cost them some economics and a harder/longer path that would allow them to maxim…
    - 22 days ago, 28 Jul 19, 6:53am -
  • Whales Not Unicorns

    Whales Not Unicorns

    I have been vocal here that I do not like the term Unicorn to describe highly valued venture-backed startups. Unicorns are mythical creatures that don’t really exist and highly valued venture-backed startups do exist. They might be rare, but they a…
    - 36 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 5:35pm -
  • A Blast From The Past

    A Blast From The Past

    I saw this in my twitter feed today. Almost a decade ago, my friend John Heilemann interviewed John Doerr and me at Web 2.0. It is interesting to go back a decade and see what we were talking about then. Some of the same issues exist today. Some of t…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Jul 19, 7:23am -
  • Disappointment

    Disappointment

    Being a Knicks fan teaches you a lot about disappointment. At one point this spring, we thought we were going to get a couple top free agents and the first pick in the draft. We ended up with a lot less. Fortunately, I have learned a lot about disapp…
    - 49 days ago, 1 Jul 19, 6:25am -
  • Understanding Gender Bias In Venture Funding

    Understanding Gender Bias In Venture Funding

    USV portfolio company goTenna‘s founder and CEO Daniela Perdomo and USV analyst Dani Grant did some number crunching on VC funding and published the info last week. After 4 rounds of VC, I ran my own data analysis to see if my experience is unique.…
    - 56 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 9:09am -
  • Why USV is Joining the Libra Association

    Why USV is Joining the Libra Association

    A new blockchain & cryptocurrency project, Libra, was announced today. Libra has been incubated by Facebook. USV will be one of the founding members of the governing body, the Libra Association. Libra is a stable, fiat-backed cryptocurrency that will…
    - 62 days ago, 18 Jun 19, 6:28am -
  • Secrets Of Sand Hill Road

    Secrets Of Sand Hill Road

    One of the many great things about vacations is reading books. Vacation is the one time that I can really prioritize reading books (as opposed to everything else I read). I just finished Scott Kupor‘s Secrets Of Sand Hill Road, a book for entrepren…
    - 63 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 3:31am -
  • Seven to Ten Years

    Seven to Ten Years

    I have worked in three venture capital firms over the last thirty-three years and am intimately familiar with the performance of the fifteen (ish) venture funds raised and invested by these three firms. Much of what I have written about fund manageme…
    - 70 days ago, 10 Jun 19, 3:41am -

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

  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 90 days ago, 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 -
  • 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 -

LifeSciVC

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 12 days ago, 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…
    - 26 days ago, 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…
    - 82 days ago, 29 May 19, 6:54am -
  • SPR994:  A Long Shot, With Lots Of Twists And Turns To Phase III

    SPR994:  A Long Shot, With Lots Of Twists And Turns To Phase III

    This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO and founder of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  At Spero we are privileged to be enrolling our pivotal study for SPR994, our oral antibiotic withThe post SPR99…
    - 88 days ago, 23 May 19, 6:36am -
  • Biotech Startups And The Hard Truth Of Innovation

    Biotech Startups And The Hard Truth Of Innovation

    Gary Pisano’s recent Harvard Business Review piece, The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures, beautifully frames up how innovative corporate environments are frequently misunderstood. Innovative startups aren’t just about being cool and nimble, h…
    - 91 days ago, 20 May 19, 7:02am -
  • Targeted Protein Degradation Comes of Age

    Targeted Protein Degradation Comes of Age

    This blog was written by Nello Mainolfi, CSO and co-founder of Kymera Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Translation of well validated biology into therapeutics remains one of the biggest challenges of modern drug de…
    - 96 days ago, 15 May 19, 8:33am -
  • Getting Clinical On New Drug Launches

    Getting Clinical On New Drug Launches

    The IQVIA Institute released a data-rich report in April 2019 on the state of clinical R&D in the US pharmaceutical industry titled “The Changing Landscape of Research and Development: Innovation, Drivers of Change, and Evolution of Clinical Trial…
    - 98 days ago, 13 May 19, 6:23am -
  • A Decade of Discovery

    A Decade of Discovery

    This blog was written by Jeb Keiper, CEO of Nimbus Therapeutics LLC, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. It is with great excitement that we at Nimbus are ringing in our 10th birthday this month. It’sThe post A Decade of Discove…
    - 9 May 19, 6:45am -
  • An Encyclopedia Of Advice For Startup Boards

    An Encyclopedia Of Advice For Startup Boards

    Startups management teams often have a love-hate relationship with their Board of Directors: while Boards can be hugely helpful and constructive in the best of times, they can be dysfunctional and damaging in the worst. And most CEOs enjoy complainin…
    - 6 May 19, 6:38am -

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VC Café

  • Spotlight on Novos, the training platform for gamers

    Spotlight on Novos, the training platform for gamers

    We sat with Or Briga and Shai Arnon, co-founders of Novos, for a chat on the world of E-Sports, best practices in coaching and what it takes to find product market fit in this market. Continue...This is a content summary only. Click on the post titl…
    - 43 days ago, 7 Jul 19, 3:31pm -
  • Five year record for Israeli exits in the first half of 2019

    Five year record for Israeli exits in the first half of 2019

    According to a new report by IVC Research Centre and law firm Meitar, Israeli exits in the first half of 2019 (H1 2019) reached a record of $14.48 billion ($7.58 billion excluding $6.9 billion...This is a content summary only. Click on the post titl…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Jul 19, 6:56am -
  • Tel Aviv to London – Mind the Gap

    Tel Aviv to London – Mind the Gap

    Yesterday, UK Israel Business, a bi-lateral trade organisation promoting economic activity between the two countries, hosted Innovate 19’ - a half day conference that brought to London Israeli...This is a content summary only. Click on the post t…
    - 53 days ago, 27 Jun 19, 8:02am -
  • Spotlight on Vault AI, the Moneyball for content

    Spotlight on Vault AI, the Moneyball for content

    The Moneyball thesis is simple: Using statistical analysis, small-market teams can compete by buying assets that are undervalued by other teams and selling ones that are overvalued by other teams....This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 56 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 5:33am -
  • The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

    The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

    The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of...This is a content summary only. Click on the pos…
    - 61 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 10:47am -
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