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  • newInvestor Friendly Terms

    Investor Friendly Terms

    At USV, we have always had simple and investor-friendly terms with the institutions and individuals that provide the capital we invest. I got thinking about that this morning in reading Brad Feld’s post about recycling management fees, something…
    - 23 hours ago, 14 Aug 18, 6:02am -
  • Reporting

    Reporting

    At USV, we report to our investors on our portfolio and performance four times a year, once a quarter. We produce an audited report once a year, with our Q4 results. We do that in writing and we also do a quarterly call for our investors three times…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Aug 18, 3:21pm -
  • Developer In Residence

    Developer In Residence

    For the past six months, Jed has been helping USV build some much-needed tools to connect people at our 60+ portfolio companies to each other. It has worked out well, so well that we decided to ask Jed to join us full time in a new role that we call…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Aug 18, 6:35am -
  • Where Did You Go To School?

    Where Did You Go To School?

    I read this post yesterday that says that 40% of VC investors went to either Stanford or Harvard. Frankly, I am not surprised. I’ve worked in this industry for over thirty years. It is full of Stanford and Harvard grads. I’ve got nothing against…
    - 15 days ago, 31 Jul 18, 5:57am -
  • Investment Pace

    Investment Pace

    We were hanging out with friends last night and one of them asked me how many investments I have made this year. I replied “one so far.” He said, “you are not very active.” and I replied “I do one to two deals a year and always have.” Whi…
    - 21 days ago, 25 Jul 18, 7:15am -
  • a16z crypto

    a16z crypto

    I guess this is the week I am going to compliment our competitors in the VC business. That meme started yesterday in my post on Benchmark and will continue today. Yesterday afternoon my friend Chris Dixon announced a new VC fund called “a16z crypto…
    - 50 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 6:24am -
  • Slowing Down To Speed Up

    Slowing Down To Speed Up

    I saw this chart in Recode’s piece on Benchmark: It’s an interesting chart because it breaks out new investments and follow-on investments, both of which have been falling at Benchmark for going on five years now. The Recode article, written by T…
    - 51 days ago, 25 Jun 18, 7:19am -
  • Rapid Experimentation

    Rapid Experimentation

    It can be exhausting to try and stay caught up on every new tech company being started. The Gotham Gal said me to yesterday, “everyone is an entrepreneur these days.” She’s right about that directionally although most companies have employees w…
    - 58 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 12:12pm -
  • The Valuation Obsession

    The Valuation Obsession

    There is an obsession with the values that are being placed on companies when they finance. There has always been one but it is worse than ever. Every day, without fail, I read a headline that so and so company has raised, will raise, or is trying to…
    - 63 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 2:52am -
  • Do Your Homework Before Sending That Email

    Do Your Homework Before Sending That Email

    I saw this tweet today from our friend Arianna and I had a good chuckle: Love when people cold email me with a pitch and ask to set up a call with management. Hi, that’s me! 🙋🏻‍♀️ — Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson) June 12, 2018 But…
    - 64 days ago, 12 Jun 18, 12:36pm -

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…
    - 100 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

  • Hard Core Values

    Hard Core Values

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    - 6 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 6:49am -
  • Hotspot Therapeutics Turns Up The Heat On Natural Allostery

    Hotspot Therapeutics Turns Up The Heat On Natural Allostery

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    - 29 days ago, 17 Jul 18, 6:49am -
  • A Hat Trick Of Cell And Gene Therapy IPOs: Avro, Magenta, and Unum

    A Hat Trick Of Cell And Gene Therapy IPOs: Avro, Magenta, and Unum

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    - 48 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 7:52am -
  • Float Like A Butterfly: Agility In Biotech

    Float Like A Butterfly: Agility In Biotech

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    - 63 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 6:34am -
  • Farewell to Zafgen: A Personal Reflection On Board Evolution

    Farewell to Zafgen: A Personal Reflection On Board Evolution

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    - 69 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 7:52am -
  • Biotech CEO Pay: Inflation Held At Bay

    Biotech CEO Pay: Inflation Held At Bay

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    - 75 days ago, 1 Jun 18, 7:53am -
  • Trains, Bicycles, And Business Development

    Trains, Bicycles, And Business Development

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    - 77 days ago, 30 May 18, 12:45am -
  • New Directions In Alzheimer’s Disease Research And Development

    New Directions In Alzheimer’s Disease Research And Development

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    - 92 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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    - 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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    - 30 Apr 18, 8:19am -

VentureBeat: Venture Capital

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VC Café

  • Updated Israeli startup landscape maps – 2018

    Updated Israeli startup landscape maps – 2018

    Startup landscape maps remain, in my opinion, one of the best ways to quickly scan an industry vertical and understand how it breaks down into sub sectors. In this post I collected the Israeli...This is a content summary only. Click on the post titl…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Aug 18, 11:10am -
  • Israeli Technologies for the Elderly

    Israeli Technologies for the Elderly

    We live longer lives - the number of Americans over 65 will double by 2060, according to a report by the Population Research Bureau. But statistically, we will suffer from health issues, loss of...This is a content summary only. Click on the post ti…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Aug 18, 6:29am -
  • Ten leadership lessons from Alibaba’s founder

    Ten leadership lessons from Alibaba’s founder

      I finished the book “Alibaba, The House that Jack Ma Built” by Duncan Clark.  I recommend it.  Its hard not to get drawn to Jack’s Cinderella story. Coming from a very humble background, his...This is a content summary only. Click on the…
    - 18 days ago, 28 Jul 18, 6:57am -
  • Flight of the BAT: Chinese Tech Charging Ahead

    Flight of the BAT: Chinese Tech Charging Ahead

    We seem to have hit an inflection point as more VC funding went to China than the US in Q2 2018. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are investing billions in innovation and have a play in seemingly every...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 18 days ago, 28 Jul 18, 4:30am -
  • What’s new in Israeli AdTech and Martech?

    What’s new in Israeli AdTech and Martech?

    The level of innovation in adtech and martech seems to be accelerating despite the challenges and limited funding available for the space, partly because they are less reliant on external funding for...This is a content summary only. Click on the po…
    - 53 days ago, 23 Jun 18, 2:30pm -
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