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  • Thoughts On Charles Duhigg’s New Yorker Piece

    Thoughts On Charles Duhigg’s New Yorker Piece

    I saw this tweet in my feed yesterday and read the New Yorker piece when I woke up this morning: Here’s what I think. There is more truth to that article than anyone in the venture capital industry wants to admit. The idea that capital alone can cr…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:34am -
  • Knowing What You Are Looking For

    Knowing What You Are Looking For

    There are many ways to invest successfully. Public stocks, bonds, private equity, real estate, venture capital, etc. And within each category, there are so many different investment opportunities. In public stocks, there are something like 5,000 list…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 6:35am -
  • The Star Pupils

    The Star Pupils

    I was looking at the numbers on an early-stage VC fund that the Gotham Gal and I are invested in. I am not very familiar with the portfolio but this fund was formed in 2012. There are 24 names (investments) in the portfolio and 3 of them have produce…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Nov 20, 6:51am -
  • Early Liquidity vs Holding

    Early Liquidity vs Holding

    There was a good Twitter discussion of this issue over the weekend between some folks who work in the VC sector. I think it is worth sharing more broadly. Here it is as a Twitter Moment.
    - 25 days ago, 5 Nov 20, 4:16pm -
  • Setting Off On Your Own

    Setting Off On Your Own

    I read Alex Konrad’s profile of Fred Ehrsam and Matt Huang of Paradigm yesterday and was reminded of my own career. In 1996, after almost a decade at Euclid Partners, I left to start Flatiron Partners with Jerry Colonna. I was 35. Jerry was 33. We…
    - 43 days ago, 19 Oct 20, 7:11am -
  • A Failing Grade

    A Failing Grade

    I wrote yesterday, about the quarterly numbers for VC investing activity: If this was a student coming home with a report card, it would be straight As. Well, I missed something in the data that was subsequently reported on by PitchBook, one of the a…
    - 47 days ago, 15 Oct 20, 6:41am -
  • Venture Funding Trends Intact

    Venture Funding Trends Intact

    The NVCA and Pitch Book are out with their Q3 report on the VC industry and what they report is that the VC industry continues to be very active throughout the pandemic. Deal counts and deal values are stable to up over last year. The massive expansi…
    - 48 days ago, 14 Oct 20, 9:42am -
  • The De-Carbonization Of The Economy

    The De-Carbonization Of The Economy

    Over the last decade, the Gotham Gal and I have moved away from oil and gas in our homes and have installed solar panels for electricity and heat pumps for heating and cooling. It has gotten less expensive to do this swap out as solar and heat pump c…
    - 50 days ago, 12 Oct 20, 7:08am -
  • Negative Social Proof

    Negative Social Proof

    I explained this last week on a call with some of our investors and I thought it might be useful to explain it more broadly. Most of USV’s big wins have been in companies where we were the first institutional VC to talk to the company or where we h…
    - 57 days ago, 5 Oct 20, 7:09am -
  • Circulate Networking Events

    Circulate Networking Events

    My friend and former colleague Charlie O’Donnell created a new kind of networking event for the moment we are in. These are virtual networking events designed to “include diverse perspectives in the innovation community.” They are called Circul…
    - 77 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 6:27am -

Academic VC

  • Old Pueblo, New Space

    Old Pueblo, New Space

    David Wichner at the Arizona Daily Star has written a great article… but the headline writer missed a great opportunity to label it simply “Old Pueblo, New Space.” It mentions the Arizona Space Business Roundtable, as well as several of our for…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Nov 20, 7:31pm -
  • Innovation out of Failure
    This conversation with Andrew Lynn of Chapman University turned out well. As Andrew said: This week’s Innovation out of Failure class discussion centered on a conversation I had with Stephen Fleming. With Stephen touching on everything from startup…
    - 63 days ago, 28 Sep 20, 5:04pm -
  • Boomerangs

    Boomerangs

    I suppose this is Part V of “Tucson after the Coronavirus” … although I was talking about “boomerangs” long before the virus. Back in the Before Times, when I used to leave the house every day, I took Uber and Lyft a lot. (We are a one-car…
    - 11 Aug 20, 3:52pm -
  • Sonoran Desert Spaceport

    Sonoran Desert Spaceport

    After decades of failed promises and false starts, we finally have a thriving space launch industry emerging from new and traditional players in the United States and abroad. Multiple satellite operators—including Google, SpaceX, Amazon, Iridium, a…
    - 9 Jun 20, 6:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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…
    - 14 Jul 20, 5:15pm -
  • 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

  • Biotech: The Featherweight Champion Of The Markets

    Biotech: The Featherweight Champion Of The Markets

    Biotech punches way above its weight-class, and that’s never been more apparent than in this pandemic and the race for a COVID vaccine. For those of us in biopharma, it feels like it’s a large and dynamic sector populated byThe post Biotech: The…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 8:52am -
  • Negotiating 101: Advice From The Trenches

    Negotiating 101: Advice From The Trenches

    Part 2: Gaining leverage – and using it wisely By Deanna Petersen, Chief Business Officer of AVROBIO, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. In a recent blog post, I walked through my tips for reading your adversaries’The post N…
    - 35 days ago, 27 Oct 20, 8:38am -
  • Negotiating 101: Advice From The Trenches

    Negotiating 101: Advice From The Trenches

    Part 1: Maintaining your cool – while making your adversary sweat By Deanna Petersen, Chief Business Officer of AVROBIO, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC It’s back-to-school season, and that puts me in the frame ofThe post N…
    - 40 days ago, 22 Oct 20, 7:14am -
  • Hiring In A Syndemic

    Hiring In A Syndemic

    By Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC I have many fond memories of St Patrick’s Day—most of them involve marching in the parade with a plastic bag and a fewThe post Hiring In A Synd…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Oct 20, 7:19am -
  • It’s Raining Biotech SPACs!

    It’s Raining Biotech SPACs!

    SPACs are all the rage today. With the IPO market booming and public investors seeking better returns, blank check companies called “Special Purpose Acquisition Companies” (SPACs) have been fueling up their tanks and chasing down their merger tar…
    - 47 days ago, 15 Oct 20, 7:46am -
  • The Power Of Hope: A Joint Perspective On Finding Balance In The Search For Life-Changing Therapies

    The Power Of Hope: A Joint Perspective On Finding Balance In The Search For Life-Changing Therapies

    By Joachim Boekelmann and Joshua Brumm, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.   At first blush, we may seem an unlikely duo: An attorney for a global insurance company living with a rare form of muscular dystrophyThe post The Powe…
    - 49 days ago, 13 Oct 20, 6:53am -
  • Playing To Win: Scenario Planning For Binary Readouts In Biotech

    Playing To Win: Scenario Planning For Binary Readouts In Biotech

    By Ankit Mahadevia, CEO of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC Earlier this fall, we prepared to report Phase III data for tebipenem HBr, our oral medication that, if approved, could help 2.7M patientsThe post P…
    - 54 days ago, 8 Oct 20, 7:13am -
  • Evolution Of The Biotech IPO Markets From Busted To Booming

    Evolution Of The Biotech IPO Markets From Busted To Booming

    In the excitement of today’s biotech IPO market, and the bullish period since 2013, it’s almost hard to remember how painful the equity capital markets were back in the day. When I began my career in venture capital in 2004,The post Evolution Of…
    - 71 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 7:14am -
  • (Do Not) Let The Chips Fall Where They May

    (Do Not) Let The Chips Fall Where They May

    By Pamela L. Esposito, CBO of Replimune, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run…” Kenny Rogers’The post (Do Not) Let The Ch…
    - 90 days ago, 2 Sep 20, 7:09am -
  • Kymera Debuts On The Public Markets

    Kymera Debuts On The Public Markets

    August continued to show the biotech market’s resilience in the face of the COVID pandemic with one of the biggest venture fund flows for the month ever, and a half a dozen IPOs. Kymera Therapeutics was one of those AugustThe post Kymera Debuts On…
    - 92 days ago, 31 Aug 20, 7:00am -

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VC Café

  • FOMO, YOLO and Analysis Paralysis – the role of gut feeling in VC decision making

    FOMO, YOLO and Analysis Paralysis – the role of gut feeling in VC decision making

    Investment decisions in a startup are complex. It's not enough for founders to come armed with compelling research and numbers and appeal to the 'checklist' or the brain. They also need to appeal to the heart and gut of the investor and focus on buil…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 10:12am -
  • Riches in Niches

    Riches in Niches

    The importance of picking a niche and finding your first customers Continue Reading →The post Riches in Niches appeared first on VC Cafe.
    - 27 days ago, 3 Nov 20, 3:09pm -
  • Israeli venture capital broke new records in Q3 2020, but seed rounds are massively down

    Israeli venture capital broke new records in Q3 2020, but seed rounds are massively down

    Israeli venture capital broke new records in Q3 2020, but seed rounds are massively down Continue Reading →The post Israeli venture capital broke new records in Q3 2020, but seed rounds are massively down appeared first on VC Cafe.
    - 33 days ago, 29 Oct 20, 9:40am -
  • Esports and Money in 2020

    Esports and Money in 2020

    How does the Esports industry make money and where are we in the development of the business side of Esports? Continue Reading →The post Esports and Money in 2020 appeared first on VC Cafe.
    - 53 days ago, 9 Oct 20, 9:26am -
  • The Israeli Unicorn Landscape

    The Israeli Unicorn Landscape

    The number of Unicorns is Israel is one of the largest globally, but are there clouds in the horizon? The Israeli Unicorn Landscape Continue Reading →The post The Israeli Unicorn Landscape appeared first on VC Cafe.
    - 60 days ago, 2 Oct 20, 10:44am -
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