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  • 200x Growth

    200x Growth

    Back in 2011, my partner Brad suggested that USV invest in a search engine called DuckDuckGo. I laughed at the idea, “why would we ever want to compete with Google?” “Because they do something Google will never do”, Brad explained. That thing…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 7:42am -
  • FemaleFounder.Org

    FemaleFounder.Org

    My partner Rebecca posted this to her Twitter yesterday: Excited to band together with a group of women that I’ve learned so much from to help women starting the next generation of breakout businesses. Female founders we’re so ready for you! Appl…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • Location, Location, Location

    Location, Location, Location

    Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally The younger the startup business, the more that is true Your lead investor/board member…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 17, 8:42am -
  • Carta

    Carta

    Our portfolio company eShares changed their name to Carta this week. Why? For a bunch of reasons, but mainly because the opportunity has gotten a lot bigger than “shares”. As founder/CEO Henry Ward points out in this post, the opportunity is to…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 6:49am -
  • Quantitative Investing in Shampoo

    Quantitative Investing in Shampoo

    My partner Andy wrote a blog post on USV.com with this title today. I like the title so much that I want to feature the post on AVC today too. I have been a skeptic about data-driven venture capital investing for a long time. However, I do think CPG…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 6:42am -
  • Reset

    Reset

    I read Ellen Pao’s book Reset on my trip. I know a lot of the people in the book and I am not into taking sides or making judgments about what happened in the case. But I would recommend that every male VC read this book. A lot of what we do, how w…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Oct 17, 6:23am -
  • Our Model

    Our Model

    This past week our portfolio company MongoDB went public. I think that occasion presents an opportunity to talk about USV’s model. We are a small firm. We raise modest sized funds (by modern VC standards). Our first fund was $125mm, our second fund…
    - 32 days ago, 22 Oct 17, 11:53am -
  • Rebecca Kaden

    Rebecca Kaden

    USV added a new partner today. Her name is Rebecca Kaden and she introduced herself to our world on the USV blog just now. Rebecca joins a team of fifteen people; our network team, our analysts, and our fantastic administrative team. We are all excit…
    - 34 days ago, 20 Oct 17, 12:05pm -
  • You Make Money With Wins, You Make Friends With Losses

    You Make Money With Wins, You Make Friends With Losses

    Brad Feld has a great post about the emotional toll of the collapse of the internet bubble. Near the end, he writes: When I reflect on my relationship with Seth, Jason, and Ryan much of the intense loyalty between us was forged in the period during a…
    - 59 days ago, 25 Sep 17, 5:50am -
  • Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

    Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

    I was emailing with my friend Harry this past week and we started talking about crypto and the inevitability of a massive crash. I am certain the big crash will happen. I don’t know when it will happen and I think it may be some time before it does…
    - 60 days ago, 24 Sep 17, 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…
    - 52 days ago, 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

  • 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…
    - 10 days ago, 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…
    - 20 days ago, 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 -
  • Eight common dysfunctions of design teams (and what to do about them)

    Eight common dysfunctions of design teams (and what to do about them)

    As a design partner at GV, I’ve worked with more than 100 startups in the past five years. Before that, I was a design lead on teams at YouTube and Google, and an early employee at FeedBurner, a startup in Chicago.In other words: I’ve seen a lot…
    - 8 Mar 17, 10:37am -
  • 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

  • Painful Truth: Successful Failure Of A Biotech Startup

    Painful Truth: Successful Failure Of A Biotech Startup

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    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 6:56am -
  • Living Medicines With Curative Intent: Small N’s Go Viral

    Living Medicines With Curative Intent: Small N’s Go Viral

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    - 16 days ago, 7 Nov 17, 7:10am -
  • Drugging The Undruggable: Kymera’s Targeted Protein Degradation

    Drugging The Undruggable: Kymera’s Targeted Protein Degradation

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    - 24 days ago, 30 Oct 17, 7:01am -
  • To IPO or Not To IPO

    To IPO or Not To IPO

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    - 29 days ago, 25 Oct 17, 6:50am -
  • Transplant Tailwinds and Momentum

    Transplant Tailwinds and Momentum

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    - 38 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 6:49am -
  • Launching Science2Startup: Connecting Academics With Venture

    Launching Science2Startup: Connecting Academics With Venture

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    - 48 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 8:55am -
  • Nimbus Therapeutics Reaches Summit For Deal With Celgene

    Nimbus Therapeutics Reaches Summit For Deal With Celgene

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    - 51 days ago, 3 Oct 17, 7:41am -
  • VC-Backed Biotech Financings: Boom Or Bubble?

    VC-Backed Biotech Financings: Boom Or Bubble?

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    - 52 days ago, 2 Oct 17, 7:46am -
  • Building Community: One Stride At A Time

    Building Community: One Stride At A Time

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    - 58 days ago, 26 Sep 17, 6:49am -
  • Venturing Boldly Into Neuroscience

    Venturing Boldly Into Neuroscience

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    - 63 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 7:48am -

VentureBeat: Venture Capital

Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest

VC Café

  • Israel’s Top Deep Learning Startups

    Israel’s Top Deep Learning Startups

    This guest post by Chris Rowen of Cognite Ventures answers the question "Where are all the Israeli deep learning startups?” Several large clusters are particularly noticeable:* Chat-bots for...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 51 days ago, 3 Oct 17, 12:01pm -
  • Ycombinator’s top advice for founders

    Ycombinator’s top advice for founders

    In a recent blog post, partners of Ycombinator distill the top advice for founders. In this short post I summarise the top nuggets with a simple common thread - focus on the things that will move...This is a content summary only. Click on the post t…
    - 57 days ago, 27 Sep 17, 8:19am -
  • Techbikers Copenhagen to Berlin 2017 – Mission Accomplished!

    Techbikers Copenhagen to Berlin 2017 – Mission Accomplished!

    Trying to sum up the ride will have to wait for another post. Instead, I’d love to share some of the thoughts that riders shared after the ride (I kept them anonymous for privacy). One can meet...This is a content summary only. Click on the post t…
    - 64 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 4:43pm -
  • Israel’s Machine Intelligence Startup Landscape 2017

    Israel’s Machine Intelligence Startup Landscape 2017

    In previous posts, VC Cafe covered promising Machine Intelligence startups in Israel, emerging clusters for Machine Intelligence around the world and the speed at which they are getting funded and...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 73 days ago, 11 Sep 17, 5:16am -
  • The UK AI Startups That Raised Funding in 2017 (so far)

    The UK AI Startups That Raised Funding in 2017 (so far)

    The majority of executives believes that AI will have massive impacts on their businesses in the next five years according to a recent study by MIT. Here are 16 UK startups who've raised funding in 2017 - learn how they apply technology to solve prob…
    - 73 days ago, 10 Sep 17, 7:55pm -
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