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A VC: Venture Capital and Technology

  • newDiversification (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…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Sep 17, 7:03am -
  • Worry


    I remember when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in the venture capital business, I came across an old wall street saying that “a market climbs a wall of worry.” I didn’t understand it and that made me want to. I read a bit about the…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 8:42am -
  • Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

    Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

    The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it. These investments mostly take the form of operating l…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 7:11am -
  • Audio Of The Week: Andy Weissman on Twenty Minute VC

    Audio Of The Week: Andy Weissman on Twenty Minute VC

    In this podcast, my partner Andy talks a lot about USV’s investment process. It’s a good interview.
    - 8 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 7:24am -
  • Founder Friendly

    Founder Friendly

    Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competi…
    - 42 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 6:31am -
  • A Public Record

    A Public Record

    AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. WordPress says I have posted 7,622 times. That is more than once a day but that i…
    - 47 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 6:54am -
  • Greed Isn’t Good

    Greed Isn’t Good

    The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. Greed is not good. There is a fine line bet…
    - 48 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 8:24am -
  • Succession Planning In Partnerships

    Succession Planning In Partnerships

    I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents. I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholder…
    - 68 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 8:35am -
  • Working Across Many Time Zones

    Working Across Many Time Zones

    I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours of time zone difference was challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up. There were many times…
    - 81 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 7:38am -
  • Doing The Heavy Lifting

    Doing The Heavy Lifting

    Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner…
    - 91 days ago, 25 Jun 17, 4:00am -

Academic VC

  • 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 -
  • Announcing Boostphase

    Announcing Boostphase

    As I prepare to leave Georgia Tech, a lot of people have asked me if I’m going to indulge my long-standing obsession with the aerospace business. Not right now. I’m looking at a number of interesting career opportunities in several different sect…
    - 14 Dec 15, 8:04am -


  • 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

  • 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 -
  • Every team can get more done with sprints — but it’s not just about going fast

    Every team can get more done with sprints — but it’s not just about going fast

    The typical workday is busy, but it’s not always productive. We spend too much time on email, have too many meetings, then struggle finding willpower and energy to focus on what’s really important. This isn’t our fault. After all, as Cal Newpor…
    - 8 Mar 17, 10:40am -
  • 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 -
  • A designer’s guide to Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

    A designer’s guide to Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

    Photograph by Alexey Lin via UnsplashWhat to do when your team is focused on unimportant detailsLast week, I met with two companies that are building incredibly complex, ambitious medical products. One of the companies is trying to fundamentally imp…
    - 1 Jul 16, 12:57pm -


VentureBeat: Venture Capital

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VC Café

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Sep 17, 7:55pm -
  • Startup Campuses Come to Europe

    Startup Campuses Come to Europe

    Mega startup campuses, the latest trend in co-working, are spreading their wings in Europe. They are different from the traditional co-working space not just in size, but also in scope and...This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to…
    - 33 days ago, 22 Aug 17, 8:16pm -
  • Holiday Hacks for Founders

    Holiday Hacks for Founders

    I blew it. Everything was going so well. I started a 30 day blogging challenge, and was religiously disciplined about posting every day. I even posted after a 2-hour visit to the hospital when my...This is a content summary only. Click on the post t…
    - 37 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 5:15pm -
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