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  • What Happens When A Founder Is Fully Vested?

    What Happens When A Founder Is Fully Vested?

    Let’s say you are the founder and CEO of a startup and you have now been at it for four years. The company is doing great, you’ve raised several rounds of financing, you have a product in the market that is solving a real problem, you have a bunc…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Nov 18, 6:51am -
  • Broken Syndicates

    Broken Syndicates

    One of the most challenging situations in startup/venture capital land is the broken syndicate. It is not a topic that is talked about much, but it is fairly common, particularly for companies that succeed in building a business but falter at achievi…
    - 11 days ago, 4 Nov 18, 9:18am -
  • Who Are My Investors?

    Who Are My Investors?

    I got an email from the CEO of one of our portfolio companies last week. It asked a very basic question, but one that I don’t recall being asked before: I need to know if any of your LPs include  ……….  entities/interests.  The CEO asked hi…
    - 25 days ago, 21 Oct 18, 10:58am -
  • Kills Zones And Venture Funding

    Kills Zones And Venture Funding

    There is a debate going on about the impact of Facebook, Google, and Amazon’s growing dominance on the consumer internet on the supply of venture capital to entrepreneurs. Facebook funded this report that was published back in July and concluded t…
    - 31 days ago, 15 Oct 18, 4:53am -
  • Audio Of The Week: Rebecca Kaden on Twenty Minute VC

    Audio Of The Week: Rebecca Kaden on Twenty Minute VC

    My partner Rebecca Kaden was on the Twenty Minute VC podcast last week. Once you get past the 3:20 mins of audio ad readouts (I advise to fast forward through them), she talks about areas in e-commerce that are possibly outside of the Amazon kill zon…
    - 40 days ago, 6 Oct 18, 7:31am -
  • Competing To Win

    Competing To Win

    This question came up in the comments yesterday: It got me thinking about whether a competitive investment is a better investment. Most of the time we are in a competitive process when we consider an investment. But that is not always the case. Somet…
    - 49 days ago, 27 Sep 18, 7:31am -
  • Knowing What You Are Looking For

    Knowing What You Are Looking For

    There are many different styles of investing. At USV, we choose to be thesis-driven investors. This is our current thesis. When an opportunity shows up that is right down the middle of our strike zone, we generally jump on it. It really helps to kno…
    - 50 days ago, 26 Sep 18, 7:05am -
  • Conversations Versus Interviews

    Conversations Versus Interviews

    I’ve been interviewed many times and while interviews are OK, what I enjoy a lot more are public conversations between two people. Listening to two people talking as friends and peers is more enlightening to me. My friend Chris Dixon was in NYC a f…
    - 52 days ago, 24 Sep 18, 6:01am -
  • Human Capital

    Human Capital

    Today is Labor Day in the US. It is a day to celebrate labor, the union movement, and the role of the worker in our economy and our society. I have always struggled with the idea that labor and capital are intrinsically opposed to each other. It is o…
    - 73 days ago, 3 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • Peak Valley?

    Peak Valley?

    The Economist has a cover story this week called Peak Valley. The article suggests that Silicon Valley’s lead as a hub for innovation has peaked and other regions are rising. It ends with the concern that innovation more broadly has peaked. I somew…
    - 74 days ago, 2 Sep 18, 6:52am -

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…
    - 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

  • Fleece vs Future: How Small Companies Can Help Build Biotech Talent

    Fleece vs Future: How Small Companies Can Help Build Biotech Talent

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    - 2 days ago, 13 Nov 18, 6:49am -
  • How’s My Baby?

    How’s My Baby?

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    - 22 days ago, 24 Oct 18, 6:28am -
  • A New Translational Tool for Synaptopathies

    A New Translational Tool for Synaptopathies

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    - 27 days ago, 19 Oct 18, 6:29am -
  • 2018’s Biotech IPO Bonanza: View From the After Market

    2018’s Biotech IPO Bonanza: View From the After Market

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    - 29 days ago, 17 Oct 18, 7:01am -
  • Science2Startup 2019: Bringing Venture & Academia Together

    Science2Startup 2019: Bringing Venture & Academia Together

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    - 31 days ago, 15 Oct 18, 7:31am -
  • Targeting Aging Comes Of Age

    Targeting Aging Comes Of Age

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    - 35 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 6:52am -
  • Bring Your A-Game for BD

    Bring Your A-Game for BD

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    - 37 days ago, 9 Oct 18, 8:59am -
  • Fear Of The Flood: Post-IPO Lockup Expiry In Biotech

    Fear Of The Flood: Post-IPO Lockup Expiry In Biotech

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    - 41 days ago, 5 Oct 18, 7:21am -
  • Biotech Climate Change

    Biotech Climate Change

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    - 45 days ago, 1 Oct 18, 7:02am -
  • The Rising Tide Of Biotech IPO Valuations

    The Rising Tide Of Biotech IPO Valuations

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    - 52 days ago, 24 Sep 18, 7:05am -

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VC Café

  • What do you know about Consumer startups in Israel?

    What do you know about Consumer startups in Israel?

    What do you know about Israeli B2C startups? In this post I shine a spotlight on the consumer segment in Israel and explore the trends in consumer tech in Israel. Continue Reading →This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to contin…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Nov 18, 9:17am -
  • Update from Techbikers on community and impact in 2018 ??

    Update from Techbikers on community and impact in 2018 ??

    It’s been an active year for Techbikers. As we return to school, and home from summer holidays, I wanted to pause for a moment to give an update on where we are, what we’ve accomplished so far and...This is a content summary only. Click on the p…
    - 64 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 11:11am -
  • European VC Views on DTC Brands

    European VC Views on DTC Brands

    London VCs from JamJar Investments, MMC Ventures and Samaipata Ventures chime in on the challenges and opportunities in European DTC and lessons learned from investing in several European startup in...This is a content summary only. Click on the pos…
    - 66 days ago, 10 Sep 18, 5:59pm -
  • DTC startups disrupting traditional brands

    DTC startups disrupting traditional brands

    Direct-To-Consumer, or DTC in short,  are products or services that are financed, designed, produced, marketed, distributed and sold by the same company. They bypass the middleman and connect...This is a content summary only. Click on the post titl…
    - 87 days ago, 20 Aug 18, 5:46pm -
  • 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…
    - 99 days ago, 8 Aug 18, 11:10am -
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