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  • The IPO Bonanza

    The IPO Bonanza

    After predicting an IPO bonanza in my new year’s day post in 2015, and being largely wrong about it for four years, we are finally seeing it happen. I am not exactly sure what it is about this year, as opposed to any of the last five years, that ha…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 19, 6:01am -
  • Respecting The Pro-Rata Right

    Respecting The Pro-Rata Right

    When early stage investors make an equity (angel, seed, Srs A, Srs B) investment, they typically negotiate for something called a pro-rata right which gives them the right to maintain their ownership in the company by investing in future rounds on th…
    - 37 days ago, 20 Mar 19, 12:28pm -
  • Market, Team, Product

    Market, Team, Product

    I get asked frequently whether it is better to back the team or the product (the “jockey or the horse”). It is not that simple in my view. When I think about the big wins we have had over the years, they almost all exhibited a combination of a la…
    - 45 days ago, 12 Mar 19, 8:25am -
  • The Business Model Pivot

    The Business Model Pivot

    I saw Zuck’s post on pivoting to private interactions from public posts yesterday and I had a flashback to Bill Gates’s Internet Tidal Wave memo to his company almost twenty-five years ago. I have always seen a lot of Gates in Zuck. They both hav…
    - 50 days ago, 7 Mar 19, 9:25am -
  • Being Wrong

    Being Wrong

    Howard has a great (and short!) post on how blogging publicly gives you a timeline on how you were thinking at a given time. He’s right, it is awesome to be able to go back and see what you were thinking and evaluate it in hindsight. Like my “Wha…
    - 52 days ago, 5 Mar 19, 11:48am -
  • Progress Is Ugly

    Progress Is Ugly

    I walked out of my house in LA this morning and was greeted with this sight: I thought “ugh” and debated picking it up and putting it where it belongs. I am all for progress and understand that there are costs and benefits with everything. This p…
    - 59 days ago, 26 Feb 19, 12:26pm -
  • How To Be A Good Board Member

    How To Be A Good Board Member

    Mark Suster wrote a post this weekend laying out some rules for being a good board member before the meeting, in the meeting, and outside of the meeting. It is a very good list. I particularly like his rules for outside of the board meeting and agree…
    - 60 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 8:44am -
  • The “Doubling Model” For Fundraising

    The “Doubling Model” For Fundraising

    I was talking to a friend this past week who is looking at an early stage company and trying to figure out how to value it. He pointed to a similar company that has a public market cap of $250mm. I asked him how many rounds of financing or how many m…
    - 61 days ago, 24 Feb 19, 9:25am -
  • Video Of The Week: The Currency Of Trust

    Video Of The Week: The Currency Of Trust

    Trust is rising as a central issue in tech and the Internet. We spend a lot of time at USV thinking about trust and talking about trust. It is part of our current investment thesis. Rachel Botsman is a writer who focuses on trust and her talk at DLD…
    - 62 days ago, 23 Feb 19, 12:07pm -
  • NYC Is Savills’ Top Tech City

    NYC Is Savills’ Top Tech City

    Savills World Research, a global property agent, has been ranking the world’s top tech cities based on a bunch of criteria for years. In this year’s rankings, NYC tops SF to become the number one tech city in the world. This is just one survey an…
    - 64 days ago, 21 Feb 19, 8:42am -

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

  • 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…
    - 64 days ago, 21 Feb 19, 1:03pm -
  • 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 -

LifeSciVC

  • Why Reputation Is More Important Than Ever For Biotech Companies … And What You Can Do About It

    Why Reputation Is More Important Than Ever For Biotech Companies …  And What You Can Do About It

    This blog was co-written by Deanna Petersen, Chief Business Officer of AVROBIO, and Paul Newman, head of Corporate Communications, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. “It takes twenty years to build a reputation, and five minutes…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 19, 6:30am -
  • Sheer Heart Attack: What Happens When Your Partner Gets Acquired in The Middle of Negotiations

    Sheer Heart Attack: What Happens When Your Partner Gets Acquired in The Middle of Negotiations

    This blog was written by Tariq Kassum, COO of Obsidian Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Every morning before I go to work, I review my calendar for the day. This gets me into theThe post Sheer Heart Attack: What H…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 9:46am -
  • Cats And The Future Of Machine Learning In Drug Discovery

    Cats And The Future Of Machine Learning In Drug Discovery

    This blog was written by Jonathan Montagu, CEO and founder of HotSpot Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. The predictions around the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) have been broad reaching but it’s clear tha…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 7:02am -
  • Sharing An Innate Desire To Address Inflammation: Novartis and IFM Team Up

    Sharing An Innate Desire To Address Inflammation: Novartis and IFM Team Up

    Today Novartis announced the acquisition of IFM Therapeutics’ portfolio of NLRP3 antagonists, via the purchase of IFM Tre, a subsidiary of IFM (here, here). These immunomodulatory medicines target the inflammasome, a key innate immune node whose…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 19, 7:00am -
  • Arteaus’ Final Chapter: Monetization Of The Emgality Royalties

    Arteaus’ Final Chapter: Monetization Of The Emgality Royalties

    Back in September 2018, the FDA approved Lilly’s Emgality, an anti-CGRP antibody therapy, for the preventative treatment of episodic and chronic migraine. Arteaus Therapeutics, a biotech company founded by Atlas Venture in 2011, played a critical r…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 19, 6:26am -
  • If You Build It, Will They Come? Addressing The Value Equation

    If You Build It, Will They Come?  Addressing The Value Equation

    This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO and founder of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Over my experience building several therapeutics companies, I’ve sometimes observed a Field of Dreams approach t…
    - 45 days ago, 12 Mar 19, 7:03am -
  • Sharing The Adaptive Ski Experience With The Biotech Community

    Sharing The Adaptive Ski Experience With The Biotech Community

    JB Harvey broke his personal record earlier this winter by skiing over 22 trails in a single day at Loon Mountain. It was an awesome day. And 22 runs would be a huge day for anyone, but it was particularlyThe post Sharing The Adaptive Ski Experience…
    - 60 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 6:40am -
  • Keep Calm and Carry On: How to Survive an FDA Inspection

    Keep Calm and Carry On: How to Survive an FDA Inspection

    This blog was written by Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. It was apparently random, although I secretly suspect it was karmic punishment for my lack of imagination in writing theThe post Keep Cal…
    - 64 days ago, 21 Feb 19, 7:28am -
  • Leave A Ladder Down

    Leave A Ladder Down

    This post was written by Ros Deegan, President and CBO of Bicycle Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.   In May 2007, I trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Situated at an altitude of overThe post Leave A Ladder D…
    - 66 days ago, 19 Feb 19, 6:52am -
  • All A-Board

    All A-Board

    This blog is written by Samantha Truex, Atlas EIR and CEO of a stealth-stage biotech, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. In a 2014 analysis  of biotech boards and a reprise analysis in 2016, Bruce BoothThe post All A-Board appea…
    - 71 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 7:42am -

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VC Café

  • Putting Israeli eSports startups on the map

    Putting Israeli eSports startups on the map

    The growth in cloud gaming presents a big opportunity for startups. Until now, the main benefactors of free-to-play Battle Royale games like Fortnite or Apex Legends were the studios (Epic Games, EA,...This is a content summary only. Click on the po…
    - 24 days ago, 2 Apr 19, 12:26pm -
  • Coding bootcamps and Social Impact

    Coding bootcamps and Social Impact

    “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.” — Scott Adams...This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to cont…
    - 55 days ago, 2 Mar 19, 9:22am -
  • How AR is Enhancing Retail

    How AR is Enhancing Retail

    In a recent A16Z podcast, Marc Andreessen said he believes that VR will be “like 1000 times bigger” than AR. He also recognised that this is a very contrarian view to consensus in the Valley, which...This is a content summary only. Click on th…
    - 78 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 10:12am -
  • The European VC Tech Stack in 2019

    The European VC Tech Stack in 2019

    According to PitchBook data, there are about 15,700 venture and corporate venture funds globally, out of which 8,628 venture capital funds in the US alone (54%), and another 4,553 in Europe (29%),...This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 84 days ago, 1 Feb 19, 9:18am -
  • Techbikers 2018 year in review

    Techbikers 2018 year in review

    “TechBikers are a unifying force in the London tech start-up community and a testament to the power of purpose in bringing together a community to do good. In 2018, TechBikers helped to fund 9...This is a content summary only. Click on the post ti…
    - 93 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 5:30pm -
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