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A VC: Venture Capital and Technology

  • Timing

    Timing

    There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latt…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 9:50am -
  • Taking Money “Off The Table”

    Taking Money “Off The Table”

    One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire portfolio and you end up sitting on enormous paper profits that you can’t get liquid on. I realize that th…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Jan 18, 10:47am -
  • What Is Going To Happen In 2018

    What Is Going To Happen In 2018

    This is a post that I am struggling to write. I really have no idea what is going to happen in 2018. Will the crypto markets continue in their bull cycle? I have no clue. I was showing my daughter’s friend an app that helps people save and invest a…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Jan 18, 9:49am -
  • What Happened In 2017

    What Happened In 2017

    As has become my practice, I celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one here at AVC with back to back posts focusing on what happened and then thinking about what might happen. Today, we focus on what happened in 2017. Crypto: I went back…
    - 19 days ago, 31 Dec 17, 10:30am -
  • The Second Quartile

    The Second Quartile

    As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. A few investments produce the vast majority of the returns while many investments return nothing. Managing a portfolio with power law dyn…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Dec 17, 8:46am -
  • Putting The Year In The Review Mirror

    Putting The Year In The Review Mirror

    I’m in the process of going over all of the songs I favorited this year and putting my top ones into a playlist and then culling that list. I’m planning on posting it at some point this coming week, maybe as soon as tomorrow as a Christmas gift t…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Dec 17, 2:47pm -
  • Playing Your Role

    Playing Your Role

    Investing in many different companies, with different founders, different cultures, and different missions requires the ability to adapt to each and every one. I like to think about it as playing a role in a play. Even though I am the same person, wi…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Dec 17, 8:53am -
  • The Early Stage Slump

    The Early Stage Slump

    I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: “we believe 2012-16 was a bubble in early-stage funding” https://t.co/VZlKOCDg5P — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 1, 2017 And the response from the Twittersphere was a d…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Dec 17, 9:08am -
  • Meetup

    Meetup

    I remember at our first USV Sessions event in the summer of 2006 Scott Heiferman stated that he wanted to spend 20 years building a company that would “last.” This was in an era of quick flips where many entrepreneurs wanted to build and sell as…
    - 52 days ago, 28 Nov 17, 9:56am -
  • 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…
    - 59 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 7:42am -

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

  • 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 77 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

  • Reaping What We Sow: Seeds Planted Long Ago Prepare to Bear Fruit In 2018

    Reaping What We Sow: Seeds Planted Long Ago Prepare to Bear Fruit In 2018

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    - 2 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 7:50am -
  • Snow, Skiing, And My 2018 Outlook For Biotech

    Snow, Skiing, And My 2018 Outlook For Biotech

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    - 15 days ago, 3 Jan 18, 8:39pm -
  • Report Card For 2017: My Crystal Ball Predictions For Biotech

    Report Card For 2017: My Crystal Ball Predictions For Biotech

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    - 28 days ago, 22 Dec 17, 6:04am -
  • Portfolio Scorecard: Atlas’ Biotech Seed Class of 2013

    Portfolio Scorecard: Atlas’ Biotech Seed Class of 2013

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    - 37 days ago, 13 Dec 17, 7:03am -
  • Operating Systems For Living Medicines

    Operating Systems For Living Medicines

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    - 44 days ago, 6 Dec 17, 6:19am -
  • In Search Of Novelty: 2017’s New FDA Drug Approvals

    In Search Of Novelty: 2017’s New FDA Drug Approvals

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    - 50 days ago, 30 Nov 17, 8:35am -
  • Brexit – Own Goal Or Overhead Kick?

    Brexit – Own Goal Or Overhead Kick?

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    - 53 days ago, 27 Nov 17, 6:18am -
  • Painful Truth: Successful Failure Of A Biotech Startup

    Painful Truth: Successful Failure Of A Biotech Startup

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    - 63 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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    - 73 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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    - 81 days ago, 30 Oct 17, 7:01am -

VentureBeat: Venture Capital

Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest
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VC Café

  • Roundup of 2018 AI Predictions

    Roundup of 2018 AI Predictions

    In this post I round up various AI predictions, not so much the ‘eye rolling’ apocalyptic ones, but the more practical view on how will AI progress next year. No need to mention that forecasting is...This is a content summary only. Click on th…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Jan 18, 5:33am -
  • 5 Tech Trends that Dominated Headlines in 2017

    5 Tech Trends that Dominated Headlines in 2017

    In my last post, I covered 5 tech trends that shaped 2017 including the proliferation of AI, Blockchain and crypto currencies the growing dominance of GAFAM, etc. Below, I cover the trends that dominated the headlines in 2017 including fake news, the…
    - 44 days ago, 6 Dec 17, 8:22am -
  • The tech trends that shaped 2017

    The tech trends that shaped 2017

    As we approach the last stretch of 2017, I wanted to take stock of the tech trends that shaped our year. In the next post, I’ll cover additional tech trends of 2017 and my predictions for 2018. Continue Reading →
    - 46 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 8:40am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 27 Sep 17, 8:19am -
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