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  • newUnderstanding Gender Bias In Venture Funding

    Understanding Gender Bias In Venture Funding

    USV portfolio company goTenna‘s founder and CEO Daniela Perdomo and USV analyst Dani Grant did some number crunching on VC funding and published the info last week. After 4 rounds of VC, I ran my own data analysis to see if my experience is unique.…
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 9:09am -
  • Why USV is Joining the Libra Association

    Why USV is Joining the Libra Association

    A new blockchain & cryptocurrency project, Libra, was announced today. Libra has been incubated by Facebook. USV will be one of the founding members of the governing body, the Libra Association. Libra is a stable, fiat-backed cryptocurrency that will…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Jun 19, 6:28am -
  • Secrets Of Sand Hill Road

    Secrets Of Sand Hill Road

    One of the many great things about vacations is reading books. Vacation is the one time that I can really prioritize reading books (as opposed to everything else I read). I just finished Scott Kupor‘s Secrets Of Sand Hill Road, a book for entrepren…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 3:31am -
  • Seven to Ten Years

    Seven to Ten Years

    I have worked in three venture capital firms over the last thirty-three years and am intimately familiar with the performance of the fifteen (ish) venture funds raised and invested by these three firms. Much of what I have written about fund manageme…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Jun 19, 3:41am -
  • Unsafe Notes

    Unsafe Notes

    I was reminded yesterday how much of a shit show raising seed capital via SAFE notes is. I can’t and won’t get into why I was reminded of that, but let’s just say nobody wants to go there. So I thought I’d repost the important parts of a post…
    - 25 days ago, 30 May 19, 8:18am -
  • Audio Of The Week: A Chat With My Partner John

    Audio Of The Week: A Chat With My Partner John

    John Buttrick has been a partner at USV for almost a decade. He mostly focuses on financial services but also does a few other things for us. In this chat with John Siracusa, John talks about how he ended up at USV, our investing thesis, and a number…
    - 52 days ago, 4 May 19, 6:48am -
  • The Long Game

    The Long Game

    Entrepreneurship and startup investing is a long game. It requires patience, resilience, capital, commitment, and much more. But even so, the average life of a venture capital investment is seven to ten years. It is rare for it to go longer than that…
    - 53 days ago, 2 May 19, 7:22am -
  • 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…
    - 85 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…
    - 96 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…
    - 12 Mar 19, 8:25am -

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…
    - 34 days ago, 21 May 19, 6:01pm -
  • 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

  • Of Microbes And Men

    Of Microbes And Men

    This blog was written by Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. I am the CEO of Synlogic, a synthetic biology company, where the focus of our work is the developmentThe post Of Microbes An…
    - 27 days ago, 29 May 19, 6:54am -
  • SPR994:  A Long Shot, With Lots Of Twists And Turns To Phase III

    SPR994:  A Long Shot, With Lots Of Twists And Turns To Phase III

    This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO and founder of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  At Spero we are privileged to be enrolling our pivotal study for SPR994, our oral antibiotic withThe post SPR99…
    - 33 days ago, 23 May 19, 6:36am -
  • Biotech Startups And The Hard Truth Of Innovation

    Biotech Startups And The Hard Truth Of Innovation

    Gary Pisano’s recent Harvard Business Review piece, The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures, beautifully frames up how innovative corporate environments are frequently misunderstood. Innovative startups aren’t just about being cool and nimble, h…
    - 36 days ago, 20 May 19, 7:02am -
  • Targeted Protein Degradation Comes of Age

    Targeted Protein Degradation Comes of Age

    This blog was written by Nello Mainolfi, CSO and co-founder of Kymera Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Translation of well validated biology into therapeutics remains one of the biggest challenges of modern drug de…
    - 40 days ago, 15 May 19, 8:33am -
  • Getting Clinical On New Drug Launches

    Getting Clinical On New Drug Launches

    The IQVIA Institute released a data-rich report in April 2019 on the state of clinical R&D in the US pharmaceutical industry titled “The Changing Landscape of Research and Development: Innovation, Drivers of Change, and Evolution of Clinical Trial…
    - 43 days ago, 13 May 19, 6:23am -
  • A Decade of Discovery

    A Decade of Discovery

    This blog was written by Jeb Keiper, CEO of Nimbus Therapeutics LLC, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. It is with great excitement that we at Nimbus are ringing in our 10th birthday this month. It’sThe post A Decade of Discove…
    - 47 days ago, 9 May 19, 6:45am -
  • An Encyclopedia Of Advice For Startup Boards

    An Encyclopedia Of Advice For Startup Boards

    Startups management teams often have a love-hate relationship with their Board of Directors: while Boards can be hugely helpful and constructive in the best of times, they can be dysfunctional and damaging in the worst. And most CEOs enjoy complainin…
    - 50 days ago, 6 May 19, 6:38am -
  • Maybe It’s Innate

    Maybe It’s Innate

    This blog was written by Samantha Truex, Atlas EIR and CEO of Quench Bio, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Recently I read the article What’s Wrong With Me? that I saw re-posted on Twitter.  It’sThe post Maybe It’s Innat…
    - 56 days ago, 30 Apr 19, 6:25am -
  • 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 74 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 9:46am -

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  • newSpotlight on Vault AI, the Moneyball for content

    Spotlight on Vault AI, the Moneyball for content

    The Moneyball thesis is simple: Using statistical analysis, small-market teams can compete by buying assets that are undervalued by other teams and selling ones that are overvalued by other teams....This is a content summary only. Click on the post…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 5:33am -
  • The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

    The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

    The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of...This is a content summary only. Click on the pos…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 10:47am -
  • You don’t have to wait to become Richard Branson or Elon Musk to make a difference

    You don’t have to wait to become Richard Branson or Elon Musk to make a difference

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead Today I was delighted to speak at...This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to con…
    - 26 days ago, 29 May 19, 12:20pm -
  • Note(s) to Self

    Note(s) to Self

    We sometimes send ourselves emails to remind us of something we need to do... but emails get buried, so why not send yourself a Whatsapp message. Turns out that you can! Continue Reading →This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to…
    - 31 days ago, 24 May 19, 7:28am -
  • Five questions with the head of the Societal Challenges Division at the Israel Innovation Authority

    Five questions with the head of the Societal Challenges Division at the Israel Innovation Authority

    I caught up with Naomi Krieger Carmy on her new role as the head of societal challenges division at the Israel Innovation Authority and what initiatives should startups in Israel be aware of....This is a content summary only. Click on the post title…
    - 46 days ago, 9 May 19, 11:40am -
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