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Introducing The New CEO

When a CEO has been removed for failed leadership, it is best to have a new CEO waiting in the wings to take over. I have been in the middle of this transition many times and have often been the person announcing the change to the company and introducing the new CEO. I have seen this done well and I have seen this done poorly. That first all-hands...

Most Read Blog Posts

On the USV website, we show the most read blog posts by author. Here are mine: I want to do this for AVC too. I will ask my partner Nick who managed the construction of USV.com how he did that and will see if I can get that working on AVC. When you’ve written 8,800 posts, there are sure to be some duds and some great ones....

Six Months Later

In early June, I wrote this post explaining that I and we need to do more to reduce the inequality issues for Black people in tech, venture capital, and startups. I think MLK day is a good time to talk about what has happened since that post. We have identified a number of areas where we must do better: Increase the number of Black...

Funding Friday: FUBNUB & BAD, BAD, TURTLE

Longtime AVC regular Kevin Marshall launched a Kickstarter a week or so ago. He’s raising funds to support the launch of two playing card games he created called Fubnub and Bad, Bad, Turtle. I’ve embedded the video below for web readers. Email readers can click this link and watch it. USV TEAM POSTS:

Smart Contracts On Bitcoin

While Bitcoin is the gold standard in crypto, Ethereum has been the innovator, bringing new ideas, particularly smart contracts, to the table. Smart contracts allow developers to easily build things on a blockchain and we have seen a proliferation of new things built on the Ethereum blockchain as a result. But what if you could do all of that...

The Work-Life Balance Revolution

Yesterday, I had a gap in the middle of the day. So the Gotham Gal and I took an hour-long walk with our dog Ollie. It cleared my head and when I got back to work, I was full of energy and clarity. I’ve been working exclusively from home since the end of November 2019 when we left NYC to go to LA. It has been a stretch of incredible productivity...

Mentors

Look at any successful person; Angela Merkel, LeBron James, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, and you will see someone who has benefitted tremendously from one or more mentors in their life. Nobody gets somewhere on their own. Everyone has help. I was reminded of this when I read this touching remembrance that my friend Brad Feld wrote about his mentor...

Twitter and Trump

I heard the news last week that Twitter had permanently banned Trump and thought “oh my.” Sure it is wonderful news that the lies, the hate, the awfulness that is the current President of the United States will no longer be available on Twitter (where I am still a shareholder) and no longer in the White House very soon. But as a very wise...

USV Climate Fund

As I alluded to in a post earlier this week, we have some new things going on at USV. Today my partner Albert talks about one of them on the USV blog. Over the last few months, USV has raised a climate fund. Our thesis for this fund is: The USV Climate Fund invests in companies and projects that provide mitigation for or adaptation to...

Temper Tantrum

What the world witnessed yesterday was a temper tantrum by the President and his people who, two months after losing the election, still cannot accept the results and the loss. These are sore losers. The kind that walk off the field quickly without looking you in the eye and shaking your hand and congratulating you. These are children who cannot...

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