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Funding Friday: Ameelio

Ameelio is a nonprofit tech company seeking to break the prison communications monopolies and provide free communication solutions for prisoners and their friends and families. They have a Kickstarter project up right now and I backed it today. USV TEAM POSTS:Lauren Young — Jul 9, 2020Collecting Diversity and Inclusion data for your companyAlbert...

Reviewing The CEO’S Performance

The CEO is an interesting case when it comes to performance reviews. They manage an entire company and they specifically manage the senior leadership team. They do not have a single reporting supervisor. They report to a Board. And that Board may, like the team they manage, have differing views on their performance. Also, some executives are...

Hyperactive?

When the pandemic started, the conventional wisdom was that the capital markets would take a beating, including the venture capital market for startup capital. The second quarter of 2020 is now behind us and we will see the data on it soon. I suspect what we will see is a very active venture capital market, quite the opposite of what was initially...

Doubling Up

Regular AVC readers may have noticed that after blogging about my once a day routine, I posted twice yesterday. What happened is that I had been planning on blogging about Summer Bridge, a project we’ve been working on for the last few months, first thing Monday morning after the July 4th holiday. But when I woke up, I had a DM from my...

NYC Tech Companies: Please Consider Participating in Summer Bridge

NYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program is the nation’s largest youth employment program, historically connecting NYC’s neediest young adults (between the ages of 14 and 24) with a paid work experience every summer. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into it this summer and it was canceled. In response, the City and State and over 50 nonprofits have...

Short and Sweet

My friend Jonathan sent me a couple graphs he made of the content on AVC over the years. Here is how word count has evolved over the years. I started out with short posts, got longer for a while, and am now back to the short post. Here is how post count has evolved over the years. In the early days of AVC, I would post multiple...

Funding Friday: Second Chance Studio

My partner Nick blogged about this Kickstarter project yesterday and I immediately backed it. Second Chance Studio is a nonprofit digital media company that trains and employs formerly incarcerated individuals. You can back their Kickstarter project here. USV TEAM POSTS:Albert Wenger — Jul 7, 2020Let Foreign Students StayHanel...

Crawl, Walk, Run

I am a fan of the slow and steady approach to building a business. I call it “crawl, walk, run.” I have seen many founders try the “run right away” approach and it is super hard to make that work. An example of “run right away” would be to raise a $30mm seed round, hire a couple of hundred employees, and go for broke. That mostly results...

Masks

I’m sitting outside of my favorite coffee shop sipping on a coffee and writing. I do this many mornings. When I walked into the coffee shop this morning I was wearing a mask: I counted all of the people in the shop waiting in line (six feet apart) and waiting for their coffees. There were twelve people in total, including two people...

Mail Hosts

I got a question this past weekend that kind of stumped me. The question is – are there any really good mail hosts other than Gmail and Outlook? I realize that Yahoo still operates a mail host as does AOL. And that many of the ISPs offer mail hosting. But all of those feel like 20 year old technology. Of course I could be wrong about that. ...

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