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Funding Friday: Newly Finite Themes

My friend Mike Masnick, founder and leader of Techdirt, is crowdfunding a new paper on NFTs. I backed the project just now with 0.1 ETH and you can do the same here. USV TEAM POSTS:

Citibiking (Continued)

Yesterday I wrote about NYC’s Citibike system, which I love, and said this: There should be financial rewards for taking a bike from a kiosk that is completely full or nearly full and returning to a kiosk that is empty or nearly empty. There should also be a financial reward for docking an E-Bike in a kiosk where there are no E-Bikes or very...

Citibiking (Continued)

I have written about my love for NYC’s Citibike service many times. This will be one more. Yesterday I left the USV office at the end of the day and hopped onto a Citibike E-Bike at the brand new kiosk that has been installed in the “no cars” section of Broadway between 23rd and 21st. I rode that E-bike all the way to Central Park...

Blinking

Back in 2005 Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called Blink that was about how our subconscious allows us to make fast decisions that are often as good or better than slow considered decisions. I was talking to someone yesterday evening about how the venture capital business has changed over the last decade and I explained that we used to have weeks,...

Funding Friday: Honk NYC! 2021

I just backed this project to support a festival of street musicians in NYC in late October. Street bands have been picking up the slack for the last year in NYC, performing for outside diners and more throughout the city. This festival celebrates them and puts them front and center. Email readers can see the video here. USV...

Large Group In-Person Meetings

I have been doing a bunch of large group in-person meetings in the last few weeks and I must say that it feels great to be doing these large group meetings in person. There is a different energy in the room than on the screen. In order to make everyone comfortable meeting like this, the way these meetings typically happen is everyone provides...

The Apple Epic Decision Is A Breakthrough For Crypto

In her decision last week on the Epic vs Apple case, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wrote this: I am not a lawyer, but I read that to say that apps that use crypto rails for payments cannot be blocked by Apple anymore. If so, that is a decision of enormous consequences for the crypto sector and yet another opening for it. That...

Generalist vs Specialist

At USV, we have a fairly narrow thesis that sets out what we want to invest in, but all of us work across all of our thesis areas. We see ourselves as generalists not specialists. In an environment when everything is moving so fast, that can be challenging, as I wrote about on Tuesday. But there are also great benefits to working this...

Staying Plugged In

I wrote in my 60th birthday post that my late career mantra is less hustle more conviction. It has been working for me and has kept me in the game. But there are times, usually after an opening emerges, when a market moves so fast it is hard to stay on top of it all. I don’t worry about missing out. That’s part of the venture capital business....

Funding Friday: land to sea

I backed this project to fund a creator space and coffee shop in Williamsburg Brooklyn this morning. As many companies make the decision to move to hybrid and remote workforces, we will need more of this kind of space to work in. I am excited to see entrepreneurs stepping in and filling that role. And I like to support them when they do. ...

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