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Funding Friday: Dear Frontline

I backed this project today to make large scale public art projects honoring frontline workers. Frontline workers have been and continue to be the heroes of this pandemic. They are out there delivering our packages, stocking our stores, caring for sick people, etc, etc. I really like the idea of honoring them. USV TEAM POSTS:Hanel...

Mobile App Stores and Crypto

I have written extensively on this blog over the last decade and a half about the significant negative consequences that the two large mobile operating systems have on distribution of software. I am strongly opposed to the monopolies that Apple and Google have over mobile apps that run on iOS and Android. I am rooting for Epic/Fortnite in their...

Circulate Networking Events

My friend and former colleague Charlie O’Donnell created a new kind of networking event for the moment we are in. These are virtual networking events designed to “include diverse perspectives in the innovation community.” They are called Circulate. These are curated discussions, meaning you sign up to participate and the right group is selected...

Home Sweet Home

We have been back in NYC for about a week after being away for the entire pandemic. We were in LA when the pandemic hit and then spent the summer on the east end of Long Island. Like everyone, we have read the horror stories of NYC being a wasteland of homelessness, crime, shuttered storefronts, filthy streets, and more. These stories occupy...

Funding Friday: Attack Surface Audiobook

The author Cory Doctorow is out with his third book in the Little Brother series. called Attack Surface, and is crowdfunding the audio book to keep it out of the Amazon/Audible ecosystem. I backed the project this week. USV TEAM POSTS:Hanel Baveja — Sep 10, 2020Mental Healthcare 3.0 Part 2

My “Zoom Room” Keyboard and Trackpad Setup

I’ve written about the power of having a really great setup for doing long video meetings. I call it my “zoom room” because it rhymes. I use Google Meet and a bunch of other video services regularly in my Zoom Room so it’s not so much about the video service I use. One of the challenges of using a computer (in my case a Mac Mini) from a couch...

Bolster Your Management Team And Board

I have had the great pleasure of working with Matt Blumberg and the senior leadership team of USV’s former portfolio company Return Path (which was sold in 2019) for much of the last twenty years. Matt and many members of his leadership team got the band back together early this year and started a new company called Bolster in partnership with Silicon...

Honoring Labor

Something that bugs me about our tax code in the US is that we tax labor more than capital. If you make $100,000 of gains on your purchase of Tesla stock you pay 15% of those gains to the IRS. But if, instead, you earned that $100k of income as a school teacher, you would pay 22-24% of that income to the IRS (depending on if you are married...

Funding Friday: Insider Art

The comic book community on Kickstarter is so great. This project that I backed today is a great example of the creativity that they express in every project they do. USV TEAM POSTS:Hanel Baveja — Sep 10, 2020Mental Healthcare 3.0 Part 2

Some Thoughts On SPACs

As many of you know, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are all the rage on wall street right now. SPACs are publicly traded “shell companies” that raise capital in an IPO process and then use that capital to merge with a privately held business. SPACs have been around for at least thirty years and I have always thought of them as...

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