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Last Build Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:05:42 +0000

 



DuckDuckGo Moves Beyond Search

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:21:04 +0000

Our portfolio company DuckDuckGo which offers a search engine that doesn’t store your search history or track you announced some new offerings this week. Here’s a quote from the announcement: Over the years, DuckDuckGo has offered millions of people a private alternative to Google, serving over 16 billion anonymous searches. Today we’re excited to launch fully […]



ADP Acquires WorkMarket

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:35:06 +0000

ADP announced this morning that they have acquired our portfolio company WorkMarket. This is a bittersweet moment for me. WorkMarket has been a big part of my personal portfolio for almost eight years. USV and Spark seeded WorkMarket in June 2010, backing two serial entrepreneurs Jeff Leventhal and Jeff Wald. The idea was to create […]



Pacific Time

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:22:42 +0000

It’s that time of year again. The Gotham Gal and I are spending the rest of the winter out west. Blog posts will start coming in around 6am PT/9am ET. We plan to spend this winter in Utah (where I am now), LA, and I will also be in the Bay Area a fair bit. […]



Video Of The Week: A Conversation with Fred Wilson and Carlota Perez

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:37:40 +0000

This was seven years ago. I went back and watched it recently and it has stood the test of time.



Funding Friday: Milford Graves Full Mantis

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:37:07 +0000

I want to see this documentary when it comes out so I backed it on Kickstarter today to make sure it gets made.



Owning Yourself

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:54:03 +0000

I saw the news today that HuffPo is shutting down their “contributor network.” we are ending the HuffPost contributor platform. The platform, which launched in May 2005, was a revolutionary idea at the time: give a megaphone to lots of people ― some famous, some completely unknown ― to tell their stories. At that time, social networks […]



Light And Love

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:07:40 +0000

Today we celebrate the life and teachings of the great Martin Luther King Jr. He had a way with words and among my favorites is this quote, which seems very apropos right now: Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.



Some Thoughts On Equity Compensation

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:18:15 +0000

A hallmark of startup companies, the tech sector more broadly, and certainly our portfolio companies, is that they include equity in their compensation packages for their employees, often all employees. If you work for a tech company, chances are good that you will get options as part of your compensation package. I have written extensively […]