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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:23:04 +0000


A Better Way To Do Bike Share

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:23:04 +0000

I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citibike […]

Southeast Asia

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:10:26 +0000

We spent the last nine days in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. If you want the play by play version of our trip, head on over to the Gotham Gal’s blog where she does that and has has done for every trip we’ve taken over the last fifteen years. As an aside, if […]

Crypto Asset Allocation

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:54:24 +0000

Coindesk did me a disservice with this blog post: USV’s Fred Wilson Predicts ‘Big’ Cryptocurrency Crash — CoinDesk (@coindesk) September 26, 2017 It made it seem like I was predicting an imminent crash which I was not. But just as bad, it has led to a lot of tweets like this one suggesting […]

Audio Of The Week: Luis von Ahn, Founder and CEO of Duolingo

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:12:42 +0000

Luis von Ahn is a terrific entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is the founder of our portfolio company Duolingo. In this podcast he talks about all sorts of interesting topics.

Funding Friday: Mobile App Controlled Paper Airplane

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:45:09 +0000

I just backed this project. I looks like so much fun. I used to love paper airplanes when I was a kid.

Managing Time Zones

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:27:16 +0000

I find managing time zones really hard when the differences are large. Eleven or twelve hours is particularly difficult for me. I have missed a couple of scheduled calls this week because I thought they were happing at entirely different times of day. I am curious what tips and techniques all of you use to […]

AP Computer Science Exams In NYC

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:44:49 +0000

The NYC Department Of Education announced yesterday that almost 4,000 high school students took an AP Computer Science exam in the school year that ended in June. This news was part of a larger announcement that total NYC students taking AP exams increased 7.5% last year to almost 50,000. The NYC public school system is […]

Swinging For The Fences

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:43:55 +0000

A number of our portfolio companies use scoring systems to prioritize projects on their roadmaps. I like this one called RICE (reach, impact, confidence, effort). There are similar versions of this out there. The important thing about these systems is that you need to include probability of success in your analysis. Just looking at effort […]

The Conversational Pitch

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:43:31 +0000

Lately I have noticed an increase in entrepreneurs coming into USV (or videoing into USV) and talking to us about their business without the use of a deck. I don’t know what to make of that to be honest. But I like it for a bunch of reasons. It allows for more conversation and less […]

Locked and Unlocked Phones

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 05:20:02 +0000

We landed in Vietnam yesterday and immediately got a text from TMobile that they don’t offer data roaming in Vietnam. They do offer basic voice and SMS. So we bought two 10GB data only SIM cards in the airport for 300,000 dong (about $13 US) each. I took out my TMobile SIM of my Google […]