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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:07:10 +0000


Comment Policy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:04:56 +0000

Our portfolio company Disqus, the company that makes the comment system we use here at AVC, released a new feature last week. This new feature allows a blogger/publisher to put their comment policy above the comment thread. You can see it here, at the end of yesterday’s post, above the comment thread. For those of […]

SegWit2x Update

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:28:25 +0000

I posted last week about the debate between the SegWit2x Bitcoin update and the threat of a soft fork. Since then a number of important things have happened. BIP91 locked in on Thursday and and yesterday BIP91 enforcement was activated. That means that SegWit is now active on the Bitcoin network. This is a big […]

Video Of The Week: Mesh Networking For Wireless Connectivity

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:03:27 +0000

Daniela Perdomo, founder and CEO of our portfolio company goTenna recently gave a talk at the New York Times about how mesh networking can improve wireless connectivity in urban environments. It’s a short talk (~7 mins) and explains how mesh networking technologies can (and will) solve urban wireless connectivity issues in the coming years. Also, […]

Funding Friday: Token Filings

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:44:01 +0000

Public market investors who like to buy into IPOs have Edgar, a database of SEC filings that they can browse through to learn important information on upcoming IPOs. Investors in token offerings have not had the same thing. Until yesterday. AVC regular William Mougayar has launched which is essentially Edgar for Tokens. Yesterday we […]


Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:47:01 +0000

Our former USV colleague Jonathan Libov finally took the covers off a side project he’s been working on since he was at USV. It is called Coindexter and it’s “a collaborative library for long-term investors in decentralized, blockchain networks.” You can contribute to Coindexter, like a wiki, or dive into research areasthat interest you. Feel free to ask […]

USV Team Posts

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:19:12 +0000

If you are reading this blog via email, you are missing out on a great new feature. At the end of the first post on AVC, there is a widget that shows other blog posts by USV team members. This is what it looks like today, featuring three posts by my colleague Bethany. I suspect […]

Succession Planning In Partnerships

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:35:53 +0000

I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents. I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholders; the investors, the partners, the employees, the portfolio companies. Everyone worries about what might change under […]

SegWit2x vs UASF

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:37:05 +0000

Bloomberg has a good piece on the struggle between the Bitcoin core developers and the leading miners on how to best scale Bitcoin. I am for the SegWit2x proposal and hope that we see it broadly adopted later this month. There is a chance that doesn’t happen and a user activated soft fork (UASF) could […]

Easy Come, Easy Go

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:21:18 +0000

I saw a friend last night who has been trading fiat currencies for thirty years. He looked at the Bitcoin chart and said “I would be worried about Bitcoin if I were you.” He knows that we own a fair bit of Bitcoin (and Ethereum). My take on the selloff that continues in the leading […]

Video Of The Week: Richard Craib: Numerai

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:15:16 +0000

In this episode of This Week In Startups, Jason Calacanis talks to Richard Craib, founder of our portfolio company Numerai.