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The Brave Browser

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:47:15 +0000

A number of USV folks are using the Brave browser on their phones and thinking about using it on desktop too. We are not the average internet users at USV. We tend toward early adopter. So I polled my twitter followers (which also skews early adopter) to see how many of them are using the Brave […]

The AVC Audience

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:40:10 +0000

As I slowly heard toward moving the WordPress instance that hosts AVC to another provider, I was asked how large the audience was. So I went and looked for the first time in a long while and sent that info to a potential new provider. And I figured you all might be interested too. So […]

Google Finance

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:06:24 +0000

Google Finance and Yahoo Finance are two web services I have used daily since the early days of the Internet. I have used Yahoo Finance since it first launched in January 1997. But after Google Finance launched in 2006, I started using Google Finance more and eventually, it became my default finance site on the […]

Slideshare Of The Week: State of Tokens

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:21:01 +0000

AVC regular William Mougayar posted a slide deck he calls State Of Tokens this week. I like the deck a lot, particularly slide 34 (it’s a 36 slide deck), where he posits a timeline for the development of the blockchain ecosystem and where we are right now. Here it is:  State of Tokens by […]

Funding Friday: Saving Brinton

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:33:43 +0000

I backed this project today to bring a film about saving some of the earliest movies made to the big screen.

I Can’t Do Math In Prose

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:38:25 +0000

I wrote those words to a friend of mine yesterday. We are working on a project together. He wrote me an email listing a whole bunch of investments to be made and where we are on them. I read it and understood it, but it didn’t really register with me. So we are going to […]

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:51:27 +0000

The news broke earlier this week that our portfolio company Coinbase has acquired A lot of the press attention was centered around the fact that Earn’s CEO Balaji Srinivasan is becoming Coinbase’s CTO and the backstory about how Earn came out of a pivot from a failed Bitcoin mining company called 21. But an overlooked aspect […]

The Employee Equity Project

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:19:24 +0000

In the fall of 2010, I wrote a series of nine blog posts about Employee Equity as part of MBA Mondays. You can read all of them at the links below: Employee Equity: How Much? November 22, 2010 Employee Equity: Vesting November 15, 2010 Employee Equity: Restricted Stock and RSUs November 8, 2010 Employee Equity: The […]

Are We Decentralized Yet?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:17:31 +0000

My friend Chris Burniske told me about this site last week and then tweeted about it last night: So the answer to the question posed by the name of the website is “not really.” But that doesn’t mean we won’t be someday. This chart also shows the issues with highly valued chains like Ripple, Stellar, […]

Time And Money

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:00:05 +0000

One of the least discussed aspects of investing in startups is the value of the time commitment one makes to a company they invest in. The money part is pretty simple; you invest capital into a business and get an equity participation in the upside. Both sides of that deal can analyze that transaction and […]