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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:35:44 +0000


Bearing Witness

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:32:56 +0000

Yesterday afternoon I spent a couple hours sitting on the stage at the high school graduation ceremony for the Academy For Software Engineering. This evening I will spend another couple hours sitting on the stage at the high school graduation ceremony for the Bronx Academy For Software Engineering. Both yesterday and today are busy days […]

Putting Harassment On The Table Vs Under The Table

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:00:14 +0000

A lot has been written in the last week about the way the tech sector treats sexual harassment and a lot of suggestions have been made. I am particularly enthusiastic about what our fomer USV colleague Brittany Laughlin suggests, which is putting the entire issue on the table, talking about it regularly in the workplace, discussing specific […]

The Selloff

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:50 +0000

My oldest daughter Jessica send me a message last night “what’s going on with Ethereum?”. I told her it was a selloff. I said that people who had made a ton of money in the run up over the last six months were taking profits and I thought it could go on for a while. […]

Doing The Heavy Lifting

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:00:23 +0000

Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner from their firm join the Board of the company. If you look at the […]

Video Of The Week: Unpacking Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Token Sales

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:29:11 +0000

It’s a travel day for me. We are flying back home today after four weeks away. William told me to watch this video about ICOs and Token Sales. So I will do that on the flight home. Maybe you all might like to watch it too.

Fun Friday: Let’s Play GM

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:57:23 +0000

So you are Phil Jackson and you’ve got the eighth pick in yesterday’s NBA Draft.  You want a guard who can be a franchise player for the Knicks. You can take Malik Monk, Dennis Smith Jr, or Frank Ntilikina. Who do you pick? I don’t know much about Frank Ntilikina. I sure hope he lives […]

Numeraire Is Live

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:26:24 +0000

Back in February, I posted about Numeraire. I wrote: the Numerai team has now gone a step further and issued a crypto-token called Numeraire to incent these data scientists to work together to build the best models instead of just competing with each other And roughy four months later, I am happy to write that the […]

Open Source Funding Documents

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:35:41 +0000

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for doing this. We need to make the transaction costs of getting a financing done […]

Thirty Years

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:08:00 +0000

Thirty years ago today the Gotham Gal and I were married. It was a very warm and humid day in the Washington DC area and the skies opened up and poured during the wedding ceremony which was happily inside. After that, the humidity cleared and the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful […]


Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:16:38 +0000

The Gotham Gal and I have been coming to Paris for close to thirty years. We started coming with our family a little more than fifteen years ago and spent one summer here as a family about ten years ago. We bought an apartment here around five years ago and we try to be here […]