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Video Of The Week: Is Crypto the Future of Early Stage Funding?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:36:49 +0000

A lot of people in the crypto sector have suggested that ICOs and tokens are the future of early stage investing and highly disruptive to my business (venture capital). In this video (yet another from the Upfront Conference), VCs and other investors discuss why that may not be the case.



Fun Friday: Skiing

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:46:02 +0000

The long Presidents Weekend has always been ski time for our us. And the same is true this year. We’ve arrived in ski country with a bunch of friends and plan on being out on the mountains for the next three days. Skiing (and Boarding) is an incredible combination of being outdoors in the mountains […]



The Dronebase API – Assign Drone Missions Directly In Your Workflow

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:13:29 +0000

Our portfolio company DroneBase announced another round of funding today but the more exciting thing to me is that they have built out and are scaling the operational layer for the drone industry. From their announcement: DroneBase recently completed over 100,000 commercial drone missions for enterprise clients across various industries such as real estate, insurance, […]



Happy Valentine’s Day

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:24:23 +0000

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. It’s a day to celebrate and and care for the people we love. A special shout-out to my son Josh who was born twenty two years ago today.



Stash Your Cash

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:03:31 +0000

My partner Rebecca announced our most recent investment yesterday in a company called Stash. Stash is a simple mobile app that you connect to your bank account and each week (or month) you stash some of your cash away (ie save) and the app invests it for you in a portfolio of funds that it […]



Pixel Buds vs AirPods

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:53:04 +0000

When I got my new Pixel 2XL recently, the Google Play Store offered me to add the Pixel Buds to my cart and get them for half price. Normally they are $159 (same price as AirPods). So I took up Google on the offer and after I set up my Pixel 2XL, I paired my […]



Streaming The Olympics

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:18:42 +0000

Yesterday morning something amusing happened. My friend and I were headed out to go skiing and we both got texts from our children asking for the logins to our cable accounts. I thought to myself that there must be tens of thousands of those text messages being sent at that moment. Many of our adult […]



Video Of The Week: Blockchains: A Shift (Back)Toward Decentralization

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:25:06 +0000

Last week I posted a video that the folks at Upfront Ventures did on the current investor mindset in crypto. There are few more videos in this Upfront series and today I am posting one about the shift towards decentralization that the blockchain represents.



Funding Friday: Hackers Are Creators

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:06:13 +0000

The Internet has given creators a lot of interesting ways to sustain their work and lives. USV has invested in some of them; Kickstarter, Drip, Etsy, SoundCloud, Shapeways, Splice, YouNow, Wattpad, and Skillshare. Other notable platforms for creators are YouTube and Patreon. The typical creators who take advantage of these platforms are video artists, musicians, […]



John Perry Barlow

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:01:14 +0000

John Perry Barlow understood what the Internet was, what it could be, and what it must be before most of us did. He passed away yesterday and the Internet filled with remembrances. Here are some of the best that I read: Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing Steven Levy on Wired Cindy Cohn at EFF Rest In […]