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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:03:54 +0000


Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:03:54 +0000

I was emailing with my friend Harry this past week and we started talking about crypto and the inevitability of a massive crash. I am certain the big crash will happen. I don’t know when it will happen and I think it may be some time before it does. But better safe than sorry. So […]

Video Of The Week: Matthew Zeiler at Code Commerce

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:40:02 +0000

Matthew is the founder and CEO of our portfolio company Clarifai. Here is his talk (11mins) from last week’s Code Commerce conference in which he talks about how to use AI to grow your business.

Feature Friday: Coinbase Vaults

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:21:28 +0000

Vaults are the crypto equivalent of a savings account. If you have crypto assets that you don’t plan to spend/send frequently, you can put them in vault and get increased security. Coinbase has had a vault offering for Bitcoin for the past three years and they have now launched the same vault product for ETH […]

Happy New Year

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:50:31 +0000

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I’d like to wish a happy new year to all my Jewish friends and colleagues and readers. I don’t personally identify as any particular religion. I was brought up Catholic, married into and raised our children Jewish, and I appreciate both of these religions. I also feel great […]

Mexico City

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:51:00 +0000

Mexico City is an amazing place. The Gotham Gal and I were there around this time last year. The people, the culture, the energy are all great in Mexico City. It feels like a place on the move where good things are happening. So I was upset to hear about the devastating earthquake last night. […]

Why Amazon Should Come To NYC

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:39:38 +0000

USA Today reported that NYC is working on a proposal to encourage Amazon to locate its second headquarters “HQ2” in NYC. I can’t imagine a better place for HQ2 than NYC. Here are ten reasons why Amazon should stop thinking about any other place and just pick NYC: NYC is headquarters to many global companies. […]


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:42:43 +0000

I remember when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in the venture capital business, I came across an old wall street saying that “a market climbs a wall of worry.” I didn’t understand it and that made me want to. I read a bit about the saying and came to understand […]

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:11:56 +0000

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it. These investments mostly take the form of operating losses, driven by headcount, where the monthly expenses are larger, often much larger, than […]

Audio Of The Week: Andy Weissman on Twenty Minute VC

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:24:09 +0000

In this podcast, my partner Andy talks a lot about USV’s investment process. It’s a good interview.

Fun Friday: Crypto Crystal Ball

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:07:41 +0000

Chris Burniske posted this Twitter poll a few days ago: Given the tense #crypto market environment right now, are you expecting: — Chris Burniske (@cburniske) September 14, 2017 I voted for option one. I think the crypto markets will be under pressure for at least the remainder of the year. But I am a buyer […]