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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:14:24 +0000


Funding Friday: The Milky Way in a Sphere

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:13:21 +0000

I backed this project today. What an awesome desk ornament this will make.

Profits and Social Responsibility

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:22:53 +0000

The relationship between profits and social responsibility is a topic I’ve touched on many times here over the years. I believe you can be a socially responsible person, investor, or company and also be a high performing one. I tweeted this yesterday on the news that our friend Shri has launched a new venture capital […]

Your Data Is My Data

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:28:11 +0000

This piece in Recode explains that Cambridge Analytica built an app that 270,000 people used to amass profiles on 50 million people. That’s not very surprising because we are talking about networks here. This is a network graph that my colleague Jacqueline made of my twitter network a few years ago: In our online life, […]

Slideshow Of The Week: Why Tokens Are Fundamental

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:32:45 +0000

This weekend I am going with a slideshow instead of a video or audio embed. Some of my colleagues at USV have been spending a lot of time with regulators, elected officials, and lawyers helping all of these people understand cryptonetworks and why they are super important and need to be regulated with extra care. […]

Funding Friday: Blockchain A-Z

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:45:52 +0000

I backed this project today which is attempting to build a comprehensive online course on blockchain technology.

The Coinbase Tax Center

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:55:47 +0000

Our portfolio company Coinbase launched some much needed tax tools this week. I used them today to calculate our gains in 2017 and send the reports to our accountants. The Coinbase tax center is here. The tools look like this: I generated all of those reports just now and sent them to my accountant so […]

The VC/Company Relationship

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:43:01 +0000

When I got into the VC business in the early 80s, the VC/Company relationship was pretty different than it is now. Capital was hard to come by, VCs commanded terms that would be laughed at today, and once they had made the investment, VCs acted as if they owned the Company (they sometimes did). The […]