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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:02:10 +0000


SoundCloud Home

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:20:37 +0000

Our portfolio company SoundCloud, which makes one of the most popular apps in the world, is launching a new Home experience in it’s mobile apps today. SoundCloud is the first place musicians post their music and it is the first place listeners discover new artists. In the past, listeners had to use a feed experience […]

Return On Hard Decisions

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:37:15 +0000

I spent much of yesterday going through board decks and other year-end reports. It was an incredibly gratifying experience after a hard year. I spearheaded quite a few restructurings this year. A lot of people lost their jobs as a result of those efforts. It was a year of hard decisions and hard conversations. But as […]

Call Congress

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:28:07 +0000

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Break The Internet Tomorrow

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:12:48 +0000

Tomorrow, I am going to take AVC offline to show the FCC what the Internet will look like if they repeal the Net Neutrality rules. It is part of a collective action called Break The Internet. If you want to join me in this protest, you can get what you need here. Hopefully, the Verizon […]

Proceed With Caution

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:00:46 +0000

The CEO of Coinbase, a company that I am on the Board of, wrote a note to all of their customers on Friday. That note, which he also posted to his blog,  urged caution in the trading of crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This is a quote from that note: Over the course […]

Video Of The Week: Samir Desai at Slush

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:44:55 +0000

One of the most impressive startup executions I have witnessed in the past ten years is what the team at Funding Circle has pulled off. They have gone from a team of friends with an idea to the largest non bank lender in the western world. In this interview at the Slush Conference, CEO Samir […]

Funding Friday: Brooklyn Cider House

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:27:31 +0000

I backed this project today. The idea of a cider bar and restaurant in Bushwick seems so right to me. There is less than 24 hours left on this project. I’m hoping we can help them get across the finish line.

CS Education Week In NYC

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:19:57 +0000

All over the city this week, students in NYC’s public schools have been celebrating CS Education Week by doing events and hackathons to showcase their coding skills. Through NYC’s CS4All program, over 1000 teachers have been trained to teach CS classes in their schools. That is over 500 schools to date. Over the course of […]


Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:03:59 +0000

My partner Andy and I were playing with the latest crypto craze, cryptokitties, this weekend and he suggested we sire a USV kitty. So he contributed a parent from his collection and I contributed a parent from my collection and with the addition of some Ethereum, which I paid from my Coinbase account, we made […]

Disqus and Zeta

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:43:51 +0000

Today, our portfolio company Disqus, which makes the software that powers the comments on this blog, is announcing that they have joined the Zeta Global empire. Zeta Global operates the largest independent marketing cloud for enterprises. Zeta competes with companies like Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, and others to provide enterprises the marketing services they need […]