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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:05:35 +0000


Using Debt Like Growth Equity

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:22:02 +0000

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack, consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel. No financial terms were disclosed, but this didn’t feel like a success […]

Convertible and SAFE Notes

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:47:50 +0000

Angel/seed rounds used to be done via priced equity securities, either common or preferred. Then, starting about ten years ago, we started to see convertible debt being used in the angel and seed rounds. By 2010 this was the norm and Paul Graham tweeted this in Aug 2010: Convertible notes have won. Every investment so […]

Audio Of The Week: Andy and Flyover

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:59:22 +0000

Here’s a podcast my partner Andy did with Flyover Labs recently:

The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:18:07 +0000

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. This index “incorporates both the money flowing into VC-backed startups, as well as the exits that are making money for investors. To smooth out some of the volatility, we calculated the average value for the last 12 weeks.” I […]

Video Of The Week: Mark Cuban At Upfront Summit

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:21:04 +0000

I posted the discussion my partner Andy and I did at the Upfront Summit last week. There were other great conversations at the Upfront Summit. This discussion with Mark Cuban was great. I totally agree with Mark that we need more tech companies to go public and have been saying that publicly for several years.

Video Of The Week: Generational Change In VC Firms

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:32:06 +0000

A couple weeks ago my partner Andy and I talked about generational change in a VC firm in a conversation moderated by our longtime investor Lindel Eakman. I blogged a bit about generational change prior to that conversation. Here is the video of that conversation:

The End Of The Level Playing Field

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 15:14:31 +0000

I am old enough to remember the gogo days of cable TV when entrepreneurs who wanted to launch a new cable channel would go, hat in hand and cap table in tow, to the big cable companies and beg to get distribution on their networks.  When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we […]

Generational Transition In VC Firms

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:35:10 +0000

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit, my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman, who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003. The subject is timely with the news that […]


Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:00:15 +0000

Reserves is the term VCs use to describe funds they “reserve” for follow-on financings of their portfolio companies. Here are some things entrepreneurs should know about VCs and reserves: One very important thing that separates a strong VC firm from all other sources of capital is that the best VC firms reserve capital for follow-on […]

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:09:26 +0000

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past, today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains. […]