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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:23:04 +0000


You Make Money With Wins, You Make Friends With Losses

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:50:17 +0000

Brad Feld has a great post about the emotional toll of the collapse of the internet bubble. Near the end, he writes: When I reflect on my relationship with Seth, Jason, and Ryan much of the intense loyalty between us was forged in the period during and after the debacle that was the collapse of […]

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 […]


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.

Founder Friendly

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:31:20 +0000

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate […]

A Public Record

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:54:13 +0000

AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. WordPress says I have posted 7,622 times. That is more than once a day but that is because I used to post multiple times a day. Now I […]

Greed Isn’t Good

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:24:13 +0000

The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. Greed is not good. There is a fine line between the profit motive and greed. I am a firm […]

Succession Planning In Partnerships

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:35:53 +0000

I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents. I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholders; the investors, the partners, the employees, the portfolio companies. Everyone worries about what might change under […]

Working Across Many Time Zones

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:38:32 +0000

I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours of time zone difference was challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up. There were many times when I woke up […]