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Musings of a VC in NYC

Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:58:56 +0000


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. […]

What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:13:37 +0000

As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward. As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016. I thought AR/VR and wearables would disappoint in 2016. They […]

Venture Deals 3.0

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:36:41 +0000

Like a great software product that keeps getting better and better as it ages, the classic book by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, Venture Deals, is now on its third version. Here is the forward I wrote for the first version of the book and that continues to provide the opening context for it: I […]

The Dangers Of Being Too Early

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:31:27 +0000

I have been reading Whiplash, a book I recommended here last week. It starts with the story of the Lumiere brothers, who are credited with the invention of “the moving picture.” As told in Whiplash, the Lumiere brothers started showing films to audiences in 1895 using their patented cinematograph. But by 1900, they were out […]