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Video Of The Week: AirCraft By Dronebase

I saw this video a drone enthusiast made on AirCraft and thought I’d share it with all of you this week:<br>USV TEAM POSTS:Albert Wenger — November 17, …

Airplanes

Funding Friday: goTenna Puerto Rico Mesh

Our portfolio company goTenna sent a bunch of their mesh networking devices to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and a number of mesh …

Puerto Rico

Drip

Yesterday, our portfolio company Kickstarter announced that they had relaunched Drip, a subscription platform they acquired almost two years …

Crowd Funding

Update On Stock Options/RSUs Issue

I just saw this on my twitter:The @NVCA has been working hard to make sure #innovation & #entrepreneurship are drivers of US growth!#TaxReform …

Senate Finance Committee

FemaleFounder.Org

My partner Rebecca posted this to her Twitter yesterday:Excited to band together with a group of women that I’ve learned so much from to help women …

Startups

Don’t Tax Options And RSUs Upon Vesting!

The current draft of the Senate Tax Reform Bill would tax stock options and RSUs upon <i>vesting</i>.Currently, stock options are taxed upon exercise and …

Owe

Location, Location, Location

Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years:• Startup investors prefer to invest …

Venture Capital

Video Of The Week: Nurx

Our portfolio company Nurx provides prescriptions via an app on your mobile phone.The initial offerings are birth control and HIV prevention …

HIV

Funding Friday: Reflex

I just backed this project and I thought I’d share it with all of you:<br>USV TEAM POSTS:Bethany Marz Crystal — November 9, 2017<b><br>Leveraging Company</b> …

Shampoo

Carta

Our portfolio company eShares changed their name to Carta this week.Why?For a bunch of reasons, but mainly because the opportunity has gotten a lot …

APIs

Quantitative Investing in Shampoo

My partner Andy wrote a blog post on USV.com with this title today. I like the title so much that I want to feature the post on AVC today too.I have …

Machine Learning

Election Day

It’s election day and I’m going to stop by the polls this morning and vote.It would be easy for me to skip the polls as there is not much at stake in …

Elections

Onename to Blockstack

Our portfolio company Blockstack, which was the subject of a video I posted here last week, started out as Onename.Onename is a distributed identity …

Design

Airpods and Android

I wrote a post a month or so ago saying that I had fallen hard for Airpods while I was briefly using an old iPhone and was going to miss them when I …

iPhone

Video Of The Week: More AirCraft

I’m excited about AirCraft, which I blogged about yesterday.Here’s a short teaser that Dronebase put up on YouTube yesterday:

Airplanes

Feature Friday: AirCraft By Dronebase

I hesitate to call this a feature, even though it is, as AirCraft is a way bigger deal than a new feature.Our portfolio company Dronebase operates …

Drones

Token Summits in SF and NYC

The Token Summit, run by AVC regulars William Mouyagar and Nick Tomaino, announced two more events in the coming months, Dec 5th 2017 in San …

San Francisco

Fintech Innovation Lab

I write this post every year because I think this is a great program.Fintech Innovation Lab NYC is a business accelerator program that works with the …

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Ledger Nano S

I got my hands on a Ledger Nano S last week and set it up over the weekend.The Ledger Nano is a “Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet” which means it is a …

Bitcoin

The Best Time Of Year For Sports

It rained like crazy in NYC yesterday. So we stayed home and worked and watched TV and had dinner with our family.And we watched football, …

Ken Burns

I Scam Yous

I read a Nathaniel Popper piece in the NY Times today about celebrities endorsing ICOs. It made me want to throw up.Readers know that I have been and …

Bitcoin

Video Of The Week: Polychain

Late last year, USV funded a new hedge fund called Polychain Capital, which invests only in crypto-assets.I talked about the reasons for that …

Fred Wilson

Funding Friday: The Church Of The Sub Genius

I backed this documentary project instantly when I saw it in my feed a week or so ago.You might like to as well.<br>USV TEAM POSTS:Albert Wenger — …

Fred Wilson

Blockstack – A New Decentralized Internet

Our portfolio company Blockstack is building a development platform for decentralized applications built on top of the blockchain.This video explains …

Fred Wilson

NYCx

NYC announced a challenge program this week that is aimed at getting innovators, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, etc focused on solving some …

New York City

IPOs Are Back In Favor

I read this piece on Reuters claiming that the huge megafunds in venture and growth equity are “stalling IPOs.”And while it makes sense at some …

Dara Khosrowshahi

Reset

I read Ellen Pao’s book Reset on my trip.I know a lot of the people in the book and I am not into taking sides or making judgments about what …

Science

Our Model

This past week our portfolio company MongoDB went public. I think that occasion presents an opportunity to talk about USV’s model.We are a small …

Venture Capital

Video Of The Week: Setting Up Alexa To Control Sonos

I am going to set this up on my Sonos sometime this weekend.I figured I’d share it with all of you in case you want to try it too.<br>USV TEAM …

Alexa

Rebecca Kaden

USV added a new partner today. Her name is Rebecca Kaden and she introduced herself to our world on the USV blog just now. Rebecca joins a team of …

Startups