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Happy New Year

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.I’d like to wish a happy new year to all my Jewish friends and colleagues and readers.I don’t personally …

Religion

Mexico City

Mexico City is an amazing place. The Gotham Gal and I were there around this time last year.The people, the culture, the energy are all great in …

Mexico City

Why Amazon Should Come To NYC

USA Today reported that NYC is working on a proposal to encourage Amazon to locate its second headquarters “HQ2” in NYC.I can’t imagine a better …

Amazon

Worry

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 …

work in progress

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

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 …

Venture Capital

Audio Of The Week: Andy Weissman on Twenty Minute VC

In this podcast, my partner Andy talks a lot about USV’s investment process.It’s a good interview.

Investing

Fun Friday: Crypto Crystal Ball

Chris Burniske posted this Twitter poll a few days ago:Given the tense #crypto market environment right now, are you expecting:— Chris Burniske …

Polling

Kickstarter Japan

Yesterday was a big day for our portfolio company Kickstarter.They launched in Japan, a market that has been dying for Kickstarter to come to for …

Japan

Cornell Tech

I took a ferry up the East River yesterday evening to attend a dinner celebrating the official opening of Cornell Tech which happens this …

Construction

AR “Browsers” On The Phone

Jacqueline gave us an update yesterday on the latest with Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore.These AR “browsers” are coming soon to Apple and Google …

Gear & Gadgets

September 11th – A Day Of Remembrance

I have written a lot about September 11th on this blog over the years.I started AVC a couple years post 9/11, while I was and NY was still very much …

The Equifax Data Breach

The news broke late last week that hackers have taken almost 150mm records from Equifax. These records include name, address, social security number, …

Identity Theft

Video Of The Week: William and Ted

Our portfolio company Kik is doing a token offering for its Kin crypto token this coming week.AVC regular William Mougayar interviewed Kik …

CEOs

Fun Friday: The Johnnie Walker Ad

I love the LA band called Chicano Batman.They did an ad for Johnnie Walker back in January that is very timely right now.Check it out.

Johnnie Walker

A Nightmare

I don’t know why we call them Dreamers. Because they get to pursue the American Dream? Don’t we all?These kids, or adults as many are now, were …

I Don't Know

Oreo

I received an over the air upgrade to the Oreo version of Android (Android 8) yesterday.It makes my phone feel even more like an iPhone. …

Mobile

The China ICO Ban

Regulators in China imposed a blanket ban on ICOs over the long weekend.A number of people have reached out to me via email and Twitter asking me …

Bitcoin

Union 2.0

I wrote this post below on labor day two years ago. From where I sit, very little progress has been made on this since then. That is a problem and …

I Don't Know

Multi-Sig Wallets

A lot of financial processes require multiple signatories, like a wire transfer for example. That adds a level of security and comfort to a process …

Bitcoin

Video Of The Week: The Coming Disruption Of Transportation And Energy

My friend Steve suggested that I watch this video about the coming changes in energy and transportation and how profound (and rapid) they will …

Transportation

Funding Friday: Hurricane Harvey

The monthly match gang has been discussing doing a match campaign to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.We are particularly interested in helping …

Hurricane Harvey

Store Of Value vs Payment System

One of the debates that has raged inside and outside of the Bitcoin community since I got involved back in 2012 is whether Bitcoin was a store of …

Cryptocurrency

Monetizing A Free App

A number of our portfolio companies that have free web/mobile apps that are monetized by advertising have offered a low-priced subscription offering …

Mobile

Flood Damage

I got an email from a friend last night. He said that his friend was flooded in Texas and had lost many family mementos and valuable items.Obviously …

Flood Insurance

How To Value Crypto Assets

Given the explosive increase in the prices of crypto assets this year, there is a growing discussion on how to value them.This is a very good …

Bitcoin

Pay Per View Poll

I stayed up until 1am ET last night to watch the Mayweather McGregor fight.We used the Showtime Pay Per View app on AppleTV to watch the fight.We …

UFC

Video Of The Week: The NYS DFS Virtual Currency Hearings

Apparently there is a Netflix documentary on Bitcoin that recently came out.I’ve been hearing from a lot of friends that my NYS DFS testimony from …

Cryptocurrency

Funding Friday: Good Fences Make Good Neighboors

“generally it reflects a misunderstanding of humanity”To back this project, go here.<br>USV TEAM POSTS:Nick Grossman — August 24, 2017<b><br>On the blockchain:</b> …

Fred Wilson

The Hashtag

Ten years ago yesterday, August 23, 2007, Chris Messina suggested that using the # sign in a tweet could be used to group tweets about a thing (his …

Biz Stone

Resource Constraints

Most of the companies I work with tell me that they are resource constrained and do not have enough capital and engineers to do everything they want …

Innovation