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Panic Attacks

I read the ESPN piece on Kevin Love and other NBA players’ mental health issues this morning. My son had sent it to me yesterday. The bit about his panic attack during an Atlanta Hawks game, initially

Fifty-Seven

I am fifty-seven years old today. As I have done for the last twenty years, I plan to spend the day at the beach surrounded by family. Birthdays don’t bum me out. I look forward to them. They are a

First Mover Disadvantage

Getting to something first has tremendous advantages but also comes with a bunch of challenges. I was thinking about this yesterday as I was setting up a couple iPads to be used around our house as

Video Of The Week: Getting Water Out Of A Flooded Jeep Wrangler

We had torrential rains last night and around 3am, I woke up and realized that I had left the soft top open on our Jeep Wrangler. The lighting was coming down hot and heavy so I waited it out and

Feature Friday: Now Playing

I’ve written about this Android feature before. I am a bit obsessed about it. When you are in a place where music is playing, the Android operating system notifies you what is “now playing.” I have

Disclosure

The disclosure police have been making noises in the comments here at AVC and on Twitter that suggest I do not disclose conflicts and other important information when I write about things I am close

A Fair Share From Airbnb

I will be attending a press event today in NYC where Airbnb is announcing a $10mm program to support local efforts that improve the lives of New York State residents. Airbnb calls this program A Fair

Investor Friendly Terms

At USV, we have always had simple and investor-friendly terms with the institutions and individuals that provide the capital we invest. I got thinking about that this morning in reading Brad Feld’s

Strike When The Iron Is Hot

I introduced a young friend of one of my children to a colleague in the tech business last month. The young friend took a day to reply to the email introduction and by then the introduction had gone

Capitulation?

One of the things I have disliked the most about the crypto sector is the idea that people should “hodl” or “hold on for dear life.” I have written many times here at AVC that one should take profits

Audio Of The Week: Ryan Selkis On The Messari Project

On this episode of the Epicenter podcast, Ryan Selkis, founder of the Messari project, talks about what they are trying to do with Messari and how it might bring needed transparency and accountability

Funding Friday: This Place Will Be Water

The neighborhood where we live in NYC will be underwater with a 2-degree Celsius increase in global temperatures. This Kickstarter project will create stickers that all of us can place on places like

Regulating and Legislating Tech and Tech Companies

More and more of the news around tech these days is about the relationship between technology companies and government. That was not the case a decade ago when regulators and elected officials took a

Reporting

At USV, we report to our investors on our portfolio and performance four times a year, once a quarter. We produce an audited report once a year, with our Q4 results. We do that in writing and we also

Selling

I like to think of the investing discipline as composed of three key modes of operation. Buying – Figuring out what you should buy and what you should not buy. There are many strategies that work here

Voice Input – Some Observations

I have an excellent voice assistant on my Android phone. I never use it. I could be dictating this blog post using the same voice assistant. I don’t do that except when I want to prove that I can. We

What Was, What Is, and What Will Be

A friend shared this book and blog with me called Vanishing New York. Both chronicle the loss of the culture and institutions that made NYC a magical place to live in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Certainly

Video Of The Week: Peter Kafka Interview of Kerry Trainor, SoundCloud CEO

At the Code Media conference a few months, Peter Kafka interviewed Kerry Trainor, CEO of our portfolio company SoundCloud. It’s a great conversation about the past and future of SoundCloud and also

Feature Friday: The AppleTV TV App

In late 2016/early 2017, Apple introduced a new app to the AppleTV called TV. We’ve had it on our various AppleTV devices but have not been big users of it until this summer. With our recent move to

Sonos

Sonos priced it’s initial public offering last night at $15/share and will start trading today under the ticker SONO. I am very fond of this company and the products it makes. The Gotham Gal and I are