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Pivot or Fail?

The Pivot is celebrated in startup land. Huge successes like Twitter and Slack are all the results of pivots. So surely pivoting is a good thing, right? Well, I am not so sure. And I certainly don’t

Video Of The Week: Setting A Holiday Table

It is that time of year when we are having our families and friends over and celebrating holidays with a big meal. And there is no better way to create that personalized one of a kind table than going

Feature Friday: Wireless Charging

One feature of the Pixel 3 that I really like is the return of wireless charging, something earlier Google phones had but went away. I bought a Pixel Stand and set it up where I charge my phone when I

Crypto Explorers Goes On The Road

The Crypto Explorers community was seeded right here on AVC. It is a community of over 200 people who are working in the crypto sector, interested in the crypto sector, and/or are invested in the

Economic Development

On the west side of Manhattan, from the west village, where we live, to the Javits Center on 34th Street and the west side highway, runs an abandoned elevated train track called The Highline. Eleven

Welcome Amazon

The New York Times is reporting that Amazon has officially chosen NYC and DC as the locations for its big planned expansion, known as HQ2. This is big news for NYC, as I wrote about last week. I would

Mementos

I keep little things that remind me of events over my career in venture capital. And I have been doing that for most of those thirty plus years. I keep them on a bookshelf I have in my office at USV.

What Happens When A Founder Is Fully Vested?

Let’s say you are the founder and CEO of a startup and you have now been at it for four years. The company is doing great, you’ve raised several rounds of financing, you have a product in the market

Audio Of The Week: Turning Buildings Into Power Plants

The Gotham Gal and I are investors in Blueprint Power, a company that helps landlords turn their buildings into mini power plants. Robyn Beavers, the CEO of Blueprint, was on the Gotham Gal’s podcast

Funding Friday: Women in STEM Holiday Cards

I backed this project the minute I saw it. Maybe you might like to back it too and get some holiday cards that might inspire the girls in your life to grow up and be like these amazing women.

The Anchor Tenant

Malls need anchor tenants. These are the stores that bring the folks to the mall so that they can discover all of the other amazing places to shop that sit between the big tenants. Cities need the

TYWLS Digital Dance

I blogged about this in the spring of 2017 but I am back with more. TYWLS stands for The Young Women’s Leadership School, which is located in Astoria Queens in NYC. A few years ago the students

If You Do Just One Thing Today, Vote

Today is Election Day. Polls are open in every state in the US. It is time to stop the incessant back and forth, and do the one thing that counts – voting. There is very little on my ballot here in

Pixel 3 XL

I spent a fair bit of time this weekend moving phones from the Pixel 2, which I have loved using, to the Pixel 3 XL. It is drop dead simple to port over all of my accounts, data, and apps from one

Broken Syndicates

One of the most challenging situations in startup/venture capital land is the broken syndicate. It is not a topic that is talked about much, but it is fairly common, particularly for companies that

Video Of The Week: Ethereum 2.0

I just watched Vitalik Buterin’s keynote at Devcon 4 in Prague last week, on Halloween and on the tenth anniversary of Satoshi’s whitepaper. In this keynote, Vitalik explains what has taken so long in

Funding Friday: Misen Non Stick Pan

Earlier this week, I talked about the D2C consumer products sector and how it has exploded over the last decade. Another contributor to that explosion are crowdfunding services like our portfolio

Dapper

Back in March of this year, I wrote a post on the USV blog announcing our investment in Cryptokitties. A lot has happened since then. The company that made Cryptokitties is now called Dapper and it

D2CX

One of the big trends in startup land over the last decade is consumer brands getting built direct to consumer (D2C) on highly efficient advertising channels like Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,

Vertical Accelerators In NYC

The Partnership For New York City operates some excellent “vertical” accelerators for companies that are getting started and are focused on serving industries with big footprints here in NYC.