A VC

  • !Funding Friday: The Bottery
    I like 3D printing and I like ceramics. So when I saw this project on Kickstarter this morning, I backed it instantly.
    - 3 hours ago 25 May 18, 11:07am -
  • GDPR Is Upon Us
    As we all know from the flood of emails coming into our inboxes explaining that privacy policies have changed and more, the dawn of the GDPR era is upon us. Technically companies have until tomorrow, May 25th, to get into compliance with GDPR. USV po…
    - 1 day ago 24 May 18, 11:45am -
  • Measuring and Boosting Engineering Velocity
    I have been recommending our portfolio company Code Climate‘s relatively new Velocity product in most of my recent Board meetings. I hear from management teams again and again that they want to understand their engineering utilization and velocity…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 18, 1:57pm -
  • Paying Your Dues
    I was watching last night’s game between the Celtics and the Cavs and I was thinking about the fantastic young players the Celtics have on that team, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier. As good as those players are, it felt…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 18, 3:44pm -
  • CryptoTwitter
    Last week, I was asked this question on Twitter: Crypto Twitter — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) May 14, 2018 But if you want to read CryptoTwitter, what is the best way to do that? I have curated a bunch of people to follow in my timeline over the last…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 18, 10:31am -

Both Sides of The Table

Tomasz Tunguz

  • When Will the Next Wave of UI Advances Happen?
    Technology innovations swing to a pendulum’s cadence. Sometimes innovations begin with infrastructure changes and reverberate up the stack. Other times, front-end engineers innovate at the application layer, which demand downstream changes in the…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 18, 12:00am -
  • An Ode to the OKR - How to Motivate Greater Ambition in Teams
    I remember the first time I wrote an OKR (objective and key result) at Google. “You should set your goals so that you attain 70%. That’s success,” my manager told me. “Even better if you have a moonshot goal in there, with a 5% likelihood o…
    - 17 days ago 9 May 18, 12:00am -
  • A Crypto-Trading Uber Driver and a Billionaire's Spat over Candy - On The Importance of Sticking to Your Strategy
    At Redpoint’s annual investor meeting earlier this year, I quipped, “The day-trading taxi drivers of the dotcom era have been replaced by crypto-trading Uber drivers.” But over the weekend, a grizzled Uber driver with a mane of grey hair and…
    - 20 days ago 6 May 18, 12:00am -
  • The Challenge of Uncertainty
    There’s the challenge of dealing with uncertainty, where you’re operating in the weird zone that you’re making decisions that have significant long term impact or that are difficult to reverse or course-correct in the face of great uncertaint…
    - 22 days ago 4 May 18, 12:00am -
  • Separating The Quality of the Outcome and the Quality of the Decision
    “Don’t be so hard on yourself when things go badly and don’t be so proud of yourself when they go well.” I think this is one of the hardest pieces of advice to follow. Chance is an important contributor to any outcome. sometimes we just ge…
    - 24 days ago 2 May 18, 12:00am -

Semil Shah

  • Ramblings On Time Management
    This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for many months. Ironically, I’ve haven’t had the time for *this specific* post until now, today. I’m writing while all my three toddlers are napping and my wife went to work to get organized. I’ll…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 18, 4:02am -
  • Different Ways To Invest In Startups: The Opportunity… And The Catch
    The public’s interest in learning more about and participating in venture capital seems to grow more and more each week. I have written a few posts here lately sharing my own experience and point of view, but then realized we all may talk about “…
    - 20 days ago 5 May 18, 10:56pm -
  • The Series A Round: “Could A Round By Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?”
    Too many investors subscribe to the Patek Phillipe school of investing “you don’t own the companies’ problems, you merely hold onto them [until you] can get the company to the next round of investors.” — Micah Rosenbloom of Founder Collecti…
    - 27 days ago 28 Apr 18, 5:31am -
  • Investing Notes From The Inaugural Pre-Seed Summit
    Earlier today, the folks from Afore Capital hosted their inaugural “Pre-Seed Summit” in San Francisco. About 150 people showed up, a healthy mix of founders, seed-stage investors and big fund VCs, and a bunch of LPs of various sizes. Some press s…
    - 45 days ago 11 Apr 18, 1:43am -
  • Quickly Unpacking Uber’s Acquisition Of Jump Bikes
    Today it was revealed that Uber, the largest startup/private-unicorn juggernaut reported spent $200M (cash & stock) to acquire San Francisco’s Jump Bikes, a local startup founded all the way back in 2010. There are lots of interesting transit-junki…
    - 45 days ago 10 Apr 18, 5:52am -

Brad Feld

  • Misty II Teardown
    The Misty II pre-order campaign is in full gear, with Misty II selling at a discount of 50% of its retail price. It’s 90% of the way to the stretch goal, which unlocks some fun goods. So, if you want the Apple ][ of home robots, pre-order now and…
    - 7 days ago 18 May 18, 6:27pm -
  • Step Into The VC Time Machine
    One of the things humans are bad at is remembering the past and incorporating the lessons they learned from difficult experiences. I’m sure there’s a philosophical word for this, but I’ve now heard the phrase “this time it is different” so…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 18, 1:58pm -
  • Boulder Open Weekend for Mental Health
    For the second year Amy and I are supporting the Open Weekend – a celebration of neurodiversity in the startup community – through the Anchor Point Foundation. If you or a loved one have a mental health condition or just want to learn more or hel…
    - 11 days ago 14 May 18, 12:38pm -
  • Boulder Startup Week 2018 Non-Profit Pitch Contest
    It’s awesome how Startup Week and Weekend have grown from an experiment here in Boulder into a global set of events that are now housed under the Techstars umbrella. I’m not doing my usual crazy schedule of running around to panels and events as…
    - 14 days ago 11 May 18, 1:43pm -
  • The Legend of Mike and Mary
    I was at dinner several weeks ago with Amy and two close friends who are 20 years younger than us. We were talking about what they were currently doing and they categorized their activities as “adding to” or “not adding to” the legend of mik…
    - 15 days ago 10 May 18, 3:31pm -

Om Malik

  • !May 25: Worth Reading
    Remember GoTV? Or the Verizon’s much talked about the acquisition of once-very-hot Vessel? And all those press releases from Verizon where it talked up its dreams of being an OTT video giant. All those have resulted in nothing, and The company has…
    - 19 mins ago 25 May 18, 2:00pm -
  • !What really is longevity?
    For some odd reason, I have been thinking about, mortality and frailty of life. Some of it is with the passing of icons of my youth — Prince and Tom Wolfe, for example. The other is just because I can’t stop asking the question: but, why? Not a d…
    - 17 hours ago 24 May 18, 9:15pm -
  • Blockchain Phones? Really!
    It seems a whole new slew of phones that are optimized for blockchain applications are currently under development. Sirin Labs is going to debut its Finney phone in October 2018 which runs a custom Android OS. The phone will have built-in crypto w…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 18, 1:43pm -
  • 5 stories worth reading
    Facebook’s full of fake accounts. And despite it saying it stopped nearly 538 million so far this year, there are almost 80 million fake accounts on the service. And they are for sale, Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed reports. After reading the story, i…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 18, 4:00pm -
  • My only camera rig
    I live between analog and digital worlds. My 12.9 inch iPad Pro and Logitech K811 keyboard are my preferred computer combination. For a timepiece, nothing like the artful work from masters at Grand Seiko. And for photography, I now work exclusively w…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 18, 6:55pm -

LifeSciVC

Continuations

  • Shoulder SurgeryNo Uncertainty Wednesday today. I had shoulder surgery yesterday to repair a rotator...
    Shoulder SurgeryNo Uncertainty Wednesday today. I had shoulder surgery yesterday to repair a rotator cuff injury. That means I won’t be able to type for quite a few days. I am creating this post using Voice on my Android phone. Impressively I did n…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 18, 12:15pm -
  • World After Capital: Getting Past Capital (Attention)
    NOTE: Today’s excerpt from World After Capital is about attention. It argues why attention is scarce in the sense of scarcity introduced earlier in the book. This section sets up the demands on attention and then talks about scarcity of attention f…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 18, 11:22am -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Updating (Intro)
    Now that we have spent the last few Uncertainty Wednesdays on modeling beliefs as probability distributions, we can now get to the topic of updating. Updating is what we are supposed to do with our beliefs when we have new observations. We first enco…
    - 9 days ago 16 May 18, 3:10pm -
  • World After Capital: Getting Past Capital (Labor)
    NOTE: Today’s excerpt from World After Capital is about labor. In it I describe what I call the “job loop” and how it has become central to both the economy and sadly also our view of human dignity.LaborBefore we can get to attention, though,…
    - 11 days ago 14 May 18, 12:10pm -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Beliefs (Part 3)
    Today’s Uncertainty Wednesday is a quick wrap up to the formalization of beliefs as probability distributions. Let’s first start with a simple question. What probability distribution reflects the least knowledge about a coin? How do you express …
    - 16 days ago 9 May 18, 5:19pm -

Hunter Walk