• Board Decks Best Practices
    At our portfolio company CEO Summit this spring, the 60 or so leaders in attendance asked us if we could figure out a way to aggregate some insights across our entire portfolio and share the data with them. We said we would see about that. So this su…
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  • A Better Way To Do Bike Share
    I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citi…
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  • Southeast Asia
    We spent the last nine days in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. If you want the play by play version of our trip, head on over to the Gotham Gal’s blog where she does that and has has done for every trip we’ve taken over the last f…
    - 3 days ago 16 Oct 17, 11:10am -
  • Crypto Asset Allocation
    Coindesk did me a disservice with this blog post: USV’s Fred Wilson Predicts ‘Big’ Cryptocurrency Crash https://t.co/P8085HlhW1 pic.twitter.com/8rVaudYnlA — CoinDesk (@coindesk) September 26, 2017 It made it seem like I was predicting an immi…
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  • Audio Of The Week: Luis von Ahn, Founder and CEO of Duolingo
    Luis von Ahn is a terrific entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is the founder of our portfolio company Duolingo. In this podcast he talks about all sorts of interesting topics.
    - 6 days ago 14 Oct 17, 2:12am -

Both Sides of The Table

  • Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.
    Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO. (Hint: 60 million US Latinos driving US growth engine)I am beyond excited to announce the Herb Scannell has agreed to move from NYC to Los Angeles to take on the role of CEO at mitú, the…
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  • Want to Really Understand What all the Hype of Cryptocurrency is About?
    If you read the headlines you may well think cryptocurrencies are a either a radically new way of paying that is our savior from ossified, corrupt governments or on the other side that they are speculative Ponzi schemes. The reality of course is that…
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  • Finding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year
    It’s been a tough year globally. Many feel the division in our families and societies. It has been heart-breaking to see progress reversed and social & racial tensions exacerbated unnecessarily.Much of the focus on the public discourse has been how…
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  • 11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board
    Many board meetings are bored meetings. Management teams whisk through slides trying to get through a presentation to share how great things are going and they are eager to get through the meeting so they can get back to their real jobs. This is a sh…
    - 64 days ago 16 Aug 17, 2:43pm -
  • What Do Boards Actually Do?
    There’s a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that there are these evil VCs who do terrible thi…
    - 65 days ago 15 Aug 17, 5:04am -

Tomasz Tunguz

  • How to Decide With Speed and Conviction
    A startup’s competitive advantage is execution speed. That quickness stems from a CEO’s ability to decide and this ability separates the great from the good. According to a recently published Harvard Business Review article, one of the four key…
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  • Monte Carlo Simulations of Inside and Outside Sales Teams in a SaaS Startup
    Recently, a VP of sales told me about the way he views the dynamic between inside and outside sales. Inside sales is the drumbeat, a highly predictable sales organization whose consistency enables outside sales to swing for the fences. I never hear…
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  • Shopify S-1 Analysis - Smiling All the Way to $10B
    Shopify is an exceptional business. There are not many software companies who can nearly quadruple their enterprise value in two years. But Shopify has grown from $2.7B in enterprise value to more than $10B. What are the metrics behind this behemot…
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  • Decision-Making Auditing
    How do you help someone when that person knows substantially more about the question than you do? This is one of the most fundamental and frequent questions in management. I came across it first as a product manager. Then as a manager of teams. And…
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  • How Much Should A SaaS Startup Invest in Sales & Marketing?
    How much should a SaaS startup invest in sales and marketing at different stages of the business? This is a very nuanced question, but benchmarks do provide some guidance for what is reasonable. Sales and marketing investment depends on many differ…
    - 33 days ago 17 Sep 17, 12:00am -

Semil Shah

  • !“Leveling Up”
    I have been emailing Haystack founders a bit more often with some stream-of-conscious thoughts, and many of them have encouraged me to publish them publicly. Below, I was thinking about how relatively easy it is (in the Bay Area) to raise a seed roun…
    - 19 hours ago 18 Oct 17, 7:08pm -
  • Notes From The 2017 Cendana MicroVC Summit
    Yesterday, I attended my fourth Cendana Micro VC Summit in San Francisco. As I’ve done in years past, I wanted to briefly summarize how I perceived the mood of both LPs (the money source) and GPs (those who allocate to founders) in today’s curren…
    - 7 days ago 12 Oct 17, 8:08pm -
  • How To Transform A VC Fund Capital Base From Individuals To Institutional LPs
    Lots of people have raised small VC funds. There are more startups, and there’s more LP capital from various sources to meet that demand. After the rise of institutional seed funds in the late 2000’s, we’ve obviously witnessed a pure explosion…
    - 8 days ago 11 Oct 17, 5:41am -
  • Brief Thoughts On VC Fund Management
    If you’re a new or relatively-new VC, you simply must download or stream this new 20 Minute VC interview of Michael Dearing of Harrison Metal (download here). Harry Stebbings does a great job with this one. There are two key reasons to spend the ti…
    - 10 days ago 10 Oct 17, 12:37am -
  • Who Startups Truly Compete With — Each Other
    When a founding team is raising institutional money — either an institutional seed or Series A/B round — those founding teams may have a slide in their pitch deck which shows the competition in their market or sector. This is often referred to as…
    - 26 days ago 23 Sep 17, 4:19am -

Brad Feld

  • Hope Is The Consequence of Action
    Last night Amy and I hosted an event at our house for the ACLU and Earthjustice, two organizations we are significant supporters of. If you told me 20 years ago that I’d be spending a lot of my philanthropic energy supporting lawyers, I would have…
    - 1 day ago 18 Oct 17, 1:22pm -
  • Digital Security Is Not Working Very Well
    We live in a digital world with a false sense of security. While watching Blade Runner 2049 I smiled during a scene near the end where Deckard says to K, “What Have You Done?!?!?” I expect that this false sense of security will still exist in 2…
    - 3 days ago 16 Oct 17, 2:31pm -
  • My Partners Blogging In 2017
    My partners Chris Moody, Seth Levine, and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. Also, the Foundry Group blog is always active, with occasi…
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  • Profiles on 2017 Boulder City Council Candidates
    On October 19th, Engage Boulder is hosting a breakfast with me from 7:30am to 9:30am to discuss the past, present, and future of Boulder. I’ve lived and worked here since 1995 so I’ve seen, and be involved in, a lot of the evolution of our city…
    - 6 days ago 13 Oct 17, 3:27pm -
  • On The Road Again
    I was in Atlanta yesterday for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. I’ll be here again today for Venture Atlanta and then I’m on to Kansas City for Techstars Kansas City Demo Day. Rule #1: Don’t eat the bugs on the window of the 23rd floor of your hotel…
    - 8 days ago 11 Oct 17, 12:25pm -

Om Malik

  • !Happy Diwali
    After a relaxing week in Tuscany (to celebrate the end of my 50th year around the sun,) I came back refreshed. I was full of verve and vigor to get back to work, writing and connecting with my friends, family and colleague. Unfortunately, the best la…
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  • !Tuscany from the lens of iPhone 8+
    I was in Tuscany, Italy recently and had a chance to put the new iPhone 8+ through the paces. While I made a lot of photos with my Leica SL, I wanted to take a moment and share some of the fantastic photos that came out of the iPhone. These photos ar…
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  • Goodbye Netflix
    It was over ten years ago when I started talking to Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix about broadband and streaming. The company was still in the business of DVD rentals, but the I was sold on the idea of “Netflix” being the killer app…
    - 8 days ago 11 Oct 17, 6:26pm -
  • Flummoxed by Summilux SL
    I recently visited Tuscany and spent a week with friends, unplugged; spending as much time eating, hiking and photographing the beautiful landscape. It has been a fun week, but I have struggled with photography. You see, in a rush to leave last week,…
    - 12 days ago 7 Oct 17, 9:54am -
  • The Circle of Happiness
    2.45 am… I woke up and looked out of the window. It was jet black sky with twinkling stars, spread like diamonds across the universe. There were so many of them. I was wide awake in a few minutes. I walked out to the patio, barefoot, my soles feeli…
    - 15 days ago 4 Oct 17, 3:00am -


  • Transplant Tailwinds and Momentum
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    - 3 days ago 16 Oct 17, 10:49am -
  • Launching Science2Startup: Connecting Academics With Venture
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    - 13 days ago 6 Oct 17, 12:55pm -
  • Nimbus Therapeutics Reaches Summit For Deal With Celgene
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    - 16 days ago 3 Oct 17, 11:41am -
  • VC-Backed Biotech Financings: Boom Or Bubble?
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    - 17 days ago 2 Oct 17, 11:46am -
  • Building Community: One Stride At A Time
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    - 23 days ago 26 Sep 17, 10:49am -


  • Uncertainty Wednesday: A Random Variable without Expected Value
    I ended the previous Uncertainty Wednesday post asking whether an expected value always exists. Going back to the definition, the expected value is the “probability weighted average of a random variable.” So let’s construct an example of a ran…
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  • Blog Panic (Backing Up Cloud Services)
    I woke up this past Friday (the 13th) to a DM on Twitter saying that Continuations was down. I immediately tried to open the site on my phone and was greeted by an ominous:At first I figured that maybe Tumblr was down. A quick check of other Tumblrs…
    - 3 days ago 16 Oct 17, 11:24am -
  • Last Uncertainty Wednesday we dug deeper into understanding the distribution of sample means. I...
    Last Uncertainty Wednesday we dug deeper into understanding the distribution of sample means. I ended with asking why the chart for 100,000 samples of size 10 looked smoother than then one for samples of size 100 (just as a refresher, these are all r…
    - 8 days ago 12 Oct 17, 12:21am -
  • Support idyll - Interactive Narratives
    I am excited about a new open source project called idyll. Here is how Matthew Conlen, the lead author, describes idyllIdyll is a tool that makes it easier to author interactive narratives for the web. The goal of the project is to provide a friendly…
    - 10 days ago 9 Oct 17, 11:40pm -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Sample Mean (Cont’d)
    Last Uncertainty Wednesday, we started to look at the behavior of the mean of a sample by repeatedly drawing samples. We used a sample of 10 rolls of a fair die. We know that the expected value of the probability distribution is 3.5 but we saw that t…
    - 15 days ago 4 Oct 17, 11:26am -

Hunter Walk

  • Twitter Needs a Public Police Blotter
    Twitter’s general policy is to not comment on the actions taken against a specific account deemed to be in violation of its Terms of Service. Occasionally in high profile or controversial cases they’re forced to present clarifications, such as ye…
    - 6 days ago 13 Oct 17, 6:26pm -
  • How This Anxious Introvert Handles Large Events
    If you only kinda know me you might think I’m a confident extrovert, but if you really really know me, it’s more clear: I’m an introvert, and one who gets slightly anxious during prolonged exposure to large groups. Introversion isn’t shyness…
    - 17 days ago 2 Oct 17, 8:09pm -
  • Hey Tech Industry, Let’s Focus Less on UBI & More on Minimum Wage, Portable Benefits & Vocational Training
    Lots of continued buzz these days in technology circles about Universal Basic Income because it’s assumed UBI is the best (or only) solution for a future where automation and AI dramatically shrink the number of jobs available. Although the America…
    - 19 days ago 30 Sep 17, 6:55pm -
  • “Convince Me” said the Investor. “No” said the Founder.
    It’s in a founder’s natural disposition to want to convince people of their point of view. And while engaging substantively with those who disagree is often an excellent way to both stress test your assumptions and increase your ability to tell y…
    - 25 days ago 24 Sep 17, 9:03pm -
  • Fake Cues: Why The Next Photo Innovation May Be Helping You Tell a Lie
    I want to share something which might be a bit unsettling – whenever I’m looking at you, I’m judging. Whether it’s in person or a static photo. I just can’t help it. It’s how I’m wired. By the way, it’s how you’re wired too. Perhaps…
    - 30 days ago 19 Sep 17, 2:41pm -