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  • !Comment Policy
    Our portfolio company Disqus, the company that makes the comment system we use here at AVC, released a new feature last week. This new feature allows a blogger/publisher to put their comment policy above the comment thread. You can see it here, at th…
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  • SegWit2x Update
    I posted last week about the debate between the SegWit2x Bitcoin update and the threat of a soft fork. Since then a number of important things have happened. BIP91 locked in on Thursday and and yesterday BIP91 enforcement was activated. That means th…
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  • Video Of The Week: Mesh Networking For Wireless Connectivity
    Daniela Perdomo, founder and CEO of our portfolio company goTenna recently gave a talk at the New York Times about how mesh networking can improve wireless connectivity in urban environments. It’s a short talk (~7 mins) and explains how mesh networ…
    - 2 days ago 22 Jul 17, 12:03pm -
  • Funding Friday: Token Filings
    Public market investors who like to buy into IPOs have Edgar, a database of SEC filings that they can browse through to learn important information on upcoming IPOs. Investors in token offerings have not had the same thing. Until yesterday. AVC regul…
    - 3 days ago 21 Jul 17, 9:44am -
  • Coindexter
    Our former USV colleague Jonathan Libov finally took the covers off a side project he’s been working on since he was at USV. It is called Coindexter and it’s “a collaborative library for long-term investors in decentralized, blockchain network…
    - 4 days ago 20 Jul 17, 10:47am -

Both Sides of The Table

  • What Does it Mean to be American?
    What Does it Mean to be American?The journey to build a nation of immigrants has led to the strongest, most vibrant society in history. Our creativity and innovation have been unmatched precisely BECAUSE we’re a liberal democracy, are tolerant of o…
    - 7 days ago 18 Jul 17, 2:26am -
  • I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family
    Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.” Like characters from one of my favorite novels “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” life seemed very light.…
    - 7 days ago 17 Jul 17, 2:47pm -
  • Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund
    I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront VI is our latest core fund and is $400 million to invest in early stage entrepreneurs. This brings o…
    - 24 days ago 30 Jun 17, 2:45pm -
  • One Simple Way You Can Make an Actual Difference in Somebody’s Life
    Fresno State students receive supplies for school with help from Renaissance Scholars staff John Hunt, Jr. (left) and Kizzy Lopez (right).We’re all bombarded with social media campaigns asking for us to Tweet, share, like, change our badge, use a…
    - 28 days ago 27 Jun 17, 1:24am -
  • What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?
    One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable “burn rate” is. That is, how much should your company be willing to lose in cash every month as you make invest…
    - 35 days ago 20 Jun 17, 6:05am -

Tomasz Tunguz

  • How Developed is Global Venture Capital Market?
    Just where is the US venture market relative to the rest of the world? After most US analyses I publish, a few founders in other geographies ask questions about their own. These inquiries made me wonder, how has the global market evolved?The char…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • The Quickest Way to Estimate How Much Your Startup Needs to Raise

    - 5 days ago 20 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • Self Service Data
    During every person’s working life, there comes a time when you have a question that could be answered by having access to the right data. Unfortunately, the time and effort required to find that data, package it the right way, and send it to an…
    - 6 days ago 19 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • The Decline of Investment in San Francisco Startups
    Bloomberg published a post this weekend called San Francisco’s VC Boom is Over. The article pointed to the seeming collapse in the amount of venture capital raised by San Francisco startups relative to other regions. The slowing of venture investme…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • The Best Book on the Fundamentals of Selling
    I’ve asked many VPs of Sales the same question. Which is the best book on the fundamentals of selling? Almost unequivocally, they respond, “Miller-Heiman.” The New Strategic Selling is an updated version of the original Strategic Selling, whi…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jul 17, 12:00am -

Semil Shah

  • The Story Behind My Investment in Protocol Labs
    Almost three years ago now (summer of 2014), a friend said I should spend some extra time looking at a new small company that had formed out of Stanford. I remembered seeing the company at Y Combinator’s Demo Day in August 2014. The presentation wa…
    - 43 days ago 11 Jun 17, 2:13pm -
  • The Story Behind My Investment In CARMERA
    Years ago, when I was working at a startup, I made my first trip down to SXSW. It was a blast. That weekend, I happened to stay in a house along with a bunch of folks from Disqus. I knew Daniel, the founder, a bit from before, as […]
    - 48 days ago 6 Jun 17, 9:37pm -
  • June 6, 2017: AMAx3
    On June 6th, I may break an Internet record — or, at least, try to. Next Tuesday, I will participate in three (3) separate, live “AMAs,” also known as “Ask Me Anything.” I have done of few of these already, and as someone who loves good que…
    - 52 days ago 3 Jun 17, 3:49am -
  • Guest Series On StrictlyVC: Q&A With Limited Partners In VC
    ** UPDATE ** I’ve added links to each specific interview posted on StrictlyVC with each of the LPs: -Sarah Anderson @ Cintrifuse – click here -Susan Chen @ UTIMCO – click here -Atul Rustgi @ Accolade – click here -Amit Tiwari @ INVESCO – cl…
    - 64 days ago 22 May 17, 4:11am -
  • The Story Behind My Investment In Remix
    A little over two years ago, the founder of Chariot, a company I was involved very early with, told me about another founder in his YC batch that he liked. He wasn’t sure if it was a good business (at the time), but he really vouched for the […]
    - 76 days ago 9 May 17, 3:40pm -

Brad Feld

  • !The Pessimists’ Future
    An amazing book. But a dark, dark future. Or not, depending on whether or not you believe we are actually living in a computer simulation already.  The post The Pessimists’ Future appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Jul 17, 4:09pm -
  • Contentment
    Amy and I were at a delightful dinner with friends (new and old) last night who are deeply involved in Naropa. After a very long couple of days where I was very tired, it was nice to sit in a cozy house, eat home cooked food, and just talk about life…
    - 4 days ago 20 Jul 17, 4:34pm -
  • Legitimate Front’s She on Rock Band
    Readers of this blog likely know that my partners Jason and Ryan have a band called Legitimate Front. You also probably know I’m on the board of Defy Ventures. And it’s likely you know that we are investors in Harmonix. When you mix all three, yo…
    - 6 days ago 18 Jul 17, 6:17pm -
  • The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur
    This showed up in my inbox the other day from a friend of 20 years. He’s been involved in a number of companies that we’ve invested in over the years in different senior and/or co-founder roles, including CEO. It was short and sweet but captured…
    - 11 days ago 13 Jul 17, 4:19pm -
  • America Is Pushing Entrepreneurship To Other Countries
    Yesterday, the White House announced it was delaying and likely eliminating the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule is the closest we’ve come to a Startup Visa, something I’ve been working on with numerous other people since 2009. Several…
    - 13 days ago 11 Jul 17, 1:42pm -

Om Malik

  • Almost Midnight in Helsinki 
    I am in Helsinki for board meetings and last night ended up staying up late and snapped a few photos. This one is at just about midnight. I made this with iPhone SE and ProCamera app, which captures photos in RAW. I prefer this app over others such a…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 17, 4:55am -
  • 7 Things to read today
    I have curated seven wonderful articles to read today (or maybe later) including profile of a true genius, shopping on Craigslist and does fashion industry need Vogue?
    - 6 days ago 18 Jul 17, 6:35pm -
  • Sunrise in Stinson Beach
    I was in Stinson Beach earlier this year and decided to take a walk in the morning. The sunrise was nearly perfect and the colors were amazing. I was glad I brought my camera. Here are a handful of photos. Enjoy!  Made with Leica SL 601 with Leica V…
    - 6 days ago 18 Jul 17, 5:05pm -
  • A summer in the Arctic
    My recent trip to the Arctic North, prompted folks from Aether Apparel, one of my favorite brands recently, to run a photo-essay on their online Journal. These photos were made with my Leica SL, Fuji x100F and my iPhone 7+. They also asked me why I w…
    - 7 days ago 17 Jul 17, 8:27pm -
  • My Leica TL-2 (Mini) Review
    Leica recently released the latest version of its Leica T camera, the TL2. I used it for a week and this is my very basic review. I am not a professional reviewer, so consider this as an amateur's impressions. 
    - 9 days ago 15 Jul 17, 4:00pm -

LifeSciVC

  • Atlas Cranks It Up To Eleven: Fund XI
    Today we announced the closing of Atlas Venture Fund XI, a $350M investment vehicle focused exclusively on early stage biotech investing. Since launching our fundraising process in April, we’ve received a truly humbling level of support and interes…
    - 25 days ago 29 Jun 17, 10:24am -
  • Hiring:  Using Your Team To Build A Team
    This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Much has been said about who and when to hire in this blog (here and here for example), butThe post Hiring:  Using Your Team…
    - 38 days ago 16 Jun 17, 10:42am -
  • Getting Personal at ASCO 2017: Precision Therapies, IO, and Autologous Cell Therapy
    This blog was written by Michael Gladstone, Principal at Atlas Venture, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. The 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (“ASCO”) meeting concluded last week, providing patients, physicians, an…
    - 41 days ago 13 Jun 17, 7:28am -
  • The Road to Lexington: RaNA’s Midnight Ride Ignites the mRNA Revolution
    This blog was written by Brian Fenton and Paul Burgess, CBO and GC of RaNA Therapeutics, respectively, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was summoned by Dr. Joseph Warren ofThe post The Road to L…
    - 52 days ago 2 Jun 17, 10:53am -
  • Team Atlas Expands Its Roster With Kevin Bitterman
    We’re excited to announce Kevin Bitterman has joined Atlas Venture as a partner! Kevin is well known in the Boston biotech ecosystem, having spent the last dozen-plus years on the life science team at Polaris Partners. He brings a greatThe post Te…
    - 53 days ago 1 Jun 17, 10:33am -

Continuations

  • Homo Deus by Yuval Harari (Book Review)
    I previously wrote a review of Yuval Harari’s Sapiens, which I highly recommended, despite fundamentally disagreeing with one of its central arguments. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about Homo Deus. While the book asks incredibly important q…
    - 3 days ago 21 Jul 17, 3:12pm -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Continuous Random Variables (Cont’d)
    Last time in Uncertainty Wednesdays, I introduced continuous random variables and gave an example of a bunch of random variables following a Normal Distribution.Now in the picture you can see two values, denoted as μ and σ^2, for the different co…
    - 5 days ago 19 Jul 17, 11:37am -
  • Be Careful of What You Wish For: Token/ICO Edition
    I have written several posts on token sales and ICOs already, including some “Thoughts on Regulating ICOs” and  “Optimal Token Sales.” With the continued fundraising success of new projects, here are some observations on investment terms and…
    - 7 days ago 17 Jul 17, 12:38pm -
  • Uncertainty Wednesday: Continuous Random Variables
    So far in Uncertainty Wednesdays we have only dealt with models and random variables that had a discrete probability distribution. Often in fact we had only two possible states or signal values. There are lots of real world problems though in which t…
    - 12 days ago 12 Jul 17, 12:34pm -
  • Assessment of Trump Presidency?
    We are rapidly approaching the first half year of Trump’s Presidency. I am genuinely curious whether there is anyone attempting a cogent defense of the record so far. If you have read something you think qualifies, please link to it in the comments…
    - 14 days ago 11 Jul 17, 1:15am -

Hunter Walk