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The Pitch Meeting Setup

We’ve known for a long time that one of the most stressful things for entrepreneurs when they pitch us and other VCs is the initial setup of the meeting when they need to be meeting and greeting the...

The 5 Cardinal Rules of Moderating a Panel

A snapshot from a recent panel in which I was a participant, not a moderator So, you’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion at an event. Great…you’ve snagged the runner-up position instead of...

A Visual Guide to the Howey Test

Disclaimer: I am  not a lawyer, and I am not your lawyer. I have been in an uncountable number of conversations over the past few years discussing the question of what defines a “security” in the...

On-Chain versus Off-Chain Computation, Turing Completeness and Zero Knowledge Proofs

I have been skeptical about Turing complete on chain computation for a long time. Many early proponents took the position that there is no issue because a mechanism such as Ethereum’s gas limits how...

Crypto Fundamentals

Our good friend Chris Burniske was on Squawk Box this morning. I got up and watched it.  You can see the video here . Of course there is interest in the crypto market right now, as it is falling...

Perspectives

The Pitch Meeting Setup

We’ve known for a long time that one of the most stressful things for entrepreneurs when they pitch us and other VCs is the initial setup of the meeting when they need to be meeting and greeting the...

The 5 Cardinal Rules of Moderating a Panel

A snapshot from a recent panel in which I was a participant, not a moderator So, you’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion at an event. Great…you’ve snagged the runner-up position instead of...

A Visual Guide to the Howey Test

Disclaimer: I am  not a lawyer, and I am not your lawyer. I have been in an uncountable number of conversations over the past few years discussing the question of what defines a “security” in the...

On-Chain versus Off-Chain Computation, Turing Completeness and Zero Knowledge Proofs

I have been skeptical about Turing complete on chain computation for a long time. Many early proponents took the position that there is no issue because a mechanism such as Ethereum’s gas limits how...

Crypto Fundamentals

Our good friend Chris Burniske was on Squawk Box this morning. I got up and watched it.  You can see the video here . Of course there is interest in the crypto market right now, as it is falling...

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Investments

Welcoming Dia&Co to USV

Today, Dia&Co announced their Series C round, which we recently led out of our Opportunity Fund. The crux of USV’s Thesis 3.0 is about backing trusted brands that broaden access, and this is exactly...

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...

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Differentiated user experiences are a cornerstone of the defensible businesses that USV has invested in for over 10 years. In the most recent articulation of our thesis - 3.0 - we also stressed...

Video Of The Week: GoTenna Mesh

It’s a long weekend with many of us off the grid. So what do you do when you are off the grid? Get a GoTenna to stay connected. This promotional video explains the power of GoTenna when you and...

Video Of The Week: Silvio Micali on Algorand

Silvio Micali is the founder of USV portfolio company Algorand , which is building a foundational blockchain of the same name. In this video, Silvio explains what is different and important about...

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Updates

USV’s Back to School Reading List

It's been a busy summer of reading for us here at USV. Since we often receive requests about what books people are reading, we polled the USV team internally to find out what picks and recommendations...

Analyzing Tools Used by Our Network

This summer at Union Square Ventures, Jennifer Greenberg joined us as our summer intern. During her time at USV, she worked on many projects, and one of them was analyzing tools from across our...

Jed @ USV

Hey all, I've recently joined USV as the firm's very first Developer in Residence. Over the next year I'll be porting USV's thinking around networks into code, and writing the APIs, apps, and bots...

USV Intern Day

I know my favorite day of the year should be our USV CEO Summit. But it’s not. It’s actually USV Intern Day. On this day, which we now host once a year in both NYC and SF, we bring together interns...

Proof Of Blog

We have a tradition at USV that one of our new analysts, Dani , coined Proof Of Blog. Excited to be a part of the @usv team (it’s official now – based on Proof of Blog). I’m two weeks in, here’s some...

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Videos and talks

A Conversation with Fred Wilson

Purpose, Mission & Strategy: Making Hard Decisions Easier

Decentralization & The Knowledge Age