USV Network

The USV Network connects portfolio companies to each other, to educational content, and to external resources. We believe that creating a community for portfolio companies to share experiences helps propel companies forward, faster.

We connect portfolio peers through the online USV Network as well as multiple in-person events. Our in-person summits provide open conversations to share best practices and lessons learned. Our current summit groups include: CEOs, Engineering Leadership, Product, Design, Mobile, People, Data, Community, and Business Development. Each group meets twice a year. We also provide workshops on different topics including Growth, Legal, Finance, Taxes, Sales, and Policy.

To help create deeper relationships, all USV portfolio company team members are encouraged to apply for our Peer Mentoring program. The digital USV Network provides a place for on-going conversations and recommended resources.

USV portfolio company staff: sign in to the USV Network on Yammer

Network Updates

Transparency in Government Surveillance
Today, we have joined a large and diverse group of companies, non-profits and consumer advocates in an open letter urging the US government to allow internet and telecom companies to freely report statistics on government surveillance requests. As we've discussed before, standing up for your users is a feature. As we all move more and more of our lives online and into our phones, the data we are producing -- and sharing, whether we know it or not -- is growing exponentially. The extent to which...
The Patent Quality Improvement Act
This week, Senator Schumer introduced legislation that would take a whack at patent trolls: the Patent Quality Improvement Act aims to make it easier and cheaper for companies facing spurious infringement suits to defend themselves. This is not a complete fix for the software patent problem, and we absolutely need go further (more on how, below), but it's a step forward and we wholeheartedly support the Senator here. For those who are new to this problem: patent trolls are eating internet start...
Shapeways Restocks
In the Fall of 2010 we helped spin Shapeways out of Philips. At the time, the founders made a gutsy choice: relocating the company headquarters to New York City. They arrived here in a cold December with their families and little else. Since then it has been an amazing journey. Here are just some of the achievements of the Shapeways team along the way: They launched production facilities in both Eindhoven and Long Island City. Last year Shapeway printed well over 1 million unique products and i...
Foursquare Checks In
Today Foursquare announced that it has raised $41 million coming from its existing investors (including USV) and adding Silver Lake's Waterman Fund. This puts the company in a great position to continue executing at the intersection of local, mobile and social. That opportunity today is larger and clearer than ever before as smartphone adoption has skyrocketed and the couponing craze has abated. As an avid user of Foursquare though what's more exciting is the latest Foursquare experience which ...
Visualizing our Investments
Union Square Ventures is a thesis driven firm. We don't really invest in the consumer web, networks, mobile, the cloud, or any specific technology. We invest in the disruption of the global economy caused by the increasing liquidity of information enabled by the internet. Our thesis allows us to find opportunities as the investment landscape changes. We recently created the USV Portfolio Timeline so that we could better understand how our approach to investing has evolved with the market. We o...
Networks And The Enterprise
Many think that USV is a consumer web investor. We don't think of ourselves that way. We invest in networks and for most of our short history, that has meant investing in networks of individuals connecting with each other. Thus the consumer web investor moniker. But if you go back over the past four years and analyze the roughly thirty investments we have made in that time period, you will see that a good portion, maybe a third, have been in networks where enterprises participate. I like to thin...