Perspectives

The Mosaic Series at Yieldmo

The terms “diversity” and “inclusion” have become increasingly paramount to CEOs, executives, managers and employees when focusing on the direction of their company. Their emphasis on creating a more...

just_work = true

One of my former colleagues, Rob Marianski , and I used to have a running joke — we would be building and debugging something, and he’d finally say, “Oh, so you just want me to set just_work = true”. ...

Keep The Degree Of Difficulty Down

In many sports, like diving, gymnastics, skating, etc, the way to win is to perfectly execute a high degree of difficulty move. In startups, I advise founders to avoid that way of thinking and try to...

Uncertainty Wednesday: Beliefs

The last few weeks in Uncertainty Wednesday we took a detailed look at the various problems with p-values . Now we will start to work towards an alternative approach based on Bayesian inference ....

Uncertainty Wednesday: The Problem with P-Values (Incentives)

Last Uncertainty Wednesday , I introduced the concept of p-values . We looked at the example of a null hypothesis (explanation) that a coin is fair, observing heads (H) or tails (T) six times in a row...

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Investments

Shapeways Expands Services for Creators

Shapeways has printed over 10 million different products. This has allowed Shapeways to hone its printing and logistical capabilities. Along the way, the team has also developed great insights into...

First On SoundCloud

Our portfolio company SoundCloud is the first place most musical artists post their music, the first place most musical artists are offered an opportunity to monetize their music, and the first place...

CryptoKitties

The news broke today that USV, along with many of our friends in the tech/startup/VC sector, has invested in CryptoKitties. What is a CryptoKitty? Well its a cute digital kitten. The USV team made...

The Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2018

Every year our portfolio company Stack Overflow surveys its developer community and publishes the results . This year Stack had over 100,000 respondents to its survey from all over the world, making...

Coinbase Index And Coinbase Index Fund

First a disclosure for all the disclosure enthusiasts who hound me here and on Twitter to disclose things that are well known to most readers in hopes of turning this blog into a legal document: USV...

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Updates

Lauren @ USV

Hi all, My name is Lauren and I oversee Network Engagement and Partnerships at Union Square Ventures. For those who know me, you might think this “welcome” blog post might be odd given that I have...

Hi Everyone

I am a new analyst on the investment team at Union Square Ventures. I came to venture capital from the trading floor at Goldman Sachs. Before that, I worked in the Internet of Things group at Intel...

Hello!

Hey Everyone – I’m Zach, one of the new analysts at USV. I'm excited to be a part of this team and eager to find and support entrepreneurs on their quests to innovate.   I started my career at...

Welcoming ShopShops to USV

We are excited to announce our recent investment in ShopShops and welcome them to the USV network. ShopShops is an interactive global commerce network. Right now, a group of fashion forward US based...

USV Thesis 3.0

The commitment to a thesis is part of the fiber of USV--a shared set of ideas creates a framework that allows us to operate with focus and work on what matters most to our team. But what that thesis...

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Videos and talks

A Conversation with Fred Wilson

Purpose, Mission & Strategy: Making Hard Decisions Easier

Decentralization & The Knowledge Age