• "No online community with a collective identity has successfully become a large business like the segregated, follower-based communities of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Strangely, it is the retailer Amazon (proprietor of acquired communities Twitch, Goodreads, IMDB... ↓ expand
    #community-owned-applications
  • This idea came out of the USV CEO summit a few weeks ago, where Muneeb from OneName described the blockchain as "time"

    #blockchain #bitcoin
  • The content of your pitch deck will depend on the stage of your startup. What you need to know is that every round of funding needs a new pitch deck.

    Why is that? Because your company is evolving as it grows.

    #investor pitch deck #seed funding #fundingcircle
  • I've been tracking net-native solutions to the on-demand economy's "1099 problem" -- the unbundling of the job and the resulting gap in worker support services (benefits, insurance, etc) It's my hope that robust new services will emerge that support workers, in a way that avoids... ↓ expand
    #on-demand economy #1099 #workers
  • We have said many times that we believe in emergent, decentralized, start-up innovation. Institutions public and private, no matter how well intentioned, tend to protect their institutional interests, whether is it a current revenue stream, or a position of market power. That... ↓ expand
    #ob1 #marketplaces #blockchain
  • Everette Taylor is somewhat of a rarity--an African-American insider in Silicon Valley. He has launched or has helped launch more than a few successful tech ventures.

    #startups #silicon valley #marketing #growth hacking #growth #startup growth #diversity
  • Are you a start-up or business that needs a mobile app? If so, one of the first (and very important) decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go native or cross-platform.

    #xamarin #crossplatform #mobile #development
  • Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare, warning of the potential for rampant destruction at the hands of “autonomous weaponry.” The letter, which was presented Monday at the International Joint... ↓ expand
    #stephen hawking #elon musk #artificial intelligence
  • this thing is 8500 words. 8500 words!!! i know what you're thinking: is it is time to rename the expression for verbal diarrhea from "pulled a parker" to "pulled a sacca" ? the answer is no. remember parker clocked in 10k+ words about his own lord of the rings themed wedding.... ↓ expand
    #twitter #verbal diarrhea #chris sacca #sean parker
  • "The Working World (TWW) is, I believe, such an opportunity. They describe themselves as “venture capitalists with a radical social mission: to lend people the tools to democratically build lasting wealth for themselves, their businesses, and their communities”. By investing in... ↓ expand
  • Slowing growth and a gyrating stock market are the two most obvious sources of turbulence in China at the midway point of 2015. Less noticed, perhaps, but certainly no less important for China’s long-term development are deeper trends radically reshaping the overall business... ↓ expand
    #china #economy #research #2015
  • Slowing growth and a gyrating stock market are the two most obvious sources of turbulence in China at the midway point of 2015. Less noticed, perhaps, but certainly no less important for China’s long-term development are deeper trends radically reshaping the overall business... ↓ expand
    #china #economy #research #2015
  • "Are you ready to live in the Magic Kingdom, with security guards hiding behind doors that are themselves out of site, ready to grab you and pull you behind the stage and escort you out of the Tomorrowland for saying the wrong thing? "When we traded our hard-fought open... ↓ expand
    #how-decentralized-networks-can-be-governed
  • Interesting piece on the potential for cooperatives to replace investor owned platforms

    #cooperatives #ownership #platforms
  • "But as long as we permit those in power to make unilateral choices that affect us, we shouldn’t thwart low-risk efforts, like those of Facebook and OkCupid, to rigorously determine the effects of those choices." We encourage A/B testing, implicitly, by having two companies... ↓ expand
  • USV occasionally engages in debate on public policy issues that impact the freedom to innovate and the health of the web. During the past year, we have advocated in favor of the FCC's 2015 open internet rules (aka "net neutrality") along with many members of the startup... ↓ expand
    #policy #open internet
  • A relatively quick write-up on a great use of SMS and some not so great uses

  • Raises a good question. "We are once again living in a go-go time for tech, but there are few signs that the most consequential fruits of the boom have reached the masses. Instead, the boom is characterized by a rise in so-called on-demand services aimed at the wealthy and the... ↓ expand
    #sharing economy
  • "Just what are we building these browsers for? Is this what we want as users? Because, browsers are user agents. I know the web needs to get funded, somehow. But should the agents operating on our behalf just blindly accept whatever publishers want to send gurgling down the... ↓ expand
    #web #web browser #browser
  • "I believe that digital technology is irrevocably reshaping both the labor market and the access to information. In both cases we are faced with two options: hanging on to the old, or inventing the new. We can try to get back to full employment or we can embrace decoupling... ↓ expand
  • Trying to imagine a web that focuses more on the open data layer and less on the presentation layer

  • Halley Elefante of @The_Salty_Blonde admits that she doesn’t want to commit the time to maintaining a blog. Says the Oahu, Hawaii, resident: “Blogs are a ton of work! I just kept putting it off for so long, and put all of my time and energy into my Instagram account.” That... ↓ expand
    #no-stack-startups
  • There are lot of thing you can dispute in this post, but you can't dispute that these are interesting times for the web. If ad and content blockers take off on mobile Safari, there could be a reckoning.

  • Neat:

    "The goal is to make it easy for companies to source original, creative art for their ad campaigns by people who are already well-established on the site, while empowering creators to find new outlets for making money off their work."

    #tumblr