Perspectives

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...

Finding your discomfort zone

I have been down in DC the last two weeks, among other things, talking to lawmakers and regulators about cryptonetworks and cryptocurrencies .  As part of that, I’ve been spending a lot of time with...

World After Capital: Laying a Foundation (Regulation & Self-Regulation)

NOTE: I am continuing to publish revised sections from my book World After Capital here. These sections on Regulation and Self-Regulation follow the one on Optimism  to make clear my belief that...

We Need Mandatory Enduser APIs for Social and Search Systems

When #DeleteUber was a trending hashtag it was relatively easy for people to take action in those cities where Lyft, MyTaxi or some other service was available. Even if you didn’t delete the Uber app...

3D Printed Homes

A few years ago I was up at the MIT Media Lab, where I have been on the advisory board, and met a bunch of faculty members. The one that blew me away was a woman who was building a 3D printer that...

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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

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...

CEO Summits at USV

Each year in May, USV hosts a CEO Summit for our portfolio network founders and CEOs. Initially, we designed this day-long event similarly to what you might experience at a typical conference. It...

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Videos and talks

A Conversation with Fred Wilson

Purpose, Mission & Strategy: Making Hard Decisions Easier

Decentralization & The Knowledge Age