• "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
  • Are social networks actually social?

  • Are social networks actually social?

  • 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
  • http://www.basicincome.org/

    #universal-basic-income
  • The whole concept of ‘One Universal Social Network For All’ is very intriguing.

  • 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
  • "But there might still be another possibility -- something we couldn't really imagine for ourselves until the digital era. As a pioneer of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier, recently pointed out, we no longer need to make stuff in order to make money. We can instead exchange... ↓ expand
    #universal-basic-income #universal income #jobs #labor
  • Like dark fiber beneath the streets that merely needs to be "lit up", the ubiquity of mobile means that there are vast, untapped networks out there just waiting to be lit up

    #mobile
  • "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
  • "When Apple’s iOS 9 comes out in September, there’s going to be a dramatic uptake of ad blockers on iOS – and it’s going to have far-reaching effects not just on websites and advertisers, but potentially also on the balance in mobile platforms and even on Google’s revenues."

    #adblockplus #advertising #mobile #google #apple #ios #ios 9 #web
  • Led by Nick and Brittany, Quackpad is an internal project we've been developing at our USV Hack Days

  • 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
  • This is a post about building and launching VetBox at North Dallas Startup Weekend 2 weeks ago

  • In every application from which you can invite friends to join, there can be a virality/spreading effect. With applications like Facebook or Snapchat, it’s easier to track the dependencies, but the virality effect also applies in many marketplaces where there are referral... ↓ expand
    #virality #application #spreading
  • 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
  • Top founders know a secret when it comes to hiring and fundraising: give prospective employees and investors homework and make them earn it.

  • Software-as-a-Service has matured to the point where the term has little meaning. Yet, it still distracts founders who aspire to be a "typical" SaaS business. Here is why it doesn't make sense.