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goTenna

Disruptive innovations often start out as worse versions of something that already exists. Worse along all dimensions except for one, but one that turns out to really matter because it unlocks a new use case for which the incumbent does not work at all or is not affordable. The PC was slower, had less memory and less storage than a minicomputer. But it was massively more affordable and could be set up and run without the help of the centralized IT department ...

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What we're thinking about

USV Investment Thesis

The core ideas driving USV's investment decisions

Digital Healthcare

How can the internet improve healthcare?

The Blockchain App Stack

An emerging architecture for decentralized applications on the blockchain's shared data layer

Creative A.I.

Machines that produce art and creative work

The Nomad Stack

Tools for global living.

Union 2.0 / Benefits 2.0

The right to be represented by a bot: will tomorrow's union be less like an org and more like a data platform?

Command Line Interfaces

User interfaces in which you simply type what you want

Universal Basic Income

Unconditional basic income as a way to embrace automation and simplify benefits delivery

Where protocols come from

How do tech giants agree on when & where to interoperate openly?

Recent investments

goTenna creates devices & cognitive networking protocols that power scalable, decentralized connectivity.
Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities.
Tucows creates simple, powerful services that unlock the power of the Internet.
Upgrade is an online credit platform combining consumer loans with credit monitoring and credit education tools.

Videos and talks

Nick Grossman - Regulating with Data

Albert Wenger - 10 Things You've Always Wanted to Know About the Future of Work

Fireside Chat with USV's Andy Weissman