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Top Hat

Even back when I was in graduate school, I found the price of textbooks to be high and their quality to vary widely. Now that I have children taking college courses, I was shocked to find textbooks that cost over $200 and are still large physical objects that have to be lugged around! The high prices and lack of innovation are the result of a market structure which has become highly concentrated among just a few textbook publishers. That's why I am excited to announce that USV has led a new round of financing for Toronto-based Top Hat, which last year launched a content marketplace for higher education.

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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

Code Climate is the most advanced, open and extensible platform for source code analytics
Commercial insurance for small business
Jobbatical is a marketplace for one-year jobs around the world
Nurx is your medication prescribed and delivered

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