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An Overview of Blockchain-Based Universal Basic Income Projects

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the idea that citizens receive a regular, unconditional stipend that helps them cover their cost of living. Previous UBI experiments have shown to reduce...

The path to decentralization: self-destructing companies

In June, the SEC gave some of its most concrete guidance to date that cryptoassets can start out as centralized projects, possibly initially sold under securities laws, and eventually become...

ERC-948

Most of the apps we interact with in web2 are subscription based (Gartner thinks 80% of apps will be subscription services by 2020), but subscriptions still aren’t possible in web3. Broadly there are...

The Heartbeat

The best companies I work with have a heartbeat, they operate on a pace and a cadence and a rhythm that is perceptible to everyone in and around the company. I am not talking about just product and...

World After Capital: Getting Past Capital (Attention Cont’d)

NOTE: I am resuming publishing excerpts from my draft book World After Capital . Today’s section continues the discussion of why attention is scarce. Since it has been five weeks, I recommend first...

Perspectives

An Overview of Blockchain-Based Universal Basic Income Projects

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the idea that citizens receive a regular, unconditional stipend that helps them cover their cost of living. Previous UBI experiments have shown to reduce...

The path to decentralization: self-destructing companies

In June, the SEC gave some of its most concrete guidance to date that cryptoassets can start out as centralized projects, possibly initially sold under securities laws, and eventually become...

ERC-948

Most of the apps we interact with in web2 are subscription based (Gartner thinks 80% of apps will be subscription services by 2020), but subscriptions still aren’t possible in web3.

The Heartbeat

The best companies I work with have a heartbeat, they operate on a pace and a cadence and a rhythm that is perceptible to everyone in and around the company. I am not talking about just product and...

World After Capital: Getting Past Capital (Attention Cont’d)

NOTE: I am resuming publishing excerpts from my draft book World After Capital . Today’s section continues the discussion of why attention is scarce. Since it has been five weeks, I recommend first...

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Investments

Investing In Token Focused Funds

At USV, we have been active in the blockchain/crypto sector since 2011. At this time, we have direct investments in nine companies/projects in the crypto space and one exited investment. Companies in...

Our Investment in Modern Fertility

Modern Fertility is building a trusted consumer brand in fertility, starting with their launch today of at-home testing for women. In the comfort of their own homes, and for a fraction of what it...

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...

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Updates

USV Intern Day

I know my favorite day of the year should be our USV CEO Summit. But it’s not. It’s actually USV Intern Day. On this day, which we now host once a year in both NYC and SF, we bring together interns...

Proof Of Blog

We have a tradition at USV that one of our new analysts, Dani , coined Proof Of Blog. Excited to be a part of the @usv team (it’s official now – based on Proof of Blog). I’m two weeks in, here’s some...

Dani @ USV

Hi everyone. I just joined USV as an analyst and am very grateful to the USV team for the opportunity to learn from them. I’m coming from Cloudflare, a USV portfolio company, where I worked for Dane...

Lauren @ USV

Hi all, My name is Lauren and I oversee Network Engagement and Partnerships at Union Square Ventures. For those who know me, you might think this “welcome” blog post might be odd given that I have...

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...

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Videos and talks

A Conversation with Fred Wilson

Purpose, Mission & Strategy: Making Hard Decisions Easier

Decentralization & The Knowledge Age