USV Blog http://www.usv.com en-US hourly 1 Veniam's new round of funding None https://www.usv.com/blog/veniams-new-round-of-funding 2016-02-11 10:46:20.853000 @BradUSV https://www.usv.com/blog/veniams-new-round-of-funding

@BradUSV:

Our portfolio company Veniam announced today that they had closed a significant new round of funding led by Verizon Ventures. The funding will allow Veniam to deliver on the promise of "smart cities" by connecting thousands of vehicles in public and private fleets to create city-scale mesh networks. These networks will allow local transportation systems to offer internet access to commuters at higher speeds and lower cost than existing cellular networks. They also allow cities to affordably coll...]]>
Foursquare: Building the Business None https://www.usv.com/blog/foursquare-building-the-business 2016-01-14 16:07:51.593000 @albertwenger https://www.usv.com/blog/foursquare-building-the-business

@albertwenger:

We first invested in Foursquare in 2009 when the company was just getting going because we believed that location was a native aspect of smartphones. Since then our conviction about the importance of location to the mobile experience has continued to grow. Foursquare too has grown: The company's location data now enriches the experience of 50 million people every month across the company's website and apps. The same data also powers two rapidly growing B2B business segments: Pinpoint, a programm...]]>
Introducing Koko http://itskoko.com/ itskoko.com https://www.usv.com/blog/introducing-koko 2015-12-15 16:58:46.098000 @BradUSV https://www.usv.com/blog/introducing-koko http://itskoko.com/

@BradUSV:

Last week, Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times mused in his column that the Internet was getting meaner: “If you’ve logged on to Twitter and Facebook in the waning weeks of 2015, you’ve surely noticed that the Internet now seems to be on constant boil.  Your social feed has always been loud, shrill, reflexive and ugly, but this year everything has been turned up to 11”. It’s hard to argue the point. The question is, are we seeing the inevitable end state of an open permissionless medium, or is...]]>
USV Thesis 2.0 None https://www.usv.com/blog/usv-thesis-20 2015-12-12 18:24:46.056000 @aweissman https://www.usv.com/blog/usv-thesis-20

@aweissman:

Union Square Ventures has always been a “thesis” driven firm. We maintain specific principles about the internet that guide our investment decisions. While other things like stage and to a lesser extent geography, also matter, our thesis or point of view is the primary thing that guides our decision making. We last wrote about this a few years ago, in Investment Thesis@USV, where we attempted to describe this view of the world. There, we also tried to describe how dynamic the thesis is, or can b...]]>
SimScale None https://www.usv.com/blog/simscale 2015-12-02 10:28:46.804000 @albertwenger https://www.usv.com/blog/simscale

@albertwenger:

We are excited to announce our investment in Munich-based SimScale. SimScale makes complex engineering simulations, such as mechanical stress and fluid flows, available to anyone in the world with a web browser. These kinds of simulations were pioneered in the aerospace industry and are now also fairly widely in use in automotive manufacturing. SimScale broadens access to simulations in three important ways. First, the system is entirely accessible by web browser with a unified workbench for all...]]>
Quizlet None https://www.usv.com/blog/quizlet 2015-11-23 11:53:55.926000 @fredwilson https://www.usv.com/blog/quizlet

@fredwilson:

There are some investments that take years to make. They are often our best investments. Quizlet took something like five years to go from a company we got interested in to a USV investment. In March 2009, we hosted an event we called Hacking Education. That was the official start of our focus on education. From that event came a thesis on how we would approach investing in education. We would invest in lightweight services and networks that allowed anyone to learn anything. We would not invest ...]]>
Clue None https://www.usv.com/blog/clue 2015-10-09 07:31:43.324000 @albertwenger https://www.usv.com/blog/clue

@albertwenger:

We are excited about our investment in Berlin-based Clue, which puts women around the world in charge of their fertility and their health more generally. Clue does this by offering a period tracker and fertility app. We have been pursuing native use cases for phones, which are with us nearly all the time, making things possible that have long been a dream. One of those is gathering health data: over 2 million women around the world are using Clue to keep track of their cycle. Under the leadershi...]]>
Kickstarter, PBC None https://www.usv.com/blog/kickstarter-pbc 2015-09-21 06:18:02.151000 @fredwilson https://www.usv.com/blog/kickstarter-pbc

@fredwilson:

I recall meeting Perry Chen for the first time in the old USV offices on the 14th floor back in 2009 shortly after Kickstarter launched. He and his partners Yancey and Charles were onto something, I was sure of that. But they wanted to do things differently. He told me that Kickstarter always wanted to do what they felt was the right thing. He told me they were not building the company to be sold. And so, he said, they needed investors who understood that and appreciated it. I told him that appr...]]>
USV Statement in US Telecom v. FCC Motion to Stay Open Internet Rules None https://www.usv.com/blog/usv-statement-in-us-telecom-v-fcc-motion-to-stay-open-internet-rules 2015-07-27 06:50:12.556000 @nickgrossman https://www.usv.com/blog/usv-statement-in-us-telecom-v-fcc-motion-to-stay-open-internet-rules

@nickgrossman:

USV occasionally engages in debate on public policy issues that impact the freedom to innovate and the health of the web. During the past year, we have advocated in favor of the FCC's 2015 open internet rules (aka "net neutrality") along with many members of the startup community. Recently, several ISPs and Telcos filed a motion to stay the FCC Open Internet Rules. A group of leading web companies, coordinated by the Internet Freedom Business Alliance, jointly filed an Intervenor's Brief opposin...]]>
La Ruche qui dit Oui! None https://www.usv.com/blog/la-ruche-qui-dit-oui 2015-06-16 06:29:18.618000 @fredwilson https://www.usv.com/blog/la-ruche-qui-dit-oui

@fredwilson:

La Ruche qui dit Oui! (the hive that says yes) is a marketplace that connects farmers to people who want farm fresh food in their kitchens and on their tables. We got to know the company last winter when my friends Simon and Toby from Mosaic introduced me to Marc-David Choukroun, one of the two founders of La Ruche. The Gotham Gal and I were in Paris and we met up with Marc-David at a Ruche on a saturday morning. We sipped coffee and talked to the farmers and customers who were stopping by to pi...]]>
Introducing OB1 None https://www.usv.com/blog/introducing-ob1 2015-06-11 10:22:04.610000 @BradUSV https://www.usv.com/blog/introducing-ob1

@BradUSV:

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 makes them inherently conservative. Start-ups and the entrepreneurs who create them are almost always outsiders. They depend entirely on innovation for success. So we are sensitive to market power and constantly on the look...]]>
DroneBase http://dronebase.com dronebase.com https://www.usv.com/blog/dronebase 2015-04-29 16:12:18.079000 @fredwilson https://www.usv.com/blog/dronebase http://dronebase.com

@fredwilson:

A couple years ago, in early 2013, I started writing a lot about Drones. I have always thought that Drones represent the leading edge of a robotics age. There are a host of reasons for that but the main ones are that they are already being actively used in military and some commercial applications, they require less coordination with the “real world”, and they represent a 10x improvement in cost and speed over things they replace (helicopters and planes). However, finding an investment in this ...]]>
Clarifai None https://www.usv.com/blog/clarifai 2015-04-28 12:02:54.868000 @albertwenger https://www.usv.com/blog/clarifai

@albertwenger:

Over 30 years ago when I first started to program I was quickly fascinated by the potential for computers to become smart. I remember writing my own version of Eliza and buying the Winston's book on Artificial Intelligence. It seemed like anything was possible and thinking machines would be just around the corner. Then followed nearly a quarter century of, well, disappointments. Tasks that were simple for humans, such as figuring out what's in a picture, seemed to defy all efforts by machines. ...]]>
Keeping the Internet Open None https://www.usv.com/blog/keeping-the-internet-open 2015-02-26 10:03:23.119000 @nickgrossman https://www.usv.com/blog/keeping-the-internet-open

@nickgrossman:

Today the FCC is expected to approve its latest open internet rules, concluding the latest (but certainly not last) round in this now decade-long fight. We believe -- along with many others -- that this set of rules will help preserve the amazing innovation on the internet that we have known for the past two decades. We’ve been debating and writing about this issue since 2006, and we are pleased to see that the FCC has decided to recognize the special and essential nature of the internet access ...]]>
Seed Investing At USV http://avc.com/2015/01/some-thoughts-on-seed-investing/ avc.com https://www.usv.com/blog/seed-investing-at-usv 2015-01-25 09:06:56.285000 @fredwilson https://www.usv.com/blog/seed-investing-at-usv http://avc.com/2015/01/some-thoughts-on-seed-investing/

@fredwilson:

In our most recent fund, USV 2014, five of our first six investments, have been seed investments. That is probably surprising to many people as USV is not thought of as a seed investor. I wrote a post today explaining why we are doing a lot of seed investing these days and how we do seeds at USV.]]>