Meet Clarity

Today Algorand and Blockstack are announcing that they are collaborating on the Clarity smart contract language . Clarity is a decidable (i.e. non-Turing complete) language inspired by lisp. I am extremely excited about this development and have spent a few [...]  Read more

Measurement and Venture Capital

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” goes an adage that is often recited as if it were some kind of profound truth (misattributed to Deming ). And of course there is some logic here. Let’s say you [...]  Read more

American Carnage

Watching what is happening in the United States, my adopted home country, is incredibly painful. I have seen the last few days coming for years based on the ever more untenable income and wealth distribution combined with militarization of the [...]  Read more

The Social Media Triangle

“Two out of three ain’t bad” is the title of a Meat Loaf song but is also the idea behind triangles : situations in which you can achieve only two of three objectives. The classic example is the idea that in [...]  Read more


I have been getting a large number of requests for help with internships. Many students either never got one for this summer or had theirs canceled. My advice to them is: create your own. Figure out what it is you [...]  Read more

COVID19: Resetting Our Priorities

Towards the end of 2019, which feels a decade ago, I wrote a post on growth . It was an attempt to get away from the blanket term “growth” and its counterpart “degrowth,” which have become stand-ins for entire philosophies [...]  Read more

No End of Computer History (Yet)

At USV we have been discussing a cooling internet universe for several years now. We have largely stayed away from backing strictly sales driven companies as they are exposed to competitors who can spend more money on sales and marketing. [...]  Read more