Making Butter with Jam

At its best, building a product with others is a joyful, magical process.  It’s like being on a championship team and getting into the zone.  Or hosting an epic jam session where the band comes together and music flows like [...]  Read more

USV Algorand Transparency Statement, Q3 2020

As part of an ongoing effort to bring transparency and clarity to the Algorand project, we are continuing to publish regular transparency statements on our Algorand holdings and activities. Entities and financial relationships: USV’s has made its investment in Algorand, [...]  Read more

No Wasted Footsteps

This summer, we moved into a new house. Moving is a lot of work. As part of moving out of our old house, we got rid of a lot of junk that we had accumulated over the years. We ended [...]  Read more

Hardware-based Identity

I’ve written before about how re-structuring identity is one of the most interesting opportunities on the web today. Today’s identity ecosystem is account-based (accounts with Google, Facebook, Apple, etc), which perpetuates data silos and prevents interoperability & innovation. As web3 [...]  Read more

The Beauty of Focus

It has been a stressful year, in so many ways. This morning, I opened up my Calm app to attempt to resurrect my meditation habit. I have had an intermittent meditation practice for years, and despite the fact that it [...]  Read more

Second Chance Studios

Several years ago, I started volunteering at Defy Ventures , a program that helps formerly incarcerated individuals start their own businesses. Through Defy, I met an entrepreneur named Coss Marte , who beginning to build a personal fitness business called [...]  Read more

The Slow Hunch

One of my favorite ideas from the last 10 years is “The Slow Hunch” which my friend Steven Johnson popularized in his book Where Good Ideas Come From . Here is a good summary of the book , and the [...]  Read more

The 1k Project

It has been a long few months, and many people’s lives have been turned upside down in untold ways. One way to help is through the 1k Project . The 1k Project matches sponsors with individuals & families in need, [...]  Read more