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Slope

Co-authored by Rebecca Kaden Even with the explosion of new digital payment options over the last decade, there is still a wide gap between the B2C and B2B payment user experience. On the consumer side, buy now pay later (BNPL) [...]  Read more

Mundi’s Series A

Co-authored by John Buttrick. Each year, Mexico exports over $325 billion of goods to the US alone. However, SMEs represent only a tiny fraction – just 10% – of this massive business opportunity. This is largely structural, as SMEs have [...]  Read more

Parallel Markets

Co-authored by John Buttrick In 2015, we invested in Carta (FKA eShares) and wrote, “Anyone who owns shares or options in a private company instinctively knows that cap table management remains frustratingly analog…The collection and management of this information is [...]  Read more

Karat

Co-authored by Hannah Murdoch Ten years ago, USV wrote about how technology was changing the way people funded their ideas and earned a living. Investing in Kickstarter, we noted: “Creative people will continue to produce amazing works. We do not [...]  Read more

ADDI

Co-authored by Hanel Baveja While we are not the first to point this out, access to capital in Latin America remains a massive challenge. Financial infrastructure and tools are concentrated on the top earners, excluding the majority of the population [...]  Read more

alt.bank

For most of USV’s history, we focused on investments in North America and Europe. We are a small firm and there was more than enough opportunity in these regions. We also gravitated towards companies where it would be relatively easy [...]  Read more

SmartHop’s Series A

The trucking industry is one of the oldest and most interesting in the US. It is also one I’ve always been fascinated by--partly because, for a couple of generations, it was where my family made their living. My paternal great [...]  Read more

Our Investment in Possible

Co-authored by Hanel Baveja 91 million Americans struggle to access money when they need it, often resulting in excess cost and low credit scores. Sadly, this is big business.  This consumer group pays $106 billion in fees each year for short-term [...]  Read more

Patch Homes, A Modern Finance Company

In 2006 my friends Mia and Andre (pseudonyms) bought their dream garden apartment in Harlem for $500K. They had rented in New York for a decade and bought the apartment expecting to make it their home indefinitely. They initially financed [...]  Read more