USV Thesis 2.0

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 [...]  Read more


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 [...]  Read more

Introducing Veniam

There has been a lot of talk recently about the Internet of Things. Some analysts estimate there will be 9 billion connected devices, from parking meters to thermostats by 2018. By then, that will be roughly the number of smartphones, [...]  Read more


Joi Ito likes to say the Internet is a belief system. At Union Square Ventures, we believe in the Internet. We spend a lot of time thinking about how the Internet enables young companies to radically transform markets. We try [...]  Read more


Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I have always had mixed feelings about this quote because as an engineer my reaction to something really advanced like self driving cars is to want [...]  Read more

Networks And The Enterprise

Many think that USV is a consumer web investor. We don't think of ourselves that way. We invest in networks and for most of our short history, that has meant investing in networks of individuals connecting with each other. Thus [...]  Read more


One of the great promises of cloud computing is to make things that were previously difficult easy. Complexity is hidden and a service can be accessed through a simple API and purchased with a credit card. When that can be [...]  Read more


My love for computers and software started as a teenager growing up in Germany. I fondly remember my Apple II which followed my TI 59. I early on discovered that I could earn money with my programming skills and wound [...]  Read more

What I want from Bug Labs

The wraps have started to come off of Bug Labs. Their site is now up and they have begun an active dialogue with enthusiasts that is shaping their design and their development priorities. We invested in Bug Labs because everything [...]  Read more