Video Of The Week: The Shifting Funding Landscape
Our friend and USV Limited Partner Beezer Clarkson hosted a panel at the recent Slush Conference in Helsinki talking about the shifting landscape for startup funding. My partner Rebecca participated on the panel along with several others.
It’s a roughly 30min conversation and covers the big topics in startup finance.
Funding Friday: Signal Problems
One of the most vexing issues facing NYC right now is our transportation mess and at the heart of it is the subway system
My favorite chronicler of the subway mess is Aaron Gordon and his Signal Problems blog/newsletter.
If you want an example of the quality and clarity of Aaron’s analysis and writing, I would point you all to his post on Amazon HQ2 and the transportation issues it presents.
So what does all of this have to do with Funding Friday? Well, I am glad you asked.
Aaron is offering regular readers the opportunity to subscribe for $50/year and help support his efforts to shine a bright light on the MTA and all of its issues.
I think we need more journalism like the kind that Aaron is providing and so…
Service Design: Pushing Us Beyond the Familiar
Jared Spool discusses the intricacies of service design and why you need to pay attention to it.
Google Photos Feature Request
I think Google Photos is awesome. It is one of my favorite Google products. The photo search is amazing. And the sync from my Pixel phone to Photos works beautifully.
But there is one thing that bugs me about Google Photos that I would love to see the Photos team address.
When I post a video to YouTube, and then want to share it, one of the options I have is to embed the video with an embed code.
I would love to have the same option in Google Photos. If this feature exists, I can’t for the life of me find it. If it doesn’t, I would love to see them add it.
I can assure you that if this feature existed, I would be sharing a lot more photos here at AVC.
Litigation – AVC
Litigation is something I try to avoid. It is way better to work out differences by sitting down and negotiating a reasonable deal for both parties
But litigation is a fact of life in business. You cannot avoid it all of the time. Companies and people will sue you even when you have done nothing wrong. So you need to have a framework for thinking about litigation.
Here are some of the things I have learned over the years:
1/ Litigation is expensive and can go on for a very long time. There is no sense of urgency in litigation. You can easily spend more money litigating than settling. If you can settle for less than the likely litigation expense, even if you have done nothing wrong, it is usually better to hold…
Video Of The Week: The Sorkin-Clayton Interview
we have seen the SEC reach settlements with several crypto projects and decentralized exchanges, all of which were the subject of enforcement actions or threatened enforcement actions. As I alluded to in this post last week , I fully expect to see the SEC continue to look hard at the crypto sector in an effort to rein in what it sees as violations of its rules on the offering and sale and trading of securities.
In the wake of all that, The New York Times hosted an event last week in which Andrew Ross Sorkin interviewed SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.
This is a recording of that interview. The conversation is about an hour long. You can/should fast forward to 11 1/2 minutes in to bypass all the introductions.