Writing On My Phone
We write on our phones all day long. Texts, emails, searches, etc
But long form writing is a different thing. I’m not sure how much long form writing happens on phones.
I’ve been mostly writing my daily posts on my phone in the last month and I quite like it. I am writing this post on my phone on a train to NYC this morning.
It has a more casual feel. The words flow naturally from my head to my thumbs to the screen. I feel connected to the writing in a way that doesn’t quite happen on a big screen.
I like that I can write on my phone anywhere. On a park bench. On a train. Sitting on the beach.
Being able to write anywhere makes it less of a chore…
Going Over The Top
I have long had an interest in determining when the video offerings available “over the top” will be sufficient so that customers will no longer need to buy video from their cable providers
I was writing about this issue in the early days of AVC, fifteen years ago, but certainly, that was way too early for the over the top market to develop.
USV had an investment in this market, the hardware device Boxee, that missed the mark and was beaten by Roku and, most significantly, by AppleTV.
I have not written as much about this topic in recent years as my interests have been elsewhere, but I continue to pay attention to this sector.
Over the last few weeks, we have been moving into a new home where we have broadband internet…
Video Of The Week: Roham Gharegozlou At Techcrunch Blockchain Sessions Zug
Roham Gharegozlou is the founder and CEO of the company that made CryptoKitties (which USV is an investor in).
Funding Friday: The Backtrack Box
He’s come up with a better way for live musicians to play their back tracks without the need for a computer and lots of cables.
It is called The Backtrack Box and he’s raising funds to manufacture it on Kickstarter.
I backed this project earlier this week and think it is the perfect Kickstarter project; creative, unique, and something that should exist in the world.
Trophy Board Members
I am not reading Bad Blood, the book about Theranos, but many of my friends and colleagues are
One of the many “tells” that Theranos was not a good company was the board chock full of trophy board members.
A “trophy” board member is someone with a big name who, in theory, brings credibility and connections to your company. They are often out of the world of politics, or a Fortune 500 CEO job, or Wall Street.
I dislike trophy board members and advise our portfolio companies to avoid them. But they don’t always take our advice.
One good example is Lending Club, a very good company run by a very good entrepreneur, who got thrown under the bus, in my view, by his trophy board.
USV is an investor in that entrepreneur’s…
The Web 3 Stack
Web 3 is the next generation of the web in which decentralized apps (dApps) operate on top of a shared data layer and users have control of their data and the ability to move between dApps with little to no switching costs
Think about the way domains and email addresses work. We (individuals and/or companies) own these identifying data elements and we can provision them in any app we want (I provision my email addresses in gmail and my domains in wordpress but I could choose many other options). In Web 3, this is how all of our data will work.
But we have a long way to go to get there. The infrastructure for Web 3 is immature and at least a few years away from being mature and stable enough to…