List Headline Image
Updated by Shyam Subramanyan on Dec 14, 2018
Headline for Startup Reading List
 REPORT
George Igor George Igor
Curator
Nick Kellet Nick Kellet
Curator
1169 items   42 followers   36 votes   282 views

Startup Reading List

Articles for startups and entrepreneurs

Feature Friday: Plan A Trip – AVC

I don’t really use Waze that much. My trips are typically a combo of walking, biking, subways, and driving and Google Maps does a great job of offering all of those options. Waze is made for driving. So I am more of a Google Maps user than a Waze user.

Yesterday I upgraded to a higher tier of hosting service from my hosting provider (Bluehost). AVC is now running on a “virtual private server” vs a “shared server” in the past.

I started with the Pixelbook, and I have been using it for about three months as my only machine at work. I wrote a bit about what I like about it and what I don’t like about it.

When Markets Overcorrect – AVC

When capital markets change direction, to the upside or to the downside, they often go too far before finding the right balance. When they overshoot to the downside, you can find some real values.

Leadership and Self Care – AVC

For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 🇲🇲. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know 👇🏼

In the last week, we have learned that Uber, Lyft, and Slack plan 2019 IPOs. I am sure that a few more highly valued private companies are also planning to go public in 2019.

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.

One of the most vexing issues facing NYC right now is our transportation mess and at the heart of it is the subway system.

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.

Our portfolio company Quizlet is one of the top mobile apps out there with over 50 million people a month using it to learn something.

La Hora del Código – AVC

It is Computer Science Education Week. This is a worldwide movement to get schools everywhere doing an hour of code. It started in 2009 and nine years later it is one of the largest learning events in the world.

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.

Centralization vs Decentralization – AVC

Decentralization is one of, if not the most, discussed features of the crypto tech stack. In a decentralized system, no single body controls the system. We have most certainly not reached the era fully decentralized systems, but that is what most of the world-class technologists working in the crypto sector are focused on getting us to and I believe we will get there in the not too distant future.

One of the big issues facing the crypto sector is the regulatory question, both in the US, where it looms largest, and elsewhere around the world. In the last few weeks 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.

This Kickstarter project has been popping up in my various notification channels this past week and I finally got around to backing it. It seems like the perfect gift for a girl who you want to inspire to be everything she can be. Sadly all of the Christmas 2018 rewards are sold out.

We’ve known for a long time that one of the most stressful things for entrepreneurs when they pitch us and other VCs is the initial setup of the meeting when they need to be meeting and greeting the folks in the room and, at the same time, figuring out how to connect their laptop to present their deck.

I’ve had a few conversations in the last few days about a VC’s track record, which is a schedule of investments over the years with the wins, losses, and everything else.

Giving Tuesday – AVC

This morning I went on to DonorsChoose and fully funded a project that is near and dear to my heart, teaching early elementary school kids how to write code on tablets with visual programming languages. And in this case, the kids are from a high need neighborhood in the Bronx.

The Supreme Court is going to start hearing arguments today in a case where consumers are challenging Apple’s distribution monopoly on iPhone apps. These consumers are represented by the attorney generals of 30 states including California, Texas, Florida and New York.

What Bear Markets Look Like – AVC

But of course, all of this is ancient history and if you look at Amazon’s chart today, all of that turbulence is hardly even visible.

This is a talk that Benedict Evans gave at the A16Z Summit earlier this month. If it were possible to watch YouTube in 2/3 speed, I would love to do that with this video. Otherwise, I think its terrific in its ability to capture where we are in “tech” and where we are going. It is about 25mins long.

This coffee table book of ski maps looks awesome. I backed it today and also got one for our coffee table. You can do the same here.

I am most thankful for what I have around me today, my wife, who makes everything better for everyone around her, and our three fantastic children.

Apple is the easiest one for me. They aren’t going anywhere, although growth is slowing as they are close to saturating the high end of the mobile phone market. It will be a value stock at $120/share. If it gets there, load up on it.

The Kickstarter 2017 Public Benefit Statement – AVC

One of the requirements of a Public Benefit Corporation is that they publish an annual benefit statement outlining how they are doing living up to their PBC charter.