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Building The Ecosystem

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I've always seen the work that my colleauges and I do as more than venture capital investing. That is our main job and we need to do it very well. But we also need to work to make sure the macro environment for our investing activities remains attractive. There are...
Building The Ecosystem

Flipboard teams up with Apple to launch new iBookstore-powered "Books" section in its iOS apps

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Expanding upon what is now surely one of the most important roles of Flipboard, commerce, the magazine-like app has partnered with Apple (yes, Apple) to launch a slightly surprising new section: “Books.” Flipboard’s Books category, only available for iPad and iPhone users, is packed with books you can buy from the...
Flipboard teams up with Apple to launch new iBookstore-powered "Books" section in its iOS apps

Opening Up Our Research

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When Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. One of their big questions we got from them about the kind of open firm we wanted to create was...
Opening Up Our Research

Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: women in tech and media speak out

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We needed more than just one perspective to understand how women are making sense of Sheryl Sandberg's advice in Lean In. So we asked a group of women at all different stages of their careers to tell us what they thinkNow that Lean In has hit stores, women and men...
Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: women in tech and media speak out
Flipboard adds Books section integrated with iBookstore

6 Things to Know Before You Accept Another Privacy Policy

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You know you’re supposed to, but if you’re like most people, you probably have never read the user agreement, privacy policy or service terms when signing up for an online service, including a social network. And why would you? As we reported last week, the documents are dense (Facebook's took,...
6 Things to Know Before You Accept Another Privacy Policy

Dropbox offers pro users twice the space as competition heats up

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Dropbox pro subscribers can now get excited about twice as much storage space on their accounts for no additional cost, as the company plans to announce Tuesday that it will double the storage space it offers to paid subscribers. The decision comes as other companies are offering more competitively priced cloud storage...
Dropbox offers pro users twice the space as competition heats up

A VC opens up: Union Square Ventures starts sharing internal market research publicly

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Here’s an interesting move: New York City-based Union Square Ventures (USV), an investor in a few companies you might have heard of (Boxee, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Meetup, Kickstarter and Twilio, among others), has decided to share the market and industry research it conducts internally with anyone. In a blog post,...
A VC opens up: Union Square Ventures starts sharing internal market research publicly

A Talk I Gave On Blogging

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I was invited to talk to Gary and Christina's SVA Class a month or so ago. They asked me to talk about writing/blogging because one of the requirements for their class is that the students have to write and blog regularly. They are blogging the entire class and here is...
A Talk I Gave On Blogging

The Nature Of The Firm and Work Markets

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Those who watched the video I posted on Sunday saw me talking about this. But I didn't do it justice so I'm going to do a full post on this. The brilliant Nobel prize winning economist Ronald Coase (who is still alive!) wrote a seminal essay called The Nature Of...
The Nature Of The Firm and Work Markets

eBay Unveils A Pinterest-Inspired Redesign And Launches eBay Now, A Same Day Delivery Service

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At today’s New York press event, eBay set the bar high by stating that it would unveil “the new eBay” today. The company introduced eBay Now, the same day delivery service they have been testing, a completely redesigned website with a better search experience and item pages. It looks a...
eBay Unveils A Pinterest-Inspired Redesign And Launches eBay Now, A Same Day Delivery Service

Whither usv.com?

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Back in 2004, when my partner Brad and I started Union Square Ventures (USV), we decided to make our website a blog. It took us a year to do a final close on our first fund, so when we had finally finished the marketing period for that first fund, we...
Whither usv.com?

Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

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In 2008 James Bessen and Michael Meurer came out with a truly excellent book, Patent Failure. It's chock full of excellent information and a pretty wide survey of the research showing just how much patents harm innovation. While I don't necessarily agree with the "solutions" proposed, the key thesis of...
Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

The Social Networking Patent Thicket Consists Of At Least 30,000 Patents

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M-CAM's analysis of the Yahoo/Facebook patent nuclear war has some interesting points. It's worth checking out the full thing, but I wanted to call attention to two them. First, in showing just how ridiculous the patent situation is in the social networking space, M-CAM looks just at the 10 patents...
The Social Networking Patent Thicket Consists Of At Least 30,000 Patents

Apple announces 200M iTunes in the Cloud users

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At today’s iPhone event, Apple announced that there were now some 200M iTunes in the Cloud users. That’s the service that Apple offers to people to play and download their purchased items wherever they are directly from its cloud. As of the July quarter, Apple has some 150M iCloud users,...
Apple announces 200M iTunes in the Cloud users
Not just for Facebook, Bandpage helps musicians reach fans across the web

Three Reasons Why Retention Is The 'Biggest Problem In Mobile'

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Retaining users on mobile apps is no easy feat.  Christina Cordova, who works in business development for mobile payments startup Stripe, said last month that user retention is "the biggest problem in mobile." She noted how mobile-only apps that initially gained a lot of traction, like Path, Viddy, and Draw...
Three Reasons Why Retention Is The 'Biggest Problem In Mobile'
Crowdfunding will streamline aid for victims of Sandy and future disasters
Oh look, another marketplace for used clothing. Here's why Forewillow is different

Facebook, Shmacebook Says Fiesty Mobile Ad Startup JumpTap

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Earlier today, we reported that Facebook now allows advertisers to target users based on things those users have done offline, including things like buying toothpaste or going to a movie. We said this was a big step for Facebook. Christina Feeney, who does marketing for mobile ad network JumpTap agrees...
Facebook, Shmacebook Says Fiesty Mobile Ad Startup JumpTap

Altairs, Altos and Ataris, oh my: Allen's Living Computer Museum opens to public

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Paul Allen was at the forefront of the personal computer revolution, co-founding Microsoft with his buddy Bill Gates in 1975. And while it has been years since Allen wrote code for the company that made him a billionaire, he’s never lost his love affair with computers. And there’s probably no better...
Altairs, Altos and Ataris, oh my: Allen's Living Computer Museum opens to public

Apple Wins A Patent For Rounded Corners (AAPL)

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Apple has been granted a design patent for the rounded edges to the rectangular screen of the iPad, Matt Macari at The Verge reports. Apple owns patent D670,286, which is "The ornamental design for a portable display device." That means it really does just cover the rounded edges of the...
Apple Wins A Patent For Rounded Corners (AAPL)

Monopolies and Startups

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Christina wrote a post yesterday that got me thinking. It's not quite like working together but when a former colleague blogs, you get a bit of that "in the halls" thing that makes working in a group so great. Fortunately, Charlie, Andrew, and Eric all blog too. Christina makes this...
Monopolies and Startups

Eddy Cue Worked to Convince Steve Jobs of Need for 7-Inch iPad in Early 2011

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Back in October 2010, Steve Jobs appeared on an Apple earnings conference call to address the Android-based iPad competitors that were just then coming to the market. With the majority of those tablets carrying 7-inch displays, Jobs noted that the screens were only 45% as large as the iPad's and...
Eddy Cue Worked to Convince Steve Jobs of Need for 7-Inch iPad in Early 2011
Project Magenta aims to create open-source iOS clone

This Flaw In Facebook Lets You Create As Many Fake Likes As You Want (FB)

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Yesterday we told you that Facebook quietly scans your messages, searching for URLs that you've sent to your friends. When it sees one, it increases the number of Facebook Likes on that URL. The business media -- Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Gizmodo -- have portrayed this as a privacy...
This Flaw In Facebook Lets You Create As Many Fake Likes As You Want (FB)

VIDEO: What you can and can't say on twitter

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Media barrister Christina Michalos and the journalist and media law consultant David Banks discuss the pitfalls and the power of social networking sites....
VIDEO: What you can and can't say on twitter
Oink's export tool lets you grab data from any user, provided you know their username

Internal email shows Apple's Eddy Cue wanted 7″ iPad in January of 2011

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An internal email that surfaced at the ongoing Samsung v. Apple trial shows that Apple’s Eddy Cue, its Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services felt that there would be a market for a smaller iPad. According to Tweets from Wired’s Christina Bonnington, CNBC’s Jon Fortt and CNN’s Heather...
Internal email shows Apple's Eddy Cue wanted 7″ iPad in January of 2011

Ad-tech firm Marin Software's shares rise 26% in IPO

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Ad-tech startup Marin Software made its public debut this morning on the NYSE, netting a higher than expected price in early trading. The company, which will trade under the symbol MRIN, sold 7.5 million shares at $14. It was initially expected to sell 7 million shares in the $11...
Ad-tech firm Marin Software's shares rise 26% in IPO
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