March’s Civic Tech Events

Happy Women’s History Month! The civic highlight of the month is the NYC School of Data, kicking off March 4 and continuing for a week (Sold Out). Join for a week of celebrations of the 5-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law.


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Civic Tech Events This January in NYC

Happy 2017! It’s time to shrug off the holiday lethargy and kickstart the new year the only way we know how: with the best events in civic tech NYC has to offer. Here are our top picks for January 2017: January 5 Brooklyn Innovation Awards Get ready for the Brooklyn Innovation Awards 2016!

01/04/2017 - 17:10

3 basic principles founders can follow to achieve quality results 

We are all in the rush these days. As founders we want to literally do more faster all the time. As we rush, and get a lot done,  sometimes we don’t do things right.  We forego quality in exchange for speed and quantity. Yet it is really important to pay attention to correctness and quality.

01/11/2017 - 11:30

Inauguration Thoughts

There is a good thing about today’s inauguration. Despite having the lowest approval rating of an incoming president in a long time, it appears that we will have a peaceful transfer of power. That is what democracy is designed to do.

01/20/2017 - 11:40

Expa Labs – Some Lessons Learned

With the first group of Expa Labs companies moving on to the next phase in their development and the application period for the next Expa Labs group now open, I wanted to take a step back to share some of the lessons I learned from working with each of the companies in our first group.

01/25/2017 - 17:10

How Exporting Can Improve Your Bottom Line

You may think that exporting is just for the big boys, but the truth is that approximately 98% of United States exporters are small- to mid-sized businesses, accounting for one-third of United States exports, according to a 

01/25/2017 - 17:10

Generational Transition In VC Firms

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit, my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman, who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003.

02/01/2017 - 11:30

The Future Of Labor

As I mentioned yesterday, I am moderating a panel this morning at NewCo Shift Forum on The Future Of Labor. As I think about, there are three big megatrends impacting the future of labor/work.

02/08/2017 - 11:30

Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups)

Abstract & Summary: By some estimates, ocean freight shipping is responsible for transporting 90% of every physical good that people consume - moving trillions of dollars worth of goods from one place to another, connecting markets, and keeping commerce humming across far flu

02/08/2017 - 12:11

March’s Civic Tech Events

Happy Women’s History Month! The civic highlight of the month is the NYC School of Data, kicking off March 4 and continuing for a week (Sold Out). Join for a week of celebrations of the 5-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law.

03/03/2017 - 17:10

Gender Diversity

Today is International Women’s Day and I thought I would recognize it by writing about gender diversity, a challenging topic for many in the startup/tech sector. I believe that diversity of all kinds results in better companies, better performance, better culture and better workplaces.

03/08/2017 - 17:10

Three Bad and Two Good Reasons to Start a Startup

I’ve started five companies, four of which failed miserably, one which did fairly well. I was also one of the first five employees of a startup which did quite well.

I learned a few things from the failures, some from the successes:

03/17/2017 - 12:14

Brain Computer Interface

The WSJ reported yesterday that Elon Musk is developing yet another company, this one based on neural lace technology, to create a brain computer interface.

03/28/2017 - 07:30


We invested in a hedge fund that only invests in cryptotokens recently called Polychain. I wrote about that when we did it. Here’s a conversation between Olaf Carlson-Wee, the founder of Polychain, and Chris Dixon where they talked all about tokens, protocols, and Polychain.

04/05/2017 - 07:30

Is there a right time of year to raise a seed round?

It's hard to answer that question, because even if you look at fundraising data, you don't always know a) when the round was actually closed vs. just announced or filed and b) you don't know when fundraising actually started.  Maybe it was wrapped up in a week or maybe it took six months.

04/10/2017 - 17:10

IBM and Microsoft

As I was watching all of those Watson ads on TV this weekend during the Masters golf tournament, I thought to myself “well look at that, IBM has built the first big AI brand.” And that is coming from a true dinosaur of the tech business.

04/12/2017 - 07:30

When will retailers wake up and smell the CLV?

For 30 plus years now, I've been spreading the "customer centricity" gospel to anyone who will listen. While most companies mistake the concept for a friendly philosophy about the importance of being "nice" to every customer, it's quite the contrary.

04/12/2017 - 12:19

Why Designers Must Be Problem Spotters

Last week I was in Florida and my flight back was on a horrible travel day. Storms had closed Atlanta airport for a long time. This meant that my flight was overbooked and so the boarding process was quite competitive as everyone tried to get overhead bin space before it all filled up.

04/18/2017 - 17:10