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  • Options and Offer Letters

    A CEO of one of our portfolio companies sent me a question about process in making offers and equity grants. I sent him a reply. And I thought, “this reply is a blog post”. So here is the...
  • Counting The Hits

    Venture Capital is a hits business. All of the returns come from the top cohort of investments. So figuring out how many “hits” there are over a given time period turns out to be a useful...
  • CrowdRise

    Yesterday the news broke about our most recent investment, CrowdRise. I wrote a bit about it yesterday on usv.com. I thought I’d add some thoughts here as well. Many of our best investments came...
  • Valuations?

    I just listened to this podcast with Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, and Benedict Evans. And since the post I was going to write today is now delayed until tomorrow, I will simply run the podcast as my...
  • Employee Equity: Too Little?

    Sam Altman, who is now running YC, has a good post on employee equity that has been making the rounds this weekend. He makes four observations about employee equity: - employees don’t get enough...
  • The Next Vegas Will Be A City That Lets You Truly Disappear – If Only For A While

    The post The Next Vegas Will Be A City That Lets You Truly Disappear – If Only For A While appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.(image) My daily reading took me to two places today...
  • Else 4.21.14: It’s (Almost) All Google

    The post Else 4.21.14: It’s (Almost) All Google appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.Welcome back to Else – I took a week off for Spring break, so this covers two weeks of th...
  • What Is Google?

    The post What Is Google? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.Every so often it’s fun to see what Google says about itself via its autocomplete function. For your enjoyment, a few...
  • Else 4.7.14: So Much Information, Precious Little Insight

    The post Else 4.7.14: So Much Information, Precious Little Insight appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.Reading over my picks from the past week, I noticed a strong theme – we̵...
  • Introducing #Climate

    The post Introducing #Climate appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.As many of you know, each year I write a set of predictions about the industry – this year, however, I had a bit...
  • 15 Alternatives to Gmail

    15 Alternatives to Gmail   Gmail, for many, has become the go-to email solution due its advanced options, including an integrated chat function and access to other Google features that help you k...
  • Amazon Black Friday Deals

    As Blackfriday Rolls around – Amazon has some great deals on Black Friday that we highly suggest you check out. Could save yourself a ton of money and time but not going to the store. Click here...
  • Small Business Guide to Accepting Credit Cards

    Congratulations!  Starting a small business is a great achievement.  You’ve invested time, effort and money to make your dream come alive.  You’ve turned your dream of owning a small business i...
  • The Small Business Guide to Domain and Web site Registration

    Are you considering a website as a part of your business?  The internet changed business forever by creating an immediate way to market your products and services to millions of customers all around...
  • Does Product Design Always Matter?

    While I don’t own many Apple products, I know the feeling that they give me when I use them. I like my Android tablet but for some reason the iPod Touch just seems to give me a better feeling wh...
  • #115: Remembering Jody Sherman

    Jody never took a call by saying “Hello.” He always answered by barking his own name into the phone: “Jody.” As if that voice could have belonged anyone else. He was often in a...
  • #114: The Answer is Just a Click Away

    About twenty people walked into the room, sat down and slid their phones, iPads, and other devices towards the center of the table. It was the last session of the conference and the rules were simple.
  • Confession #113: Get Off My Stoop

    When news of the unthinkable comes, we all head for the front stoop. Today, that stoop is virtual, and the digital neighbors with whom we share the news of the moment communicate with us via tweets, s...
  • Confession #112: Screen Rage

    At five years-old, it’s no fun getting interrupted while you’re focused on something. As a parent, I compensate for that by employing a series of intricately planned measures to guide my s...
  • Confession #111: They Know You’re Reading This

    I was recently complaining to a teller at my bank that the another bank down the street had given my 3 year-old daughter a stuffed horse for nothing more than walking past the front door. I jokingly a...

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