Simple Systems

I believe a whole lot about systems for individual organization, for company automation, for urban info, for fiscal infrastructure, for the world wide web, etc.. On a significant intermediate level, I have always been fascinated with the way that lots of forces, individuals and ideas come together to make matters. And on a micro level,… Continue reading Simple Systems

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Forcing Change

I am supposed to be in Europe this week to speak at a seminar and attend a different one, but I chose to stay home, to be safe. It is estimated the airline industry’s 2020 earnings could decrease by 40%, or more than half a trillion dollars. People are changing their behaviour. It’s hard to… Continue reading Forcing Change

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Getting Alignment

I’m flying home from Europe now (by way of Reykjavik) and because of this, have a whole lot of time to catch up on things. I’ve spent the majority of the day writing a couple of plan docs relating to a number of our portfolio companies and then chatting about them. In every endeavor, whether… Continue reading Getting Alignment

Form, Storm, Norm, Perform

I was outside with some friends over the summer, one of whom is a school soccer coach, and we had been talking about what it is that makes great teams great. I enjoy speaking to to coaches and those who have played for good coaches (just ask Ryan about how I always bug him for… Continue reading Form, Storm, Norm, Perform

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The Butter Thesis

In USVwe speak a lot about our investment thesis. The USV thesis is a set of ideas that has guided our investing through the years. It’s a tool we use to help ourselves understand what to search for, and to assist businesses who fit into it to find us. Despite all the writing we’ve done… Continue reading The Butter Thesis

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The Trust Equation

This week was the yearly USV CEO Summit, one of my favourite moments of each year (unusually, this was my 8th summit, and they appear to get better and better).  We’ve been spending plenty of time considering the idea of trust, what we mean by it, and how we believe it can develop into an… Continue reading The Trust Equation

What decentralization is good for (part 3): growth

Picking up the series on which decentralization is great for (part 1, component two ), today I would like to concentrate on one of the most exciting features of decentralization: expansion.  In cases like this, when I say”decentralized”, what I actually mean is”open and non-proprietary”.  Ok, so why are open, decentralized systems especially great for growth? When… Continue reading What decentralization is good for (part 3): growth

The adjacent possible

Yesterday, while I was composing my article Trusted BrandsI had been doing a little hunting through my blog archives, in order to link back to each of the articles categorized under”Trust”. In the process of doing this, I went back and really re-categorized some older articles that fell under that category, but were not appropriately marked.… Continue reading The adjacent possible

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The utility infielder

This is me last month wearing my Holt jersey that I wear to every match (note the #26 that he started out with, until it had been retired for Wade Boggs a few years back — Brock wears #12 now): What I really like about him are just two things: 1) he does all, wherever… Continue reading The utility infielder

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