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Happy Birthday America

For many Americans, this one included, the last eight months have been hard. We are not showing the world the side of our country that we love and are proud of. We are showing the world the side of our country that embarrasses us.

But even with the recognition that America has an ugly side, I still am incredibly proud to be a citizen of this great country. Warts and all, the United States of America is a land of opportunity, hope, and freedom. You can be who you want to be and what you want to be here. I am proof of that.

So Happy Birthday America. Let’s wave our flags and be proud today.

What Facebook Can Tell Us About Us

Stephen Wolfram wrote an interesting post back in 2013. I just stumbled upon it today (via Twitter).

I like this chart a lot:

The blue line is men, the red line is women.

A few of these results surprised me.

I would have thought women are more interested in books than men. At least that is how it is in our family.

I would have thought interest in travel would increase significantly in late middle age.

I would have thought interest in music would tail off more steeply with age.

Fascinating stuff.

Happy Valentine’s Day

My two favorite holidays are Thanksgiving when we are thankful for family and food and Valentine’s Day when we celebrate love and the people we love.

Love is a powerful thing, maybe the most powerful thing. And I am blessed to have a lot of it in my life. 

So I hope everyone in AVC land takes time today to be with your loved ones and celebrate the love in your life.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Online Immigration and Travel Resources

I found this thread on Hacker News quite informative.

If you are seeking to travel to the US, particularly given all the uncertainty now, you might want to check these resources out:

Stack Exchange Expatriates

Stack Exchange Travel

Visa Journey

Candle For Love

The Arrived Mobile App

Anyone who works in the tech sector knows and cares about people here in the US on visas and other immigration related paperwork. It’s a anxiety filled time for these people and I feel for them. They need our help and our support and our empathy.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas

I’m not writing today and tomorrow as we are celebrating the year end holidays with family. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all of you.

Feature Friday: Videoconferencing Services

At USV, we have tried many different videoconferencing services over the years.

I use Google Hangouts for my personal videoconferences.

But as a firm, we are currently using Zoom.

And we have a number of Beam devices to allow people to “beam into” meetings.

Many of the portfolio companies I work with are using Bluejeans.

So I am curious to find out what all of you use in your businesses (not personal like Facetime).

AVC Demographics

If I was going to start selling ads on AVC (I am not), here are the advertising categories I should target according to Google Analytics:

AVC demographics

Nothing too surprising in here but it is interesting that entertainment (Film and TV) scored so high. I guess you don’t spend all of your time reading AVC 🙂

Fun Friday: Pet Peeves

Let’s talk today about something we all have, pet peeves. These are little things that shouldn’t bother us so much but they do.

One of my pet peeves happened to me this morning. I ordered a cup of coffee with a splash of milk in it. I got the coffee, ran to catch my train, and then settled in to enjoy my “Morning Joe” only to find it was black coffee with no milk in it. I only allow myself one cup of coffee a day so when it’s not what I really wanted it’s a total bummer to me.

It’s a little thing but to me it’s a big thing.

So that’s my pet peeve. What is yours?

Fun Friday: Best Valentines Day Gift

Brandwatch on Twitter says that “chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears” are this year’s favorites

valentines gifts

I am a fan of flowers but this year I’m going in a different direction.

What is your go to gift on valentines day?

Time Change

The Gotham Gal and I are doing our annual winter in the west and we flew to the mountains of Utah with some of our family yesterday. We are in Utah, Los Angeles, and the bay area regularly for the next couple months. We return to NYC when it’s spring.

Look for this blog to post daily between 8am and 10am eastern time for the next couple months.

We found that being out west last winter allowed us to spend more time with our friends and colleagues and investments out west and we are hoping to do more of that this winter.