The Freedom To Innovate
Back in 2014, USV got subpoenaed by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) over our web3 investing activities. We hired a law firm, answered the subpoena, and that ultimately landed me in public testimony in front of the DFS staff.
In my testimony, I explained to the DFS staff that the difference between the US and China is that the US respects the freedom to innovate:
I was reminded of that moment yesterday when, in our quarterly call with our Limited Partners at USV, we were asked if the regulatory pressure on web3 in the US would result in us cutting back our web3 investing.
To which I responded:
When they want to shut it down, I say double down
The most powerful technologies send waves of fear through the establishment.
When you see that fear in their eyes, invest in the cause of that fear.