Jan 15, 2020
About this nugget:
This nugget is on how Union Square Ventures determines investments through a crystal clear investment thesis. Most founders and venture capitalists are familiar with USV, for multiple reasons such as Fred Wilson and the A VC blog, it’s all in part to a combination of having a crystal clear investment thesis which has evolved as the world around us does. This evolving thesis lead to investments in companies such as Etsy, Twitter, KickStarter, FourSquare, Meetup, Soundcloud, Lending Club and many more. Many of these high profile investments showcased USV as one of the most recognizable names in Venture Capital. A strong, focused and followed thesis is a self imposed constraint, and constraints force creativity and focus. The partners creativity and focus built USV to what we know it as today.
What is a nugget of the week?:
The host John Siracusa has recorded over 270 episodes as the host of the Bank On It & Before the A fintech podcasts where he interviews founders building the future of fintech and the VCS/Angels who fund them.
With each interview there’s this wow moment when the person interviewed has shared something really special, unique or a reminder on how founders or investors should think. So, here we are delivering those moments to you in the form of a bite sized nugget.
About John Buttrick:
John Buttrick is a partner at Union Square Ventures, joining the firm in 2010. He began his career as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris and was a partner in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group from 1994-2000. Between 2000 and 2010 John was involved in a number of private equity and venture projects. He has been a member of the Board of Environmental Advocates of New York since 2004 and currently serves as Board Chair. John majored in American Studies at Northwestern University and has a JD degree from Villanova University School of Law. John is a native New Yorker.
About the host:
John, is the host of the ‘Bank On It’ podcast recorded onsite in Wall Street at Carpenter Group, and 'Before the A' podcast recorded onsite in Flat Iron at Barclays/Techstars Rise NYC. He’s a highly sought after fintech, VC and financial services industry enthusiast and connector. He’s in the center of the fintech ecosystem, keeping current with the ever-innovating industry. Stay in the fintech know by subscribing to ‘Bank On It’, ‘Before the A’