Requests for Startups: Andy Weissman
(Union Square Ventures)
What startup verticals interest you most right now?
One, obviously, is blockchain related technologies. Second, is networks in the healthcare and medicine related industries. We’ve made two investments in that area (Human DX and Figure 1) — looking for networks of people, of data, anywhere there are network effects.
What are your biggest predictions for the year ahead?
I saw Emily White mentioned on Twitter the other day that 40M people were tuning into Coachella via Snapchat, which is a bigger amount than the Oscars or the Grammys have. I believe by the year end there will finally be mass media agreement that there is no longer any old media, or even new media — instead, it’s all Internet media.
Are there any specific company ideas that you really want someone to build and would potentially fund?
I don’t usually think about specific ideas for business or services, more areas or concepts. I am curious if right now another large platform for media sharing can emerge, or will the next future be marked by fragmented, specific ones.
If you could wave a magic wand and instantly have any imaginable solution to a problem you’re facing (personally or at work), what problem would you solve?
1 in every 12 or 13 kids under 18 have food allergies, including mine. I’d use my magic wand to solve that.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Whenever I get dizzy from the pace of change, I always think about Buckaroo Banzai: “Remember: no matter where you go… there you are.”
If you have a startup or you’re interested in any of USV’s portfolio companies, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Andy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.