Recently USV redesigned their website to be primarily a public discussion board.
It’s the future of the Internet that I believe the USV team innately understands and it happens to have some other benefits that I outline below:
It makes public what the USV team was probably already doing internally and allows for public feedback and discussion.
It allows entrepreneurs to get a better sense of each partners interests (based on their links and comments) and allows for direct engagement around mutual interests.
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Scales the avc.com community. Fred posts daily and has a huge following that probably refresh avc.com before they even get out of bed in the am. This allows him to slowly transition his community to have another place to communicate and connect once he stops posting daily sometime in the next decade.
Allows for the warm fuzzy emotional transference to the USV brand when engaging in a stimulating discussion or finding a rad post.
The community is still fresh and doesn’t have norms (yet) that often dissuade new users from engaging (see: HN & reddit). This opportunity allows for brand new engagement of all things Internet.
By being a hub the USV team will start to see new trends and patterns before they become interesting to others. Their pattern recognition as served them well to date, this will only sharpen it.
They have another outlet to promote the companies they invest in.
Maintaining a community is not an easy task; by making the community front and center of their site the USV team seem to be interested in putting in the energy that it will take to maintain and grow.
Keep up the awesome!