8VC Resources Overview

Over the past several years we have written dozens of essays on a variety of topics ranging from our investment theses and macroeconomic analyses to character studies and philosophical musings.

Though we sometimes release essays commenting on current trends in Silicon Valley or announcing new hires or projects at 8VC, more often we describe the lessons we’ve learned about how to build successful startups, the intricacies of VC-entrepreneur relations, and principles of leadership and good governance. At the other end of the spectrum we write a variety of pieces on policy issues including transportation, education, and regulatory state.


The Coming Transformation

April 2018

This paper discusses the present age of creative destruction. New technologies will disrupt major industries, creating a large transfer of wealth and power in the global economy.

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The Smart Enterprise Wave

April 2018

This paper describes the urgent need and unprecedented opportunity for Smart Enterprise platforms to enable app-driven innovation and disrupt large, old-line industries. There exist a variety of network effects and winner-take-all dynamics during this one-time event in which the original, closed technology infrastructure in these industries is opened up, and upgraded to leverage big data.

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The Future of Labor pt. I - Keynes

April 2018

This is the first installment in a two part series. Here we unpack the philosophical and evolutionary assumptions at work in the debate over technological unemployment. In Future of Labor II, we will discuss the economics of new job creation and chart several industries of the future which will create employment opportunities for American workers.

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A Deficit of Leadership

April 2018

In this essay we discuss leadership and a serious cultural issue: the failure of Silicon Valley to train world-class leaders.

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Lessons from Peter Thiel

April 2018

These lessons summarize what Joe Lonsdale learned from working over many years with Peter Thiel, a chairman and founder of Palantir.

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Healthcare IT Thesis

April 2018

The healthcare industry is one of the pillars of the American economy. National healthcare expenditures account for nearly 20% of GDP, or three trillion dollars.

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The Latest from Our Blog

State governments should competitively reimburse private prisons that are most effective at reducing recidivism and helping prisoners reintegrate into normal American life. Only by rewiring incentives can we attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs to solving America's mass incarceration nightmare.

The Healing Game

CEOs shouldn’t worry about their budget all the time — on a day-to-day basis they should work on managing their company, building an awesome product, developing key relationships, identifying distribution channels, etc.

A Note for Startup CEOs on Budget Chats

America faces a mounting transportation crisis, and the primary culprit is road congestion. Traffic makes us unhealthy, wastes enormous amounts of time, and cripples national productivity. America needs expanded roads and transportation infrastructure, but traditional gas tax funding is no longer available.

Fight Traffic With Congestion Pricing

Yesterday, on Tuesday, November 21, Heather Mack of the WSJ published an article entitled “Joe Lonsdale-Backed Blink Health Faces Potential Loss of Half of Its Customers.” The article is a response to a lawsuit brought by our investment Blink Health...

Our Reaction to WSJ’s recent coverage of Blink Health’s lawsuit

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