next big thing

Nikhil Basu Trivedi
weekly essay by a venture capitalist (@nbt) in search of the next big thing
Created 21 Mar 2020
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  • Climate and Crypto are the new Mobile
    26 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 31 2
    Welcome to issue #37 of next big thing. As the past decade unfolded, it became more and more obvious that every company had to have a strategy for the rise of smartphone usage and penetration. Compani...
  • All Wedges Are Not Created Equal
    04 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 18 6
    Welcome to issue #36 of next big thing. You likely saw the big M&A news in technology from the past week: Square is acquiring Afterpay for $29 billion. It is the largest ever acquisition in the financ...
  • How fast is too fast?
    29 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 34 4
    Welcome to issue #35 of next big thing. We closed on Footwork Fund I in April, and it's been a very busy three months since. We've made our first three investments, in each case leading a Seed or Seri...
  • Via
    22 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 13 0
    At Footwork, we look for companies that have signs of product-market fit, in thesis areas we’ve studied to develop a point of view. We also look for founders and founding teams that demonstrate the hu...
  • Many-Winner Markets
    28 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 44 33
    Welcome to issue #34 of next big thing. First, a big thanks to all of you for your kind words and messages following our announcement of Footwork. Mike and I feel very fortunate to be in business with...
  • Footwork
    15 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 92 40
    Welcome to issue #33 of next big thing. Back in July, I wrote An Ending and Fallow Time (issue #8), where I paid tribute to my previous career chapter, and outlined a few hopes for the next one. Nine ...
  • The Post-Pandemic Family
    25 Mar 2021 • 8 min read • 31 2
    Welcome to issue #32 of next big thing. It’s been a little over a year since the pandemic was declared in the U.S. In the time since, I’ve written about how work lives have changed in the knowledge ec...
  • One-of-a-Kinds
    24 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 23 5
    Welcome to issue #31 of next big thing. One topic that’s been hard to not think about in 2021 is the cryptocurrency market. Let me start by being upfront that I’m no expert in crypto. I feel fortunate...
  • Why I Use Roam Research Daily
    11 Feb 2021 • 7 min read • 12 21
    Welcome to issue #30 of next big thing. Last May, I wrote issue #1 of this newsletter exploring my own use of Notion, my curiosity for Roam Research, the evolution of doing work, and a few thoughts on...
  • A Widening Gap
    04 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 16 13
    Welcome to issue #29 of next big thing. It was quite a first month of 2021. Through major events such as the Georgia elections handing Democrats control of the U.S. Senate, the insurrection at the U.S...