Newsletter: 001 | Cultivating Community


Cultivating Community

Welcome to the first newsletter in the life of Scannavino Lamb LLP!  We decided to launch a weekly newsletter with the simple goal of cultivating community.  Our newsletter will initially cover (1) content relating to the startup industry that we liked from the previous week, giving you something to read, listen to, and watch; (2) content we recently created, keeping you up to date on news and insight from our team; and (3) events and activities we plan to host or attend in the upcoming week, providing our community of clients, partners, and friends an opportunity to share, support, and connect with each other.

Content We Liked


Blog Post: AVC, Our Model 
October 22, 2017

Fred Wilson on the USV fund model.  Keep fund size lean ($175M), make early investments (Seed or A), maintain ownership (15-20%), rely on a few big wins (2-3 exits north of $1B), and recognize the need to adapt to new models like blockchain token sales.


Podcast: The Twenty Minute VC, Julia Hartz (Co-Founder & CEO @ Eventbrite)
October 20, 2017

Romance (co-founder love), interesting entrepreneurship story (no intentions to be an entrepreneur), and dedication to innovation ($1B+ valuation and still innovating).


Webinar: CB Insights, Blockchain in Review: Trends and Opportunities
October 26, 2017

Data on the evolution of the blockchain investment landscape and how startups, VCs and token sales are shaping its future.

Content We Created

Blog Post

SAFT: A New Legal Framework for Token Sales

Overview of the SAFT (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens) and why companies are using the SAFT for blockchain token sales.

Blog Post

Blockchain: Regulators Still Confused

Brief thoughts on the SEC's Investor Advisory Committee meeting earlier this month on the topic of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Where We'll Be This Week

Indoor Cycling Class

Monday, October 30, 2017
@ SWERVE Fitness
30 W. 18th Street between 5th and 6th (Flatiron studio)

A favorite in the boutique fitness scene, SWERVE brings team competition to indoor cycling.  Expect 45 minutes of fun, sweat, teamwork, and tunes.  We'll be riding on the blue team.

MLB World Series Game 6

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
@ Foley's Pub
18 W. 33rd Street between 5th and 6th

Game 6 could be the deciding game in this exciting series.  David was born and raised in LA and is a die-hard Dodgers fan, so you know who we'll be rooting for.

Enterprise Blockchain Meetup

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
@ Galvanize
315 Hudson Street between Spring and Vandam

We plan to attend this meetup event on how enterprises are using or plan to use blockchain.  It's being hosted by Hyperfab, an enterprise blockchain accelerator created by Boldstart Ventures.

Open Office Hours

Friday, November 3, 2017
@ Hub seventeen by lululemon
114 5th Avenue between 16th and 17th
(underground in lululemon’s Flatiron store)

We're taking the laptops to lululemon's community space to work for a few hours and give you a chance to come ask questions in an informal setting.  Think of it as open office hours for you to come by and chat about law, startups, crypto, wellness, etc.  It'll also give you an excuse to buy some great workout gear.

Pilates Reformer Class

Saturday, November 4, 2017
@ New York Pilates
25 Howard Street between Crosby and Lafayette (SoHo studio)

In this not-your-typical Pilates class called "Burnout," Nick's wife Kai-Ting Yang will be putting us through an intermediate, fast-paced reformer class focused on total body burn.  Prepare to plank and sweat more than you ever have in a Pilates class.  And don't let Kai-Ting's sweet spirit fool you – her sessions pack a serious punch.


You'll need to sign up online at the links provided for the events on Monday (SWERVE), Wednesday (Galvanize), and Saturday (New York Pilates).  Attendance is at your own cost and subject to limited availability.  No need to RSVP to us for any of these events, but let us know if you'd like to be kept in the loop on any last-minute scheduling changes.  Also, keep in mind that these events are not firm-hosted or sponsored events, so we have no control over availability, pricing or any other matters associated with the events.  Again, this is just our attempt at cultivating community by giving us all a chance to connect outside of the office.

We welcome your feedback (good or bad) as we build out our newsletter.  Let us know what you did/didn't like and what other content you would find useful.  You can also feel free to unsubscribe by clicking "unsubscribe from this list" below.

Nick Scannavino and David Lamb