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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
I was sitting in my backyard this weekend looking up at the roof on my house, which I can’t see because of a parapet, and wondering how all of the solar panels we put up there a few years ago are doing. I was also wondering how the roof itself is doing. Then it hit […]
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:30am
It is ironic and upsetting that a nation built on immigration is increasingly unwelcoming to immigrants and that the words ” go back” are becoming a political rallying cry. I am for immigration full stop. I think opening our arms and borders to people who want to come here, work, build their lives and businesses […]
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:30am
I have been vocal here that I do not like the term Unicorn to describe highly valued venture-backed startups. Unicorns are mythical creatures that don’t really exist and highly valued venture-backed startups do exist. They might be rare, but they are not fictional. A better word would be Whales. And it turns out that the […]
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:30am
Back in May, during Blockchain Week in NYC, I had the pleasure of interviewing the CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase, Brian Armstrong. We started off talking about their rapidly growing institutional business, but quickly got to talking about everything Coinbase. Brian also gets a question in for me about 17mins into the talk. It’s […]
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 5:31pm
“Like many suburban kids growing up in the 70s, I was no stranger to the local bowling alley.” So starts the video below for this Kickstarter project to make a photo book about the classic American bowling alley. That line got me as I grew up a suburban kid in the 70s and spent many […]
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:31pm
Our portfolio company Nurx started out offering birth control prescriptions on a mobile phone delivered to you in the mail. This has been a game changer for many women who live far from a doctor or a pharmacy or live in places where it is not easy to get a birth control prescription. But they […]
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:31am
One of USV’s newest portfolio companies, Otis, had a coming out party yesterday. The idea behind Otis is that cultural assets like fine art, rare books and comic books, jewelry and watches, sneakers and skateboards, etc are appreciated by everyone but are only collectible/affordable by wealthy people. Otis intends to change that by securitizing these […]
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:31pm
I am reading a friend’s book which is still in proofs and so I’m not going to talk about it yet. But there is one part of the book that really rang true for me and that is when he talks about certain kinds of problematic employees, particularly one he calls The Heretic. This kind […]
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:31am
One of the use cases that has eluded cryptocurrencies to date is “means of exchange” (something you would spend). I wrote about this a couple years ago and showed this transaction in that blog post: That was a payment I made to a caddie named Kris after he carried my bags one morning six years […]
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:31am
I’ve shared my views on this before here at AVC. I believe business model innovation is more disruptive than technical innovation. A good example of this was moving from web apps to mobile apps, which was largely a technical innovation. While the move to mobile certainly created some new companies, it largely strengthened the market […]
Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 11:31am
A few years ago, we invited Angela Duckworth to speak to our portfolio company CEOs at our annual get together. It was a terrific talk that absolutely impacted the way these CEOs thought about hiring and managing their teams. Angela’s theory of “Grit” as a predictor of success in education, careers, and life is powerful. […]
Friday, July 5, 2019 - 11:33am
When I started writing this blog in 2003, I was not a strong writer. Sixteen years later, I am a better writer. Doing something every day is the best way to improve at something. I’ve been doing yoga for roughly the same number of years as I’ve been writing this blog. But I am not […]
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 11:31am
It has been 243 years since our founding fathers signed the Declaration Of Independence and the great American experiment began. These words form the moral backbone of our country and represent our core values: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with […]
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:33pm
I saw this in my twitter feed today. Almost a decade ago, my friend John Heilemann interviewed John Doerr and me at Web 2.0. It is interesting to go back a decade and see what we were talking about then. Some of the same issues exist today. Some of the questions we debated have been […]
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:31pm
If there is a technology that has overpromised and underdelivered more than AR/VR over the last five years, I am not sure what it is. Facebook paid $2bn (or possibly more) for Oculus in the spring of 2014 and maybe a couple million Oculus headsets have been sold since then. And Facebook is reportedly continuing […]
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 7:32am
Being a Knicks fan teaches you a lot about disappointment. At one point this spring, we thought we were going to get a couple top free agents and the first pick in the draft. We ended up with a lot less. Fortunately, I have learned a lot about disappointment in three decades of backing early-stage […]
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 11:31am
Christopher Mims has a good post on the 5G headaches that are in store for those of us in the US as we roll out 5G: The Downside of 5G: Overwhelmed Cities, Torn-Up Streets, a Decade Until Completion As carriers launch their 5G networks, the promise of superfast wireless is clashing with the reality of […]
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:31am
Juan Benet, founder and CEO of our portfolio company Protocol Labs, developer of the IPFS and Filecoin protocols, gave this talk last fall. I like Juan’s statement, about 10mins into this talk, that “what Bitcoin did to money, Web3 does to everything.” That is obviously a very big statement/ambition, but I agree with it. Here […]
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:31am
I backed this Kickstarter project earlier this week. It has about one more day to go.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:32pm
David Kelnar sent me this deck that he did on the state of AI. It is very good. This slide got my attention: It is interesting, and not totally surprising, that the sector that AI-focused entrepreneurs are targeting more than any other is health and wellbeing. It seems like there is so much opportunity to […]
Fred Wilson is a New York City-based venture capitalist and blogger. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in Web 2.0 companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga, Kickstarter, and 10gen.