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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 8:30am
From GeekWire: The Department of Homeland Security has officially enacted a provision to make it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to build startups in the U.S. The rule, proposed by President Barack Obama last summer, takes effect exactly one week before he leaves the Oval Office. The initial rule outlined a “parole” period that foreign entrepreneurs […]
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 11:30am
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other. – Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. I judged the Debug Politics Hackathon yesterday. The winner was Second Opinion, a Facebook Messenger bot that […]
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 11:30am
If you are in NYC this holiday weekend and looking for something to do, consider attending the Debug Politics Hackathon Showcase at 4pm this afternoon in the Flatiron District: Join us for our Product Showcase 1/15 4pm w/ @fredwilson @twephanie @chrishwiggins @drhoten @jheil @nancylublin 🇺🇸 — Debug Politics (@DebugPolitics) January 14, 2017 I […]
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:30am
This video was left in the comments to my post about doing a side by side comparison of Google Home and Amazon Echo. It’s fun and I thought I’d make sure everyone sees it by elevating it to the main page.
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:30am
I’m writing this entire blog post by speaking into my phone. The only things I’m doing with keyboard input are spacing and punctuation. It would be fun if we could all try to do this today. If you want to leave a comment try leaving a comment with voice input. If you don’t have any […]
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 7:50am
Our portfolio company Kickstarter had another fantastic year in 2016. They put this web presentation together to show what happened. Things like turning smog into jewelry and turning subways ads into photos of cats are the kinds of things that always seem to happen on Kickstarter. And I am always amazed and inspired by the creativity […]
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:30am

For years philanthropic organizations have bought fundraising software from the likes of Blackbaud and a host of other software companies, large and small, in the hope that these tools would help them raise money. The term I like for these fundraising software packages is “pay and pray.” There is no correlation between the amount of […]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:30am
Globalization is certainly a double edged sword for many people, but the truth is that over the past half century, the world has globalized enormously. We are now to the point that many employers around the world are looking outside their local or national talent pools for key hires. Our portfolio company Jobbatical specializes in […]
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:30am
I saw the news today that Nielsen reported that Streaming Now Officially the Number One Way We Listen to Music in America and I thought to myself “didn’t that happen a decade ago?” The report goes on to say that “on-demand audio streams surpassed 251 billion in 2016–a 76 percent increase that accounts for 38 percent […]
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 7:30am
Reserves is the term VCs use to describe funds they “reserve” for follow-on financings of their portfolio companies. Here are some things entrepreneurs should know about VCs and reserves: One very important thing that separates a strong VC firm from all other sources of capital is that the best VC firms reserve capital for follow-on […]
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 11:30am
One of our colleagues at USV pointed us at a series of web videos called Stated Clearly. I really like this one that explains DNA and how it works in a very simple and easy to understand way.
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 11:30am
Our portfolio company Kickstarter has opened up the year with a challenge; launch a project in January in which you make 100 of something. It is called make/100. Here are the details: What is Make 100? Make 100 is a creative initiative focused on editions of 100. Kick off 2017 by challenging yourself to bring […]
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:30am

Yesterday Medium announced that they are moving away from ads and thinking about a different kind of business model for their online publishing network. I saw this tweet suggesting they are looking at Spotify for inspiration: Medium is pivoting. Ads aren’t working. Sounds like they’re looking at a Spotify-like model. That can get messy. […]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 7:30am
One of the challenges with the current state of cryptology is that quantum computing breaks most of the current forms of crypto, a point made in this twitter exchange a few days ago: @CarpeDiemCyber @rhhackett extremely disruptive — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) January 2, 2017 So what is the state of quantum computing? Well according to […]
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 7:30am
Yesterday I unboxed a new Google Home device and set it up next to our Amazon Echo in our family room. I realize I have the Google Home set up backwards. I did it that way because of the power cords. I’ve been trying the same questions and requests of both of them and will […]
Monday, January 2, 2017 - 11:30am
I received a few suggestions yesterday that I outline the “rules” for participating in the AVC Community (the comments section). So here they are: 1) We do not tolerate racism, sexism, and hate speech of any kind 2) We seek to encourage a wide diversity of opinions 3) Debate and discussion is expected 4) We […]
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 11:30am

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past, today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains. […]

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 7:30am
As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward. As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016. I thought AR/VR and wearables would disappoint in 2016. They […]
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:30am
I liked over 450 songs on SoundCloud in 2016. These are the ones that stayed with me.
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 11:30am
Nick Tomaino has started a new publication called The Control to provide “high brow” (my word not his) reporting on the Blockchain sector. If Coindesk is the TechCrunch of the blockchain sector, Nick wants The Control to be The Economist of the sector. Here is how Nick describes his ambitions for The Control. The Control […]
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.