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Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 1:40am
I like 3D printing and I like ceramics. So when I saw this project on Kickstarter this morning, I backed it instantly.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:32pm
As we all know from the flood of emails coming into our inboxes explaining that privacy policies have changed and more, the dawn of the GDPR era is upon us. Technically companies have until tomorrow, May 25th, to get into compliance with GDPR. USV portfolio companies have been working on getting compliant for more than […]
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 11:30am
I have been recommending our portfolio company Code Climate‘s relatively new Velocity product in most of my recent Board meetings. I hear from management teams again and again that they want to understand their engineering utilization and velocity and benchmark it. Everyone feels like they are not getting enough production out of engineering but have no […]
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:05pm
I was watching last night’s game between the Celtics and the Cavs and I was thinking about the fantastic young players the Celtics have on that team, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier. As good as those players are, it felt like the enormity of what they have accomplished this year and […]
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:30am
Last week, I was asked this question on Twitter: Crypto Twitter — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) May 14, 2018 But if you want to read CryptoTwitter, what is the best way to do that? I have curated a bunch of people to follow in my timeline over the last seven years so CryptoTwitter is part of […]
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:30am
There are two major failure modes in startups. The first common failure mode is the thing you make doesn’t get adopted. That’s called not finding product market fit in startup lingo. The second common failure mode is “getting too far out over your skis” and it happens to companies that do find product market fit […]
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 7:30am
I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk. Steven has this wonderful quality of being able to observe both history and the present and make connections between the two and also […]
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:30am
An AVC community member sent me to this GoFundMe project last weekend and I backed it. They are raising $20k to build two hydroponic vertical tower farms in two communities in Puerto Rico. A tower farm looks like this: This is from the project page: Puerto Rican families need sovereignty over their own food supply. Before […]
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:30am
A lot, to be honest. It’s Crypto Week in NYC this week. The last two weeks have been a blur, with so many things happening that I can’t keep up or write about all of them. But, here are a few 1/ The Rockets ended the sweep nonsense talk going on in the bay area […]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:30am
Yesterday’s announcement that our portfolio company Coinbase is launching a suite of institutional products for the crypto market made me step back and think about the evolution of their institutional business. Coinbase started out as a place for individuals to buy, sell, and hold Bitcoin. They launched that in 2012. In 2015, Coinbase added the GDAX […]
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:30am
One of the benefits of decentralization is that you can build “censorship-resistant” applications. The best example of that is Bitcoin, a store and transfer of value system that governments can’t interfere with. Censorship resistant money, as it were. But if these transactions are going across a wire that is controlled by the government or some […]
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:30am
At our annual CEO Summit, which took place last week, we kick things off going around the room with each attendee (there are over seventy at this point) mentioning something they are struggling with right now. When it got to my turn, I said that I am struggling to be “all in” on crypto and […]
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 7:30am
It is a bit strange that we set aside one day a year to honor Mom and motherhood because where I sit it is something we need to honor every hour of every day. Motherhood is one of the most beautiful things about life. The combination of unrelenting love and equally unrelenting demands is a potent […]
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:30am
One of the most important questions in crypto land right now is “whither Ethereum?” To get a sense of the answer to that question, it helps to listen to the important speeches Vitalik gives. This one, at Edcon in Toronto last week, was quite helpful to me.
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:30am
I backed this photography project earlier this week. It looks like it may not get funded but that’s a shame because it is a great project.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:30am
I’m running an advertisement here today. I’ve been Chairman of two public companies in my career and the leaders of those two companies sat down and talked yesterday. I enjoyed watching that very much and hope you do too. In this nine-minute video, Jim Cramer talks to Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy, about what makes Etsy […]
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:30am
When I was a kid, two of my favorite cartoons were from Hanna-Barbera; The Flintsones and The Jetsons. I particularly loved The Jetsons. From Wikipedia: the Jetsons live in a comical version of the future, with elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.[3][4] The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, […]
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:30am
About a month ago I put all of AVC traffic behind “https.” This is something you can do with one click of a button if you are behind Cloudflare, as AVC is. I should have done this a long time ago, but only got around to doing it last month. In the process, I broke […]
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:30am
One of the best things about having highly appreciated publicly traded stock is that it is the most attractive way to make charitable gifts. The Gotham Gal and I do this all of the time and I encourage others (founders, early employees, investors, angels, etc) to do it. Here’s how it works: Let’s say you […]
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:30am
There are few investors I have more respect for than Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. So much of what I believe as an investor has come from watching them conduct themselves over the last thirty-five years (that’s as long as I have been paying attention to investing as a discipline). I believe in fundamental value, […]
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.