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Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:02am
I backed this project to make a block toys for kids based on the planetary system a few weeks ago. I am into anything that makes learning fun for kids and this definitely does that. You can back it here.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:59pm
I woke up sick this morning and could not fly to Toronto where I was planning to do a session at Collision with Matt Glotzbach, CEO of our portfolio company Quizlet. I sent some emails to let people know I could not make it and went back to bed and slept for another few hours […]
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:55am
Andy wrote about our investment in Sofar yesterday on the USV blog. That is our practice. We publish our investment rationale on our blog every time we make an investment. It creates a permanent record of why we made the investment. It is interesting to go back and read them five or ten years later, […]
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 5:53pm
In a time when there are so many options for getting around the urban landscape (walking, subway, e-bikes, e-scooters, Yellow Cabs, Uber, Lyft, Juno etc), you would think that the six year old Citibike service in NYC would be “old hat.” But it remains one of my favorite things about living in NYC. The addition […]
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:48am
In our talk at Consensus last week, we talked about security in crypto land. There are a few highly trusted custody services in crypto, including the popular consumer and institutional custody services offered by our portfolio company Coinbase. These companies have invested tens of millions, sometimes more, in building highly secure storage systems to keep […]
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 5:45pm
Our portfolio company Dapper Labs, the maker of the popular crypto-collectible game CryptoKitties, is back with their second game, called Cheeze Wizards, also built on the Ethereum blockchain. Cheeze Wizards is in “pre-sale” mode right now. You can “summon” your wizard in anticipation of the game which will be played this summer. I summoned a […]
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:40am
This past Wednesday, I appeared on stage at Consensus 2019 with Paul Vigna of the Wall Street Journal and Brian Armstrong, CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase. The topic we were supposed to discuss was why crypto has been so full of bubbles and crashes. We did talk about that but we also talked about […]
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:37am
I like this project and backed it earlier this week. You can back it here.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:33pm
I don’t do as much public speaking as I used to. Fortunately my colleagues at USV have picked up the slack and we are still out there telling the world what we believe in and why. I think that is critical to building the brand of an investment business. Because it is Blockchain Week in […]
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:27am
On Monday, I wrote: With the crypto winter seemingly coming to an end and spring on the horizon, So why do I think winter is behind us and spring is on the horizon? Well you can see in the chart of the entire crypto market that there has been a meaningful move off of the […]
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 5:25pm
I remember back in the 2005/2006/2007 time frame when blogging and social media was coming of age, I used this blog as a petri dish to explore ideas like influencer marketing, social advertising, and virality that have become critical parts of a growth marketer’s playbook a decade later. That “hacking around in social media” taught […]
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:20pm
It is that time of year again, when the entire crypto sector comes to NYC. It is called Blockchain Week NYC and there are a dozen or more industry events like the Coin Center Annual Dinner, The Third Annual Token Summit, Consensus, Women On The Block, and many more. There will also be breakfasts, dinners, […]
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:16pm
I wrote this three years ago, on Mothers Day, and I remembered it this morning. So I am reposting it. Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers out there. It’s Mothers Day, a time to celebrate motherhood and moms. I woke up thinking about the maternal instinct and it’s effect on business. I was […]
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:13pm
We have had an order in for Tesla Solar Roof Tiles for almost two years, since they were announced back in 2017. Production delays and other issues have meant that we still don’t have them on our roof. And they are more expensive than a regular roof plus traditional solar panels on the roof. But […]
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 12:11pm
I really like this project. I hope it reaches its goal and gets funded.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:06am
When I started my now ten-year journey down the “let’s teach computer science in our public schools” path, I knew that getting students to instruct machines would open up new methods of teaching and learning. But I did not understand just how powerful that would be. It is good and necessary to offer dedicated classes […]
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:06am
Two of the more interesting and “out there” trends in tech are NFTs (non fungible tokens) and virtual celebrities. So it was only a matter of time before developers started to work at the intersection of them Virtual celebrities are characters made out of software that exist in games, social media, streaming audio and video, […]
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:59am
Our portfolio company Coinbase has been building an institutional grade regulated custodial service for crypto assets over the past 18 months. It is called Coinbase Custody and it is a qualified institutional custodian which means that investors that are regulated can use it to satisfy their custodial requirements. Coinbase has been providing safe and trusted […]
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 11:57am
I worked for a VC named Bliss McCrum early in my career. He had been on wall street for about twenty five years before getting into VC mid/late career. He loved investing. He taught me technical analysis/charting and a lot of other things about stocks. I used to ask him “why did that stock go […]
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 9:54am

Last summer I threw out our twenty year old satellite dish and decided to finally go over the top. I put a bunch of video streaming apps on our AppleTV to replace the “linear television” that we had been getting with the dish. Almost a year later, I’ve removed all but two of them and […]

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.