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Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:36am
I backed this film project this morning and am sharing it with all of you.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 11:39am
Crunchbase has a story up today explaining that Series A and Series B rounds make up between 25% and 35% of all $100mm+ “supergiant” rounds every year. That’s interesting but what would be more interesting is to compare the cohort of companies raising Series A and Series B supergiant rounds to the rest of the […]
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:37am
My friend Fraser took a large number of AVC blog posts over the years and trained an AI model on them. The result is a blog written by a machine. You can see it here. One one hand, it is kind of amazing that you can train a machine to write like someone. On the […]
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 11:42am
I was listening to this podcast on the treadmill this morning. It is a conversation between Peter McCormack and Andreas Antonopoulos about Bitcoin, Privacy, Freedom, and a lot more. At one point Andreas says that we have digital money already, but it is largely debits and credits on ledgers in banks and other financial services […]
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 10:39am
We went to the Knicks Celtics game last night. For three and a half quarters the Knicks and Celtics played a tight game and the game was tied at 95 with six minutes left when Coach Fizdale called a time out. The Knicks came out of that time out befuddled and turned the ball over […]
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 11:37am
It is tempting to search for the one magic move that will make everything better. A new VP of Sales. A new database layer in your tech stack. A new brand for your company. Moving everything to the cloud. More capital in the business. But it is rarely one thing that a business needs to […]
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 11:38am
This is a talk that Muneeb Ali, co-founder and CEO of our portfolio company Blockstack, gave at their “Can’t Be Evil” summit last month in the bay area.
Friday, November 29, 2019 - 11:34am
A regular reader sent me this project last week and I backed it today and am sharing it with all of you.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:40am
there is this thing called the Internet which allows anyone like me to connect a server to it and host content like this blog post. Thankfully there is open source software like WordPress that allows me to do all of this without using a proprietary service. Thankfully there is a range of operating systems (some […]
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 12:38pm
When I was in my mid-20s and had just gotten a job in venture capital, I read a piece on Alan Shugart, the larger than life founder of Seagate, one of the most successful disk drive companies. Alan was quoted as saying that “cash is more important than your mother.” That got my attention because […]
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 11:39am
At USV, we have had a two-year analyst program since the very early days. The alumni of our analyst program are an impressive group of people. Some have their own venture capital firms, some are founders of companies that are doing great, some are working in large companies. We are starting the process of hiring […]
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 9:37am
Last Thursday I wrote about the Helium launch in NYC and suggested that readers might want to purchase a Helium hotspot. Well, I have good news. AVC readers can buy a Helium hotspot with a discount. Here is how you do it. 1/ Go to the Helium Store and hit the Order Now button 2/ […]
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 11:40am
So goes the famous Mark Twain quote. I thought of this in reading a few blockchain sector reports this morning. David Kelnar‘s “blockchain primer” is a very good summary of what is promising about the crypto sector and what is challenging. In his summary at the end, he writes: Tim Berners-Lee developed the protocol for […]
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:40pm
I wrote a bit about our investment in Recount Media last month. I have found their daily videos that give me what I need to know in five minutes or less a godsend. This past week was a blur for me as I was on the go all week and could not catch up on […]
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:37pm
I almost never take a reward when I back a Kickstarter project but I did that this morning with these playing cards. I can’t wait to get them.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 2:37pm

As many of you know, Helium is a peer to peer low bandwidth wireless network that anyone can run a hotspot for. I wrote about our hotspot in our apartment in NYC a few months ago. When you operate a Helium hotspot, you earn Helium tokens. We earned about 7 Helium tokens yesterday with our hotspot.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 1:37pm
When I was a young associate in a VC firm in my mid 20s, one of the partners told me I should get an annual physical every year and if I did it in the fall, I should get a flu shot while I was having my physical. I have done that every year since […]
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:38am
Back in March 2009, USV hosted an event called Hacking Education. It was the beginning of our effort to invest in the transformation of the education sector. A few weeks ago, USV held its annual meeting, roughly 15 years after we closed our first fund. And our partner Rebecca gave a presentation on our education […]
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 5:37pm
Although I am an avid Android fan/user, I am equally fond of Apple’s Airpods. I have used the original and V2 Airpods with great success over the last few years and can’t imagine using anything else to pair with my phone for audio. I purchased the AirPod Pro a few weeks ago and have been […]
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 12:37pm
Our portfolio company Duolingo was the subject of a funny skit on SNL a few weeks ago.
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.