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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:40am
Yesterday afternoon I spent a couple hours sitting on the stage at the high school graduation ceremony for the Academy For Software Engineering. This evening I will spend another couple hours sitting on the stage at the high school graduation ceremony for the Bronx Academy For Software Engineering. Both yesterday and today are busy days […]
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 5:20pm
A lot has been written in the last week about the way the tech sector treats sexual harassment and a lot of suggestions have been made. I am particularly enthusiastic about what our fomer USV colleague Brittany Laughlin suggests, which is putting the entire issue on the table, talking about it regularly in the workplace, discussing specific […]
Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:40am
My oldest daughter Jessica send me a message last night “what’s going on with Ethereum?”. I told her it was a selloff. I said that people who had made a ton of money in the run up over the last six months were taking profits and I thought it could go on for a while. […]
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 7:40am
Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner from their firm join the Board of the company. If you look at the […]
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:40am
It’s a travel day for me. We are flying back home today after four weeks away. William told me to watch this video about ICOs and Token Sales. So I will do that on the flight home. Maybe you all might like to watch it too.
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:40am
So you are Phil Jackson and you’ve got the eighth pick in yesterday’s NBA Draft.  You want a guard who can be a franchise player for the Knicks. You can take Malik Monk, Dennis Smith Jr, or Frank Ntilikina. Who do you pick? I don’t know much about Frank Ntilikina. I sure hope he lives […]
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:40am
Back in February, I posted about Numeraire. I wrote: the Numerai team has now gone a step further and issued a crypto-token called Numeraire to incent these data scientists to work together to build the best models instead of just competing with each other And roughy four months later, I am happy to write that the […]
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7:40am
Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for doing this. We need to make the transaction costs of getting a financing done […]
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:40am
Thirty years ago today the Gotham Gal and I were married. It was a very warm and humid day in the Washington DC area and the skies opened up and poured during the wedding ceremony which was happily inside. After that, the humidity cleared and the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful […]
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 7:40am
The Gotham Gal and I have been coming to Paris for close to thirty years. We started coming with our family a little more than fifteen years ago and spent one summer here as a family about ten years ago. We bought an apartment here around five years ago and we try to be here […]
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 7:40am
Mark Suster just put up a long post on this topic. His message is “it depends” and he explains the rationale for investing in growth vs getting profitable. I have come to think about this differently. If you are bootstrapping your company without the help of outside investment (ie angels, VCs, etc), then you have […]
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 7:40am
This is a few weeks old, but I finally got around to watching it. Mary always does a nice job of summarizing the latest trends.
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 7:40am
Here’s an awesome Kickstarter project. I just backed it. You can collaborate with renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to make a Space Odyssey video game. Here is the video: And here is the project if you’d like to back it.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:40am
Our portfolio company Dronebase announced something interesting and fun this week. They have partnered with Getty Images to provide opportunities for drone pilots to fly “creative missions”: Before today, DroneBase pilots had access to just two types of missions: client missions and panomissions,  both of which have unique photography specifications. Today, we’re excited to introduce Getty Creative […]
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:40am
I got this question on Twitter yesterday: Are there any parallels you can draw between ICOs and private investment rounds? — Daniel Olshansky (@olshansky) June 13, 2017 And I responded with this: Yes, buyer beware. Do your homework. Don’t be greedy. — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) June 14, 2017 I could say a lot more and […]
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:40am
That’s a line from one of my favorite films, The Warriors. But this post is not about those Warriors. It is about the Golden State Warriors. Who are now the world champions for the second time in three years and did it impressively in five games. Like most of this NBA season, it wasn’t even […]
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 7:40am
I remember back in 2011 when I first learned about Bitcoin, we started talking about the technology and the model internally at USV. My partner Albert had done a lot of reading about it and he raised the 21mm hard cap as something that had both pros and cons associated with it. Ever since then […]
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 7:40am
I woke up Sunday morning in Europe to the news that our monthly match campaign for The Human Utility had crossed the $20k mark and thus our $20k match was fully funded. That was great news but then I saw this tweet from Tiffani, the founder of The Human Utility: So now @fredwilson @thegothamgal @bfeld […]
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:40am
We are in the midst of a monthly match campaign for The Human Utility which used to be called Detroit Water Project. The founder of this effort, Tiffani Bell, explains the story of how this project came to be in this eight minute video; If you want to participate in our match campaign after watching the video you […]
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 11:40am
And we are back with this month’s matching campaign to support a good cause. We are moving away from the big well known causes to some lesser known but important efforts to help people who need our help. We are going to start with helping people in need pay their water bills and keep clean […]
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.