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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:30am
Late last year, USV invested in Numerai, a hedge fund that uses data scientists all around the world to “crowdsource” stock price predictions. I blogged a bit about Numerai then. If that business model wasn’t cutting edge enough for you, the Numerai team has now gone a step further and issued a crypto-token called Numeraire to incent […]
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:30am
I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. This index “incorporates both the money flowing into VC-backed startups, as well as the exits that are making money for investors. To smooth out some of the volatility, we calculated the average value for the last 12 weeks.” I […]
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:30am
AVC regular William Mougayar gave this presentation at the European Ethereum Developers Conference, Edcon, in Paris a few days ago. In his talk, William argues that Ethereum, unlike Bitcoin, is developing into a rich environment with many different services coming together to provide developers a wide platform to build on top of. I am increasingly […]
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:30am
In my work to prepare for the Future of Labor conversation we had at NewCo Shift a few weeks ago, I talked to a number of experts who are studying job losses due to automation and thinking about what might be done about it. Two ideas that came up a number of times were the […]
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 11:30am
I posted the discussion my partner Andy and I did at the Upfront Summit last week. There were other great conversations at the Upfront Summit. This discussion with Mark Cuban was great. I totally agree with Mark that we need more tech companies to go public and have been saying that publicly for several years.
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 11:30am
I backed this journalism project a few days ago and I thought I would highlight it to all of you here today. Off Assignment is a publication that allows writers to go off assignment and tell the stories they really want to tell. Here’s a video that explains it in more detail:
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:30am
We announced an investment in Toronto based Top Hat yesterday. I RT’d my partner Albert‘s post on the investment with this bit: “We now have five investments there, placing Toronto third as a location in the USV portfolio after New York and San Francisco.” — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) February 15, 2017 Toronto is a great place […]
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:30am
Yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, Etsy invited press to its headquarters in Brooklyn and took the covers off a bunch of things they have been working on for most of last year and will launch shortly. For those that don’t know, USV was one of the first investors in Etsy and I have been on the […]
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:30am
My two favorite holidays are Thanksgiving when we are thankful for family and food and Valentine’s Day when we celebrate love and the people we love. Love is a powerful thing, maybe the most powerful thing. And I am blessed to have a lot of it in my life.  So I hope everyone in AVC […]
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 11:30am
At the Grammy’s last night, Chance The Rapper, one of the night’s big winners, gave props to SoundCloud in his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album: Chance talked about the importance of artists staying independent and his shoutout to SoundCloud was a well deserved acknowledgement of the power of platforms like SoundCloud in helping artists […]
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 5:10pm
Strategy is hard and becomes increasingly important as companies grow and scale. One thing I advise teams to focus on when they go through a strategy exercise is to identify the things they won’t do. One way to do this is to make a list of all the things people inside (and outside) the company […]
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 11:30am
A couple weeks ago my partner Andy and I talked about generational change in a VC firm in a conversation moderated by our longtime investor Lindel Eakman. I blogged a bit about generational change prior to that conversation. Here is the video of that conversation:
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:30am
This was a fun twitter exchange yesterday: @fredwilson agree, but how do they better monetize that influence and impact? — Scott M (@SouthofAmerica) February 9, 2017 I can’t help but think that competing with Facebook and Google in the online advertising market is an uphill battle for Twitter. They have done a great job at […]
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:10pm
I picked up a bad head cold in SF this week. It’s rainy and cold there and that got the best of me. So I’m running a post from the archives and medicating myself instead of writing today. Retaining Your Employees I hate to see employees leave our portfolio companies for many reasons, among them […]
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:30am

As I mentioned yesterday, I am moderating a panel this morning at NewCo Shift Forum on The Future Of Labor. As I think about, there are three big megatrends impacting the future of labor/work. The first has largely played itself out over the past thirty years and that is globalization and outsourcing. I believe we […]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 11:30am

I am on a plane flying up to SF to attend a two day conference called NewCo Shift Forum. The premise behind this conference, put together by my friend and tech conference impresario supreme John Battelle, is that capitalism is at a crossroads brought on by changing political winds across the globe, technological advancements, and […]

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:10pm
Reblogging from today: Union Square Ventures has made a substantial investment in Tucows, a 23 year old company company that has been publicly traded for over 15 years. Since we have never before invested in a public company, that requires a bit of an explanation. All of us at USV feel fortunate to have […]
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:30am
I am old enough to remember the gogo days of cable TV when entrepreneurs who wanted to launch a new cable channel would go, hat in hand and cap table in tow, to the big cable companies and beg to get distribution on their networks.  When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we […]
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 5:10pm
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:30am
I backed this Kickstarter project last week. I’m a big Sam Harris fan and I think the topic is about as timely and important as anything out there.
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.