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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:30am
As Co-Chairman of Tech:NYC, I get asked frequently to name the issues that matter most to the tech companies of NYC. On my list, often at the top, is transit. Getting to and from work matters a lot to the employees of the growing number of tech companies in NYC. And this summer has been […]
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 7:30am
I don’t know enough to say with any confidence that our President is a supremacist. But he made a cold hard political calculation that paid off for him when he made these horrible people the foundation of his political base and fired them and their hatred up at his campaign rallies. He can’t throw them […]
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 7:30am
Brian Armstrong, founder and CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase, writes a regular blog in which he talks about a bunch of things; Coinbase, things he has learned, the crypto market, and a bunch more. If you don’t follow Brian, you might want to. Last week he laid out the entire process he uses to […]
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 5:05pm
For almost four years, from Jan 2010 to late 2013, I would write a column every Monday called MBA Mondays where I tried to cover the basics of a business education here at AVC. There are roughly 200 posts in total that I wrote during the time this weekly series was active. Since many regular […]
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 7:30am
Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate […]
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 7:30am
My partner Albert gave this talk recently at The Blockstack Summit. He frames the crypto/blockchain movement in the context of a broader societal shift into the knowledge age.
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 5:05pm
Internet treasures don’t die so easily and @SoundCloud is one of the most treasured parts of the Internet — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) August 11, 2017 I have spent much of the last four months working on this and was up most of the night last night finishing it, so I don’t have a lot of […]
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:05pm
Our portfolio company Work Market announced today that they have acquired their competitor OnForce from its owner, The Adecco Group. This combination makes Work Market the undisputed work automation leader in IT services sector, where both companies got their start. Work Market also offers work automation services for many other verticals, but the IT services […]
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:30am
I often get people asking if something I wrote was about them or their company. I have a rule for myself. I don’t write a post about a specific person or company without making it clear that the post is about that person or company. There are times when I don’t want to name that […]
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 7:30am
AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. WordPress says I have posted 7,622 times. That is more than once a day but that is because I used to post multiple times a day. Now I […]
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 11:30am
The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. Greed is not good. There is a fine line between the profit motive and greed. I am a firm […]
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 7:30am
My friend David reached out to me and suggested that I share this podcast with the AVC crowd. In it, he and the Gotham Gal talk about her career and the lessons she learned from it over the years.
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 11:30am
In last week’s Positively Gotham Gal podcast, Christine Quinn, the former NYC mayoral front runner who got passed and beaten by Bill de Blasio, talks about dealing with failure and how to recover from it. It’s a good listen:
Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:30am
It is that time of year that most of us take a week off and go somewhere to rest and relax. I am on the East End of Long Island. Where do you plan to go for your summer vacation?
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:30am
Entrepreneurs often struggle with how to signal their valuation expectations to investors. Investors rightly want to know what the entrepreneur’s price expectations are before investing significant time on the opportunity. But entrepreneurs don’t want to negotiate against themselves and certainly don’t want to undervalue themselves. So what I always recommend to the entrepreneurs we work […]
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:30am
There is a lot of excitement about Bitcoin Cash. It became a thing yesterday and is up almost 100% in the last 24 hours according to Coin Market Cap. It reminds me of the way hot IPOs trade. Snap went public at $17/sh, traded up to north of $24/share on it’s first day, and is […]
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 11:30am
AVC community member Bill McNeely is doing a Kickstarter to create tech apprenticeships for military veterans. I backed it this morning and I thought all of you should know about it too.
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 7:30am
I saw this Elon Musk tweet yesterday: The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don’t think people want to hear about the last two. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017 What he describes in that tweet is the life of an entrepreneur. And also, to some extent, the life of a […]
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:30am
Last year Ethereum forked and we got a new crypto asset called Ethereum Classic. I own Ethereum. I don’t own Ethereum Classic. I could buy Ethereum Classic but I have not been interested in doing that as of yet. That may change. Next week Bitcoin will fork. If you hold your Bitcoin directly, you will […]
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 7:30am
Our portfolio company Shippo is helping ecommerce companies compete with Amazon by making shipping easier and less expensive to offer. In this short(ish) video, Shippo’s founder and CEO, Laura Behrens Wu explains how they do that and why it is so important.
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.