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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 5:49pm
The AVC comments has been experiencing a wave of comment spam that has largely been replies to legit comments. I appreciate the community for flagging it and our moderators for nuking it. Keeping the comments free from spam is important to me but not an easy chore. One idea I have, which I don’t even […]
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 5:45pm
When early stage investors make an equity (angel, seed, Srs A, Srs B) investment, they typically negotiate for something called a pro-rata right which gives them the right to maintain their ownership in the company by investing in future rounds on the same terms as new investors. I have written about the pro-rata right a […]
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 1:36pm
The most common caller on my Android phone is Scam Likely. I am sure that most of you are in a similar situation. Last week we were driving and two calls came into The Gotham Gal’s phone which was bluetoothed into our car and she declined both. I asked her why she did that. She […]
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:34am
In my What Is Going To Happen In 2019 post, I wrote: I expect we will see IPOs from big names like Uber/Lyft/Slack, although I also expect those deals will get priced well below the lofty expectations they have in mind right now. Some of that will be because of weak equity markets in the […]
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 5:32pm
Many people who follow tech know that Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding the challenges that Spotify has doing business in the iOS app store. I am very sympathetic to Spotify’s complaint. In my post last week on The Warren Breakup Plan, I wrote: The mobile app stores, in particular, have […]
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:20pm
This is the kind of Kickstarter project I really like. Small, offbeat, and totally awesome. I just backed it this morning.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 5:17pm
While we wait for the blockchain/crypto technology to scale to the point where it can be the foundation of mainstream consumer applications (games, social media, e-commerce, etc), there is a sector where scalability is a little less important and where blockchain/crypto is starting to show some real signs of life. In the crypto space, it […]
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:07pm
Startups are generally not funded by just one investor. They are usually funded by a collection of investors; the angel syndicate, followed by the seed syndicate, followed by the VC syndicate. This gives the founder the opportunity to gain insights and advice from a group of people versus just one. I was sitting next to […]
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:03pm
I get asked frequently whether it is better to back the team or the product (the “jockey or the horse”). It is not that simple in my view. When I think about the big wins we have had over the years, they almost all exhibited a combination of a large market, a great product, and […]
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:57pm
Many people in startup land believe that the answer to the challenges around forcing departing employees to exercise vested options is to simply extend the option exercise period to the maximum (ten years) allowed by the IRS. It certainly is one of the techniques that are available to companies and one that a number of […]
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:54am
Elizabeth Warren made news this weekend with her plan to breakup Google, Amazon, and Facebook (and also Apple). Let me first say that I am sympathetic to Warren’s position. I particularly don’t like the way that Google, Apple, and Amazon use their market power in search and in their app stores to display their own […]
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 11:52am
I wrote a bit last Monday about the 60 Minutes piece last Sunday night about getting to gender equity in STEM education. My message in that blog post was that there are many innovators in this sector and not everyone will get the credit they are due. Ayah Bdeir, who was left on the cutting […]
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:49am
I just backed this project. I like the part in the video where the robot passes them spices for their dinner.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:46am
I saw Zuck’s post on pivoting to private interactions from public posts yesterday and I had a flashback to Bill Gates’s Internet Tidal Wave memo to his company almost twenty-five years ago. I have always seen a lot of Gates in Zuck. They both have this incredible ability to see someone else’s product and realize […]
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 5:43pm
Daniel Olshansky asked me this question on Twitter: @fredwilson Have you ever written about how to avoid "rest and vest" culture where there are employees who want to leave a company but are held down by golden handcuffs? — Daniel Olshansky (@olshansky) March 4, 2019 I don’t believe I have ever addressed this issue here […]
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 5:41pm
Howard has a great (and short!) post on how blogging publicly gives you a timeline on how you were thinking at a given time. He’s right, it is awesome to be able to go back and see what you were thinking and evaluate it in hindsight. Like my “What Is Going To Happen In 2019” […]
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 9:41am
Last night CBS 60 Minutes aired a piece about the gender gap in tech and left out a number of important efforts to close the gap. My friend Rob Underwood tweeted this out about that piece: I admire work of my friend @hadip & the org he started, @codeorg. But the incredible, brave (!) @reshmasaujani […]
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 11:34am
A friend of mine sent me this the other day. Two AVC posts were at or near the top of Hacker News. But I did not go and read the comments as I have found the comments at Hacker News emotionally challenging for me. As many of you know, I have also found the comments […]
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 11:31am
One of our first crypto investments maybe five years ago was Mediachain, founded by Denis Nazarov (@Iiterature), and Jesse Walden (@jessewldn). They sold that company to Spotify and eventually landed at A16Z crypto. One of the USV analysts who worked on our Mediachain investment was Joel Monegro (@jmonegro) who later teamed up with Chris Burniske […]
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:29pm
This ran as a full page ad in the New York Times today. I signed it along with the top labor leaders in NYC, the top political leaders in NYC, top business execs, and the leaders of NYC’s higher education institutions. I believe it was a mistake by Amazon to pull out of NYC 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.