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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30am
NYC is an emerging hub for AI and AI startups. That is because of the large number of mathematicians, scientists, and programmers trained in AI who work on wall street, because of leading institutes like NYU’s Courant School that work on cutting-edge science in the field, and because of a number of programs aimed at […]
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:48am
Yesterday was a big day for Etsy, a company that I have been invested in for eleven years and on the board of for ten of them. The company launched Etsy Studio, an entirely new marketplace dedicated to craft supplies. Craft supplies have always been available on Etsy and still are. But they are a […]
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:30am
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to give the first annual Georges Doriot Lecture at MIT. I traveled up to MIT on April 13th and gave this talk. I really enjoyed doing it and I want to thank MIT for doing it.
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:30am
Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this […]
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:30am
Stephen Wolfram wrote an interesting post back in 2013. I just stumbled upon it today (via Twitter). I like this chart a lot: The blue line is men, the red line is women. A few of these results surprised me. I would have thought women are more interested in books than men. At least that is […]
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:30am
The GothamGal sat down with our friend John Battelle last week and here is the result:
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:30am
I just backed this robot toy that teaches little kids the concepts of coding/programming. Check it out. You can back it here.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:30am
Our portfolio company Coinbase opened the doors yesterday to a project they have been working on for a long time. It is called Token and its a mobile browser for Ethereum apps. But it is also a messenger (based on the Signal Protocol from Whisper Systems) and an Ethereum wallet. The plan is to set Token up […]
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:30am
Our portfolio company Kickstarter published a blog post yesterday requesting certain kinds of projects in the Design and Technology category: as part of our endless quest for projects, we’ve decided to try something new. Inspired in part by Y Combinator’s requests for startups, we’re going public with a list of the things we’d love to […]
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:30am
My partner Albert likes to say that “change creates information.” I have seen this a lot recently in our portfolio. A change in leadership, a change in strategy, a change in cost structure. Doesn’t really matter what it is, it can tell you a lot about what is going on in your company. Making changes […]
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:30am
So you are hearing a lot about machine learning these days. You are hearing words like models, training, forks, splits, branches, leafs, recursion, test data, and overfitting, and you don’t know what any of them mean. Well I have some help, courtesy of my colleague Jacqueline who shared this scrolling lesson in machine learning with […]
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 7:30am
I have been hearing complaints/suggestions that I turn off hyphenation on AVC. This twitter conversation is an example: Anyone else notice something weird (archaic even) about the typography here? — Mark Rogowsky (@maxrogo) March 23, 2017 I am curious to hear more from readers on this topic. do you notice the hyphenation? do you […]
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 7:30am
Two and a half years ago, MIT gave every undergraduate enrolled at the school $100 of Bitcoin. I helped to fund this experiment at that time. I thought it was a great way to “infect” young engineers with blockchain enthusiasm. MIT Sloan Professor Christian Catalini has studied the ~3,500 MIT students who took the $100 Bitcoin […]
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 7:30am
I was with a friend this week and was DM’ing with someone on my phone. He said “do you DM on Twitter frequently?” I said “yes, I use it all the time.” Twitter DM is like any other messenger, particularly on the phone. It has the advantage of not needing to know the person’s phone […]
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:30am
I am flying up to Boston today to give the inaugural Georges Doriot lecture at MIT. It’s a great honor to kick off this annual lecture and remember General Doriot, who was the founder of modern venture capital. Here is a blog post I did back in 2008 about General Doriot and a book about […]
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:30am

As I was watching all of those Watson ads on TV this weekend during the Masters golf tournament, I thought to myself “well look at that, IBM has built the first big AI brand.” And that is coming from a true dinosaur of the tech business. Even more impressive in many ways, is what Satya Nadella […]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:30am
I was looking at the top twenty shareholders of some public companies last week and saw quite a few “quant funds” on those lists. With the news that Blackrock is going to move much of its asset management business to models and machines, I think we will see more of this in the coming years. […]
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:40am
I saw this question pop up in my Twitter feed this morning: @fredwilson would be super interesting to get your thoughts on @Spotify not going through IPO process to avoid “pop” — Andreas Mahringer (@mahringer_a) April 10, 2017 I don’t know anything about Spotify’s plans so I am not going to comment on that. […]
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:30am
Mankind has been inventing new ways to organize and govern since we showed up on planet earth. Our history is a gradual evolution of these organization and governance systems. Much of what we are using right now was invented in ancient Greece and perfected in western Europe in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. I have […]
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:30am
Adam Poots has built a career on Kickstarter over the past five years. Here is his story:
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.