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Monday, October 14, 2019 - 10:39am
We are sitting in the gate at London City Airport waiting for an early morning flight. Next to every seat in the waiting area is a bank of power outlets that look like this: You will notice that there is one UK standard outlet and four USB outlets. And, no matter where in the world […]
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 10:36am
It has always been possible to search AVC. You click on the search icon in a desktop browser or you click on the menu button in a mobile browser. But there is another way to search my blog posts, both here at AVC, and also the ones I have written on USV.com. With our recently […]
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:32am
Amir Haleem, founder and CEO of USV portfolio company Helium, gave this talk last year and it explains why he started Helium.
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 2:31pm
I backed this project this morning. I am a big fan of artistic collaboration and the amazing things that come from it
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:31pm
The Gotham Gal and I are heading to Europe for a couple of weeks of vacation. I will not be working the next two weeks but do plan to blog about whatever is on my mind. The Gotham Gal, as is her custom, will blog about the various fun things we are going to do […]
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:34pm
I was pleased to see NBA Commissioner Adam Silver say this with respect to the controversy over Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the protest movement in Hong Kong: The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say. […]
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 10:32am
I played cards all through college and on and off since then. I don’t have a regular card game right now and I miss playing cards. I was talking to a friend of mine recently and she complained that her son was more interested in playing poker than going to college. I told her that […]
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:33pm
Cross Laminated Timber (or CLT for short) is a structural building material that can replace concrete and steel in new building construction. I wrote about CLT back in April and mentioned that the Gotham Gal and I are in the process of making two CLT buildings right now. The paper version of the New York […]
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 5:31pm
A big thing happened this past week in my part of lower Manhattan where I live and work. Fourteenth Street was closed to cars between 6am and 10pm except for “local traffic.” Basically if you are in a car during those hours, you can go for up to a block, but no more than that. […]
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:34am
A bunch of friends and colleagues were in China a few weeks ago for a big crypto conference and since then, I’ve had a number of fascinating conversations about the crypto sector in China. Over the last few years, it has become apparent to me and others that China is innovating in the crypto sector […]
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:32am
We went to the theater last night. I think there is nothing like live performances. But theater is expensive and requires work to plan an evening in advance. So many of us just end up staying at home and streaming something on our TVs. Thirdwing is the merger of the two and I backed it […]
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:35pm
The devices in our homes are getting smart. That is awesome. We can manage our energy consumption and much more with a lot more precision and intelligence now. But I find myself logging into one app to get data on my thermostats, another to get data on my security system, another to get data on […]
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 9:35am
Back in June I wrote about a company we recently invested in called Helium. Helium is creating a decentralized low power and low bandwidth wireless network for the exploding number of smart devices out in the world. We got our hotspot yesterday and I connected it this morning and we are now providing bandwidth in […]
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:32pm
I saw some news this morning and immediately thought “that is not fair.” And then I reminded myself that life is not fair. Of course we all wish that life would be fair. It should be fair. But it just isn’t and if you go through life wanting it to be fair, you are just […]
Monday, September 30, 2019 - 12:39pm
The post I wrote yesterday generated a lot of discussion. I followed it on Twitter and engaged with much of it there. One of the best things about writing is all of the feedback you get. It helps to sharpen your arguments and also makes you rethink them too. Here are some of the takeaways: […]
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 5:38pm
Dan Primack wrote in his friday newsletter: Public market investors have become less willing to leave their comfort zones, and it’s manifesting most obviously in the IPO market.Novel disruption has fallen out of favor, with many preferring more time-tested models like enterprise SaaS and biotech.Peloton yesterday raised over $1.1 billion in its IPO, pricing at the […]
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:36am
My partner Nick did this podcast recently. In it he talks about how we think about and make investments at USV, our thesis on crypto, and a number of our crypto investments. If you want to bypass all of the intros and sponsor messages, fast forward to 3mins.
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:32pm
This project is art meets climate activism. I backed it this morning and now am sharing it with you.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:35pm
I have not written a lot about this issue. As I said in this post, I am generally a “one share one vote proponent”, but I have supported founder control provisions in a few companies where I was or am on the board. These provisions make me uncomfortable but there are solid arguments for them, […]
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 12:33pm
With all the crazy stuff going on all around us all day long it can be tough to stay focused. But I would argue that is exactly why we must stay focused. Some people do this by getting off social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Some people do this by using features like […]
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.