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Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:30am
The CEO of Coinbase, a company that I am on the Board of, wrote a note to all of their customers on Friday. That note, which he also posted to his blog,  urged caution in the trading of crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This is a quote from that note: Over the course […]
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:30am
One of the most impressive startup executions I have witnessed in the past ten years is what the team at Funding Circle has pulled off. They have gone from a team of friends with an idea to the largest non bank lender in the western world. In this interview at the Slush Conference, CEO Samir […]
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30am
I backed this project today. The idea of a cider bar and restaurant in Bushwick seems so right to me. There is less than 24 hours left on this project. I’m hoping we can help them get across the finish line.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:30am
All over the city this week, students in NYC’s public schools have been celebrating CS Education Week by doing events and hackathons to showcase their coding skills. Through NYC’s CS4All program, over 1000 teachers have been trained to teach CS classes in their schools. That is over 500 schools to date. Over the course of […]
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:30am
My partner Andy and I were playing with the latest crypto craze, cryptokitties, this weekend and he suggested we sire a USV kitty. So he contributed a parent from his collection and I contributed a parent from my collection and with the addition of some Ethereum, which I paid from my Coinbase account, we made […]
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 11:30am
Today, our portfolio company Disqus, which makes the software that powers the comments on this blog, is announcing that they have joined the Zeta Global empire. Zeta Global operates the largest independent marketing cloud for enterprises. Zeta competes with companies like Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, and others to provide enterprises the marketing services they need […]
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 11:30am
It is CS Education Week, which happens at this time every year to celebrate and energize the growing K12 CS Education movement. The highlight of CS Education Week is the Hour Of Code, in which students, teachers, parents, and community members all do an hour of code during the school week. I would like to […]
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:30am
I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: “we believe 2012-16 was a bubble in early-stage funding” https://t.co/VZlKOCDg5P — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 1, 2017 And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it. The data is pretty clear. The seed and early stage […]
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:30am
CNBC asked my partner Albert this week at the Slush conference if we are in a bubble in crypto. This is what he said. It’s a very short (<2min) video. Cryptocurrency to be worth trillions: Union Square Ventures from CNBC.
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:30am
I just backed this children’s book project. I love it. I hope you do too.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:30am
I’ve been meditating every day for ten to fifteen minutes for the last couple weeks. I am not using any technology, just old fashioned sitting and breathing. My friend and former partner Jerry introduced me to a teacher who gave me the basics and I’ve been doing it every morning right after I wake up […]
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:30am
As Bitcoin has reached five figure levels this week, I have received a number of questions about taxes owed on Bitcoin gains. That is comforting to me. Bitcoin and crypto are a bit like religion. There are a lot of true believers out there, me included. But at least some people are stepping back and taking money […]
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:30am
I remember at our first USV Sessions event in the summer of 2006 Scott Heiferman stated that he wanted to spend 20 years building a company that would “last.” This was in an era of quick flips where many entrepreneurs wanted to build and sell as quickly as possible. I was impressed by that long […]
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:30am
Etsy, now twelve years old, remains the best place on the Internet to find something unique and special for your holiday gift giving. If you want to reject the sameness of Amazon and Walmart this holiday season, head on over to Etsy to do your shopping. Here are two suggestions for holiday shopping on Etsy: Holiday […]
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 5:10pm
We saw the Churchill film, Darkest Hour, yesterday. I loved it It ends with a great quote, by Churchill of course, about success and failure: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. I think that sums up investing and entrepreneurship well. At least it does for […]
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:30am
This is a fantastic Ted Talk given by Karoli Hindriks, founder and CEO of our portfolio company Jobbatical. It’s only ten minutes long and well worth your time this weekend.
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:30am
Eyebeam is a “a nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology” which is based in NYC and has been connecting artists with technology for twenty years. Eyebeam is moving into a new studio and is doing a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for some extras. They have already reached their minimum funding target […]
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 11:30am
Thankfully the US is enjoying one of the longest economic expansions of the post-war period (101 months and counting) Thankfully that economic expansion is starting to result in job growth for the parts of the economy that have lagged during this expansion Thankfully the Trump Administration has, so far, failed to enact the most troublesome parts […]
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 11:30am

I have written about net neutrality frequently here at AVC. I believe that for as long as we have local monopolies and duopolies for last mile broadband internet in most parts of the US, we need our federal government to actively reign in the broadband providers from doing things that are anti-innovation, anti-consumer, and pro-big business. For […]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:30am
Back in 2011, my partner Brad suggested that USV invest in a search engine called DuckDuckGo. I laughed at the idea, “why would we ever want to compete with Google?” “Because they do something Google will never do”, Brad explained. That thing was private search, no storage of search history, no storing of personal information. […]
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.