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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:22am
When my life gets crazy, which it is right now, it helps me to internalize what is most important and triage around that. And I’m not just talking about what tasks to do and what not to do. I’m also talking about prioritizing friends and family, exercise, eating right, communicating, and all the things that […]
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 1:13am
Speaking of doing things on our phones, I made this playlist on my phone on the train ride into NYC yesterday morning. It was inspired by the Donald Glover/Childish Gambino track of the same name that kicks off the playlist. I got off the train into a steamy NYC and I’m gonna need this playlist […]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:03am
We write on our phones all day long. Texts, emails, searches, etc. But long form writing is a different thing. I’m not sure how much long form writing happens on phones. I’ve been mostly writing my daily posts on my phone in the last month and I quite like it. I am writing this post […]
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:58am
I have long had an interest in determining when the video offerings available “over the top” will be sufficient so that customers will no longer need to buy video from their cable providers. I was writing about this issue in the early days of AVC, fifteen years ago, but certainly, that was way too early […]
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 1:53am
Roham Gharegozlou is the founder and CEO of the company that made CryptoKitties (which USV is an investor in). In this talk, Roham discusses what CryptoKitties was all about and where they intend to take the business. I would love to embed this video here at AVC, but can’t figure out how to do that. […]
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:46am
Dylan is a musician, an entrepreneur, a hacker, and a geek. That’s quite a combination and a good one at that. He’s come up with a better way for live musicians to play their back tracks without the need for a computer and lots of cables. It is called The Backtrack Box and he’s raising […]
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 2:40am
I am not reading Bad Blood, the book about Theranos, but many of my friends and colleagues are. One of the many “tells” that Theranos was not a good company was the board chock full of trophy board members. A “trophy” board member is someone with a big name who, in theory, brings credibility and […]
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 2:35am
Web 3 is the next generation of the web in which decentralized apps (dApps) operate on top of a shared data layer and users have control of their data and the ability to move between dApps with little to no switching costs. Think about the way domains and email addresses work. We (individuals and/or companies) […]
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:28am
My son told me he wanted to learn Japanese. I told him to check out our portfolio company Duolingo‘s awesome language learning product of the same name. He told me that he has used Duolingo and likes it, particularly the ability to generate streaks. He told me that once you have a streak going, you really […]
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 1:22am
I am excited by the potential of cryptocurrencies and cryptogoods to change, and hopefully improve, the way we raise funds for charity. Cryptogoods are particularly interesting as they are scarce and unique digital goods. AVC community member Arnold Waldstein tipped me off to a really good example of this: Little Honu (Hawaiian for turtle) is […]
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 1:11am
Software systems have largely been governed by the companies that operate them. The Washington Post reports that Twitter has been suspending more than a million accounts a day recently. That certainly is necessary given all of the fake accounts, bots, spammers, and worse plaguing Twitter. Twitter, the company, is making those determinations. Twitter the company […]
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 1:02am
In this video, AVC regular William Mougayar describes the fundamental properties of a blockchain native application. The key section starts at 4mins and goes for about two minutes. If you want to see the slides, which are not visible in the video, they are here.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 12:57am
I backed this project earlier this week. Atlantic City is a cautionary tale about our President and how he operates.  I hope you will join me in bringing this project to life. Comments are closed for this post.
Friday, July 6, 2018 - 5:52am
Like many of you, I had an incredibly frustrating experience with a credit agency today. It was TransUnion but I’ve had equally frustrating experiences with Equifax and others since locking down our credit information in the wake of the Equifax data breach last fall. What is particularly galling about this place we all find ourselves […]
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 1:43am
I’m sitting here on a park bench outside my favorite coffee shop, where I’ve been writing my daily posts for the last week and a half on my phone, and I’m staring at our flag. Normally, a scene like this on the Fourth Of July fills me with pride. I love America, all that it […]
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 2:38am
Last night I picked up my phone after a long and fun dinner party and saw that the Golden State Warriors had signed Boogie Cousins (one of the most talented big men in the NBA) to a one year mid level contract of $5.3mm, an incredibly low number for a perennial all-star. Granted Boogie is […]
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 1:31am
This seems right to me: “In post-industrial environments where foods are abundant and readily available, our cravings for fat and sugar sculpted by distant evolutionary pressures can easily go into insatiable overdrive and lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease (…) the pro-social needs and rewards [of smartphone use as a means to connect] can […]
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:21am
We spent the last week getting a project we’ve been working on for two years over the finish line. I find that the last 10% is so much harder than the first 90% of any project. That is true whether it is software, an event, a construction project, or really anything that requires a lot […]
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 1:17am
The Gotham Gal and I got to see Patty McCord give a talk a few months ago and I was blown away by her pragmatic, no-nonsense, calling out bullshit approach to managing people. Patty helped Netflix build their culture and left about six years ago to advise companies, small and large, how to manage people […]
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 2:10am
As I mentioned yesterday, is a non-profit that allows anyone to make a charitable donation of cryptoassets and get a charitable tax deduction (in the US). If you want to join me in doing that, you can do so here.
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.