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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:54am
The Pivot is celebrated in startup land. Huge successes like Twitter and Slack are all the results of pivots. So surely pivoting is a good thing, right? Well, I am not so sure. And I certainly don’t want entrepreneurs to think that pivoting is the right thing to do when their original idea fails. It […]
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:51am
It is that time of year when we are having our families and friends over and celebrating holidays with a big meal. And there is no better way to create that personalized one of a kind table than going to Etsy and getting the stuff you need. This video/advertisement showcases that so well. Disclosure: I […]
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:45am
One feature of the Pixel 3 that I really like is the return of wireless charging, something earlier Google phones had but went away. I bought a Pixel Stand and set it up where I charge my phone when I come home. I just place my phone on the stand and it charges. No cords […]
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:42am
The Crypto Explorers community was seeded right here on AVC. It is a community of over 200 people who are working in the crypto sector, interested in the crypto sector, and/or are invested in the crypto sector. They have taken five group trips to Zug Switzerland (Crypto Valley) and built friendships, learned a ton, and […]
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:38am
On the west side of Manhattan, from the west village, where we live, to the Javits Center on 34th Street and the west side highway, runs an abandoned elevated train track called The Highline. Eleven years ago, the Gotham Gal and I took a walk on the old Highline with Joshua David, one of the […]
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 11:35am
The New York Times is reporting that Amazon has officially chosen NYC and DC as the locations for its big planned expansion, known as HQ2. This is big news for NYC, as I wrote about last week. I would like to welcome Amazon to NYC. I think this is going to work out great for […]
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 12:32pm
I keep little things that remind me of events over my career in venture capital. And I have been doing that for most of those thirty plus years. I keep them on a bookshelf I have in my office at USV. It started with the lucite “tombstones” that bankers would make up when a deal […]
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:30am
Let’s say you are the founder and CEO of a startup and you have now been at it for four years. The company is doing great, you’ve raised several rounds of financing, you have a product in the market that is solving a real problem, you have a bunch of customers, you have a growing […]
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 12:28pm
The Gotham Gal and I are investors in Blueprint Power, a company that helps landlords turn their buildings into mini power plants. Robyn Beavers, the CEO of Blueprint, was on the Gotham Gal’s podcast this past week. They talked about how Robyn spent fifteen years working in the tech, energy, and real estate industries and […]
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:25am
I backed this project the minute I saw it. Maybe you might like to back it too and get some holiday cards that might inspire the girls in your life to grow up and be like these amazing women.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:22am
Malls need anchor tenants. These are the stores that bring the folks to the mall so that they can discover all of the other amazing places to shop that sit between the big tenants. Cities need the same. Particularly cities that are trying to develop new industries. NYC’s tech sector has had an anchor tenant […]
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:20pm
I blogged about this in the spring of 2017 but I am back with more. TYWLS stands for The Young Women’s Leadership School, which is located in Astoria Queens in NYC. A few years ago the students decided to show off their computer science coding skills by making a “digital dance.” I posted the first […]
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:15am
Today is Election Day. Polls are open in every state in the US. It is time to stop the incessant back and forth, and do the one thing that counts – voting. There is very little on my ballot here in NYC that matters much to me. The races are not close. The ballot referendums […]
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 10:11am
I spent a fair bit of time this weekend moving phones from the Pixel 2, which I have loved using, to the Pixel 3 XL. It is drop dead simple to port over all of my accounts, data, and apps from one Pixel to another. Google has made that as easy as moving from one […]
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 12:08pm
One of the most challenging situations in startup/venture capital land is the broken syndicate. It is not a topic that is talked about much, but it is fairly common, particularly for companies that succeed in building a business but falter at achieving escape velocity. A syndicate is a group of investors that come together to […]
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:05am
I just watched Vitalik Buterin’s keynote at Devcon 4 in Prague last week, on Halloween and on the tenth anniversary of Satoshi’s whitepaper. In this keynote, Vitalik explains what has taken so long in getting from Ethereum 1.0 to Ethereum 2.0, what Ethereum 2.0 will include, and how we are going to get there. It […]
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:01am
Earlier this week, I talked about the D2C consumer products sector and how it has exploded over the last decade. Another contributor to that explosion are crowdfunding services like our portfolio company Kickstarter that allow entrepreneurs to launch their products and quickly get feedback and funding for them. The Gotham Gal has made a number […]
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:58pm
Back in March of this year, I wrote a post on the USV blog announcing our investment in Cryptokitties.  A lot has happened since then. The company that made Cryptokitties is now called Dapper and it has raised a couple rounds of financing which will allow it to do a number of things: Continue to […]
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 2:54pm
One of the big trends in startup land over the last decade is consumer brands getting built direct to consumer (D2C) on highly efficient advertising channels like Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In these online channels, brands can test, measure, test, measure, test, measure, and then figure out what works and scale. But these […]
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:50am
The Partnership For New York City operates some excellent “vertical” accelerators for companies that are getting started and are focused on serving industries with big footprints here in NYC. Financial Services – FinTech Innovation Lab Health Care – Digital Health Innovation Lab Fashion – Fashion Tech Lab Biotech – The BioAccelerate Prize Transit – Transit […]
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.