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Monday, January 20, 2020 - 5:34pm
I read this post on Bloomberg about a theme this week at Davos (never been) about the 2020s being a “Peak Decade”: Peak Globalization (tighter borders in the coming years) Peak Capitalism (the emergence of “stakeholder capitalism”) Peak Inequality (the rich getting poorer, relatively) Peak Youth (an aging world population) Peak Climate Change (I sure […]
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:37pm
I love this project and backed it instantly when a friend showed it to me last week.
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 3:37pm
My partner Albert wrote a bit about how USV is investing in the climate/sustainability sector today. The high-level summary is “not very differently than we have and are investing in other sectors”. At USV, we like certain businesss models, go to market approaches, and product types and that won’t change as we add climate/sustainability to […]
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:38pm
Yesterday evening, the Gotham Gal and I went to see Jerry Colonna do a reading from his recent book, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. As we were standing around chatting waiting for Jerry to go on and start reading, Jerry mentioned that he once wrote a guest post for AVC. So I […]
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 5:39pm
Most of you read AVC via email. Today, all of you will see a refresh of the look and feel of the daily email to match the refresh we did to the website last week. I want to thank Phil Hollows of Feedblitz who made this happen for all of us. And Kirk Love who […]
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 2:38pm
I used this title for possibly the most regrettable blog post I have written on AVC back in 2011. My friend Alex’s post on the topic this weekend has made me revisit my thoughts on the subject of marketing. Alex starts off his post with this assertion: 2019 was the year when VCs and startup […]
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 1:40pm
Kickstarter kicks off the new year with a campaign called Make 100. The idea is to stimulate a lot of smaller projects where the creator makes 100 of something. It’s a hodgepodge of creativity in the best sense of the word. Here are the current crop of Make 100 projects live on Kickstarter. I just […]
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 5:39pm
Welcome to the new AVC. This is the third “iteration” of this blog. The first iteration (AVC 1.0) was the Typepad era during which I redesigned AVC a number of times using Typepad’s tools. That lasted from September 2003 to February 2014. About six years ago, we moved AVC to WordPress and did a significant […]
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 2:37pm
I have received a bunch of questions from AVC regulars about this temporary design and what is going on with AVC. As I wrote in the first post in this series :), a couple of files in my WordPress configuration got deleted during the year-end holidays, messing up the look and feel of AVC pretty […]
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 5:40pm
This is the sixth winter we have spent in Los Angeles. One of the things I have had the hardest time getting used to about life in LA is all of the driving. But starting last year, I found myself using the LA Metro system a bunch. The catalyst was going to Lakers and Clippers […]
Monday, January 6, 2020 - 5:36pm
Today is one of those days when everyone gets back to work after a time off. This holiday break was a particularly long one given that Christmas and New Years came in the middle of the week. So many of us are getting back to work after a particularly long break. I am a huge […]
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 1:37pm
My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing. His observation, which I totally agree with, is that many people and companies do things right but don’t do the right thing. Taking the observation one step further, I have seen that doing the right thing the […]
Friday, January 3, 2020 - 12:38pm
I love the cross cultural/language/regional aspect of the Internet. We can find, experience, and support things all across the globe. Ultimately, it should bring us closer to each other. This project, a children’s book about sharing, is exactly that and I backed it with a thousand yen just now.
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:36pm
Like Mitt Romney and Kevin Durant, I manage multiple Twitter handles. Although neither is a secret handle. I use @fredwilson for my personal tweets and I use @avc for this blog. I have done that since I joined Twitter in the spring of 2007. The idea is to keep AVC blog discussions on @avc and […]
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 11:38am
It’s 2020. Time to look forward to the decade that is upon us. One of my favorite quotes, attributed to Bill Gates, is that people overestimate what will happen in a year and underestimate what will happen in a decade. This is an important decade for mankind. It is a decade in which we will […]
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 12:37pm
My friend Steve Kane suggested I take a longer view in my pair of year end posts this year: What, no decade end/decade ahead posts? 😕 — Steven Kane (@stevenkane) December 26, 2019 And so I will. Here are the big things that happened in tech, startups, business, and more in the decade that is […]
Monday, December 30, 2019 - 1:38pm
As I’m gearing up for two big posts tomorrow and wednesday, I will simply give you a link (courtesy of Nick) to read. Cory Doctorow’s EFF post on Adversarial Interoperability explains the move we need to make to fix what’s wrong with big tech, monopolies, duopolies, etc, etc. Basically everything that is wrong with the […]
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 12:35pm
As Jason Wright said in the comments to yesterday’s post: This blog is rendering like it’s 1998 in Safari and Chrome at the moment. The theme that renders AVC in WordPress got messed up somehow and we are having a hard time getting it back to normal. I am planning on relaunching AVC with a […]
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:38am
Our daughter suggested that The Gotham Gal and I watch this documentary on Netflix. We did that this week. My New Year’s Resolution this time last year was to reduce the number of meals where I ate meat to less than half. It turns out that was not a particularly hard resolution to meet as […]
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:38pm
This project seeks to use drones to plant 1bn trees. Reforestation is an important part of climate mitigation and reforestation projects are behind many carbon offset programs. So technology like this could make all of that a lot more efficient.
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.