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Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:30am
This post is not about the tragedy that happened at Parkland or the gun safety debate that has been re-energized by it. Those are both worthy topics but I’m not opining on them today. I do hope that this tragedy, among so many like it, will result in meaningful changes in our society in terms […]
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
I listened to Sam Harris talk to Niall Ferguson yesterday on Sam’s Waking Up podcast. Niall is a historian, an author, a journalist, and an academic. He has just published a new book on a topic that is near and dear to me, USV, and many of you; networks and hierarchies, and how these two […]
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:30am
A reader recently wrote me this email: I’d be very interested in a blog piece from you on how you prioritise what content to read/watch/listen to. There’s so much out there, and it doesn’t stop. You seem to balance a very busy job with significant content consumption and some healthy time off. Curious as to […]
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 11:30am
As you can see, I am not writing this presidents day weekend. I explained why on friday. Instead I’ve been posting things that I found worth sharing with all of you. Today, I want to share a blog post written by my friend Chris Dixon about decentralization. This is a portion of the post that […]
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 5:05pm
My friend Gordon texted me this podcast and said “AI, blockchain, and homomorphic data. Trifecta!” I gave it a listen and indeed some very interesting concepts are discussed in this one.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:30am
A lot of people in the crypto sector have suggested that ICOs and tokens are the future of early stage investing and highly disruptive to my business (venture capital). In this video (yet another from the Upfront Conference), VCs and other investors discuss why that may not be the case.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7:30am
The long Presidents Weekend has always been ski time for our us. And the same is true this year. We’ve arrived in ski country with a bunch of friends and plan on being out on the mountains for the next three days. Skiing (and Boarding) is an incredible combination of being outdoors in the mountains […]
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Our portfolio company DroneBase announced another round of funding today but the more exciting thing to me is that they have built out and are scaling the operational layer for the drone industry. From their announcement: DroneBase recently completed over 100,000 commercial drone missions for enterprise clients across various industries such as real estate, insurance, […]
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:30am
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. It’s a day to celebrate and and care for the people we love. A special shout-out to my son Josh who was born twenty two years ago today.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:30am
My partner Rebecca announced our most recent investment yesterday in a company called Stash. Stash is a simple mobile app that you connect to your bank account and each week (or month) you stash some of your cash away (ie save) and the app invests it for you in a portfolio of funds that it […]
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 11:30am
When I got my new Pixel 2XL recently, the Google Play Store offered me to add the Pixel Buds to my cart and get them for half price. Normally they are $159 (same price as AirPods). So I took up Google on the offer and after I set up my Pixel 2XL, I paired my […]
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:30am
Yesterday morning something amusing happened. My friend and I were headed out to go skiing and we both got texts from our children asking for the logins to our cable accounts. I thought to myself that there must be tens of thousands of those text messages being sent at that moment. Many of our adult […]
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:30am
Last week I posted a video that the folks at Upfront Ventures did on the current investor mindset in crypto. There are few more videos in this Upfront series and today I am posting one about the shift towards decentralization that the blockchain represents.
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:30am
The Internet has given creators a lot of interesting ways to sustain their work and lives. USV has invested in some of them; Kickstarter, Drip, Etsy, SoundCloud, Shapeways, Splice, YouNow, Wattpad, and Skillshare. Other notable platforms for creators are YouTube and Patreon. The typical creators who take advantage of these platforms are video artists, musicians, […]
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 11:30am
John Perry Barlow understood what the Internet was, what it could be, and what it must be before most of us did. He passed away yesterday and the Internet filled with remembrances. Here are some of the best that I read: Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing Steven Levy on Wired Cindy Cohn at EFF Rest In […]
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:30am
The crypto markets had a good day yesterday but have been down a lot since peaking in early January. Bitcoin peaked at almost $20,000USD in mid December and has gone down by roughly 60% since then. Ethereum peaked at almost $1400 in mid January and has gone down by roughly 40% since then. A chart […]
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 5:05pm
On the occasion of our portfolio company Quizlet‘s announcement of a new round of funding today, I thought I’d talk about what led us to Quizlet and why it is poised to be a game changer in education. Quizlet is the world’s largest user generated learning platform. Founded in 2005 in founder Andrew Sutherland’s bedroom […]
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 11:30am
I finally got around to buying the Pixel 2, a phone that several of my USV colleagues have said is the best phone they have owned. It’s too early in my relationship with this phone to comment on whether I like it or not, but I did have the easiest new phone setup experience of […]
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 11:30am
Syndicating an early stage investment is a time honored practice in the venture capital business. It was extremely common in the VC business in the early 80s when I started. I assume syndicating was a common practice in the early days of the institutional VC business because fund sizes were small, risk was high, and […]
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 5:05pm
The annual Upfront Summit took place in LA this past week. I attended day two and enjoyed it very much. Prior to the summit, the Upfront team interviewed a bunch of investors in the crypto sector and put together this video. I think it captures the current investor sentiment very well.
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.