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Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:18pm
Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of words. He used them to inspire, to rally, and to ultimately bring change. The change he brought is the reason we remember him on this day every year. Many of his words are broadly applicable, well beyond the worlds he occupied. This quote strikes a nerve for […]
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:14pm
In my “What Happened in 2018” post I wrote this: And the usage of screen time management apps, like Screentime on iOS, is surging. We know we are addicted to tech, we don’t want to be, and we are working on getting sober. I wrote that based mostly on anecdotal data but we have been […]
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 12:10pm
Rebecca Kaden, who joined USV in late 2017, was on Bloomberg last May. Somehow, I had never seen this. So I am running it today. If you don’t know Rebecca, you should meet her. She’s leading our efforts in a bunch of areas that she talks about in this interview.
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:08pm
I love short films. I think they are a great way to tell a short story on a shoestring budget. I have seen some great ones over the years. So when I saw this Kickstarter project this morning, I backed it instantly.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:07pm
I’ve written about these two related but different topics before but I’ve been doing a lot of board meetings as we kick off 2019 and I am reminded of how important both are. At the end of every board meeting, the board should meet alone with the CEO in an executive session, followed by a […]
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:04pm
I worked for a man named Bliss McCrum (and his partner Milton Pappas) in my mid 20s. They taught me the venture capital business. They were in their 50s, around my age, at that time. Bliss one time gave me this business travel advice. He said, if the train is delayed or stops at a […]
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:01pm
At the bottom of the first post on this blog is a widget that contains links to recent blog posts by other USV team members. Many USV folks blog regularly and this widget surfaces those posts to all of you and everyone who visits the various blogs of the USV team members. Other than me, […]
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:58pm
Last week I wrote about and linked to the PWC/CB Insights round up of venture investing in 2018. Well less than a week later Crunchbase is out with its own data on 2018. The Crunchbase numbers are much bigger, they report about $330bn of global deal volume. But otherwise the trends are roughly the same. […]
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 1:55pm
In the wake of Erin Griffith’s piece in the NY Times suggesting that venture capital is toxic for some entrepreneurs, there has been a fair bit of debate about the causes of that situation. Dan Primack tweeted this yesterday: One thing that I think gets lost in the VC vs. non-VC discussion is that VCs […]
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 5:53pm
I listened to this 40min interview of Marc and Ben earlier this week. I enjoyed it. Marc and Ben are smart and witty and know how to work off each other. I got a few really good laughs too, which is always a bonus with these things. I hope you enjoy it as much as […]
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:50pm
A friend sent me this Kickstarter project earlier this week. I took a look and thought “wow, that’s so great. a digital piggybank for kids with its own cryptocurrency, a mobile app, and educational games teaching them to earn and save.” I backed it this morning and though I don’t normally take the rewards on […]
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:47pm
For most companies and projects in the crypto sector, a big issue has been how to design their token and how to get it in the hands of users, validators/miners, and investors. As Joel explained in this post, you need all three stakeholders to create a well functioning crypto-token. There is the Bitcoin approach, which […]
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 2:44pm
Those are the two words that come to mind when I looked at the Q4 2018 PWC/CB Insights Money Tree Report. 2018 saw the venture capital business moving to larger and larger deals. There were roughly 200 deals around the globe in 2018 where $100mm or more was raised. And yet the number of total […]
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 2:40pm
Aesop has some great fables but my favorite is The Tortoise and The Hare. I was reminded of it yesterday when I saw this chart in my colleague Nick‘s deck for a talk he is giving this week in Hong Kong: That is the installed base of iOS phones vs Android phones globally over the […]
Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:37pm
The Gotham Gal and I went through our (actually her) angel investments yesterday and figured out which ones went under in 2018 so we could take the tax write-offs on our 2018 returns. It is an odd exercise. Kind of like reading the obituaries. But it is an important exercise for several reasons. First, taking […]
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 12:30pm
Flip is a USV portfolio company. They provide a suite of services to renters that allow them to easily flip out of leases and move when they need to with the cooperation of landlords. Before Flip was a USV portfolio company, it was angel funded by the Gotham Gal and Flip’s founder Susannah Vila went […]
Friday, January 4, 2019 - 2:28pm
I saw this project this morning and backed it instantly. It checks a lot of boxes for me.
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 1:24pm
As many of you know, I have been spending a fair bit of my time on K12 Computer Science Education over the last decade. The good news is that over that time period, there has been massive progress in getting computer science into our K12 schools in the US. And if I had to pick […]
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 12:19pm
As is always the case, I got a lot of feedback on yesterday’s predictions post. Most of it was constructive. Some of it was fawning (yuck). And some of it was snickering. That’s how it goes when you stick your neck out and take a stance, make a bet. I am used to it. I […]
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 12:16pm
Hi Everyone. Happy 2019. Today, as is my custom on the first day of the new year, I am going to take a stab at what the year ahead will bring. I find it useful to think about what we are in for. It helps me invest and advise the companies we are invested in. […]
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.