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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:30am
I am going to set this up on my Sonos sometime this weekend. I figured I’d share it with all of you in case you want to try it too.
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:05pm
USV added a new partner today. Her name is Rebecca Kaden and she introduced herself to our world on the USV blog just now. Rebecca joins a team of fifteen people; our network team, our analysts, and our fantastic administrative team. We are all excited to have her join us. It took us a year […]
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:05pm
We arrived in Shanghai late Monday night after a long four-airport three-flight day and all I wanted to do was crash. The Gotham Gal wanted to check her email so she logged onto the hotel WiFi and attempted to do that. As I was falling asleep I heard her call down to the front desk […]
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:30am
At our portfolio company CEO Summit this spring, the 60 or so leaders in attendance asked us if we could figure out a way to aggregate some insights across our entire portfolio and share the data with them. We said we would see about that. So this summer, we hired Max Heald for a three […]
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:30am
I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citibike […]
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:30am
We spent the last nine days in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. If you want the play by play version of our trip, head on over to the Gotham Gal’s blog where she does that and has has done for every trip we’ve taken over the last fifteen years. As an aside, if […]
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 7:30am
Coindesk did me a disservice with this blog post: USV’s Fred Wilson Predicts ‘Big’ Cryptocurrency Crash https://t.co/P8085HlhW1 pic.twitter.com/8rVaudYnlA — CoinDesk (@coindesk) September 26, 2017 It made it seem like I was predicting an imminent crash which I was not. But just as bad, it has led to a lot of tweets like this one suggesting […]
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:30am
Luis von Ahn is a terrific entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is the founder of our portfolio company Duolingo. In this podcast he talks about all sorts of interesting topics.
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 7:30am
I just backed this project. I looks like so much fun. I used to love paper airplanes when I was a kid.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:30am
I find managing time zones really hard when the differences are large. Eleven or twelve hours is particularly difficult for me. I have missed a couple of scheduled calls this week because I thought they were happing at entirely different times of day. I am curious what tips and techniques all of you use to […]
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:15pm
The NYC Department Of Education announced yesterday that almost 4,000 high school students took an AP Computer Science exam in the school year that ended in June. This news was part of a larger announcement that total NYC students taking AP exams increased 7.5% last year to almost 50,000. The NYC public school system is […]
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 11:30am
A number of our portfolio companies use scoring systems to prioritize projects on their roadmaps. I like this one called RICE (reach, impact, confidence, effort). There are similar versions of this out there. The important thing about these systems is that you need to include probability of success in your analysis. Just looking at effort […]
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:30am
Lately I have noticed an increase in entrepreneurs coming into USV (or videoing into USV) and talking to us about their business without the use of a deck. I don’t know what to make of that to be honest. But I like it for a bunch of reasons. It allows for more conversation and less […]
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 7:30am
We landed in Vietnam yesterday and immediately got a text from TMobile that they don’t offer data roaming in Vietnam. They do offer basic voice and SMS. So we bought two 10GB data only SIM cards in the airport for 300,000 dong (about $13 US) each. I took out my TMobile SIM of my Google […]
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 7:30am

I am obsessed with the Tesla power wall product. We are getting them for the properties we own where we have solar. This video below explains how the power wall works in combination with solar panels, the grid, and your electrical usage. I particularly like this screen shot from the Tesla app that shows the […]

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 7:30am
I always struggle with jet lag but the Asia trip kills me like no other. I’ve heard all sorts of suggestions like work out as soon as you arrive, swim every morning, start getting on Asia time a few days before you leave, and take Melatonin or even stronger drugs. I have tried most of […]
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:30am
I was on the board of NYU for almost a decade until recently stepping down. I learned a ton about NYU during that time and one of the things I learned was that NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is one of the most prestigious math schools in the world. In addition to a world […]
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:30am
I wrote a post a couple days about how much I like Apple’s Airpods and that I was going to miss them as I head back to Android. Well it is a good thing I wrote that post and an even better thing that so many smart and informed people read AVC. If you wade […]
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 11:30am
We are in Asia for the next three weeks and I will likely be posting in the mornings Asia time which means late afternoon/evenings in the US. As much as I would love to meet regular readers on this side of the world, this is a long planned vacation with my wife and some good […]
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:30am
Another mass shooting and the outcries that we must do something return. I do think we need to do something and I am a fan of more gun safety regulation. But we also need to enforce the laws that are on the books already. I would imagine that the Las Vegas shooter used an illegal […]
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.