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Monday, November 11, 2019 - 8:33am
I got a new Pixel 4XL phone a week ago and it took me most of the week (it was a busy one) to migrate over to it. I wrote a bit about how I’m careful about the migration last week. I like to upgrade to the new Pixel flagship phone every fall when Google […]
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 11:34am
It is planning season when management teams work to develop the roadmap for the coming year. The truth is that it is hard to do more than two or three big things at a time, no matter how large you are. So it is important to put all of the things that the business needs […]
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 2:31pm
This spring, Mike Bloomberg gave the commencement speech at my alma mater MIT. He talks about moonshots, engineers, and the looming climate crisis. It is a great talk and one that shows what kind of leader I would like to see in this country. I start the video below at 3:24 in so you don’t […]
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 12:32pm
I’m a huge fan of toys and other things that can get young kids engaging in instructing machines what to do. I think that in the world these children are going to grow up into, that is going to be super important to them as adults. And so toys like Mochi Robot are great for […]
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:32am
Our portfolio company Cloudflare posted yesterday about the two and a half year war it waged against a patent troll called Blackbird. This was the battle plan that Cloudflare came up with: After we were sued by Blackbird, we decided that we wouldn’t roll over. We decided we would do our best to turn the […]
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:32am
The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine are awesome. You can see that in 1998, AVC.com was pointing to something called Fishnet that looked like this. And you can see what AVC looked like in September 2008. There are many archives, some of them quite specialized, in the physical and digital world. But they all suffer […]
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:32pm
I just started using our portfolio company DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser. Honestly I didn’t even realize they had one until last week. It looks like this on my phone: And AVC looks like this in it: I guess AVC is only a B+ when it comes to privacy. I hope to fix that and get to […]
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 10:33am
NYC’s Partnership runs some outstanding accelerator programs. There is the flagship Fintech Accelerator which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In this program, founders are connected to the CIOs of the top banks, brokerages, and insurance companies in NYC as they work on their products and pitches. Over the past decade, 69 graduates of […]
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 12:36pm
I got the new Pixel 4 XL and am in the process of copying over all of my data and apps and other stuff. Apple and Google make it so easy these days to sync a new phone with an old phone that it is easy to think you are done once the sync is […]
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 12:34pm
In this video, Juan Benet, founder of our portfolio company Protocol Labs, talks about how Web3 is coming together and what Filecoin and IPFS’s role in it will be.
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:35am
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org) has been fighting for and helping to protect our online rights for twenty-eight years. Their primary focus areas are online privacy and free speech. They spend about $12mm a year on legal interventions and policy work. Most of their funding comes from small donations from people like us who value […]
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:34pm
I’ve been wanting to say something like this here at AVC for several years and have held back for a host of reasons, mostly because it’s a sensitive topic and it would be misunderstood. But after watching Obama say this, I had to repost it. I could not agree more.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 12:34pm
Pacing in a VC fund context is how much capital the firm is investing in a given period and tracking that over time. I don’t think a VC firm should manage to a pacing number. It should manage to the opportunity set that it sees. But I think pacing is a great thing to track […]
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 1:38pm
This post is also live on USV.com as we announce all of our investments there with a blog post. Eighteen months ago, I had breakfast with John Heilemann and he told me that his world, political media, was challenged in the shift from linear television (ie cable news) to real-time mobile (ie Twitter). He saw an opportunity […]
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 12:37pm
This past summer I read a proof of Ben Horowitz’s new book, What You Do Is Who You Are, and I even blogged about it here without naming the book. What You Do is about culture, how you make it, how you keep it, and how the big decisions you make and how you explain […]
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 1:36pm
Early-stage companies are exercises in experimentation, iteration, and figuring things out. You try one thing, it sort of works, but you see a tangential opportunity and go after that. Sometimes that leads to a full-on pivot, other times it leads to an evolution of the opportunity. This process can create multiple products, services, projects, and […]
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:33pm
This is a good interview. I learned a lot.
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:33am
Our portfolio company Kickstarter is running a cool crowdfunding event called Shapeshift that is focused on “bold new products made from recycled materials.” You can see them here and back the ones that are interesting to you. I did that this morning. Here is one of the Shapeshift projects I backed:
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:42pm
Business and personal travel, which we’ve been doing a lot of the last two weeks, is a big producer of carbon in the atmosphere. I’m actually writing this on a cross Atlantic flight. But you can offset those carbon emissions fairly inexpensively There are a number of services on the Internet that will help you […]
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:38am
Yesterday three Senators, Democrats Mark Warner (VA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (MO), put forward new legislation aimed at opening up the markets in web services. Their proposed legislation is called The Access Act and you can read it in its entirety here. First let me say that this is exactly […]
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.