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Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:37am
As we continue to make our way through this pandemic, I keep coming back to the question of how do we help those in the most need right now. Last week it was our health care responders on the front lines, the week before it was workers in the hospitality industry who are now out […]
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 1:39pm
As Billboard is reporting this morning, our portfolio company SoundCloud is putting up $15mm to support its creator community in this difficult time for musicians. Musicians can’t tour right now. That’s a huge part of their earnings. Many are turning to live streaming and I hope that will turn into real money for them. But […]
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:40pm
My friend Matt Blumberg, who ran USV’s former portfolio company Return Path for twenty years before selling it last spring, got a call from Colorado’s Governor Polis two and half weeks ago asking him to fly out and be the founding leader of an innovation startup to help Colorado’s Covid 19 response. A large part […]
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:39pm
If you have a roof that needs to be inspected but you don’t want people crawling all over your house right now, if you have mission-critical infrastructure that needs to have its regular inspection done but you don’t want third parties in your environment right now, if you want to have your facade inspected but […]
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:40am
Last week Congress passed the CARES Act which provides a vast array of financial relief provisions to people and businesses in the US. Congress is providing relief to small businesses via a forgivable loan program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA has long been in the business of making small business loans, […]
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 5:39pm
Earlier this week Chris Anderson, who runs TED, hosted a 45min conversation with Bill Gates. I heard a lot about it in the last few days (it has already had 1.2mm views) and this morning the Gotham Gal and I watched it over our morning coffee. What I like about this conversation is that Bill […]
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 12:38pm
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US, the people who are stepping up the most to meet this challenge are our country’s healthcare workers. We should do everything we can to help make sure they can work safely during this crisis. So today I am highlighting two fundraisers for protective equipment for these health […]
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 11:39am
I wrote about the idea of buying Bitcoin in your IRA last year. I got a lot of responses to that post and one of them was from the founder of Alto IRA. I set up an Alto IRA, moved my old IRA over to it, and waited. When they had an alpha version of […]
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:38pm
If you are a crypto enthusiast like me, how do you stay on top of the daily crypto news cycle? There is crypto twitter, but that’s not for the faint of heart. If you hang out there, you know what I mean. You can read the news at Coindesk, Cointelegraph, and the other leading crypto […]
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:37pm
Ad blockers are hugely popular. Close to 800mm people around the world use them to avoid intrusive ads and data collection. I do not use an ad-blocker but I completely understand why one would choose to do so. And yet much of the media business is supported by advertising. There are a growing number of […]
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:39pm
I have been teaching in one form or another since college. I helped pay for graduate school by teaching other grad students. For most of my life, teaching has meant standing up in front of a group of people and explaining things to them in a large group setting. But, like many things, that is […]
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:37pm
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that when this is all over, I can’t wait to go to my favorite restaurants and enjoy their hospitality and food. If they are able to re-open. While many industries are facing difficult times in this crisis, the restaurant and hospitality industry is particularly hard hit. So for today’s funding […]
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:37am
On the first episode of Howard’s new podcast, his guest said, “in panics, all assets are correlated.” I suspect that is true to some extent. When bad news hits, I have seen traders sell quickly, get to cash, and then take some time to evaluate the situation before acting on the news. That is true […]
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 6:37pm
We onboarded our new analyst team over the last few weeks at USV. As is our tradition, they have each written a “hello world” blog post on usv.com introducing themselves. They are: David Hannah Hanel I can’t imagine how hard and surreal it must be to join a new firm just as we are all […]
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:38pm
I promised to post this once it is live and it went live today. So here it is:
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:39pm
I tweeted on friday that our portfolio company Outschool, which offers live K12 classes delivered by real teachers over video, would be offering free classes to those who need them for their kids and can’t afford to buy them right now: As you might imagine, the response to Outschool’s offer has been off the charts […]
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 11:37am
The Gotham Gal and I have been largely self quarantining in our home for the last two weeks and are preparing to continue doing so for a while longer. It’s a bit depressing to be honest and I’ve been looking for ways to get the proper mental state for what could be an extended stay […]
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:38pm
This reimagination of the card game Old Maid is terrific. I backed it immediately this morning.
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 12:38pm
I got an email from a well known journalist who covers the VC sector today. He was asking a bunch of VCs a few questions that basically can be summed up “are you open for business?” I answered him with these facts: 1/ We are working on two term sheets for new investments by USV […]
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:38am
My friend Howard Lindzon has started a podcast series called Panic With Friends. It’s about the market meltdown and a lot more. I hope that it turns out to be a short lived series and this panic ends quickly. Episode One was posted today on Howard’s blog. He asked me to do an episode with […]
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.