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Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 11:30am
I saw this video a drone enthusiast made on AirCraft and thought I’d share it with all of you this week:
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30am
Our portfolio company goTenna sent a bunch of their mesh networking devices to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and a number of mesh networks lit up on the island. This is what the goTenna network map looks like on the west side of the island now: So they kicked off this crowdfunding […]
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:30am

Yesterday, our portfolio company Kickstarter announced that they had relaunched Drip, a subscription platform they acquired almost two years ago. Perry Chen, Kickstarter’s founder and Chairman, wrote this blog post explaining what they are trying to do with Drip. I would like to highlight a few quotes from that post: Kickstarter is for projects, Drip […]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:30am
I just saw this on my twitter: The @NVCA has been working hard to make sure #innovation & #entrepreneurship are drivers of US growth!#TaxReform pic.twitter.com/q1Ez7EfbC7 — Phil Sanderson (@SanFranciscoVC) November 15, 2017 This means that the Senate has now made the tax reform bill a win for those who work in startups instead of a […]
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:30am
My partner Rebecca posted this to her Twitter yesterday: Excited to band together with a group of women that I’ve learned so much from to help women starting the next generation of breakout businesses. Female founders we’re so ready for you! Apply here: https://t.co/hQkMiylfDf https://t.co/u2zkL8qDoz — Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccak46) November 13, 2017 FemaleFounder.org is a […]
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 7:30am
The current draft of the Senate Tax Reform Bill would tax stock options and RSUs upon vesting. Currently, stock options are taxed upon exercise and RSUs are taxed upon release of the underlying shares. This is a HUGE deal to everyone who works in companies that partially compensate their employees with these two equity instruments. […]
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:30am
Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally The younger the startup business, the more that is true Your lead investor/board member is more likely to be a local investor than your passive/follower investors The location preference is more […]
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11:30am
Our portfolio company Nurx provides prescriptions via an app on your mobile phone. The initial offerings are birth control and HIV prevention medications, but they will add other prescriptions in the future. This news report talks about their launch in Texas this summer which was extremely successful.
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:30am
I just backed this project and I thought I’d share it with all of you:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30am
Our portfolio company eShares changed their name to Carta this week. Why? For a bunch of reasons, but mainly because the opportunity has gotten a lot bigger than “shares”. As founder/CEO Henry Ward points out in this post, the opportunity is to build the ownership graph: If you drill far enough into the ownership graph, through […]
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:30am
My partner Andy wrote a blog post on USV.com with this title today. I like the title so much that I want to feature the post on AVC today too. I have been a skeptic about data-driven venture capital investing for a long time. However, I do think CPG is a sector where this could work […]
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:30am
It’s election day and I’m going to stop by the polls this morning and vote. It would be easy for me to skip the polls as there is not much at stake in NYC this year. Mayor de Blasio is going to get re-elected fairly easily as he has no strong challengers. The same is […]
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:30am
Our portfolio company Blockstack, which was the subject of a video I posted here last week, started out as Onename. Onename is a distributed identity system, kind of like Facebook Auth, built on the blockchain. I wrote about Onename a few times here on AVC back in 2014 and I suspect some of you registered […]
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 5:05pm
I wrote a post a month or so ago saying that I had fallen hard for Airpods while I was briefly using an old iPhone and was going to miss them when I moved back to Android. A bunch of readers responded to me in the comments and via email that the Airpods would work […]
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 11:30am
I’m excited about AirCraft, which I blogged about yesterday. Here’s a short teaser that Dronebase put up on YouTube yesterday:
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:05pm
I hesitate to call this a feature, even though it is, as AirCraft is a way bigger deal than a new feature. Our portfolio company Dronebase operates the largest drone pilot network in the world. Tens of thousands of pilots fly missions for Dronebase and the Dronebase mobile apps are used by most of these […]
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:30am
The Token Summit, run by AVC regulars William Mouyagar and Nick Tomaino, announced two more events in the coming months, Dec 5th 2017 in San Francisco and May 17 2018 in New York. The first Token Summit was held in NYC at NYU last May, and sold out. Here’s a highlight reel from it. Today, William and Nick have published […]
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:30am
I write this post every year because I think this is a great program. Fintech Innovation Lab NYC is a business accelerator program that works with the largest financial services companies here in NYC to support emerging fintech companies and the founders who start them to get their companies off the ground. This year, the lab […]
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 7:30am
I got my hands on a Ledger Nano S last week and set it up over the weekend. The Ledger Nano is a “Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet” which means it is a device you can store your Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other crypto assets on. It costs $95 on Amazon. It looks like this: It is about […]
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:30am
It rained like crazy in NYC yesterday. So we stayed home and worked and watched TV and had dinner with our family. And we watched football, basketball, and baseball. This is the best time of the year for sports. You get the Series in baseball, the start of basketball season when you can still hope, […]
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.