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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 1:37pm
When I was a young associate in a VC firm in my mid 20s, one of the partners told me I should get an annual physical every year and if I did it in the fall, I should get a flu shot while I was having my physical. I have done that every year since […]
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:38am
Back in March 2009, USV hosted an event called Hacking Education. It was the beginning of our effort to invest in the transformation of the education sector. A few weeks ago, USV held its annual meeting, roughly 15 years after we closed our first fund. And our partner Rebecca gave a presentation on our education […]
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 5:37pm
Although I am an avid Android fan/user, I am equally fond of Apple’s Airpods. I have used the original and V2 Airpods with great success over the last few years and can’t imagine using anything else to pair with my phone for audio. I purchased the AirPod Pro a few weeks ago and have been […]
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 12:37pm
Our portfolio company Duolingo was the subject of a funny skit on SNL a few weeks ago.
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:34am
Here’s a Kickstarter for all of you coffee lovers:
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:38pm
Often art can expose issues more clearly than other mediums. A show opened at The Shed this week called Manual Override. It is about the increasing power of technology in our lives and our inability to control it. There is a piece in the show by the artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (whose Electronic Diaries form […]
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:34am

This is a week full of philanthropy for The Gotham Gal and me. We are attending two fundraisers for organizations we support and throwing one for an organization we started.

I woke up thinking about giving back and how important it has become to us. Neither of us grew up in environments that were deep in philanthropy but somehow we were drawn to it in our thirties.

The Gotham Gal got involved in MOUSE when it was formed and became the Board Chair a few years later. That was where we learned that we could bring others into things that mattered to us and help make a difference on those things.

We also learned that we could create our own family foundation and contribute stock to it. We have been doing that for almost twenty years now.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:35pm
I was talking to a friend today about company values and how important they are but also how lame so many of them are. I told him that some of my favorite company values come from our former portfolio company Twilio (which in the spirit of full disclosure I am still a large shareholder of). […]
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 or wants to do on the table and have a vigorous debate about them and then pick a few priorities to focus on.

Saying no to things that you really want to do is the telltale sign of a good planning process. Saying yes to too many things is the telltale sign of a poor planning process. What makes this process particularly hard is that there are often a few things that the business has to do and there is no way to delay them. These must do efforts can often crowd out the should do projects and that leads to a lack of forward progress.

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.
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.