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Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 12:28pm
I believe that negotiating is more of an art than a science. There are certainly strategies and skills that one can develop that make for better outcomes. But the art comes into play in figuring out what the person or people on the other side are optimizing for and adopting a strategy that reflects that. […]
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 12:26pm
I loved this A16Z podcast featuring Adrienne Mayor who recently authored “Gods & Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology“. Early in this podcast Adrienne states that mythology was the first science fiction and then she goes on to explain why. It’s a fun and educational listen. My favorite kind.
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 1:23pm
I don’t really use Waze that much. My trips are typically a combo of walking, biking, subways, and driving and Google Maps does a great job of offering all of those options. Waze is made for driving. So I am more of a Google Maps user than a Waze user. But Waze has one feature […]
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:19am
Yesterday I upgraded to a higher tier of hosting service from my hosting provider (Bluehost). AVC is now running on a “virtual private server” vs a “shared server” in the past. That upgrade was processed in the middle of the night last night and after it completed, AVC went down. Anyone who tried to access […]
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:16pm
My Chromebook journey has led me to the Pixel Slate. As I wrote here a few months ago, I have wanted to move to a Chromebook for a while and I finally decided to do it. I started with the Pixelbook, and I have been using it for about three months as my only machine […]
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:10am
When capital markets change direction, to the upside or to the downside, they often go too far before finding the right balance. When they overshoot to the downside, you can find some real values. Back in the financial crisis of 2008, I was blogging about that as it related to the big tech stocks (Apple, […]
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 10:04am
I saw this tweetstorm by Jack Dorsey on Saturday evening and thought “Good, Jack is taking care of himself.” For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 🇲🇲. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know […]
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 12:01pm
In the last week, we have learned that Uber, Lyft, and Slack plan 2019 IPOs. I am sure that a few more highly valued private companies are also planning to go public in 2019. It is something that I have been expecting and predicting for a few years now. Eventually these companies that have raised […]
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:59am
Our friend and USV Limited Partner Beezer Clarkson hosted a panel at the recent Slush Conference in Helsinki talking about the shifting landscape for startup funding. My partner Rebecca participated on the panel along with several others. It’s a roughly 30min conversation and covers the big topics in startup finance.
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:55pm
One of the most vexing issues facing NYC right now is our transportation mess and at the heart of it is the subway system. My favorite chronicler of the subway mess is Aaron Gordon and his Signal Problems blog/newsletter. If you want an example of the quality and clarity of Aaron’s analysis and writing, I would […]
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 6:54pm
I think Google Photos is awesome. It is one of my favorite Google products. The photo search is amazing. And the sync from my Pixel phone to Photos works beautifully. But there is one thing that bugs me about Google Photos that I would love to see the Photos team address. When I post a […]
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 11:50am
Our portfolio company Quizlet is one of the top mobile apps out there with over 50 million people a month using it to learn something. Quizlet has existed for over a decade as a wikipedia style learning community with its users creating and sharing study sets on pretty much everything and anything. There are over […]
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 12:47pm
It is Computer Science Education Week. This is a worldwide movement to get schools everywhere doing an hour of code. It started in 2009 and nine years later it is one of the largest learning events in the world. I celebrated CS Ed Week yesterday morning by visiting PS24 with NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza […]
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 11:44am
Litigation is something I try to avoid. It is way better to work out differences by sitting down and negotiating a reasonable deal for both parties. But litigation is a fact of life in business. You cannot avoid it all of the time. Companies and people will sue you even when you have done nothing […]
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:42am
Decentralization is one of, if not the most, discussed features of the crypto tech stack. In a decentralized system, no single body controls the system. We have most certainly not reached the era fully decentralized systems, but that is what most of the world-class technologists working in the crypto sector are focused on getting us […]
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:39am
One of the big issues facing the crypto sector is the regulatory question, both in the US, where it looms largest, and elsewhere around the world. In the last few weeks we have seen the SEC reach settlements with several crypto projects and decentralized exchanges, all of which were the subject of enforcement actions or […]
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 2:37pm
This Kickstarter project has been popping up in my various notification channels this past week and I finally got around to backing it. It seems like the perfect gift for a girl who you want to inspire to be everything she can be. Sadly all of the Christmas 2018 rewards are sold out. You can […]
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:34pm
We’ve known for a long time that one of the most stressful things for entrepreneurs when they pitch us and other VCs is the initial setup of the meeting when they need to be meeting and greeting the folks in the room and, at the same time, figuring out how to connect their laptop to […]
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:33pm
I’ve had a few conversations in the last few days about a VC’s track record, which is a schedule of investments over the years with the wins, losses, and everything else. I was seeing an old friend who has been in the VC business as long as I have yesterday. We got to talking about […]
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 9:28am
I don’t care about or participate in Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But Giving Tuesday is awesome and I never miss the opportunity to participate in a day of collective giving. I love it. This morning I went on to DonorsChoose and fully funded a project that is near and dear to my heart, teaching […]
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.