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Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 9:37am
My friend Gordon suggested that I listen to this podcast about MRI scans as an early cancer detection tool. I found it super interesting and maybe you will too.
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 9:37am
This simple and short blog post by the folks at Correlation Ventures contains the key to venture capital returns – the hit rate. In the Correlation post, they define “hit rate” as: the percent of invested dollars generating a 10X or greater return But “hit rate” could be something else. It could be the number […]
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 1:32pm
One of the things I like about Kickstarter is seeing repeat creators coming back with new innovations. I backed a project like that this morning. I also love pizza and making it in wood fired pizza ovens. So this project checks a few boxes for me.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:39pm
USV recently invested in a company called Patch Homes and they are announcing that financing today along with some other important information on their business. You can read about the financing here and USV’s investment blog post here (we do one of these for every new investment). What I’d like to talk about is the […]
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 12:38pm
We were having breakfast in lower Manhattan that morning before a board meeting. It was the CEO, another board member and me. We were sitting outside in a sidewalk cafe in lower Soho and the plane flew right over us, at a height that was clearly not normal, and banked and slammed right into the […]
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 1:34pm
Today Apple is going to announce three new iPhones. One of them should be a small form factor like the old SE. Apple discontinued the iPhone SE at the tail end of 2018 and has stated that the next iOS update will not run on the old SE hardware. I have a number of friends […]
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 2:32pm
Venture backed companies have a strange relationship to positive cashflow. Because they have financial backers who can and do finance losses, they tend to operate in the red for a long time. In the early days it makes sense to burn cash. If you do not have revenues, you can’t generate cash. And if you […]
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 5:34pm
The Gotham Gal and I went to the Brooklyn Museum today to see the Pierre Cardin retrospective. Near the end of the exhibit was a small clip from a Jetsons episode where Jane is shopping for dresses in a boutique. She finds a dress that she likes and decides to call her friend on the […]
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:36pm
In this podcast, a16z general partner Katie Haun interviews a16z co-founder Marc Andreessen. It’s a great conversation.
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 12:33pm
This is a cool project that combines textiles and malware. I backed it this morning. Projects like this always makes me wonder what someone will think of next.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 1:39pm
I got schooled on Crypto Twitter yesterday. It turns out many believe I was wrong about most everything in my post yesterday and they let me have it. Crypto Twitter is a really special place. One of the comments was that I learned the hard way that crypto networks are not companies: We all learn […]
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 12:38pm
The crypto sector is in an interesting phase right now. The market has rallied from its lows this past winter and is up a lot in 2019: But Bitcoin now makes up almost 70% of that aggregate market cap. In some ways, Bitcoin is the one protocol that has found lasting product-market fit. In terms […]
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 11:34am
The summer is over and the fall season is upon us. I love the fall in NYC. It hums with energy, the air cools a bit, and everyone is out and about. It is also a good time to get things done. Everyone is back at work and focused. That includes me.
Monday, September 2, 2019 - 12:32pm
I read last week that there are a growing number of regions around the country where there are labor shortages. Businesses literally cannot find the workers they need to operate their businesses. Today is Labor Day, a day to celebrate the workers who built America and the labor movement that rose up to protect workers […]
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 9:36am
This is a topic I’ve written about a bunch over the years. I feel like it is becoming more urgent every day. Last week I heard some shocking numbers about salary levels for certain kinds of engineers in the bay area. I checked them out with a few of our bay area portfolio companies and […]
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:32am
The Gotham Gal loves this conversation with Sarah Beatty about her Montgomery Builds project and suggested that I give it a listen. So I am doing the same with all of you.
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:33am
When I got to NYC in the early 80s the subway cars were like moving paintings with graffiti all over the cars. Going down into the subway station was like going to an art show. This retrospective of Henry Chalfant’s photography of that era at the Bronx Museum captures that period so well and I […]
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:35am
As I’ve been working on a new design and approach to this blog/newsletter, I have been diving into the analytics to understand what all of you are doing with it. Here are some charts and tables: 1/ The web traffic (desktop and mobile) has risen and fallen over the years, driven by SEO and other […]
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 11:31am
Some crypto projects are developed from scratch. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and our portfolio company Algorand are examples of this. The developers have a vision and they go out and build it. Other crypto projects evolve from something else. Kin and Props, both created by USV portfolio companies, are examples of that. A particularly interesting example of […]
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 1:40pm
I have always felt that every investment in a venture fund should be able to return the fund. That doesn’t mean that they all will. In fact, for many funds I have worked on, only one or two investments work out well enough that each of them can return the fund. So if you have […]
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.