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Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:46pm
One of the areas we have been investing a lot in at USV is women’s healthcare (Clue, Modern Fertility, Nurx). Another interesting company in women’s healthcare, that USV is not an investor in (at least not yet), is Tia, which calls itself “The Women’s Health Clinic.” In this discussion with the Gotham Gal, the founder […]
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:44am
First of all, I’d like to say that I have a number of connections to this project that I am highlighting today. The young women who are behind this project are the same ones I mentioned at the tail end of the talk I posted last saturday. I have been inspired by these young women […]
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:41am
NY State Senator Michael Gianaris is leading the efforts to stop Amazon from opening up a large presence in the borough of Queens in NYC. I get that this makes for good politics at some level. Standing up for the taxpayer and expressing outrage at a massive tax giveaway to the one of the wealthiest […]
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:39am
I have written a bit about this topic in recent years, at the end of 2017, and again when the 2018 numbers started showing up. What has happened over the last five years in venture capital is the seed boom stalled out, the late stage market exploded, and the traditional venture capital business (Series A […]
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:35pm
Thanks for all of the feedback on yesterday’s post. There have been about 250 comments to date and a similar number of email replies. Not surprisingly the feedback from the email replies was overwhelmingly supportive of removing the comments. It seems that most of the people who read via email don’t wade into the comments. […]
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 11:32am
I read a lot of email newsletters and I love the simplicity of them. Receive, read, forward, maybe reply, delete. If I was starting AVC all over again, I’d head over to TinyLetter, which my daughter uses, and start writing. But I’ve got legacy issues to consider. I’ve got an archive, a three letter URL […]
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:28pm
I realize that publications need to have a business model to stay afloat. And the past month has seen a number of online publications (and offline publications) layoff a large number of employees. So it isn’t even clear that all of these hard paywalls, soft paywalls, and advertising based models are going to make the […]
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 5:25pm
Last fall, the folks at Yext offered to let me have some stage time at their Onward Conference to talk about the K12 CS Education work that I’ve been doing for the last ten years. I didn’t realize that the talk was online until I saw it today. So here it is. It’s just under […]
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:22am
Tabletop games (or party games) is one of the top categories on Kickstarter (a USV portfolio company). There has been a real resurgence in these sorts of games in recent years and most of the innovation in this category is happening and being funded on Kickstarter. Today’s project is Wavelength, a guessing game that looks […]
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:19pm
I was talking with my friend Jerry today and he said “everything is possible.” I told him I don’t think I am going to be able to dunk on a regulation height rim. But I subscribe to Jerry’s mantra of optimism. I posted Albert’s reasons to be optimistic this past weekend and if you haven’t […]
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:18am
I am often asked for advice on productivity. People want to know how I get things done. The truth is I am not well organized, I don’t use any productivity tools. I work hard but I don’t work all of the time. I have a decent work life balance. My secret, if I have one, […]
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:08pm
Ever since I got interested in crypto, I have looked at the emergence of the commercial Internet in the 90s as a roadmap for what to expect. And while that has largely been useful as a frame of reference, I’ve struggled with the huge bubble of 2017 which felt to me like it came too […]
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 12:01pm
A trend we’ve seen in the financing of startups in the last five years is the “SAFE between rounds” which means raising a convertible note (or SAFE) to provide more capital and runway in between financing rounds. It often comes in the form of an offer by an investor who missed the last round and […]
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
To some extent, this blog has been about demystifying venture capital and in particular me and the firm I work at, USV. There are many reasons why I think that is a useful exercise. When I got into the VC business in the mid 80s, it was a fairly opaque business and that did not […]
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 5:57pm
My partner Albert gave this talk at DLD 2019 a couple weeks ago.
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:55pm
Kickstarter has a tradition of starting January with the Make 100 campaign, which asks creators to make 100 of something and put it up on Kickstarter for funding. I backed this Make 100 project earlier this week: You can see all of the Make 100 projects here. Check them out. They are fun and fascinating.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 3:52pm
I have had the pleasure of sitting on a few higher education boards with Mark Leslie. He’s a very accomplished and wise person. I respect him a lot. In this talk with Peter Levine, Mark talks about some of the most important concepts in starting, leading, and building companies. Listen to him. He’s knows what […]
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 1:50pm
As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I asked Zach to calculate the percentage of teams with at least one female founder in our last two core funds. Yesterday, I wrote “I don’t have the exact data on me and it would take more time than I have right now to calculate it, but my […]
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:46pm
Starting and investing in startup companies is a long lead time business. It takes on average seven to ten years for the seed and early stage investments we make to turn into something. So looking at data across the entire VC landscape can be confusing. Important trends can be lost in the noise. Look at […]
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 11:44am
I believe I’ve written about this before but I see it made so often that I feel compelled to write about it again. Entrepreneurs, VCs, and others in the startup ecosystem often send an email introducing a company to all of the partners (or most) at our firm. And that email is addressed to all […]
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.