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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 5:58am
It can be exhausting to try and stay caught up on every new tech company being started. The Gotham Gal said me to yesterday, “everyone is an entrepreneur these days.” She’s right about that directionally although most companies have employees who are not founders so it is not exactly correct. The rapid expansion of tech […]
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:53am
It is fathers day today. And I thought I’d write a bit about something that is really bothering me. I’ve come to terms with a lot of what is going on in the US federal government and our political system. I see it as a natural swinging of the pendulum. Many on the right think […]
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:48am
I wrote about Ether’s big day yesterday. In this podcast, Laura Shin and Coinbase’s Adam White, who runs the institutional business there, talk about the Ether news and Coinbase’s institutional business. It’s a quick 20min listen.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:43am
Yesterday, a top official from the SEC said what many of us in crypto land had been wanting to hear from the SEC for the last year: According to Bloomberg: “Putting aside the fundraising that accompanied the creation of Ether, based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its […]
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 2:40am
In yesterday’s post, which seemed to touch a nerve, something I certainly seek to do from time to time, I mentioned the “talent organizations” of our portfolio companies. These are the people who help a founder/CEO build and lead the people who make up the company. It’s an undervalued and under-discussed function. I have heard […]
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 1:33am
There is an obsession with the values that are being placed on companies when they finance. There has always been one but it is worse than ever. Every day, without fail, I read a headline that so and so company has raised, will raise, or is trying to raise capital at some eye popping valuation. […]
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:26am
I saw this tweet today from our friend Arianna and I had a good chuckle: Love when people cold email me with a pitch and ask to set up a call with management. Hi, that’s me! 🙋🏻‍♀️ — Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson) June 12, 2018 But the underlying issue is not that funny. Someone took the […]
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 1:21am
I am a fan of looking at something from all sides and understanding how each side thinks about it. Consider a neighborhood school. There are students, parents, teachers, administrators, non-teaching staff, taxpayers, the community, homeowners (whose home value is impacted by the quality of the school), and possibly other stakeholders. In theory every one of […]
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 2:13am
I saw this chart on Semil‘s  blog this morning: What is shows is that as the amount of money raised (and deployed) in seed funds has grown over the last ten years, the ability of the companies that received those seed investments to raise a follow-on Series A round has declined (massively). That trend is […]
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 4:07am
The world lost a man of taste, adventure, and humanity yesterday. Anthony Bourdain was an inspiration to everyone in our family. He amplified our love of travel, food, adventure, and other cultures. We will miss him greatly.
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 1:07am
I backed this project by AVC community member David Cole earlier this week.
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:54am
We have a tradition at USV that one of our new analysts, Dani, coined Proof Of Blog. Excited to be a part of the @usv team (it’s official now – based on Proof of Blog). I’m two weeks in, here’s some of what I’ve learned so far. https://t.co/1bajnjongr — Dani Grant (@thedanigrant) June 4, 2018 […]
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 4:50am
The issue of how to tax carried interest, the profit sharing interests that VCs, Private Equity firms, and Hedge Funds receive as compensation for generating returns to their investors, is in the news again. This time it is not a debate at the Federal level, but at the state level. There are carried interest taxation […]
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 3:46am
A few months ago, the Gotham Gal asked me to disconnect the Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices we have in our family room. I complied with that request. This is what the two devices look like now: At some point, I will remove them and either do something else with them or dispose of […]
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 12:39am
So the news over the weekend is that Microsoft is buying GitHub. Many companies and developers are thinking “do I want my source code hosted on a service owned by Microsoft?” Fortunately, the protocol that GitHub is built on, Git, is open source and there are other Git hosts, like GitLab. There are also a […]
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:33am
In the blog post announcing changes at SV Angel last week, the SV Angel partners wrote: The amount of money raised in seed rounds has doubled and valuations have increased significantly. I thought I’d go back over the last three USV funds and see what I could learn about the market from our experience. Since […]
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 2:28am
A few weeks ago, our portfolio company Coinbase announced that they had acquired a company called Paradex, which operates a 0x relay (in other words a decentralized exchange). If you want to know more about what all of that means, here is a video from Token Summit where it is explained in less than five […]
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 2:23am
I saw this project this morning and backed it right away. I’m a sucker for anything that is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn.
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:17am
I don’t have much to say today that I can say. So I thought I’d do a little link blogging instead. Here are some interesting things I read online today: 1/ Tim Wu on a legal framework called “fiduciary duty” in lieu of a US version of GDPR 2/ John Battelle on why 50% of […]
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 3:08am
I realize that immigration is the third rail of our political discourse right now. But one thing should not be controversial. Entrepreneurs exist all over the world and if they want to come to the US, hire our citizens, and build large economic engines here in the US, we should welcome them with open arms. […]
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.