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Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:31am
My colleague Dani sent me this chart last week: I believe this is more or less a proxy for smart wifi-enabled thermostats in the US. Those would be Nest, Honeywell Lyric, Hive thermostats and a lot of others too. Those are pretty big jumps from 6.5% to 8.9% to 11.4% given that people don’t generally […]
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 10:31am
Parenting is the hardest and greatest job that I have had. It presents the thorniest problems and generates the greatest rewards. We had the pleasure of spending most of yesterday with our three kids and their significant others. The occasion was our oldest daughter’s masters thesis presentation at her MFA program. She is an artist […]
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 11:31am
AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything.” I have noticed a trend of CEOs doing these AMAs for their customers and broader stakeholder communities. A good example of a CEO who is doing this is Brian Armstrong, CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase. Brian has been doing this for several months. You can see all of […]
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 12:30pm
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a reader. She asked if he could subscribe to this blog without the funding friday posts. He thought they were “spammy.” I replied to him “think about them as the ads” and politely told him that wasn’t possible. I love funding things. And I love sharing […]
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:32pm
While society debates how to deal with climate change, there are some scientists who are now saying that that time has passed and we now need to start planning society’s adaptation to the climate tragedy we have created on planet earth. This scientific paper from roughly one year ago is super depressing. I am linking […]
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:32pm
We seed funded a company late last year called Abridge and the company went public yesterday with their iOS and Android apps. Naomi wrote about the investment on the USV blog. I want to focus on the product because I think it is a game changer for all of us that access the health care […]
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
I was sitting in my backyard this weekend looking up at the roof on my house, which I can’t see because of a parapet, and wondering how all of the solar panels we put up there a few years ago are doing. I was also wondering how the roof itself is doing. Then it hit […]
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:30am
It is ironic and upsetting that a nation built on immigration is increasingly unwelcoming to immigrants and that the words ” go back” are becoming a political rallying cry. I am for immigration full stop. I think opening our arms and borders to people who want to come here, work, build their lives and businesses […]
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:30am
I have been vocal here that I do not like the term Unicorn to describe highly valued venture-backed startups. Unicorns are mythical creatures that don’t really exist and highly valued venture-backed startups do exist. They might be rare, but they are not fictional. A better word would be Whales. And it turns out that the […]
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:30am
Back in May, during Blockchain Week in NYC, I had the pleasure of interviewing the CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase, Brian Armstrong. We started off talking about their rapidly growing institutional business, but quickly got to talking about everything Coinbase. Brian also gets a question in for me about 17mins into the talk. It’s […]
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 5:31pm
“Like many suburban kids growing up in the 70s, I was no stranger to the local bowling alley.” So starts the video below for this Kickstarter project to make a photo book about the classic American bowling alley. That line got me as I grew up a suburban kid in the 70s and spent many […]
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:31pm
Our portfolio company Nurx started out offering birth control prescriptions on a mobile phone delivered to you in the mail. This has been a game changer for many women who live far from a doctor or a pharmacy or live in places where it is not easy to get a birth control prescription. But they […]
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:31am
One of USV’s newest portfolio companies, Otis, had a coming out party yesterday. The idea behind Otis is that cultural assets like fine art, rare books and comic books, jewelry and watches, sneakers and skateboards, etc are appreciated by everyone but are only collectible/affordable by wealthy people. Otis intends to change that by securitizing these […]
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:31pm
I am reading a friend’s book which is still in proofs and so I’m not going to talk about it yet. But there is one part of the book that really rang true for me and that is when he talks about certain kinds of problematic employees, particularly one he calls The Heretic. This kind […]
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:31am
One of the use cases that has eluded cryptocurrencies to date is “means of exchange” (something you would spend). I wrote about this a couple years ago and showed this transaction in that blog post: That was a payment I made to a caddie named Kris after he carried my bags one morning six years […]
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:31am
I’ve shared my views on this before here at AVC. I believe business model innovation is more disruptive than technical innovation. A good example of this was moving from web apps to mobile apps, which was largely a technical innovation. While the move to mobile certainly created some new companies, it largely strengthened the market […]
Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 11:31am
A few years ago, we invited Angela Duckworth to speak to our portfolio company CEOs at our annual get together. It was a terrific talk that absolutely impacted the way these CEOs thought about hiring and managing their teams. Angela’s theory of “Grit” as a predictor of success in education, careers, and life is powerful. […]
Friday, July 5, 2019 - 11:33am
When I started writing this blog in 2003, I was not a strong writer. Sixteen years later, I am a better writer. Doing something every day is the best way to improve at something. I’ve been doing yoga for roughly the same number of years as I’ve been writing this blog. But I am not […]
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 11:31am
It has been 243 years since our founding fathers signed the Declaration Of Independence and the great American experiment began. These words form the moral backbone of our country and represent our core values: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with […]
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:33pm
I saw this in my twitter feed today. Almost a decade ago, my friend John Heilemann interviewed John Doerr and me at Web 2.0. It is interesting to go back a decade and see what we were talking about then. Some of the same issues exist today. Some of the questions we debated have been […]
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.