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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:36pm
I just posted about USV’s investment in Justworks on the USV blog. I have known Isaac Oates for over a decade and he’s a terrific entrepreneur and has built a great company which offers a fantastic HR solution to small and mid sized companies. If you don’t love the payroll and benefits solution your company […]
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:35pm
It was nice to see Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell run the table on the Grammy’s last night. It was yet another sign that the age of self made artists is upon us. As is our custom, my partner Andy and our friend Whitney posted some music to Twitter today. Andy and I […]
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 1:35pm
What a wonderful project. I backed it today.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:42pm
Tech:NYC is NYC’s tech industry advocacy group. According to its 2019 Annual Report, Tech:NYC has over 800 member companies representing all shapes and sizes of tech companies in NYC. I am the co-chair of Tech:NYC. Today, the NYSE decided to celebrate tech startups in NYC (some of whom will eventually make their way to the […]
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:38pm
Our portfolio company Stack Overflow (which I like to call Stack) is an Internet Treasure. My friend Mark Pincus introduced me to the concept of an Internet Treasure many years ago and I am a fan of the notion. In my view, an Internet Treasure is a service on the Internet that is wide open, […]
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 4:36pm
A friend asked me over the weekend “why do VCs ask for a management rights letter when they make an investment?” A management rights letter is a short agreement between a company and an investor to allow them certain “management rights.” These are typically the ability to attend board meetings, the ability to have access […]
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 5:34pm
I read this post on Bloomberg about a theme this week at Davos (never been) about the 2020s being a “Peak Decade”: Peak Globalization (tighter borders in the coming years) Peak Capitalism (the emergence of “stakeholder capitalism”) Peak Inequality (the rich getting poorer, relatively) Peak Youth (an aging world population) Peak Climate Change (I sure […]
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:37pm
I love this project and backed it instantly when a friend showed it to me last week.
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 3:37pm
My partner Albert wrote a bit about how USV is investing in the climate/sustainability sector today. The high-level summary is “not very differently than we have and are investing in other sectors”. At USV, we like certain businesss models, go to market approaches, and product types and that won’t change as we add climate/sustainability to […]
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:38pm
Yesterday evening, the Gotham Gal and I went to see Jerry Colonna do a reading from his recent book, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. As we were standing around chatting waiting for Jerry to go on and start reading, Jerry mentioned that he once wrote a guest post for AVC. So I […]
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 5:39pm
Most of you read AVC via email. Today, all of you will see a refresh of the look and feel of the daily email to match the refresh we did to the website last week. I want to thank Phil Hollows of Feedblitz who made this happen for all of us. And Kirk Love who […]
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 2:38pm
I used this title for possibly the most regrettable blog post I have written on AVC back in 2011. My friend Alex’s post on the topic this weekend has made me revisit my thoughts on the subject of marketing. Alex starts off his post with this assertion: 2019 was the year when VCs and startup […]
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 1:40pm
Kickstarter kicks off the new year with a campaign called Make 100. The idea is to stimulate a lot of smaller projects where the creator makes 100 of something. It’s a hodgepodge of creativity in the best sense of the word. Here are the current crop of Make 100 projects live on Kickstarter. I just […]
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 5:39pm
Welcome to the new AVC. This is the third “iteration” of this blog. The first iteration (AVC 1.0) was the Typepad era during which I redesigned AVC a number of times using Typepad’s tools. That lasted from September 2003 to February 2014. About six years ago, we moved AVC to WordPress and did a significant […]
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 2:37pm
I have received a bunch of questions from AVC regulars about this temporary design and what is going on with AVC. As I wrote in the first post in this series :), a couple of files in my WordPress configuration got deleted during the year-end holidays, messing up the look and feel of AVC pretty […]
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 5:40pm
This is the sixth winter we have spent in Los Angeles. One of the things I have had the hardest time getting used to about life in LA is all of the driving. But starting last year, I found myself using the LA Metro system a bunch. The catalyst was going to Lakers and Clippers […]
Monday, January 6, 2020 - 5:36pm
Today is one of those days when everyone gets back to work after a time off. This holiday break was a particularly long one given that Christmas and New Years came in the middle of the week. So many of us are getting back to work after a particularly long break. I am a huge […]
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 1:37pm
My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing. His observation, which I totally agree with, is that many people and companies do things right but don’t do the right thing. Taking the observation one step further, I have seen that doing the right thing the […]
Friday, January 3, 2020 - 12:38pm
I love the cross cultural/language/regional aspect of the Internet. We can find, experience, and support things all across the globe. Ultimately, it should bring us closer to each other. This project, a children’s book about sharing, is exactly that and I backed it with a thousand yen just now.
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:36pm
Like Mitt Romney and Kevin Durant, I manage multiple Twitter handles. Although neither is a secret handle. I use @fredwilson for my personal tweets and I use @avc for this blog. I have done that since I joined Twitter in the spring of 2007. The idea is to keep AVC blog discussions on @avc and […]
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.