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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 11:30am
ADP announced this morning that they have acquired our portfolio company WorkMarket. This is a bittersweet moment for me. WorkMarket has been a big part of my personal portfolio for almost eight years. USV and Spark seeded WorkMarket in June 2010, backing two serial entrepreneurs Jeff Leventhal and Jeff Wald. The idea was to create […]
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 11:30am
It’s that time of year again. The Gotham Gal and I are spending the rest of the winter out west. Blog posts will start coming in around 6am PT/9am ET. We plan to spend this winter in Utah (where I am now), LA, and I will also be in the Bay Area a fair bit. […]
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 7:30am
This was seven years ago. I went back and watched it recently and it has stood the test of time.
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:30am
I want to see this documentary when it comes out so I backed it on Kickstarter today to make sure it gets made.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:30am
I saw the news today that HuffPo is shutting down their “contributor network.” we are ending the HuffPost contributor platform. The platform, which launched in May 2005, was a revolutionary idea at the time: give a megaphone to lots of people ― some famous, some completely unknown ― to tell their stories. At that time, social networks […]
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:30am
My friend Steven Johnson has penned a long and wonderful piece exploring what lies beyond the speculative market in crypto tokens. This essay, which will run in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, but is online now, could not have come at a better time. All most people know about Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, and alt-coins, is […]
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:30am
I saw my friend Chris tweet this question yesterday and had to respond: Yubikeys are awesome. Not supported everywhere. I use them where I can — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) January 15, 2018 Nick helped me get Yubikeys set up on all of the services I use that support them in the past few weeks. If […]
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:30am
Today we celebrate the life and teachings of the great Martin Luther King Jr. He had a way with words and among my favorites is this quote, which seems very apropos right now: Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 5:05pm
A hallmark of startup companies, the tech sector more broadly, and certainly our portfolio companies, is that they include equity in their compensation packages for their employees, often all employees. If you work for a tech company, chances are good that you will get options as part of your compensation package. I have written extensively […]
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 5:05pm
A few weeks ago on the Gotham Gal’s podcast, she had Fereshteh Forough, founder of Code to Inspire, an organization that teaches women in Afghanistan to code. There is so much to like about what Fereshteh is doing. It’s a great podcast to listen to this weekend:
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 7:30am
Like last year, our portfolio company Kickstarter is starting the new year off with a Make 100 campaign. The idea is simple. Make 100 of something and fund it on Kickstarter. Here are a bunch of live Make 100 campaigns And if you want to do a Make 100 campaign, you can start here. Make 100 […]
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:30am
Longtime readers know that I am a Knicks fan. Or as the Signal group I have with a couple of my kids is called, a “Frustrated Knicks Fan.” Last night we lost at home in double overtime to the Bulls. That is the third time this season we have lost to the Bulls. Twenty percent […]
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:30am
There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latter can be incredibly painful and most investors don’t have […]
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:30am
I saw The Gotham Gal’s reply to an email this morning that we were both copied on. I can’t remember exactly what she said but it was something like “I understand, but no.” No beating around the bush, no letting down softly, just complete and total honesty about where our heads are at on something. […]
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:30am
I’ve been meditating for ten to fifteen minutes every day for the past two months. I have not missed a day since I started. I find it to be a wonderful practice which I enjoy and look forward to very much every day. I am experiencing a number of benefits but the one I am […]
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 11:30am
One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire portfolio and you end up sitting on enormous paper profits that you can’t get liquid on. I realize that this seems like a great problem to have, and it […]
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 7:30am
In honor of Ethereum trading (briefly) at north of $1000USD this week, I thought we’d hear this weekend from Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin. This is an interview that he sat for in October at the ETH Waterloo event (where, among other things, CryptoKitties was born).
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 7:30am
I support a bunch of artists on Kickstarter’s new Drip service. One of my favorites is Shantell Martin. She draws her dreams and makes music and shares her work regularly with her backers. It’s great to get a little bit from her on a regular basis. Check out her page and maybe back her and […]
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:30am
So the chips we use in our personal computers and cloud computers have some newly discovered security holes. One is called Meltdown. The other is called Spectre. My first reaction upon hearing the news yesterday was “so what do we do about this?” The answer is you can’t do much on your own. For Meltdown, […]
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 11:30am
We do a lot of referencing in our business. We certainly ask around about a team before investing in them. But we do even more referencing post investment when we help the founders and management of our portfolio companies build a team. Investors often have access to references that founders and management don’t. So we […]
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.