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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:36pm
Back in 2009, I wrote a post called The Venture Capital Math Problem. I was reminded of it yesterday when I saw this tweet: In that post, I argued that the venture capital business could not sustain more than $20bn a year of new capital coming into it and continue to produce good returns to […]
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 2:38pm
My partner Rebecca brought an appreciation for and an understanding of marketing to USV and it has made us better investors and it has helped us assist our portfolio companies with their marketing efforts. Rebecca is going on Simulmedia Live tomorrow at 2pm ET to talk about startups, marketing, growth strategies, and how she thinks […]
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:38pm
I mentioned it yesterday but given its impact on global health and capital markets, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve read and watched in the past few days that I found helpful (both shared on Twitter by my friend Phil). This is a conversation that was held last week at Johns Hopkins Business […]
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 12:40pm
I am going to spend much of today in my Zoom room participating in several meetings around the country and around the world. If you look at Zoom’s stock price over the last month, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, you will see that the market thinks that I am not the only one who […]
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:38pm
These guys have been using Kickstarter, and a bunch of other online platforms, to support their live shows riffing on “campy B-movies.” I love the underground, indie creative community and these guys are a great example of that. I backed this project this morning.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:38pm
Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app. I paid $330 for ten shares (out of a total of 1000 shares) implying a value of $33,000 for the five pairs, or roughly $6600 each. This page shows the highlights of […]
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:38pm
Our portfolio company Recount Media is doing some of the finest reporting on the presidential race right now. This 2 minute 16 second video goes back over Mike Bloomberg’s debate appearances in his time as NYC’s Mayor and shows how many of the questions he faces now were in fact questions he faced back then. […]
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:39pm
I have been investing in developer tools since the earliest days of my VC career. The first investment I led in the late 80s was a financing that provided the funds to acquire a programming editor called Brief. It was a text-based editor for PCs. That investment worked out but we didn’t make a lot […]
Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:38am
The news this week that HQ Trivia has finally called it quits reminded me of this post I wrote back in 2012 about the difference in sustainability (and thus value) between entertainment and utility apps. What is interesting to me is if you could use a social app or an entertainment app to get to […]
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 10:39am
This Kickstarter project seeks funding to continue making a documentary about the NYC Subway Crisis. I rode the subway a lot this week and it is essential infrastructure for millions of people every day. Shining a bright light on its challenges is something I support and I backed the project today.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:37pm
The tech sector is the fastest growing sector of the economy in NYC and around the US and around the world. The tech sector offers high paying jobs and a growing number of them. But, as we all know, the tech sector lacks the gender and racial diversity that would allow everyone to benefit from […]
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 3:42pm
I am sorry to see Andrew Yang leave the race for the Democratic nomination last night. He brought a sense of humor, fun, and a ton of new ideas to the slog that is called the primaries. He will be missed. I hope he shows up somewhere else and lends his considerable talents to our […]
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:37pm
I just bought some US Dollars today. I do that many days. But the dollars I bought today are crypto assets, like Bitcoin and Ethereum. These US Dollar assets are called USDC and they are issued by an industry consortium called Centre, led by Circle and our portfolio company Coinbase. I expect many other companies […]
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:38pm

About ten years ago, I started asking why were weren’t teaching computer science to every student in the NYC public school system. That led to a journey that started with some computer science high schools and eventually got to a ten year program to get computer science teachers in every school building in NYC and computer science classes for every student. That program is called Computer Science For All and this short three-minute video explains what it is and how it works.

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:38pm
Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan is running a Make 100 project called Squids In Disguise where he will make 100 surprise sticker packs. 80 packs will contain 5 limited edition art stickers at random from at least  10 packs will be a special edition of 5 Super Squids (Superhero exclusive) 10 packs will be a special edition […]
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 5:39pm
SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce proposed a “safe harbor” for crypto projects that raise money before they are sufficiently decentralized. I am a big fan of “safe harbors”and wrote a bit a few years ago about why I like them so much and why a crypto safe harbor is such a needed and good idea. There […]
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 5:40pm
A year and a half ago, I converted my office at USV from a classic office with a desk to a small conference room with a couch, a chair, and a display for videoconferencing. I call it my “zoom room.” It looks like this. You can’t see the display because it is on the wall […]
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 2:39pm
The FTC filed a complaint to stop the merger of Edgewell (Schick) and Harry’s yesterday. I don’t have a vested interest in this case in any way (other than having had a summer job working for Gillette in 1980). But it is a very curious action in my view. Over the last decade, two new […]
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 1:37pm

Our friend Benedict Evans posted his annual “macro trends” deck this weekend. You can also download the PDF here. In the deck, Benedict poses the question “what is the next S-Curve?” And while he doesn’t exactly answer that question, these two slides are revealing: There is a lot more in the deck, particularly around regulatory […]

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 12:38pm
One of the many things that venture capital has taught me is the value of the long buy. What I mean by a “long buy” is buying shares in a company over a long period of time. We have investments where we have bought shares seven or eight times over a ten to twelve year […]
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.