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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:04pm
This post is jam-packed with conflicts. It is about not one, but two, of USV’s portfolio companies. The more the better in my view. Our portfolio company Cloudflare announced yesterday that they have launched an IPFS Gateway. IPFS is an open protocol built and supported by our portfolio company Protocol Labs that facilitates a peer-to-peer […]
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 8:59am
The Gotham Gal and I listened to the recent Howard Stern interview of Paul McCartney yesterday on a drive from long island to NYC. It’s a great interview, about 1 1/2 hours long, with incredible stories and lots of music. Howard picks out songs, plays them, and Paul talks about how each one came about. […]
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:52am
The New York Times has a piece up on Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner. I read it with interest yesterday as I like to think of startups as marathons and I am always on the lookout for ideas and insights that can help entrepreneurs and investors. Eliud is an impressive person and, as […]
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:49am
There is a narrative in crypto land that you are either in the “crypto is money” camp or the “crypto is tech” camp. This blog post from Erik Torenberg sums that up pretty nicely. The interview below is from TechCrunch Disrupt a week or so ago. Brian Armstrong, founder and CEO of our portfolio company […]
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 12:42pm
A friend of a friend is doing this project to make a workbook that can help us step back and take measure of our lives, what they are, and what we want them to be. It’s a neat idea and I think it can be quite helpful, particularly if you feel stuck right now. I backed […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:37pm
Today is primary day in New York State. The polls open at 6am and stay open until 9pm. There are primary races for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General as well as a bunch of statewide races for State Senate and State Assembly. In NYC, and to a lesser extent in New York State, the primary […]
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:32pm
Naomi Shah, one of our analysts at USV, has been doing a deep dive on health care since she joined us this past spring. She has started to publish a series of blog posts on what she has learned and what she thinks is investable at the intersection of healthcare and consumer tech. Kind of […]
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 3:28pm
On Sunday morning, I rode my bike by the memorial in lower Manhattan where the twin towers used to stand. They have done a wonderful job rebuilding that area and the memorial itself is inspiring in just the right way, somber and reflective and serious. Seventeen years is a long time. Children, like ours, who were just […]
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:21pm
My friend Steven Johnson has a new book out called Farsighted. After attending a book talk he did on Thursday night, I put it on my Kindle and started reading it last night. The book is about decision making, specifically “life-altering decisions” with long-term consequences. In classic Steven fashion, he combines a detailed look at academic […]
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 12:18pm
Alibaba founder Jack Ma has announced that he plans to retire at age 54 and turn his attention back to education. He started his career as an English teacher. It seems, from reading the piece I linked to and a few other news reports, that Jack Ma is inspired by what Bill and Melinda Gates […]
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 12:13pm
I have never been as obsessed with Elon Musk as many are in the tech sector. We own two Tesla cars. We pre-ordered Tesla’s solar roof tiles several years ago but have not yet received delivery of them. I appreciate his ingenuity and creativity and we like the Tesla products we own. We are not […]
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:08am
With the new version of Android comes intelligence around mobile notifications. If you tend to swipe away notifications from a particular app, Android eventually asks you this: I told Android to keep showing these project updates to me even though I tend to swipe them. I like to see these but don’t often click on […]
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:05pm
Our portfolio company Stash, which offers a super simple mobile investing app and has roughly 2.5mm users, did some analysis on male and female users to see if there was a material difference in risk tolerance between men and women on their service. The conventional wisdom is that men are risk takers and women are […]
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:58pm
Conventional wisdom is that deleting old emails regularly is the best way to avoid issues down the road. My experience has been different. I’ve been involved in a few legal matters over the years where email discovery has been done. Going back and re-reading emails you sent years ago is a pretty enlightening experience. What […]
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:54am
Growing up, I always enjoyed the up and down patterns of work and play. Back to school in the fall, a solid winter break, back to school for winter and spring, and then a long summer break. Just as you were getting burnt out on school, a break would come along. By the end of […]
Monday, September 3, 2018 - 9:51am
Today is Labor Day in the US. It is a day to celebrate labor, the union movement, and the role of the worker in our economy and our society. I have always struggled with the idea that labor and capital are intrinsically opposed to each other. It is obvious that workers have been taken advantage […]
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 11:49am
The Economist has a cover story this week called Peak Valley. The article suggests that Silicon Valley’s lead as a hub for innovation has peaked and other regions are rising. It ends with the concern that innovation more broadly has peaked. I somewhat agree with “the rise of elsewhere” narrative and disagree that innovation has […]
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:45am
It’s a long weekend with many of us off the grid. So what do you do when you are off the grid? Get a GoTenna to stay connected. This promotional video explains the power of GoTenna when you and your friends are off the grid. Disclosure: GoTenna is a USV portfolio company.
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 12:41pm
I don’t know when Gmail started doing these for me but it was around the time I switched over to the new UI. Most likely this is one of the features of that new UI. When I have not responded to an email that Gmail thinks is important, or when someone has not responded to […]
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 1:38pm
There is a framework I’ve/we’ve used over the years to think about where to invest and where not to invest that I call “atoms vs bits.” I am not sure where I got it from but the concept is simple. Is the software being built and taken to market dealing with just bits or are […]
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.