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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 1:01am
Getting to something first has tremendous advantages but also comes with a bunch of challenges. I was thinking about this yesterday as I was setting up a couple iPads to be used around our house as smart home controllers. The Apple identity management and app store systems feel like they were built for a different […]
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 8:00pm
We had torrential rains last night and around 3am, I woke up and realized that I had left the soft top open on our Jeep Wrangler. The lighting was coming down hot and heavy so I waited it out and eventually went outside and put the soft top up. But the damage was done. When […]
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 4:55am
I’ve written about this Android feature before. I am a bit obsessed about it. When you are in a place where music is playing, the Android operating system notifies you what is “now playing.” I have two things I would love to know how to do with this information. 1/ Access it via an API […]
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 7:54pm
The disclosure police have been making noises in the comments here at AVC and on Twitter that suggest I do not disclose conflicts and other important information when I write about things I am close to here at AVC. I thought I would take a moment to describe how I think about this issue: 1/ […]
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:41am
I will be attending a press event today in NYC where Airbnb is announcing a $10mm program to support local efforts that improve the lives of New York State residents. Airbnb calls this program A Fair Share and it estimates that the $10mm is just 10% of what a home sharing tax in New York […]
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 2:32am
At USV, we have always had simple and investor-friendly terms with the institutions and individuals that provide the capital we invest. I got thinking about that this morning in reading Brad Feld’s post about recycling management fees, something we do aggressively at USV (we have recycled between 20 and 25% of our mature VC funds). We have […]
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 4:25am
I introduced a young friend of one of my children to a colleague in the tech business last month. The young friend took a day to reply to the email introduction and by then the introduction had gone cold. Happily the introduction resurfaced this week and something may still come of it. That story reminds […]
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:14am
One of the things I have disliked the most about the crypto sector is the idea that people should “hodl” or “hold on for dear life.” I have written many times here at AVC that one should take profits when they are available and diversify an investment portfolio. The idea that an investor should hold […]
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 2:53am
On this episode of the Epicenter podcast, Ryan Selkis, founder of the Messari project, talks about what they are trying to do with Messari and how it might bring needed transparency and accountability to ICOs and other token projects.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 3:45am
The neighborhood where we live in NYC will be underwater with a 2-degree Celsius increase in global temperatures. This Kickstarter project will create stickers that all of us can place on places like ours and remind everyone that climate change is a big deal. I backed this project today and you can too right here.
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 5:38am
More and more of the news around tech these days is about the relationship between technology companies and government. That was not the case a decade ago when regulators and elected officials took a largely hands off approach to technology, particularly the Internet, web, and mobile. While I am not a fan of many of […]
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:26am
At USV, we report to our investors on our portfolio and performance four times a year, once a quarter. We produce an audited report once a year, with our Q4 results. We do that in writing and we also do a quarterly call for our investors three times a year (we combine our Q4 and Q1 […]
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 4:18am
I like to think of the investing discipline as composed of three key modes of operation. Buying – Figuring out what you should buy and what you should not buy. There are many strategies that work here but my favorite is buying things that others are not buying. And my preferred reason for “others not […]
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 1:10am
I have an excellent voice assistant on my Android phone. I never use it. I could be dictating this blog post using the same voice assistant. I don’t do that except when I want to prove that I can. We have had Alexa and Google Home in our home. We shut them off and sent […]
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 1:04am
A friend shared this book and blog with me called Vanishing New York. Both chronicle the loss of the culture and institutions that made NYC a magical place to live in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Certainly rising rents, rising wealth, a rising proportion of apartments owned by people who don’t live here, and all […]
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 1:59am
At the Code Media conference a few months, Peter Kafka interviewed Kerry Trainor, CEO of our portfolio company SoundCloud. It’s a great conversation about the past and future of SoundCloud and also the past and future of the music business.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:56am
In late 2016/early 2017, Apple introduced a new app to the AppleTV called TV. We’ve had it on our various AppleTV devices but have not been big users of it until this summer. With our recent move to ditch traditional cable/satellite and go “over the top”, we have started using the AppleTV a lot more […]
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 2:52am
Sonos priced it’s initial public offering last night at $15/share and will start trading today under the ticker SONO. I am very fond of this company and the products it makes. The Gotham Gal and I are surely one of the company’s best customers. I am not an investor in Sonos, nor is USV, and […]
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:47am
For the past six months, Jed has been helping USV build some much-needed tools to connect people at our 60+ portfolio companies to each other. It has worked out well, so well that we decided to ask Jed to join us full time in a new role that we call Developer In Residence. Why would […]
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 1:40am
I read this post yesterday that says that 40% of VC investors went to either Stanford or Harvard. Frankly, I am not surprised. I’ve worked in this industry for over thirty years. It is full of Stanford and Harvard grads. I’ve got nothing against either school. They are wonderful education institutions and full of great […]
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.