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Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 11:30am
If you are curious what the state of play is in the US regulatory stance towards crypto and blockchain, the best place to turn is Coin Center, the crypto industry’s voice in DC. And in this podcast, Coin Center’s Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh gives a fairly clear and concise view of where things […]
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:30am
I backed this project today. What an awesome desk ornament this will make.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:30am
The relationship between profits and social responsibility is a topic I’ve touched on many times here over the years. I believe you can be a socially responsible person, investor, or company and also be a high performing one. I tweeted this yesterday on the news that our friend Shri has launched a new venture capital […]
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 5:05pm
Our portfolio company SoundCloud is the first place most musical artists post their music, the first place most musical artists are offered an opportunity to monetize their music, and the first place most listeners discover new artists and their music. To celebrate that, SoundCloud is launching the First On SoundCloud campaign: “First On SoundCloud” kicks […]
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:30am
AVC readers may have noticed that I didn’t blog here yesterday. That’s because I blogged on instead, about our most recent investment. You can read that post here.
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:30am

Trump’s Justice Department goes to court this week to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner on “anti-competition concerns.” Like most of the things that come out of this administration, this is a joke. HBO has 54 million subscribers and spent $2bn on new content last year. My friend Pat Keane tweeted this out […]

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:30am
This piece in Recode explains that Cambridge Analytica built an app that 270,000 people used to amass profiles on 50 million people. That’s not very surprising because we are talking about networks here. This is a network graph that my colleague Jacqueline made of my twitter network a few years ago: In our online life, […]
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 5:05pm
This weekend I am going with a slideshow instead of a video or audio embed. Some of my colleagues at USV have been spending a lot of time with regulators, elected officials, and lawyers helping all of these people understand cryptonetworks and why they are super important and need to be regulated with extra care. […]
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 11:30am
I backed this project today which is attempting to build a comprehensive online course on blockchain technology.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Our portfolio company Coinbase launched some much needed tax tools this week. I used them today to calculate our gains in 2017 and send the reports to our accountants. The Coinbase tax center is here. The tools look like this: I generated all of those reports just now and sent them to my accountant so […]
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:30am
When I got into the VC business in the early 80s, the VC/Company relationship was pretty different than it is now. Capital was hard to come by, VCs commanded terms that would be laughed at today, and once they had made the investment, VCs acted as if they owned the Company (they sometimes did). The […]
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:30am
Every year our portfolio company Stack Overflow surveys its developer community and publishes the results. This year Stack had over 100,000 respondents to its survey from all over the world, making this survey possibly the most comprehensive view of the global software developer community. There is a ton of data here. It’s a 30 minute […]
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 5:05pm
Once a year, tech companies in NYC run a fair for high school computer science students in NYC. This was last year: Tech companies set up booths and the students come by the booths learning about what it is like to work in a tech company. Colleges and Universities that offer undergraduate computer science majors […]
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:30am
Founder vesting is when founders agree that their founder’s stock will vest over some period of time, normally four years. Many times we will come across a company that we might want to invest in and when we look into the cap table and documents, we see that the founders were granted their shares with […]
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 5:05pm
I have been listening to Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s new book, Skin In The Game, in audiobook form while driving around LA this past week. I’ve always been a fan of having skin in the game and others having skin in the game and so it’s a topic that makes a lot of sense to me. […]
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:30am
I backed this project earlier this week. As the narrator says in the video “How is this guy, with this voice, still in the subway?” I’m a fan of busking. I always drop some change in the basket. A little entertainment underground goes a long way with me.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:30am
I told this story last night at dinner to the Gotham Gal (who has heard it many times) and two friends who are in the investment business. They loved it. I’ve blogged it before, but it has been almost ten years since I’ve told it here. So I am going to share it with all […]
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:30am
First a disclosure for all the disclosure enthusiasts who hound me here and on Twitter to disclose things that are well known to most readers in hopes of turning this blog into a legal document: USV is a large investor in Coinbase and I am on the Board of Coinbase. Ok, now that we have […]
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 5:05pm
Everywhere I look on the west side of Los Angeles, I see Bird Scooters. These are electric scooters you can rent from your mobile phone. They look like this: I finally got around to taking a ride on a Bird today. After you download the app on your phone, you snap a picture of your […]
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 11:30am
I believe the ad Twitter ran at the Oscars last night is their first TV ad. Happy to join fellow women of color storytellers @IssaRae @JenBrea and the legendary @JulieDash. Fierce poem by @DeniceFrohman. #HereWeAre — Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 5, 2018 If so, I am a fan. It was an anchor to a […]
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.