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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:40am
This project is hot! I backed it this morning
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 9:37am
I like going to hackathons. A number of USV portfolio companies have emerged out of hackathons, like our portfolio company Dapper which created its hit crypto-collectible game CryptoKitties at a Hackathon in late 2017. So yesterday I headed down to NYC’s City Hall which was hosting the finals of a citywide hackathon competition (called The […]
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:31pm
Over the last five years, we have stepped up our investing in and around healthcare. About 15-20% of the early stage companies we have invested in over our last two fund cycles are working in this sector. If you look at our current investment thesis at USV, you will see that wellness is one of […]
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:25pm
One evening last week my daughter and I spent an hour with a team from our portfolio company Pilot Fiber who were pulling a new fiber cable from Sixth Avenue to Fifth Avenue along a cross street in lower Manhattan. My daughter is doing a project and wanted to understand how this all worked and […]
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 11:22am
I am continuing my mini series on reading S1s (IPO documents). We are enjoying an IPO bonanza this year, so we might as well use it for some good and learn something. When a company files for an IPO, I like to think if there is a publicly traded company that looks a lot like […]
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:20pm
I saw some chatter on Twitter this past week about Netflix and Disney in the wake of Disney’s announcement of Disney+: I’m long $dis myself and no $nflx at the moment. That said will never not pay $nflx at current pricing https://t.co/aInOGQQFXZ — Lindzon+ (@howardlindzon) April 12, 2019 Disney’s stock was up 11% on the […]
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:17pm
And now a word from your sponsor: Coinbase is a USV portfolio company, I am on the board, and I am deeply invested in this business. Coinbase’s regulated custody subsidiary is an important part of their overall business and I am also on the board of it. This Unconfirmed Podcast with Sam McIngvale is a […]
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:15pm
Did you know this? Well, this film that is being funded on Kickstarter is all about the math crisis in America. I backed it this morning and you can too.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:12pm
Our portfolio company Blockstack tweeted out this today: After rounds of private comments, we’ve publicly filed for a $50M token offering with the SEC. Upon qualification, our network and the Stacks tokens will be available to retail investors, including the US. https://t.co/OuPVbA4eJt — Muneeb Ali (@muneeb) April 11, 2019 Given that USV is an investor […]
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:08pm
Our portfolio company Dronebase is announcing some big news today. They are going to be offering thermal imaging missions in partnership with FLIR, the leading provider of thermal sensors. And FLIR has made a strategic investment in Dronebase. What is thermal imaging? Thermal imagery, which is also called infrared imagery, is the ability to see […]
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:04pm
I finally got around to reading the Political Advertising Report from Tech For Campaigns. My conclusion is we are going to see our phones light up with political messages over the next year and a half. Here is why: So let’s brace ourselves for the messages that are going to start coming into our phones […]
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 9:02am
Over the last decade, the costs of scaling a company in the bay area, NYC, and many other startup regions in the US has escalated sharply. We have encouraged our portfolio companies that are located in these high cost regions to build out secondary locations where they can hire high quality engineering and other talent […]
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 11:59am
I wrote a post last year called The Heartbeat in which I advocated for a cadence and a rhythm in an organization. I was reminded of that in this exchange on Twitter over the last 24 hours: I am a fan of routines and set cadences — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) April 7, 2019 Many of […]
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:56am
Earlier this week, Kara Swisher interviewed Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, who run NYU’s AI Now Institute. It is an interesting and thought provoking discussion. I don’t personally love Kate and Meredith’s answers on how society should be thinking about these issues. They feel very “20th century” to me. But regardless of what you think […]
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 9:53am
Code Society is like Schoolhouse Rock for Computer Science. They use hip hop music and videos to teach computer science concepts to diverse communities. They are doing a $40k project on Kickstarter (and are about half way there) to create content and applications. I backed it earlier this week and you can back it here.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:47pm
I am not a fan of Orthodoxy. I appreciate the power of religion although I am not religious personally. I respect the followers of Allah, Jesus, Moses, Buddha, and other religious figures. I know that the beliefs of religious people give them great comfort and a purpose in life. What I don’t appreciate is when […]
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:42am
Here in NYC, we are about halfway into a 10-year effort to get computer science classes into every public school building in NYC. We are already seeing significant impact and outcomes. Most of the students taking CS classes at school live in neighborhoods in NYC where there are no tech companies and they can’t see […]
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:37am
Yesterday morning, in raw, windy, 30 degree weather in NYC, I took a walk up the Highline to Hudson Yards. As I made the turn west at 29th street, I saw The Shed emerge through the tall buildings. The Shed is a new arts institution created to commission works from artists, both emerging and established, […]
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:32am
After predicting an IPO bonanza in my new year’s day post in 2015, and being largely wrong about it for four years, we are finally seeing it happen. I am not exactly sure what it is about this year, as opposed to any of the last five years, that has drawn all of these highly […]
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 5:29pm
We just packed up an Airbnb that we have been living in for three months in Los Angeles and are heading back east. This is a photo of my carry on luggage as I was packing it this morning. That is an AppleTV and a Sonos Connect in between my “shaving kit” and my sneakers. […]
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.