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Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:46am
Something that bugs me about our tax code in the US is that we tax labor more than capital. If you make $100,000 of gains on your purchase of Tesla stock you pay 15% of those gains to the IRS. But if, instead, you earned that $100k of income as a school teacher, you would […]
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 9:13am
The comic book community on Kickstarter is so great. This project that I backed today is a great example of the creativity that they express in every project they do.
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 12:28pm
As many of you know, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are all the rage on wall street right now. SPACs are publicly traded “shell companies” that raise capital in an IPO process and then use that capital to merge with a privately held business. SPACs have been around for at least thirty years and I […]
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 9:28am
My colleague Hanel wrote an important post on yesterday. It looks at mental healthcare solutions and compares them to what has happened in online learning in the last decade. USV invests in both wellness and learning and we believe that the way learning has evolved can teach us about where healthcare can go. Hanel’s […]
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 12:42pm
Our portfolio company Pilot Fiber, which provides the best fiber internet to businesses in NYC, has teamed up with a national telecom provider to offer residential fiber internet in Manhattan. Here’s the way they describe it on their landing page: Pilot has teamed up with a no-BS, national telecom company (trust us, you know them) […]
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:21pm
I was looking at my Feedblitz dashboard this morning. Feedblitz powers the daily email for this blog. These are all of the emails/blog posts I have done this month: As you can see the open rate hovers between a low of 33% (Ghost Pacer) and a high of 45% (Subscription Agreements). The unsubscribe rate ranges […]
Friday, August 28, 2020 - 12:29pm
I backed a bunch of projects this morning on Kickstarter and this one really stuck with me. I like supporting young creators who are putting their work out there and seeking funding for it. And I also like the idea of documenting this pandemic in photos so we can remember it when its in the […]
Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 11:52am
In the final presentation session of our Summer Bridge internship program yesterday, an impressive young man told us that he had stayed away from a career in business because he “was not good at numbers.” I stopped him and suggested that maybe he is good at numbers but only numbers that interest him. He pondered […]
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 11:52am
A trifecta in horse racing is when you accurately predict win place and show. It is when you get three bets correct. We’ve had the opposite happen in 2020. We’ve had three things go wrong at the same time. As my friend David Steinberg said to me last month, we are witnessing 1918 (pandemic) plus […]
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 11:33am
We are finally in an era where an equal role comes with equal pay. This is a very good thing but it comes with some hard lessons. One of them is about pay and precedent. You cannot make a hire and a compensation commitment without thinking very deeply about the precedent you are setting. Let’s […]
Monday, August 24, 2020 - 9:25am
Federal, State, and Local governments are facing massive budget gaps and will need to close them with a mix of cost reductions and new revenues. While this is always hard and has a real toll on people who might lose their jobs or have to pay more in taxes, it is also an opportunity to […]
Friday, August 21, 2020 - 9:45am
Let’s say you are going camping and want to bring a chess set. This cool chess set and board would be ideal. Chess is a great game and this is a great way to play it. I backed it when i saw it this morning.


Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 8:19am
It’s my 59th birthday today. 59 is a nice number. It’s a prime number. I kicked off the day by getting a cup of coffee and sitting on the beach and reflecting on things. I am taking the day off from work and plan to spend the day with our family.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:13am
We use Sunpower solar panels and inverters and they have this cool dashboard that shows us a number of interesting things. This is the percentage of power we are drawing from our solar panels vs the grid since May 1st: This is how much power we are consuming on a given day and how much […]
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 7:55am
There is a lot of negativity around NYC right now. Bloggers writing sensational headlines. That sort of thing. It makes me want to go out and buy a ton of NYC stock right now. It is certainly the case that many talented people are leaving NYC right now. It is also the case that the […]
Monday, August 17, 2020 - 8:34am
I woke up to a dream this morning where I was playing a game that was very similar to, a failed effort to create a social music experience that had a moment back in 2011 and that I had invested in via USV. In the dream, someone had created a new version of the […]
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 9:30am
As is my weekly routine, I went onto Kickstarter and backed a bunch of projects this morning. One of them was Ghost Pacer, a holographic running partner. Ghost Pacer was created by AbdurRahman Bhatti, an “All-state cross country runner, Princeton-bound engineer, and an avid tinkerer and Tetris player.” I guess he made this for himself […]
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 5:42pm
Our portfolio company Quizlet put out a “State of Remote Learning Report” this week based on what they are seeing across their global learning platform during the pandemic. Quizlet wrote a blog post about it as well. There are some very interesting data points in the report: Quizlet explains this chart in their report this […]
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:12pm
I just finished completing a thirty page form for an investment my wife and I are making in a limited partnership. This form is called a subscription agreement. I wrote about the frustration of having to complete this identical form again and again six and a half years ago here on AVC. One great thing […]
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:44pm
I’ve written a bit about our portfolio company Nurx since we made the investment back in 2016. Nurx is a great example of how technology is helping to reshape how healthcare is delivered. With the Nurx mobile app, women (and men too) can find the prescription or home diagnostic test they need, connect 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.