Blog Profile / A VC


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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Venture Capital
Posts on Regator:1981
Posts / Week:4.7
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Disrupt NYC

I am doing not one, but two, appearances at Disrupt NYC today. The first appearance will be at 9:05am est which is a chat with Jordan Crook. We did not discuss what we are going to talk about in advance (I hate doing that), but I did send her this list of things I think […]

We Are Hiring An Analyst

Every couple years USV hires a two year analyst. This is an ideal job for a young person early in their career who is looking to get a birds eye view on startups, the tech sector, and venture capital investing. This is not the start of a career at USV as this job ends after […]

The Maternal Instinct

It’s Mothers Day, a time to celebrate motherhood and moms. I woke up thinking about the maternal instinct and it’s effect on business. I was talking to a friend last night about the challenges of working on troubled or failed investments. We were debating whether it is even worth the time to try and save […]

Video Of The Week: Brian Watson On How To Email A VC

Brian Watson worked at USV from 2012 to 2014. I just came across a very short video (~2mins) in which he answers a great question (how to email a VC). I agree with the basics (keep it short, make it actionable, be real, and link to your product). Here is it in his own words.

Feature Friday: Photo Search

I’ve been uploading my smartphone photos to Google Photo for my last two phones. Earlier this week, I was in a meeting with some architects and I said that I really liked the way they do the showers at the Soho House in Berlin. They asked if I had a photo of them. I opened […]

Small Ball

Small Ball is a style of play in basketball when a team sacrifices size/height for speed and shooting. The Golden State Warriors, the best team in the NBA this regular season, are a good example of a team that often uses this strategy. As the venture capital business and entrepreneurs are increasingly bulking up in […]

Coin Center Keynote

On Monday night, Coin Center had their annual gala dinner in NYC which coincided with the Consensus Conference. I had the pleasure of giving a keynote which I will post in its entirety. Hello. My name is Fred Wilson. This is my One Name profile. It is verified and resident on the blockchain at onename.com/fredwilson […]

Tech:NYC

Yesterday was the launch of a new organization in NYC that I have been working on since last fall. This new organization is called Tech:NYC and will be led by Julie Samuels. It will be co-chaired by Tim Armstrong and me. For years the tech sector has been represented in the city and state and […]

The Business Blockchain

I’ve been reading The Business Blockchain this weekend. It was written by AVC community member William Mougayar. This book started out as a Kickstarter project which I blogged about at the time. If you backed that project you will get a copy of this book. If not, you might want to get a copy on […]

Trends

I like to look at Google Trends from time to time to see what it can tell me about things. I realize that search keyword activity is only one data point in a complex system and that with the move to mobile, it is less important than it was in the web only era. And […]

Video Of The Week: The Nitty Gritty Podcast

Bond Street, a startup company that makes small business loans, has started a podcast to tell stories about small business entrepreneurs and the companies they create and run. They call it the Nitty Gritty Podcast. The first episode features an entrepreneur who is also a friend of ours, Gabe Stulman. Gabe is a restaurant operator […]

Funding Friday: Three Noteworthy Projects

It’s funding friday again. Here are three projects I thought you all should know about. Black Medicine Iced Coffee – This is an equity raise on CircleUp for a new iced coffee brand. Not only does the product look great but you can get a $1.3mm pre-money valuation for a product that did over $300k in […]

The “Losing Jobs To China” Discussion

I am bothered by the ongoing discussion about how the US has allowed China (and other lower cost countries) take our manufacturing jobs. That is true, of course. But it does not address the larger context which is that manufacturing is becoming more and more automated and many of these jobs will not exist at […]

The New Boss

I got an email from a friend who is starting a CEO job. He said to me “I’d love any thoughts or advice you have as a new CEO joining a company.” I have reached out to a number of CEOs I know who have taken over companies recently and am compiling a list of […]

Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP)

I understand and appreciate the need for rigorous accounting standards and I appreciate that our financial system and our capital markets in the US enforce the use of generally accepted accounting standards (GAAP) for the reporting of company financial information. Without standards rigorously applied, investors would not be able to understand what is going on […]

Help Teach A High School Computer Science Class

I have written about TEALS here many times. TEALS is a program where software engineers volunteer and support high school teachers who have limited or no computer science background so that their schools can offer computer science, and eventually continue the program without volunteer support. In its third year in NYC, TEALS supports 20 teachers in 19 high […]

An AI First World

Sundar Pichai said this last week on Alphabet’s earnings call: In the long run, I think we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first to an AI-first world That statement got a lot of pickup and attention and deservedly so. It explains how the CEO of one of the most important tech companies thinks about […]

Video Of The Week: The Cast Of Hamilton Remembers Prince

We lost one of my favorite musical artists this week. We’ve been listening to Prince non-stop for a couple days now to remember him. I really enjoyed watching the cast of Hamilton celebrate his life and music.

Fun Friday: What To Do With Your DNA Information

I got my 23andme DNA report back this week. I shared it with my family (parents, siblings, wife, children) and participated in the “DNA Relatives” program that shows me likely relatives who have done 23andme. I found the information that came back to me from this sharing to be really interesting and potentially quite valuable. […]

Don’t Kick The Can Down The Road

I’ve been using this term a lot lately – “don’t kick the can down the road”. There is always a desire to push the hard decisions out. I find myself urging entrepreneurs and CEOs to make that hard call today and take the poison and move on. It’s hard for leaders to make this choice […]

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