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Blog Post Archive

Decentralized Self-Organizing Systems

Mankind has been inventing new ways to organize and govern since we showed up on planet earth. Our history is a gradual evolution of these organization and governance systems. Much of what we are using right now was invented in ancient Greece and perfected in western Europe in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. I have […]

Video Of The Week: Building A Career On Kickstarter

Adam Poots has built a career on Kickstarter over the past five years. Here is his story:

Fun Friday: The Digital Dance

Last week at the Annual NYC Computer Science Fair, I got to judge a student coding project showcase. The team that won was 50 young women from the Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria Queens. These young women choreographed a dance routine using software and hardware engineering. The used LED lighting strips and Sphero robots […]

Toxic Comments

We are fortunate here at AVC. We have mostly civil and respectful conversations. People behave themselves here. That is sadly not the case everywhere. I don’t know what the people who post comments like this are feeling and thinking. It is horrible. Awful. Hateful. Hurtful. Painful. Disgusting. Disturbing. And a lot more. If you operate […]

Polychain

We invested in a hedge fund that only invests in cryptotokens recently called Polychain. I wrote about that when we did it. Here’s a conversation between Olaf Carlson-Wee, the founder of Polychain, and Chris Dixon where they talked all about tokens, protocols, and Polychain.

Proxy Servers

In reaction to the Trump Administration selling us all out to the big telcos, I am dedicating this blog post to proxy services, which we should all start using. A proxy server is a computer (in the cloud) that redirects your Internet browsing and other traffic away from your ISP to a specialized service that […]

The Machine Will See You Now

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a good long read in The New Yorker about machine learning and medical diagnosis this week. In it, he explores whether machines are going to replace radiologists, dermatologists, etc or help them do their jobs better. He concludes with this observation: The word “diagnosis,” he reminded me, comes from the Greek for […]

Earthjustice

We are doing a $40k match offer this weekend for Earthjustice. It was $30k as of yesterday morning, but this tweet changed that number yesterday afternoon: @fredwilson @Earthjustice @susandanziger @albertwenger @abatchelor @bfeld @thegothamgal Great idea, great org. Never been a more important moment to fight for the planet. I’ll add another $10k to the match, […]

EarthMatch

It’s time again for our monthly match, our once a month team match offer for a cause that is helping to protect the country and the world from the current administration. It was hard to pick a cause this month because the administration has done so many awful things recently (executive order rolling back climate […]

Funding Friday: Pleistocene Park

I backed this Kickstarter project a few weeks ago and they are 60% of the way to their goal with nine days left. I hope they make it.

Scratch’s 10th Anniversary

The Scratch programming language and community is ten years old and we celebrated that last night at a gala in NYC where the Scratch Foundation raised funds to support their work and they chose to honor me for our K12 CS Ed work in NYC. Here’s what I said to those who were there, I […]

Climate Change

Yesterday brought us an executive order rolling back much of the (meager) progress we’ve made reducing the US’ reliance on carbon energy and the resulting impact on climate change. The New York Times has a good editorial piece today on this and other moves this administration has made in its short tenure to protect the carbon […]

Brain Computer Interface

The WSJ reported yesterday that Elon Musk is developing yet another company, this one based on neural lace technology, to create a brain computer interface. Neural lace technology, as I understand it, involves implanting electrodes into the brain so that the brain can control machines directly without the need for an IO device like a […]

A Return To Eastern Time

For the past few months, I’ve been living and posting from the west coast, as has become our routine during the winter months. Regular readers have likely noticed that new posts show up around 9am/10am ET instead of 6am/7am ET. This will be the last post from the west coast this winter as we are […]

Board Feedback

One of the most frustrating things about Board meetings is that it is difficult for founders and CEOs to get feedback on them. I’ve seen some interesting approaches to addressing this problem lately. Some companies are sending around post meeting feedback forms and asking all attendees to fill them out. Some CEOs have asked their […]

Audio Of The Week: Going Direct To Consumer

Jeff Raider founded/co-founded two “direct to consumer” businesses in the last ten years, Harry’s and Warby Parker. In this conversation with David and Andy, he lays out how he thinks about the ways that direct to consumer is changing the way brands and retailers do business.

Fun Friday: The Story Of My Avatar

I got this tweet today: @fredwilson have you ever told the story of your profile pic? — Jim Christie (@jamechristie) March 24, 2017 The answer is yes I have but it was eight years ago. I thought it would be fun to re-run that post. Here is is:  I saw this tweet when I got […]

AI For Legal Cases

Our portfolio Casetext was in the news yesterday for raising $12mm, but the more interesting thing about Casetext is their product, called CARA. CARA is a research assistant for lawyers that offers a super simple proposition: Securely upload a brief and discover useful case law CARA uses Casetext’s wikipedia-like database of >10mm court cases and […]

The Disqus Demo Day Story

I’ve told bits and pieces of this story here on AVC over the years but I don’t think I’ve ever told the whole story. Y Combinator (YC) Demo Day has been going on over the past few days up in Silicon Valley and it prompted me to remember a demo day in Boston (where YC […]

Stocktoberfest East

My friend Howard Lindzon, who I met on this blog something like twelve years ago, runs an annual conference for fintech entrepreneurs and investors called Stocktoberfest. Yesterday he hit me up on sms and told me they are doing Stocktoberfest East in NYC next week on March 29th and 30th. He asked me if I would […]

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