Fred Wilson, a Union Square Ventures partner and a prominent investor in companies like Zynga and Twitter, recently argued that it's harder for consumer startups to get VC funding because the industry has matured and is moving away from the web to mobile, and that late investors are no longer interested in that field. Show More Summary
Last year, Fred Wilson led four Union Square Ventures investments. Typically he leads two to three startup deals per year for the New York-based VC firm. But this year, Wilson hasn't led a single deal, Fortune's Dan Primack reports. "When asked what has changed in 2012, he didn't really provide an answer," Primack writes. Show More Summary
Last week, we took a tour of BuzzFeed and interviewed its co-founder and CEO, Jonah Peretti, and Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. The full story will run later this week. In the meantime, there was one mystery Peretti solved for us while we were there. Show More Summary
When Union Square Ventures invested in Dwolla we were excited about the team’s approach to payments. But there was a big limitation which made initial use of Dwolla a bit daunting: you had to have a funded Dwolla account which could take several days to set up. Show More Summary
Union Square Ventures is a thesis driven firm. We don't really invest in the consumer web, networks, mobile, the cloud, or any specific technology. We invest in the disruption of the global economy caused by the increasing liquidity of information...
In a widely-read blog post from over the weekend, Fred Wilson, a Union Square Ventures partner and investor in Zynga and Twitter, said that investment in consumer Internet startups is down for three reasons. "The consumer web has matured."...Show More Summary
Union Square Ventures founder Fred Wilson addresses the slowdown in VC investments in consumer Internet companies on his blog, A VC. His post is entitled "What Has Changed." As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies, I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. Show More Summary
The Wall Street Journal on Sunday spotlighted the acclaimed new New York private school Avenues for its use of technology in the classroom, and Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger was quick to respond. His three kids attend the school, and each are equipped with an iPad and MacBook Air. Show More Summary
General Motors and Isuzu have officially stitched together 1.5 million Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engines. The joint venture between the two manufacturers started in 1998, and now the DMAX plant employs 517 workers in a 584,000 square-foot facility. Show More Summary
Not only is Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson the godfather of the New York startup scene, he also loves music. So who better than this self-proclaimed music nut to talk about the future of music, technology, and how companies...
Another day, another milestone for Square. On the heels of the company’s most recently announced new projects and ventures in the retail arena, Square is also revealing some new information about the remarkable growth of the company. Based on this week’s latest revelation, Square is now processing $10 billion in annual mobile payment transactions. If [...]
Let’s face it: Guy Fieri had it coming. His new Times Square venture was unceremoniously skewered, butchered and charred beyond recognition by restaurant critic Pete Wells in an awe-inspiring New York Times article that has ricocheted around the internet faster than a minute steak. Show More Summary
The landgrab among Square-influenced mobile payment companies in Europe continues apace: in today's development, SumUp -- which launched in August with more than $20 million in backing from b-to-v Partners, Shortcut Ventures, Tengelmann...Show More Summary
Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson shed some light on his investment strategy and his thoughts on how startups can succeed at Advertising Week New York Wednesday. Wilson said that he and his firm pay close attention to a startup's social-media presence and how it's performing. Show More Summary
The Union Square Ventures VC revealed areas where digital media start-ups can improve and why you shouldn't have to be a millionaire to invest in a start-up. Fred Wilson likes to call his first venture firm, Flatiron Partners, his “Web...Show More Summary
Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen says he doesn’t ever want to IPO or sell Kickstarter. He wants to build a company that lasts for generations and stays small. At the same time, his company is funded by VC’s like Union Square Ventures, Betaworks, and others, as well as by numerous angels. Both AllThingsD and GigaOm published [...]
Earlier this morning, Union Square Ventures Principal Fred Wilson revealed via Twitter that his family will most likely be homeless for the next month or two because of Hurricane Sandy's heavy flooding. Wilson, an early investor in successful...Show More Summary
As part of an open online course on entrepreneurship in education, Union Square Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson talks about the role of venture capital, potential business models in ed tech and a few areas that are most ripe for innovation.
Corbin and King have pulled off a brilliant coup with classic brasserie fare at a famous Chelsea site Hot Ticket LAST UPDATED AT 12:47 ON Tue 23 Oct 2012 What you need to know Colbert is a new dining venture from Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the duo behind The Wolseley, The Delauney, and the recently opened Brasserie Zedel. Show More Summary
A couple of years ago Shapeways was a tiny company based in the Netherlands with a big idea: providing 3D printing as an on demand service and marketplace. Following an investment from Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures the company relocated to New York City (and recently raised more money including from new investor Lux Capital). Show More Summary