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In New York VC, Two Women Make History As First Female General Partners

Hayley Barna will take the role of general partner at First Round Capital, while Rebecca Kaden has moved from the west coast back to New York as the first female partner at Union Square Ventures.

Beginning skaters venture out on the ice at Union Square Rink in SF

Maja and Maya Masagca, ages 5 and 9, respectively, stretched their feet out as an instructor tightened the laces on their ice skates. “I just want to make it nice and snug for you,” one of the coaches said to the girls as Maja’s pigtails swayed slightly in the morning breeze. Serious skaters in the Bay Area are few and far between. Show More Summary

Rebecca Kaden: New Partner at USV

Last week was a big week for us at Union Square Ventures. We had the MongoDB IPO on Thursday and on Friday Rebecca Kaden announced that she has joined USV as a partner. Rebecca is a New Yorker and after nearly a decade on the West Coast, she is looking forward to coming back here. Show More Summary

LISTEN: We’re Entering the Knowledge Age, But Making It All About Money Is A Mistake

On this edition of The Bottom Line podcast, Rick Wartzman talks to Union Square Ventures’ Albert Wenger. An intractable political divide. Climate change. The nuclear threat from North Korea. Read Full Story

Spotify acquired blockchain startup Mediachain

Spotify has announced that it has acquired blockchain startup Mediachain for an undisclosed amount. The New York-based startup raised $1.5 million from venture capitalists Andreesen-Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, according to Crunchbase. The...Show More Summary

Time to Explore Alternative Ownership Structures for Network Effects Businesses including Twitter

At Union Square Ventures, network effects have been central to our investment thesis for a decade. From an investor perspective network effects are one of the few, possibly the only, source of sustainable competitive advantage in a world where almost everything else can be copied quickly. Show More Summary

Fred Wilson: Getting Human Resources Right

Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson shares his advice for avoiding an HR nightmare like Uber has experienced in the past week.

Top Hat raises $22.5 million for digital platform that replaces pricey college textbooks

9 months agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Cloud-based teaching platform Top Hat has raised $22.5 million in a Series C funding round from Union Square Ventures, in addition to existing investors Emergence Capital, Georgian Partners, iNovia Capital, Golden Venture Partners, Version One Ventures, and SoftTech VC. Founded out of Toronto in 2009, Top Hat provides interactive software that helps educators create and […]

USV invests in a public company, Tucows, for the first time

10 months agoTechnology : Venture Beat

New York City-based VC firm Union Square Ventures (USV) announced today that it has invested in Tucows, a 23-year-old company that has been publicly traded for over 15 years. It is currently trading on the Nasdaq at $48.30 per share. In a blog post authored by partner Brad Burnham, USV said it had made a substantial […]

Tucows

Reblogging from USV.com today: Union Square Ventures has made a substantial investment in Tucows, a 23 year old company company that has been publicly traded for over 15 years. Since we have never before invested in a public company, that requires a bit of an explanation. All of us at USV feel fortunate to have […]

Fred Wilson: Make America Hate Again

The founder of Union Square Ventures is done being quiet, and wants you to join him.

Funding Circle raises $100 million to grow its P2P lending platform for SMEs

10 months agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Funding Circle has raised £82 million ($100 million) in an equity funding round led by Accel, with participation from existing investors, including Union Square Ventures, Baillie Gifford, Index Ventures, DST Global, Ribbit Capital, Rocket Internet, Sands Capital Ventures, and Temasek. Show More Summary

What Is Going to Happen in 2017, According to a Famous VC

11 months agoTechnology : The Goods

President of Union Square Ventures, Fred Wilson, shares his predictions and expectations for the year ahead in venture capital and startups.

A 27-year-old raised $10 million from venture capitalists for an unusual hedge fund

A 27-year-old has raised $10 million for an unusual hedge fund — with the support of venture capitalists like Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. The 27-year-old in question is Olaf Carlson-Wee, and he's launching a strategy...Show More Summary

Open-source P2P marketplace OpenBazaar raises new $3M seed round

OB1, the development company behind open-source P2P marketplace OpenBazaar, has raised $3 million in a new seed round backed by BlueYard, Union Square Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz. Launched in April this year, OpenBazaar provides...Show More Summary

Cryptocurrency fund Polychain Capital raises $10M from Andreessen Horowitz & Union Square

New cryptocurrency focused hedge fund Polychain Capital has raised $10 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. Run by former Coinbase employee Olaf Carlson-Wee, the fund has been set up to allow investors...Show More Summary

Andreessen Horowitz And Union Square Ventures Invest $10 Million In New Digital Assets Hedge Fund

The investment into Polychain Capital signals the view of players in the bitcoin and blockchain industry that multiple digital assets will flourish in the future and potentially disrupt the likes of Facebook, Twitter and other netwo...

What Does Trump Mean For Startups?

Union Square Ventures chiefFred Wilson has some thoughts on last night's election.

On-demand birth control delivery startup Nurx raises $5.3 million from Union Square Ventures

Out of the pill? Nurx is a web platform delivering birth control in under a couple hours and it just raised $3.5 million in Series A financing from Union Square Ventures. The startup launched in 2014 to bridge the gap between running out of birth control and waiting to get a new prescription. Show More Summary

Union Square Ventures Endorses Hillary Clinton

Fred Wilson's prominent venture fund strongly believes that 'a protest vote is a wasted vote.'

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