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Some of tech's biggest investors are funding a police-proof marketplace that lets you sell literally anything

Two of tech's biggest venture capital funds, Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, are investing $1 million into OpenBazaar, a wildly ambitious bitcoin startup that aims to create a decentralised, police-proof online marketplace where users can sell literally anything using bitcoin. Show More Summary

100M users strong, Duolingo raises $45M led by Google at a $470M valuation to grow language-learning platform

Duolingo, the popular crowdsourced text translation tool, today announced that it has closed a $45 million round led by Google Capital at a valuation of $470 million. Previous investors Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also joined in this new round. This figure more than doubles the $38.3 million […]

ETSY Crashes Over 55% From Highs, Breaks Below IPO Price

It appears investors in ETSY just barely missed out on its 30 day IPO-back guarantee... And here are the analysts covering this super-stock... Which, as Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson explains, confirms "public markets are doing a very good job of valuing public companies... and private markets need to be ratcheted back..."

APIs Drive the Emergence of the No Stack Startup

Thanks to APIs, a new generation of startups that are built almost entirely on third-party APIs is emerging. Dubbed "No Stack Startups" by venture capitalist Andy Weissman of Union Square Ventures, these nascent companies "focus on the...Show More Summary

How Etsy IPO enriches Blackstone's Stephen Schwarzman, of all people

Etsy went public today and its stock immediately more than doubled out of the gate. This makes a lot of people happy, including Fred Wilson’s Union Square Ventures, which sold $14 million worth... To view the full story, click the title link.

Legendary investor Fred Wilson: Here's how much money a startup needs to raise

Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson has one simple principle when it comes to how much money startups should raise: less is more. Mark Suster, a partner at Los Angeles-based VC firm Upfront Ventures, interviewed Wilson about how muchShow More Summary

Is Net Neutrality A Good Thing? A Conversation With Union Square Ventures’ Nick Grossman

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The idea to preserve net neutrality and the “open Internet” was a hotly contested issue, and, judging from the rhetoric in the blogo-twitter-sphere, there was very little room for error.

On "Instagrams For Doctors," Gross-Out Photos With A Dose Of Privacy Concerns

There's never been a better time to launch Instagram- and YouTube-inspired services for doctors. Late last year, venture capital megafirm Union Square Partners made an investment that was a bit unusual: They led a $4 million funding round for a startup targeting the medical industry. Show More Summary

Legal Tech Startup Casetext Raises $7 Million Series A Round Led By Union Square Ventures

Casetext, a Y Combinator-backed legal tech startup that is both a community site for attorneys to share knowledge and a service that gives users free access to legal texts annotated by attorneys, today announced that it has raised a $7 million Series A round led by Union Square Ventures. Show More Summary

Undoing Incumbent Marketplaces: Lowering the Take Rate

A big part of our investing at Union Square Ventures is to find businesses that have network effects. Marketplaces fit with that because participating in a marketplace tends to become more valuable as the marketplace grows (that’s assuming the marketplace does a good job spreading liquidity among participants). Show More Summary

The Most Important Startup Trend

It's fascinating to understand what trends interest the best startup investors. This year there are some overlapping themes as articulated by firms like Andreessen Horowitz or Union Square Ventures or First Round Capital. There is good...Show More Summary

Fred Wilson on 2015: Xiaomi hot, Apple Watch not

F red Wilson says the Apple Watch won't live up to the hype, but Asia sure will. Wilson, the Union Square Ventures partner and New York's most prominent tech investor, sees a down year for the so-called wearable technology movement,Show More Summary

Everyone should listen to Fred Wilson

6 months agoTechnology : Gigaom

Union Square Venture's Fred Wilson dropped a one liner in his What Is Going To Happen in 2015 blog post that bears repeating: The enterprise/saas sector will shine in 2015 with…

The Apple Watch Is Going To Be A Flop, Says Top Startup Investor (AAPL)

Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson is known for having backed huge companies like Twitter, Zynga, and Indeed at very early stages. Today, he posted a series of predictions for 2015. One of them is that Apple's first new product line in years, the Apple Watch, is going to be a flop. Show More Summary

The 'Social Media Phase Of The Internet' Ended In 2014

Fred Wilson says " the social media phase of the Internet ended" in 2014. Wilson, perhaps more than any other venture capitalist, spotted the emergence of social media early and profited from it. His firm, Union Square Ventures, invested early in Twitter, Tumblr, Zynga, Foursquare, and a few others. Show More Summary

VC Fred Wilson at LeWeb says Uber’s “ruthless execution” and “swagger” are key to it success

Speaking on stage at Le Web 2014 in Paris, Fred Wilson, a partner at Union Square Ventures, said that controversies surrounding Uber aren’t surprising because they are the result of the same attitude that has driven the company to a $40 billion valuation. “When I think about Uber as a company, I think about an […]

This Investor Thinks Bitcoin Will Change EVERYTHING — Not Just Finance

Bitcoin will change a lot more than finance. It could also change how software is built and upend a bunch of today's biggest web companies, argues Joel Monegro of Union Square Ventures. His argument starts with the block chain, the shared ledger where every Bitcoin transaction is recorded. Show More Summary

Andreessen: High burn rates risk more than just running out of cash

9 months agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Earlier this month, Benchmark’s Bill Gurley and Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson weighed in on the biggest red flag in Silicon Valley. Surprisingly, it wasn’t rising valuations that had the two venture luminaries worried, but swelling...Show More Summary

Another Super Smart Investor Warns That Tech Startups Are Burning Too Much Money

Another venture capitalist is warning that startups are burning too much money. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures says burn rates are "sky high all over the US startup sector right now." The burn rate is the amount of money the company is losing. Show More Summary

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