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
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 […]
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..."
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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
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
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 […]
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
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 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