The venture capital firm that placed early bets on social-media powerhouses Twitter Inc. and Tumblr Inc. is leaning on its success to raise a pair of new funds totaling $300 million.
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Twitter’s investors weren’t the only VC’s cashing in on the company’s IPO. Certainly general partners at Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Charles River Ventures celebrated their success in the deal. They were Twitter’s initial investors, and they made hundreds of millions of dollars on the IPO. Show More Summary
Count venture capitalist Fred Wilson among the tech elite with suggestions for fixing HealthCare.gov. Open-source the Obamacare website, says the dean of New York VCs. In a blog post earlier this week, Wilson, of Union Square Ventures,...Show More Summary
Union Square Ventures has a new home, and it's a dandy! :-) Down the left edge is a news flow that works more or less like Hacker News. Anyone can submit a link, upvote or comment. Comments are managed by Disqus, a USV company, btw (we also use Disqus here for comments). There are the usual three components to a post: title-link-description. Show More Summary
There's big money in football (or "soccer" as some TC readers like to say). And so it follows that there's money to be made in corresponding apps that let fans engross themselves with the beautiful game. To that end, Berlin-headquartered...Show More Summary
Wilson, the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, explains how managing people is a lot like managing technical systems. (That's good news for you, engineers.) I am an engineer, and so are most of the folks who work in technical operations. Show More Summary
Wilson, founder of Union Square Ventures, says every entrepreneur needs to "get technical." A few years ago, I was doing some sort of public speaking thing and during the Q&A, a young man asked me for advice for founders who aren't technical. Show More Summary
Running out of money is one sure way to kill a startup. But Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson suggests raising too much can also kill startups too. He's been in the venture game for multiple decades with a portfolio consisting of Tumblr, Foursquare, Kickstarter and Etsy. Show More Summary
Want to know what's really going on at your company? Ask a departing employee. Fred Wilson, founder of Union Square Ventures, says every CEO should conduct exit interviews. "I have learned more doing exit interviews than most other management techniques," Wilson wrote on his blog, AVC. Show More Summary
When Twitter goes public, a few investors will do very well. The New York Times sized up some financial documents and determined that Chris Sacca, Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital will all make more than $1 billion on their early Twitter investments. Show More Summary
Good morning! Here's the scoop: Some investors are positioned to make more than $1 billion when Twitter goes public: Chris Sacca, Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. Even Dick Costolo's initial $25,000 investment could be worth $10 million now. Show More Summary
The company's IPO filing is the most anticipated since Facebook's.
http://www.allthingsd.com/20130829/vhx-raises-3-million-more-for-its-sell-it-yourself-video-service/ New York-based direct film distribution platform VHX has raised $3.2 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, William Morris Endeavor and existing investors, reports AllThingsD. Show More Summary
New York-based direct film distribution platform VHX has raised $3.2 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, William Morris Endeavor and existing investors, reports AllThingsD. The company offers Louis CK-like direct distribution for film makers and standup comedians alike, and it’s biggest et so far was Aziz Ansari’s […]
One of the reasons I moved to Forward was to be in the vanguard of change for early stage company finance. Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger wrote a post yesterday about the disruption of venture capital which lists the changes afoot: Information about VCs on the internet. In the mid-1990s VCs began to [...]
I often talk to people about how the fundamental premise of our investing at Union Square Ventures is that the Internet is disrupting everything. Sometimes people ask whether that includes Venture Capital. I always answer: Of course it does! It would be more than a bit strange to assume otherwise. Show More Summary
Zynga founder Mark Pincus handed over his CEO position to former Xbox chief Don Mattrick yesterday. Union Square Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson, who owns a ton of Zynga shares, is optimistic about the change in management. InShow More Summary
Investment advice startup SigFig has raised a $15 million Series B round led by Union Square Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures, the company announced today. Prior investor DCM also participated. SigFig users upload information about their investment portfolios to get advice and recommendations about high fees and bad investments. Show More Summary
The New York tech scene, dubbed Silicon Alley, has gotten a lot of PR of late, with hot companies like MakerBot, Tumblr, Etsy and Foursquare and the high-profile venture firm Union Square Ventures. And yet it wasn’t until today thatShow More Summary