Union Square Ventures is a venture capital firm based in New York City. We are a small collegial partnership that manages $1B across six funds. Our portfolio companies create services that have the potential to fundamentally transform important markets.
Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. He started working in information technology with AT&T in 1979. Brad spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories in 1989 and joined AT&T Ventures in 1993. Brad co-founded TACODA in 2001 before joining Fred to create Union Square Ventures in 2003. Brad majored in political science at Wesleyan University. He is married with two kids and lives in New York City.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and an early hosted data analytics company. Albert graduated from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.
John Buttrick is a partner at Union Square Ventures, joining the firm in 2010. He began his career in 1985 as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris. He was a partner in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group from 1994-2000. From 2000-2004, John was a partner at LiveWire, a private equity group that acquired and managed back-office software companies. Between 2004 and 2010, he was involved in a number of start-up ventures in the US and Europe as an investor, director and consultant. He currently serves as Board Chair of Environmental Advocates of New York and Hirondelle USA. John majored in American Studies at Northwestern University and has a JD degree from Villanova University School of Law. John has lived in New York City most of his life.
Andy Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Andy began his career in the Internet at AOL in the mid-90s, then managed a series of venture funds with Dawntreader Ventures. Prior to joining USV, in 2007 he co-founded betaworks, which both created and invested in social, real-time applications and services. Andy was born in New York City and has a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Georgetown.
Nick is the General Manager for Policy and Outreach at USV. He works on public policy and regulatory issues that impact USV portfolio companies, open innovation the health of the web. Previously, he led an incubator for technology & media businesses at OpenPlans, which, among other things, pioneered the open311 web standard, founded the largest open source project in the public transit space, and built NYC’s real-time bus data platform.
Nick is also a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab and an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has a degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University and learned everything he knows about technology from people on the internet and by using view:source. He grew up in Brooklyn and now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two kids.
Brittany is the General Manager of the Union Square Ventures Network. Prior to Union Square Ventures, Brittany founded Incline, transitioning military veterans into technology jobs, and co-founded gtrot, a social travel recommendation engine. Previously, she worked at American Express. Brittany has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and International Business from New York University.
Brian has been a member of the investment team at Union Square Ventures since June 2012. Prior to Union Square Ventures, Brian worked at Gilt Groupe, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Trendrr, and Organizing for America.
Brian graduated from Columbia in 2012 with a B.S. in Engineering Management Systems, a degree that remixes traditional industrial engineering with economics and computer science.
Alexander joined the investment team at Union Square Ventures in early 2012. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in physics but spent his summers as a developer. As a hackNY fellow he worked for Vostu and Today’s Kicks. Previously, he worked on NETRA at the MIT Media Labs. Alexander loves hacking on side projects (such as FollowTheVote.org and MetroGnome) and blogs at fermi.vc.
Kerri has been with Union Square Ventures since its inception in 2003. She graduated with a degree in Studio Art from Queens College. Kerri handles bookkeeping, HR and LP relations for the firm.
Gillian joined Union Square Ventures in July of 2012. She holds a degree in Psychology from Michigan State University as well as a dual Master’s in Business and Public Administration from the Stuart School of Business in Chicago. After college Gillian moved to south India where she taught at a residential school for children. Prior to coming to USV Gillian lived in Chicago where she was involved in the tech start-up community and held various administrative and finance positions.
Lauren joined Union Square Ventures in May of 2014. She received an undergraduate degree in Finance from Siena College and a Master of Business Administration in 2012 from Union Graduate College. Previously, she held the position of Assistant Director of Operations for the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia University. Lauren lives in New York and also sits on the Junior Board for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund.