About / Fred Wilson

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 children and lives in New York City.



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Funding Friday: Token Filings

Public market investors who like to buy into IPOs have Edgar , a database of SEC filings that they can browse through to learn important information on upcoming IPOs.

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Coindexter

Our former USV colleague Jonathan Libov finally took the covers off a side project he’s been working on since he was at USV.

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USV Team Posts

If you are reading this blog via email, you are missing out on a great new feature.

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Succession Planning In Partnerships

I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents . I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholders; the investors, the partners, the employees, the portfolio companies. Everyone worries about what might change under new leadership.

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SegWit2x vs UASF

Bloomberg has a good piece on the struggle between the Bitcoin core developers and the leading miners on how to best scale Bitcoin.

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Easy Come, Easy Go

I saw a friend last night who has been trading fiat currencies for thirty years. He looked at the Bitcoin chart and said “I would be worried about Bitcoin if I were you.”

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Video Of The Week: Richard Craib: Numerai

In this episode of This Week In Startups, Jason Calacanis talks to Richard Craib , founder of our portfolio company Numerai .

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Funding Friday: The Other Music Documentary

Other Music was an iconic record store in Greenwich Village in NYC. It closed last year.

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Clarifai Mobile SDK – Machine Learning On The Phone

Our portfolio company Clarifai introduced something exciting yesterday .

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Net Neutrality Day Of Action

Today, July 12th, is the Net Neutrality Day Of Action .

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Podcast To Listen To: Ayah Bdeir on Positively Gotham Gal

Ayah Bdeir is one of the most impressive entrepreneurs I have come across in the last ten years. The Gotham Gal invested in the Little Bits seed round in 2011 and we have watched her build that company over the past six years. In this podcast Joanne and Ayah talk about the early days of Little Bits and the power of people believing in the vision early on.

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A Visit To Crypto Valley

I blogged about Crypto Valley yesterday (aka Zug Switzerland).

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Jurisdictional Competition

The economist Paul Romer introduced me to the idea of jurisdictional competition about ten years ago and I’ve been fascinated with it since. His TED Talk about charter cities from 2009 is a good primer on the concept.

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Video Of The Week: IPFS and Filecoin

Our portfolio company Protocol Labs built IPFS and will now launch a token for decentralized storage called Filecoin .

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Feature Friday: Make Your Own Moment

Twitter Moments initially launched as a consume only service. But at some point, I’m not sure exactly when, Moments was opened up and anyone can create one now.

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Startup Truths: Users Will Determine How Your Product Is Used

one of the truths of successful startups. the thing you set out to make is not usually what you end up making.

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Working Across Many Time Zones

I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours time zone were challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up.

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Happy Birthday America

For many Americans, this one included, the last eight months have been hard. We are not showing the world the side of our country that we love and are proud of. We are showing the world the side of our country that embarrasses us.

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My Very Own Rare Pepe

I’ve written about Rare Pepe a bit here at AVC. I am fascinated by the combination of trading cards, internet memes, and crypto assets that Rare Pepe represents.

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Video Of The Week: Purpose, Mission, Strategy

Last month my colleague Nick Grossman gave a really great talk at The Next Web in Amsterdam. In it, he talks about the important of purpose, mission, and strategy and how to connect them in your company. And he shares a lot of great examples from our portfolio in his talk.

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Funding Friday: Kickstarter Gold

Our portfolio company Kickstarter launched something cool a couple weeks ago. It is called Kickstarter Gold :

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Flip

Last year our niece decided to move about half way through her lease and ended up having to Airbnb her apartment for six months until she got out of her lease.

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Bearing Witness

Yesterday afternoon I spent a couple hours sitting on the stage at the high school graduation ceremony for the Academy For Software Engineering .

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Putting Harassment On The Table Vs Under The Table

A lot has been written in the last week about the way the tech sector treats sexual harassment and a lot of suggestions have been made.

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The Selloff

My oldest daughter Jessica send me a message last night “what’s going on with Ethereum?”. I told her it was a selloff. I said that people who had made a ton of money in the run up over the last six months were taking profits and I thought it could go on for a while. She said she was going to buy some more. I told her that was fine, but if I was going to buy, I would buy a little bit every week and not a whole bunch right now. As I have said on this blog so many times, I am a fan of dollar cost averaging and building a position over time, sometimes a long time.

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Doing The Heavy Lifting

Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner from their firm join the Board of the company.

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Video Of The Week: Unpacking Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Token Sales

It’s a travel day for me. We are flying back home today after four weeks away.

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Fun Friday: Let’s Play GM

So you are Phil Jackson and you’ve got the eighth pick in yesterday’s NBA Draft.

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