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Fred Wilson / A VC:
Why I'm Rooting For Google+   —  The day Google+ launched, I sent a friend at Google who was involved in building the service an email requesting an invite.  I got the invite late that day and started playing with the service.  Here's my profile.  I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it.
Jul 2, 2011, 11:05 AMIn context
Fred Wilson / A VC:
The Word Bubble   —  In all the posts over the past year or so outlining my thoughts on the financing and valuation environment in the internet sector, I've avoided using the word Bubble.  It is intentional.  For me Bubble will always be inexorably linked to what went down in 1999 and 2000 in the internet sector.
Apr 24, 2011, 11:35 AMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
The Opportunity Fund   —  We founded Union Square Ventures in 2003 to invest in the applications layer of the web.  Over the last seven years, we have refined that investment focus.  We now invest almost exclusively in Internet services that create large networks.  Some might think this focus is narrow.
Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Boxee   —  One of the big “aha moments” for me in the past couple years came when I hooked up a Mac Mini to a large display in our family room in the spring of 2007.  Slowly but surely, our family started using the Mac Mini instead of the cable set-top box and the DVD player.
Nov 18, 2008, 11:25 AMIn context
Fred Wilson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Learning To Live With Less: Constraints, Rules And Web Startups   —  I believe web services benefit from doing less, not more.  I believe that allowing the users to stitch web apps together to get increased functionality is better than a web service trying to do everything for everyone.
Aug 17, 2008, 11:20 AMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Disqus   —  We are in the middle of a disruptive change in the media landscape brought on by two-way interactive media.  No longer do we simply rely on the New York Times for national news, Dow Jones or Bloomberg for business news, Ziff Davis for technology information, or Entertainment Tonight for the comings and goings in Hollywood.
Mar 18, 2008, 4:35 PMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail   —  In my last post on failure rates in early stage venture capital, I made the point that every portfolio is going to have failures.  I've made 32 direct investments (the deals I've sourced, led, and managed myself) over the past 17 years.
Nov 30, 2007, 12:05 PMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Failure Rates In Early Stage Venture Deals   —  My friend Jeff Jarvis invited me to talk to his class yesterday.  Jeff is doing something really cool.  He's teaching graduate students in journalism school how to be entrepreneurs.  So these students graduate with the understanding …
Nov 29, 2007, 4:25 PMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Twitter   —  The Internet is largely a communications medium.  It's also used for content distribution, commerce, and a number of other things.  But the thing I do most on the Internet is communicate.  Via email, Skype, instant messaging, blogging, commenting, and twittering.  It makes sense.
Jul 26, 2007, 9:10 PMIn context
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Etsy   —  When it comes to online commerce, we are big fans of community and marketplaces.  In the age of “search for the lowest price” retailing, there are few differentiating features that can deliver a sustainable advantage in online commerce.  —  We have not found anything …
Jun 6, 2006, 9:30 PMIn context

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