Fred Wilson

  • Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong say policy matters for New York’s tech growth

    Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong say policy matters for New York’s tech growth

    Against a backdrop of a New York investment scene that’s been long on promise and press and somewhat lacking in terms of exits, tech icons Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures, and Tim Armstrong, (my boss’ boss’ boss) chief executive of AOL, have come together to launch Tech:NYC, a new lobbying group for the technology community in New York. While Wilson conceded… Read More

  • What bubble? USV’s Fred Wilson says the future of tech investing remains strong

    What bubble? USV’s Fred Wilson says the future of tech investing remains strong

    While many people in the venture community bemoan the near-term fate of the industry, Fred Wilson, the co-founder of Union Square Ventures and one of the architects of the resurgence of New York’s technology sector, expressed nothing but confidence in the state of the industry and its prospects for the future. Read More

  • Fred Wilson to rep New York at Disrupt NY in May

    Fred Wilson to rep New York at Disrupt NY in May

    Fred Wilson is a name that needs no introduction, but we’re going to do it anyway. TechCrunch is excited to announce that Fred Wilson will be speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, which goes down May 9 through May 11, in a fireside chat. Read More

  • Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    New European legislation which threatens net neutrality is set to go before the EU Parliament Tuesday. The EU is planning new rules it claims will ‘protect’ Net neutrality, but a leading legal expert says it will in fact do the exact opposite. Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick, also Director of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, has collated signatures from… Read More

  • Two Lies And A Truth About “The Bubble” Crunch Network

    Two Lies And A Truth About “The Bubble”

    There has been a lot of discussion about startup valuation over the past few months. Luminaries across the industry have chimed in, suggesting we’re returning to a time of irrational investment valuations hearkening back to the bubble of the late 90s. My colleagues and I at Sapphire Ventures are seeing the rise in private market valuations firsthand. The stage at which we invest, the… Read More

  • Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan Crunch Network

    Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan

    When it comes to raising money in the U.S., corporate venture capital is seemingly synonymous with “Plan C.” If you can’t raise money from top-tier firms, you move on to Plan B, second-tier firms. If that fails, Plan C is corporate. There are exceptions, but corporate does tend to be the last resort: The place you go when your company has been shopped, or your valuation is… Read More

  • Should On-Demand Startups Share More Data To Quell Legal Fears? Ron Conway, Fred Wilson Weigh In

    Should On-Demand Startups Share More Data To Quell Legal Fears? Ron Conway, Fred Wilson Weigh In

    As the technology business becomes more mainstream, tackling more legacy and non-tech problems, we’re seeing the tech industry look for better ways to engage with the communities they are potentially disrupting but also shaping in equal measure. Today, to kick off Disrupt NY, we brought Ron Conway and Fred Wilson — two titans of the startup, technology and investment worlds —… Read More

  • We Need Your Disrupt NY Battlefield Submissions Right Now!

    We Need Your Disrupt NY Battlefield Submissions Right Now!

    Disrupt NY will be here in no time, and you know what that means. You should probably get started on Disrupt NY Battlefield applications. We’re about to close submissions so we want you to be able to get your application in ASAP. For those of you who don’t yet know, the Startup Battlefield is a world-renowned startup competition. It’s like the Gymnastics portion of the… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Moguls Push For Campaign Finance Reform

    Silicon Valley Moguls Push For Campaign Finance Reform

    When it comes to big money in politics, a group of tech magnates is fighting fire with fire — or super PAC with super PAC — according to a report from Reuters. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman have joined forces with the super PAC MayDay, which aims to reduce the influence… Read More