Union Square Ventures

  • Sequoia, Accel, And Union Square Top SecondMarket’s New VC Scoreboard

    Sequoia, Accel, And Union Square Top SecondMarket’s New VC Scoreboard

    Demand for private company shares declined in the second quarter versus the first quarter but was up sharply year-over-year, according to a new report released today by SecondMarket. The market for private company stock saw $112 million in transactions last quarter, versus $156 million in the first quarter, or down 39 percent sequentially. On an annual basis, however, it was up 120 percent… Read More

  • Fred Wilson More Or Less Confirms Twitter Stock Sale, Says Secondary Sales Often "Prudent"

    To kick off TechCrunch Disrupt today in New York, Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview investor Fred Wilson, of Union Square Ventures. For background, Wilson was early investor in Twitter, Zynga, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Etsy and is also a prolific blogger. Wilson sort of revealed that Union Square Ventures has sold some of its stock in Twitter. When Schonfeld asked if he sold stock… Read More

  • Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    In Silicon Valley it’s not just who you invest in that matters– it’s also when you invest in them. The earlier the investment, the riskier the bet. But the more jawdropping the returns if the company hits it big. It’s so lopsided, that typically just 5% of those unsure early bets create some 95% of the entire venture industry’s returns. Miss one of them, and it… Read More

  • Fred Wilson Rapid Fire Questions

    (Founder Stories) Fred Wilson, The Full Interview

    What was the best business decision VC Fred Wilson ever made? What was the worst? What part of his job does he dislike the most? The answers might surprise you. In the video above, Wilson answers some rapid fire questions (delivered in a not-so-rapid fashion) from Founder Stories host Chris Dixon. The clip is an outtake from the interviews segments we ran a week ago, in which Wilson talks… Read More

  • Fred Wilson on Going After New Opportunities

    (Founder Stories) Fred Wilson Explains Why He Wouldn't Invest In Groupon Or Pandora

    Few VCs have a hotter hand right now than Fred Wilson. His firm, Union Square Ventures, is an investor in Twitter, Zynga, Foursquare, Tumblr, Etsy, Clickable, and more . In this episode of Founder Stories, he talks to host Chris Dixon about Union Square’s investment thesis has changed from going after all web apps to companies that are “building a large networks of engaged… Read More

  • Fred Wilson on Frothy Valuations

    (Founder Stories) Fred Wilson On Frothy Valuations

    With acquisition feelers out to Twitter for a reported $8 billion to $10 billion, bubble talk is once again the topic of discussion. It’s a recurring theme, and on this episode of Founder Stories venture capitalist Fred Wilson talks to Chris Dixon about the frothy valuations in Techland. Wilson is careful not to use the word “bubble,” but this is familiar ground for him. He… Read More

  • Union Square's New $165 Million Fund Is All About Growing With The Network

    Back in December, we spotted an SEC filing indicating that Union Square Ventures was raising between $135 million and $200 million for a new “Opportunity Fund.” The offering wasn’t complete and the firm could not discuss it, but today partner Fred Wilson explains in a post what the new fund (which ended up being a $165 million fund) is all about. The fund is not about… Read More

  • Union Square Ventures Is Raising A New $200 Million Opportunity Fund

    Union Square Ventures is raising $200 million for a new fund called the Union Square Ventures Opportunity Fund LP. According to an SEC filing, the VC firm already raised $135 million for the fund from 19 investors. The last time Union Square raised money was for its $156 million Union Square Ventures 2008 LP fund. Union Square Ventures is the leading early stage VC firm in New York City led… Read More

  • Zemanta Raises $3 Million From Union Square, Eden, To Help You "Blog Smarter"

    Exclusive – Zemanta, which assists bloggers by providing tips, suggesting content and helping them promote their contributions to the world, has recently secured its largest venture capital round to date. Previous investors Union Square Ventures and Eden Ventures have injected another $3 million into the European startup, bringing its total of capital raised since its inception to roughly… Read More

  • Index Ventures Buys Into Etsy, Triples Valuation To Nearly $300 Million

    Index Ventures Buys Into Etsy, Triples Valuation To Nearly $300 Million

    Crafty commerce site Etsy just raised another $20 million in its fifth venture round (that would be the Series E). Index Ventures is the new investor leading the round, with partner Danny Rimer getting an observer’s seat on the board. (The board is made up of founder Rob Kalin, Caterina Fake, Accel partner Jim Breyer and Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson). Previous… Read More

  • Patent Trolling Doesn't Pay: Intellectual Ventures Shows A Negative 73 Percent Return

    Patent Trolling Doesn't Pay: Intellectual Ventures Shows A Negative 73 Percent Return

    You can always count on Hunch founder Chris Dixon for interesting Tweets.  He just sent out this one: turns out patent trolling might not pay. Intellectual Ventures has negative 78% return.http://bit.ly/bSfamC The link is a PDf download of a document from the University of Texas Management Company listing all of its private investments in venture funds and private equity funds, along with… Read More