Fred Wilson

  • A year after its launch, Tech:NYC has become a force in New York politics

    A year after its launch, Tech:NYC has become a force in New York politics

    It’s been a little over a year since Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong appeared onstage at Disrupt in New York to launch Tech:NYC. The two titans of New York City’s tech scene were angling to create a new organization that would speak out for the interests of the tech industry in both city and state government while planting a flag for New York’s place at the forefront of… Read More

  • Etsy names Josh Silverman as its new CEO

    Etsy names Josh Silverman as its new CEO

    There’s been a shakeup in Etsy’s leadership, with CEO Chad Dickerson and CTO John Allspaw departing. Josh Silverman, the former Skype and Evite CEO who joined Etsy’s board last fall, is taking over as CEO, while VP of Engineering Mike Brittain will serve as interim CTO. Read More

  • 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