Union Square Ventures

  • The “Instagram for doctors” just raised a fresh $10 million

    The “Instagram for doctors” just raised a fresh $10 million

    Figure 1 isn’t for the squeamish, but investors apparently love it. The company, a kind of social network where more than a million healthcare professionals can view rare conditions, learn about novel treatments and even teach cases, has just raised $10 million in Series B funding. Kensington Capital Partners led the round in Figure 1, which has also been called the Instagram for doctors. Read More

  • Chat app Kik takes on Facebook with developer ecosystem built on the blockchain

    Chat app Kik takes on Facebook with developer ecosystem built on the blockchain

    There’s been much talk of ICOs — initial coin offerings — amid the rising value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. Now the industry is about to see its first ‘big name’ move into the space after Kik announced plans to introduce its own cryptocurrency via a token sale. Messaging app Kik is particular popular among teens and young people in… Read More

  • 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

  • Numerai is a crowdsourced hedge fund for machine learning experts

    Numerai is a crowdsourced hedge fund for machine learning experts

    Richard Craib believes that some of the best stock pickers aren’t on Wall Street. The former hedge funder came to the realization that tech’s machine learning experts may be able to build better predictive models than those with finance backgrounds. Craib carried this thesis forward when he launched Numerai last year, a crowdsourced hedge fund. The startup hopes to attract the best… Read More

  • DroneBase raises from Union Square to pay any pilot for aerial footage

    DroneBase raises from Union Square to pay any pilot for aerial footage

    That drone in your closet could earn you some money thanks to DroneBase, a startup that delivers aerial data and footage to business clients. DroneBase’s new Pilot Program lets drone owners find gigs nearby where they can fly 10-minute missions, upload the assets and get paid if a DroneBase client wants to buy the info. By connecting idle pilots with needy businesses, DroneBase can… Read More

  • On-demand birth control delivery startup Nurx raises $5.3 million from Union Square Ventures

    On-demand birth control delivery startup Nurx raises $5.3 million from Union Square Ventures

    Out of the pill? Nurx is a web platform delivering birth control in less than a couple of hours, and it just raised $5.3 million in Series A financing from Union Square Ventures. The startup launched in 2014 to bridge the gap between running out of birth control and waiting to get a new prescription. It added delivery of PrEP, an anti-HIV medication, to its services earlier this year and… Read More

  • Union Square Ventures endorses Hillary Clinton

    Union Square Ventures endorses Hillary Clinton

    In a blog post this morning, Union Square Ventures formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. This marks the first time that the 13-year-old fund has endorsed a candidate in a presidential election. In the brief 375 word statement, the firm addressed both the risks of a Trump presidency and the qualities that would make Clinton ideal for the job. Collectively… Read More

  • Underrepresented founders: apply now for Include Office Hours with USV

    Underrepresented founders: apply now for Include Office Hours with USV

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening in NYC on September 27! Albert Wenger and Andy Weissman of Union Square Ventures will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. The Office… Read More

  • USV’s Albert Wenger on converting our attitude on automation from foe to friend Crunch Network

    USV’s Albert Wenger on converting our attitude on automation from foe to friend

    The zero marginal cost of information is turning everything upside down. Albert Wenger, Partner at Union Square Ventures asserts in our latest interview, “We are just at the beginning of this inversion.” Although the changes this inversion is bringing to many associated industries like traditional publishers, crowdfunding sites, and biotech companies are still in their infancy… Read More

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