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Commencement

I looked up the definition of the word commencement and it includes starting something and also the conferring of diplomas. Those seem like two different things. The start of something and the

Video Of The Week: Dieter Shirley and Non Fungible Tokens

Non Fungible Tokens (or NFTs) are one of the most interesting things to emerge in the blockchain sector in the last year. Dieter Shirley came up with the ERC721 spec and the name and I talked to him

Funding Friday: The Bottery

I like 3D printing and I like ceramics. So when I saw this project on Kickstarter this morning, I backed it instantly.

GDPR Is Upon Us

As we all know from the flood of emails coming into our inboxes explaining that privacy policies have changed and more, the dawn of the GDPR era is upon us. Technically companies have until tomorrow,

Measuring and Boosting Engineering Velocity

I have been recommending our portfolio company Code Climate‘s relatively new Velocity product in most of my recent Board meetings. I hear from management teams again and again that they want to

Paying Your Dues

I was watching last night’s game between the Celtics and the Cavs and I was thinking about the fantastic young players the Celtics have on that team, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and

CryptoTwitter

Last week, I was asked this question on Twitter: Crypto Twitter — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) May 14, 2018 But if you want to read CryptoTwitter, what is the best way to do that? I have curated a bunch

The Finance To Value Framework

There are two major failure modes in startups. The first common failure mode is the thing you make doesn’t get adopted. That’s called not finding product market fit in startup lingo. The second common

Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk. Steven has this wonderful quality
Funding Friday: Food Security for Puerto Rico

Funding Friday: Food Security for Puerto Rico

An AVC community member sent me to this GoFundMe project last weekend and I backed it. They are raising $20k to build two hydroponic vertical tower farms in two communities in Puerto Rico. A tower
What’s Going On?

What’s Going On?

A lot, to be honest. It’s Crypto Week in NYC this week. The last two weeks have been a blur, with so many things happening that I can’t keep up or write about all of them. But, here are a few 1/ The

The Maturation Of A Market

Yesterday’s announcement that our portfolio company Coinbase is launching a suite of institutional products for the crypto market made me step back and think about the evolution of their institutional

Off Grid Crypto Transactions

One of the benefits of decentralization is that you can build “censorship-resistant” applications. The best example of that is Bitcoin, a store and transfer of value system that governments can’t

Having A Foot In Both Camps

At our annual CEO Summit, which took place last week, we kick things off going around the room with each attendee (there are over seventy at this point) mentioning something they are struggling with

Happy Mothers Day

It is a bit strange that we set aside one day a year to honor Mom and motherhood because where I sit it is something we need to honor every hour of every day. Motherhood is one of the most beautiful

Video Of The Week: Vitalik’s Talk At Edcon

One of the most important questions in crypto land right now is “whither Ethereum?” To get a sense of the answer to that question, it helps to listen to the important speeches Vitalik gives. This one,

Funding Friday: The Shot That Made Me

I backed this photography project earlier this week. It looks like it may not get funded but that’s a shame because it is a great project.

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

I’m running an advertisement here today. I’ve been Chairman of two public companies in my career and the leaders of those two companies sat down and talked yesterday. I enjoyed watching that very much
The Jetsons

The Jetsons

When I was a kid, two of my favorite cartoons were from Hanna-Barbera; The Flintsones and The Jetsons. I particularly loved The Jetsons. From Wikipedia: the Jetsons live in a comical version of the

Subscribing To AVC Via Email

About a month ago I put all of AVC traffic behind “https.” This is something you can do with one click of a button if you are behind Cloudflare, as AVC is. I should have done this a long time ago, but