E523: Renowned VC Fred Wilson shares insights on his stars (Twitter, Kickstarter, Tumblr), our economy, the future, & his own personality




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Today’s episode kicks off our 2015 LAUNCH Festival series in style! Jason sits down with Fred Wilson, Cofounder & Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures and one of the most renowned venture capitalists and bloggers in the country. A VC since 1986, Fred and Union Square Ventures have invested in countless stellar startups, such as Zynga, Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter, and Kickstarter. During his candid fireside chat with Jason, Fred reveals the common characteristics of good founders and good VCs (hint: care more about the company than the investment), why he still owns stock in Zynga, what makes Kickstarter special, why Tumblr sold to Yahoo!, USV’s current investment focus, startup ecosystems, the best entrepreneur on the planet, his own strengths & weaknesses, what he’s learned from his kids, and so much more.

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  • Love your interviews Jason. But please get some new intro music. You’re professional. There’s a disconnect. G

  • Excellent interview. I share Fred’s surprise that more directors and musicians aren’t using Kickstarter instead of studios and labels. Industry practices change slowly, until they change rapidly. It will be nice when musicians can actually own their work and make a decent living from it and not have to support the lifestyles of record executives.

  • Daniel Taibleson

    Professional people don’t like hip-hop?

  • I feel that some do yes. Why?

  • Daniel Taibleson

    Well that’s a pretty subjective view….making a large sweeping generalization is something I try not to do.

    Not to mention the intro was the one thing that hooked me the first time I saw one of Jason’s videos. I don’t know what your definition of “professional” is, but it appears that whatever Jason is doing works for him.

  • ??? I think some people do like hip-hop. I think that’s a fact that people like hip-hop actually. Why wouldn’t they? I have no idea what you’re implying. I like hip-hop. In case you didn’t read my comment, I never said “Professional people don’t like hip-hop”. lol. I said the intro was jarring and could be more professional. As in, there is a disconnect from the intro to the context.

  • so you’re saying no likes hip hop? Hm.