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Union Square Ventures

Union Square Ventures

Union Square Ventures is a venture capital firm in New York City which has backed companies such as Twitter, Foursquare and Zynga.

Union Square Ventures is a New York-based venture capital firm that focuses on companies which provide services that can potentially be transformative to major economic markets. It was founded in 2003 by Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham.

Product

The firm states that it invests in companies that seek to broaden the access to its services or products. The access can usually be broadened due to advancements in technology and by generating online platforms that can be accessed anywhere in the world. Industries in which Union Square Ventures works include healthcare, education technology, and digital assets.

The company announced plans to invest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies in 2018. It stated that it would not establish a separate fund for this venture and that it is planning to invest in these industries for the next ten years. In 2019, Union Square Ventures raised more than $428 billion for a new venture capital fund as well as an opportunity fund.

Union Square Ventures also has a networking group which aims to be a resource for direct peer introductions and access to cross-company management training.

Timeline

October 17, 2019
USV invests $10.5M in OB1.
December 28, 2018
USV Opportunity 2019, LP fund is announced on Dec 28, 2018 and raises a total of $250M.
2003
Union Square Ventures was founded by Fred Wilson and Fred Wilson.

Funded Companies

Associated investment funds

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Albert Wenger

Partner

Alexander Pease

Employee

Andrew Parker

Employee

Andy Weissman

Partner

Brad Burnham

Co-Founder

Brian Watson

Employee

Brittany Laughlin

Employee

Charlie O'Donnell

Employee

Fred Wilson

Co-Founder

Gary Chou

Employee

Gillian Munson

Partner

Jennifer Soffen

Employee

John Buttrick

Partner

Josh Stylman

Investor

Nick Grossman

Partner

Peter Hershberg

Investor

Rebecca Kaden

Partner

Seth Goldstein

Investor

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Union Square Ventures secures $429M across two new funds

Kate Clark

Web

January 2, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Techonomy NYC: A Conversation with Fred Wilson - from Techonomy NYC

2017

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
February 25, 2021
Melia Russell
November 24, 2020
Business Insider
All year, Business Insider published lists of rising startups, which featured over 350 companies. We went back and chose our top 100 from that crop.
AlleyWatch
August 15, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
June 20, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Josh Constine
February 26, 2020
TechCrunch
$28 million-funded crypto startup Tagomi will be the newest member of the Libra Association that governs the Facebook-backed Libra stablecoin, TechCrunch has learned. A formal announcement of Tagomi joining was slated for Friday or next week. Tagomi offers a platform that helps large traders and funds easily access cryptocurrency markets. The news comes days after [...]
Lucia Moses
December 9, 2019
Business Insider
Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson talked about his new bet on video startup The Recount, and why it's a good time to be in digital media.
Lucia Moses
December 1, 2019
Business Insider
The Twitter, Tumblr, and Zynga investor talked about what venture capitalists got wrong about media and why he still sees opportunity in the sector.

References

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