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Giving Back This Season

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, I believe that it's really important to give back to our communities. One way to do that is to participate in #GivingTuesday and CrowdRise's ...

Inaction Is Tacit Approval: Why I Deleted My Uber Account

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 11.20.2014 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

I've realized that when I give my money to companies that not only ignore the negative effects of unchecked bro-culture but actively embrace dirty tactics to get the advantage, I have become part of the problem that I am working to eradicate.

Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson Joins the #AOLBUILD Speaker Series

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.06.2014 | Technology
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "This is the de-corporatization of AOL, and I am really digging it."- Fred Wilson Needless to say, AOL BUILD equally 'di...

New York Tech Surging -- But Challenges Remain Ahead

Jack Hidary | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Jack Hidary

The tech sector in New York City is on the rise. A new study pegs the number of tech workers in the Big Apple at more than 290,000 representing 7% of the workforce. About half of those - 150,000 - work in big companies in tech roles. The other half are in startups.

Label Yourself and Your Business Before Someone Else Does

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Kare Anderson

Interestingness is the instigator, the hardy pigeon that can carry your message most anywhere. Interestingness makes a message get heard above the no...

For Everyone Tired of Hearing That Learning to Code Is Easy, the Real Scoop

Adda Birnir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adda Birnir

If you feel like learning to code is hard, you are NOT alone! Learning to code IS hard. And frustrating. Sometimes, you will get stuck on a problem for hours and then be annoyed when you finally discover a relatively simple solution.

Boxee's OTT Vision: Why It Matters

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 09.20.2013 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

Television matters. Avner Ronen knew that from the moment he launched Boxee. And not because he want to watch movies and downloaded BitTorrented TV sh...

A Future Where Everyone Is a Startup

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Our economy is going through a structural change and the job market will never be the same. The most valuable skills of the future will be those that can't be outsourced automated. Everyone should view themselves as entrepreneurs.

#StartupCityNYC: Fred Wilson for Mayor?

Manoush Zomorodi | Posted 07.03.2013 | New York
Manoush Zomorodi

As anyone who attends tech conferences knows, Fred Wilson isn't the kind of godfather who sits in a back room, plotting his next hit -- he is out, front and center, explaining how he thinks the momentum of the city's tech economy can be sustained and grow.

The 18 Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas That Eventually Became Successful

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Small Business

Even the most well-known venture capitalists have startups they regret passing on. For John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, it was Twitter. For Fred Wils...

Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture

NYC-ARTS | Posted 04.24.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

The seven honorees at the Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture were pre-announced, yet there were still surprises at the celebratory event hosted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Whoopi Goldberg at New York City Center on February 20, 2013.

Public Art and Argument

Agnes Gund | Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts
Agnes Gund

For art and artists, for community and country, for the affirmation of "public" in "public art," we can't have a better model of decision-making and decision-taking than the latest drama in Indianapolis.

Facebook's IPO May Harm Young Tech Startups, Expert Says

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.05.2012 | Small Business

Silicon Valley startup guru Paul Graham has issued a warning to entrepreneurs on the hunt for venture capital in the wake of Facebook's tumultuous pub...

You Want Disrupt With That? Why New York is Good for Silicon Valley Tech

Douglas Crets | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Douglas Crets

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making easier for people to come to New York City and start up their companies, but it goes beyond useful city policies and cheaper rents, or marketing.

Innovation in the Government Industry, Vol. 2: Bitcoin

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 07.17.2012 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

There are many risks and potential flaws associated with buying or using Bitcoin, but the idea of competing with government and creating a new currency outside of the control of a third party is very interesting to me.

The Billion-Dollar Question: When Will the Fashion Tech Bubble Burst?

Vivian Weng | Posted 05.23.2012 | Style
Vivian Weng

I would argue that what we're seeing isn't a bubble per se, but rather a natural and very necessary trial-and-error process, where everyone -- entrepreneurs, fashion industry executives, investors -- is learning what works and what doesn't.

The Patent Condundrum -- For Startups

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 04.27.2012 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

Within the startup world, patents are seen as anti-competitive force that stifles innovation. We're in a place where we need to walk a tightrope between the world of predatory patent prosecution and the need to promote one's invention with current patent law.

What "Liberty/Liberté" Tells Us About Slavery, Black History, and Raw Nerves

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Louise Mirrer

Why has a work by the African-American artist Fred Wilson -- an installation piece that riffs on the topic by assembling authentic slave shackles, slave chains and Revolutionary-era icons -- been such a sore point with critics? We must have struck a raw nerve.

Artists Who Don't Make Art Still Make Millions

Posted 02.04.2012 | Arts

There was a time when the artist at work meant hours of solitude, piles of tossed-out failed works, and clothes covered in smudges of charcoal and pai...

Memo to Mayor Bloomberg: Let Them Make Games!

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Children learn best when they are the designers, builders, navigators, engineering and key operators of their own learning.

Entrepreneurs: If Your Idea Is Mocked and Misunderstood by Most Everyone, Maybe It's Just a Bad Idea

Steven Strauss | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business
Steven Strauss

Any start-up mocked and misunderstood by nearly everyone, yet ultimately successful, was likely the exception -- not the rule.

Of Pigs, Pythons and Web Startups

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

One of my portfolio companies has venture capitalists and angels stampeding over each other to invest. All of this when a recent WSJ report bemoaned the fact that Web startups have hit a cash crunch. So which is it: a stampede or cash crunch?

Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Brad Feld | Posted 12.06.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

While I don't have a personal relationship with Steve Jobs, he's been a hero of mine since I was a teenager when I bought an Apple II computer with 16K of RAM in 1978 with my Bar Mitzvah money.

Twitter Loses Two Of Its Earliest Supporters

Posted 11.16.2011 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters) - Two of Twitter's earliest investors have left the company's board of directors, the latest change to the fast-gro...

Think Users First, Brands Second

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.25.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

When you are building your product and thinking about your go to market strategy, you can focus on getting everyday internet users first. Or you can focus on getting brands first and working with them to get users.