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Congrats to My Friends at Union Square Ventures

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Union Square Ventures just announced their new $156m fund – Union Square Ventures 2008. 

My relationship with USV goes back to the mid-1990′s – well before USV was created.  I vividly remember the first time I met Fred at Seth Godin’s Yoyodyne office somewhere near Waltham, MA.  We hit it off immediately and I ended up making a number of investments with Fred and Jerry Colonna – Fred’s partner at the time in Flatiron Partners.  Through this I got to know Fred and Gotham Gal – as did my wife Amy.

At some point around 2002 Fred introduced me to Brad Burnham.  I had an affinity for Brad because of his magnificent first name.  While we never did anything directly, we had a meal or two together.  Eventually Fred told me that he and Brad were raising a new fund together called Union Square Ventures.  I committed to being a (small) investor early on in the process.

Fred and Brad have done an incredible job with Union Square Ventures.  When my partners and I were putting together Foundry Group, we talked often about what USV has done right.  I’ve also had a great (and financially rewarding) time co-investing with USV and Fred through FeedBurner (acquired by Google),  WallStrip (acquired by CBS), AdaptiveBlue, BugLabs, and most recently Zynga.

Along the way, I’ve gotten to know Brad much better, am really enjoying Albert, think Andrew is dynamite, and try to remember to send Dorsey flowers or chocolate after every visit to the USV office where she always makes me feel at home when I’m camping out in NY.  Of all the VCs I’ve ever worked with, the team at USV ranks up at the very top.

Congrats Fred, Brad, Albert, Andrew, and Dorsey!

  • seth godin

    How do you spell mensch? Nice note, Brad.

  • andrew

    i don't remember the trail that led me to this website…however, I remember as a senior at NYU in 1999, I worked at a startup internet company and I wanted Flatiron to consider our business. It was all about Starmedia back then for them. we never did hear from them, but I think one of them spoke to our class at NYU that spring. havent thought of them since those years. true story.

  • G

    I think you mean buglabs.net (not buglabs.com)

  • G

    I think you mean buglabs.net (not buglabs.com)

  • http://avc.blogs.com fred wilson

    hi andrew – sorry that you had a bad experience with Flatiron. 1999 wasn't a great time for Flatiron in hindsight. we made a lot of money that year but mostly screwed up a bunch of things. the great thing about life is you often get a second chance. for me, USV is that second chance. we aren't perfect either, but i think we are doing it better and making less mistakes.

    brad – i second seth's comment. nothing more to say.

    thanks

    fred

  • andrew

    i don't remember the trail that led me to this website…however, I remember as a senior at NYU in 1999, I worked at a startup internet company and I wanted Flatiron to consider our business. It was all about Starmedia back then for them. we never did hear from them, but I think one of them spoke to our class at NYU that spring. havent thought of them since those years. true story.

  • seth godin

    How do you spell mensch? Nice note, Brad.

  • fred wilson

    hi andrew – sorry that you had a bad experience with Flatiron. 1999 wasn't a great time for Flatiron in hindsight. we made a lot of money that year but mostly screwed up a bunch of things. the great thing about life is you often get a second chance. for me, USV is that second chance. we aren't perfect either, but i think we are doing it better and making less mistakes.

    brad – i second seth's comment. nothing more to say.

    thanks

    fred

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