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#Foursquare’s Finances Don’t Check Out

#Foursquare's Finances Don't Check Out

Foursquare raised $50 million in cash in June 2011 when it was valued at $600 million. Now, according to Crain’s New York Business, it’s “a poster child for questions about the future of social-media startups.” The company has a burn rate of $2 million a month and with its 2012 revenue of $2 [Full Story…]

#Hailo Takes On #Uber’s NY #Taxi App With $30M Funding Round

#Hailo Takes On #Uber's NY #Taxi App With $30M Funding Round

Hailo is taking on Uber in NY. All Things D reported that the London-based company is raising a $30 million funding round with a likely lead investor of Union Square Ventures’s Fred Wilson. Now that the city has greenlighted a pilot ehail app program for taxis, VentureBeat writes that Hailo’s method [Full Story…]

#SkooBrik Takes Top Prize at NYC Generation Tech

#SkooBrik Takes Top Prize at NYC Generation Tech

Winners of NYC Generation Tech presented their products at NYC GenTech Demo Night at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. The NY high school program, sponsored by the NY Economic Development Corp. and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, teaches students entrepreneurship and [Full Story…]

#FredWilson Wants to Rid #NYTech of “Ankle-Biters”

#FredWilson Wants to Rid #NYTech of "Ankle-Biters"

Fred Wilson says the NY tech industry needs new ideas. Xconomy reported at last night’s NY Enterprise Technology Meetup, Wilson said, “If I could short the entire big, fat, old cynical, rip-off artist enterprise software business, I would.” The managing partner of Union Square Ventures continued, [Full Story…]

#FredWilson and #NYTech Leaders #DemandAPlan

#FredWilson and #NYTech Leaders #DemandAPlan

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson endorses Demand A Plan, an organization created by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other U.S. mayors to end gun violence. In a post on his blog AVC, Wilson wrote that tech and Internet industry leaders are working with Demand A Plan. They are initiating a sustained social [Full Story…]

Fred Wilson Hasn’t Made an Investment Deal in 2012

Fred Wilson Hasn't Made an Investment Deal in 2012

According to Fortune, well-known NY venture capitalist Fred Wilson has not done a single deal in 2012. His firm, Union Square Ventures has invested more money this year since its founding in 2004, but Wilson has not personally led any of the deals. He generally invests in two to three companies a [Full Story…]

Investment and Innovation Key for #NYTech Sector Growth

Investment and Innovation Key for #NYTech Sector Growth

Panelists at Crain’s Future of New York City conference said the tech sector's success depends on investment in talent and innovation. Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe, and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures both said NY’s lack of tech-focused universities have stymied growth. Wilson said Mayor [Full Story…]

A Look at Angel Investor Joanne Wilson

A Look at Angel Investor Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson, an angel investor in 17 startups and wife of  VC Fred Wilson at Union Square Ventures, believes 2012 is the year of women. Perhaps women have found their niche in the realm of e-commerce and social media, as they have proven to inherently understand it. Wilson is seeing more women [Full Story…]

Need for Startups to Innovate Discussed at Xconomy Event

Need for Startups to Innovate Discussed at Xconomy Event

Xconomy brought together 250 members of the NY investor and entrepreneurial community together this week in the city to discuss, among other things, the venture environment and the need for startup companies to continue to innovate. One case example: Bitly, which had to convert from a company that [Full Story…]

Wesleyan Alums Create Network in NY Tech Sector

Wesleyan Alums Create Network in NY Tech Sector

Digital Wesleyan, launched in 2010, is a networking group of Wesleyan University alums working in the NY tech industry. The Conneticut based university isn't known for computer science prodigies, but the tech philosophy that champions empowerment, democratization and bottom-up vs. top-down is [Full Story…]

Codecademy Teaches People How to be Programmers…for Free

Codecademy Teaches People How to be Programmers...for Free

With demand in the web programming field on the rise, Codecademy claims it can turn anyone into a computer programmer. The company, created by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, aims to make learning how to code easy and fun. Sims, a 21 year old former Columbia student, and Bubinsky, a 22 year old [Full Story…]

3D Printing Startup Raises $5.1 Million to Launch NY Facility

3D Printing Startup Raises $5.1 Million to Launch NY Facility

Shapeways, a NY startup dedicated to  3D printing, has raised an additional $5.1 from its existing investors Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures. The company is a service that allows users to print out 3D designs and a marketplace to sell custom-made products, made from a wide range of [Full Story…]

Codecademy Lands $2.5 Million in Funding, Plans NY Office

Codecademy Lands $2.5 Million in Funding, Plans NY Office

Codecademy, a website that provides free crash courses in computer science, announced that is has received $2.5 million in venture financing. According to Bits, the Series A round of cash came from notable venture capital firms, including Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly Ventures, SV Angel and [Full Story…]

Fred Wilson’s Perspective on #OccupyWallStreet

Fred Wilson's Perspective on #OccupyWallStreet

New York VC Fred Wilson, managing partner of Union Square Ventures, admitted that he visited the Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park recently. According to Portfolio, Wilson is an optimist at heart,  which is why he had trouble relating to the protests as he fully believes technology will [Full Story…]

Union Square Closes on $116M for Early Stage Fund

Union Square Closes on $116M for Early Stage Fund

According to a SEC filing, VC firm Union Square Ventures has secured $116.5 million of capital, more than half of a new, $200 million early stage fund, peHUB reports. The SEC filing indicates that another $83.5 million of the firm's third early stage fund remains to be discussed, though one source [Full Story…]