Fred Wilson

Is there any room left for the next big thing on the consumer internet?

Venture capitalists still ‘like’ the consumer internet, but when it comes to where they’re putting their money, consumer internet startups are competing harder for funding dollars.

According to Dow Jones VentureSource, the amount invested in consumer internet companies declined 42% in the first three quarters of 2012. Part of the reason: venture firms have been forced to take stock of their investments as consumer internet darlings like Facebook, Groupon and Zynga have been battered by the public markets.

Android versus iOS: the cold hard truth

According to comScore, iOS mobile devices captured 25% of the market in
February 2011. That’s up only slightly from November 2010, despite the
introduction of the iPhone on Verizon’s network.

On the other hand, iOS’ biggest
competitor (in the eyes of many), Google’s Android, has grown 7% since
November 2010, and now commands 33% of the smart phone subscriber market
in the United States.

As venture capitalist Fred Wilson sees it, this is solid proof that everyone should be focusing on Android over iOS.

Should companies make users pay up for privacy?

The rise of social networking services like Facebook has created
significant digital privacy concerns. And new geolocation-based
services like Foursquare are creating a whole host of new concerns.

But privacy doesn’t necessarily have to be a touchy subject for today’s
most prominent social networks. Prominent venture capitalist Fred
Wilson, whose firm has invested in Twitter and Foursquare, thinks that there may actually be an opportunity for companies
to charge their users for additional privacy safeguards.

Is Twitter going to pull a bait and switch on developers?

Fred Wilson, a well-known venture capitalist whose firm has invested in
Twitter, published a blog post earlier this week that raised eyebrows
amongst third party developers who develop on the Twitter platform.

The reason? It sent an ominous message to many of them: Twitter might put you out of business soon.

The internet is dead (as an investment), long live the internet

Less than a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine that Google would be trudging along, eking out bottom line growth primarily by cutting expenses. And it would have been hard for some to believe that the hottest startups  would seemingly be no closer to solving their monetization questions.

The reality: the internet economy is a lot like the rest of the global economy.

Why Twitter may never sell

There has been a lot of discussion about who Twitter should sell to and why, but according to Twitter investor Fred Wilson, the company may never end up on the block. He says that the reason Twitter said no to $500 million from Facebook last year is the same reason that the company has not found another buyer. The company may simply be better off going it alone. 

Speaking at the CM Summit in New York on Monday, venture capitalist Wilson said that Twitter CEO Evan Williams made a few key points to convince his coworkers that they didn’t want the Facebook money last year.

Would a secondary market for startup stock be a blessing or a curse?

The current state of the financial markets has made it very difficult for startups to go public. Even startups with significant revenue and bright futures have no guarantee that they’ll be able to go public anytime soon.

The dismal IPO market is taking its toll on venture capitalists, who invest in companies that they expect, if successful, will be liquid within some years.