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Taxing equity compensation upon vesting makes no sense.feedback
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Nov 14 2017
Fred Wilson has most recently been quoted in an article called Silicon Valley is freaking out about this provision in the Senate tax bill regarding stock options. Fred Wilson said, “If this provision becomes law, startup and growth tech companies will not be able to offer equity compensation to their employees. We will see equity compensation replaced with cash compensation and the ability to share in the wealth creation at your employer will be taken away. This has profound implications for those who work in tech companies and equally profound implications for the competitiveness of the US tech sector.”. Fred Wilson has been quoted a grand total of 29 times in 15 articles.
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May 17 2017 - Uber

The only place, possibly, that is more innovative than the United States is China, and there, you do have a government that's probably more interested in amplifying this than here in the U.S. But other than that I think we are doing ok.feedback

May 17 2017 - Uber

We didn't like each other. I think Uber had a strategy that didn't actually work, which was that they were going to run the table on the ride-sharing industry, and they were going to put everybody out of business by raising more money than anybody else. They thought that they were going to do in ride-sharing what Google has done in search .... and it just didn't work. No one has made any money in reality. Everything that's gone wrong is a function of their strategy to control everything and go very aggressively.feedback

May 17 2017 - Microsoft

Even Amazon will be impacted by it. Microsoft got massively impacted by the internet – just massively impacted. ... But they're still around. None of these companies will go out of business.feedback

May 17 2017 - Amazon

I don't know whether it was an accident or whether Bezos figured this out 10 years ago, but Prime is giving them a competitive advantage in the television business. It's giving them a competitive advantage in the music business. By the way it is anti-competitive, let's just be honest about that. ... Retail is really suffering – particularly brick-and-mortar retail. It's not just Amazon but Amazon's obviously the big gorilla in that space. It's not all good.feedback

May 17 2017 - Trumpcare

I don't follow Trump – I have opted out of that. It's counterproductive. .... Trump is a troll, and what we must do to trolls is we must ignore trolls. They get their power from us paying attention to them. We have to just stop paying attention to him. The democracy and political system will take care of him in due course. .... and we will go on and do other things, like fix the f------ health-care system – that would be more productive.feedback

May 17 2017 - Amazon

The architecture of the internet is beautiful, but there are a bunch of things it doesn't do very well. We've got to fix those things.feedback

May 17 2017 - Amazon

We had a gathering of the CEOs of all our portfolio companies – we do it once year. The thing that came out, surprisingly, is that people are not using social media anymore. The CEOs of these companies are not using social media anymore, other than to promote themselves and their companies. They have unfollowed everybody, and they are just using it for the broadcast mechanism. And I think a lot of us feel that way.feedback

May 17 2017 - Amazon

Amazon might be the most disruption-protected. They built a really diverse set of businesses, and as a result, I think that they have a stool with like, 10 legs on it. Even if two or three of them get knocked out, they're still going to have a great business. And Amazon Web Services, in particular, is just a really amazing business. Most of our portfolio companies run on it.feedback

May 17 2017 - Microsoft

I think that what happened to Microsoft in the late '90s will happen to them, we just don't know when. They are optimizing around an attention-driven business model. Somebody will create a new business model that is not attention driven, the way that the attention-driven business model disrupted the enterprise software business model. And they won't be able to react to it quickly enough, and they will get disrupted.feedback

May 02 2017

In the six months that Josh has been on our Board, we have gotten to know him well and he has gotten to know us well. That will make for an easier transition and faster execution. I am pleased to be appointed Chair of the Etsy Board and I am looking forward to working closely with Josh and the leadership team to help Etsy capitalize on its significant growth opportunities.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Facebook

The ad-tech market will go the way of search, social, and mobile as investors and entrepreneurs concede that Google and Facebook have won and everyone else has lost. It will be nearly impossible to raise money for an online advertising business in 2017.feedback

Apr 06 2017

We are thrilled to be backing Renaud again, after having worked alongside him at Lending Club for many years.feedback

Jan 20 2017

It won't work unless you get incredibly lucky.feedback

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