past media guru speakers and events
Media Guru Albert Wenger
Event Date: February 28, 2012
Union Square Ventures, based in New York City, manages $450 million across three funds. Albert Wenger will discuss the firm’s (collegial) decision processes, how he works with entrepreneurs and how he sees the future in this space. Union Square Ventures is a stand out firm that invests almost exclusively in Internet services that create large networks. Founded in 2003, it currently holds some 39 companies in their portfolio include: Boxee, Etsy, Disqus, Foursquare, Hashable, Kickstarter and Zynga.
Wenger says in a presentation in August 2011 that the unofficial motto of the firm is “You ain’t seen nothing yet. ” He views the internet not as an information technology, per se, but as a transformative economic force. And he believes the many of the companies USV have backed will help to push that force along. Wenger, who has been a managing partner with USV since 2008, combines over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth technology background.