Image via WikipediaFred Wilson and Chris Dixon remind me of each other, although I met Chris only for the first time yesterday, and it was my second time meeting Fred in person, although it feels like I meet him near daily since he blogs daily, and I drop by when I can. I greeted him at the very outset - "Hello Fred, so very good to see you" - and then pretty much left the space for the crowd. It felt like an AVC community thing to do. We already meet you most days, let others have a go at you now.
Fred is a VC. Rather, AVC. He is the most visible VC in the city, and one of the most visible in the industry. He is the only VC in his league who blogs daily. That makes him special. Fred has single handedly played a huge role in demystifying his industry. By now many more VCs blog regularly. I wish the contagion upon the flock of tech entrepreneurs. Actually I am exasperated there are not any top tech entrepreneurs who blog daily.
I admire Fred greatly. There are so many tech companies I got so excited about only to learn later on Fred had invested in so many of them. He has a super eye for his sector. He has a creative knack for opportunities that arise. He embodies excellence. I raised 100K round one for my pre-recession tech startup that was not web services. Now I a plotting on a microfinance tech startup that is not in his web services domain either, strictly speaking. So my admiration of Fred Wilson is not work on a potential work relationship. It is an appreciation of excellence and a good person. Bottom line, the guy is a legend in the industry.
For the longest time I thought the Wilson in Fred's name was Anglo. I still thought that after meeting him. Then one day in a comment at his blog he talked about his children having been raised Jewish, and how he is not a religious person, and I am like, so the Wilson is like the Ellison in Larry Ellison then. (Larry Ellison) I have actually liked him even more since, even though the politically correct thing is you should not be reacting to such details of someone's identity.
The mobbing of Fred Wilson that I thought might happen did not happen, it perhaps happens at conferences. This was a more intimate crowd. Fred knew many in the crowd. Many in the crowd knew each other. These were not people who were not going to meet Fred again in another setting. So there was basic sanity and decency.
Chris Dixon is a tech entrepreneur. He is CEO of Hunch. Hunch is not as talked about as it deserves to. It is the leader in the intuition search space. As the content on the web keeps growing exponentially, the intuition search space is going to become more and more important. So Chris is in a sweet spot, although he might have to wait a little while for a FourSquare like buzz. That buzz might never even come. But the value of the
Image via CrunchBasecompany will keep growing, stack over stack.
On his daily work on Hunch: "Some days are good, some days are not so good."
On Fred Wilson on gender: "Fred is a good guy."
What interests me more about Chris Dixon is not his leading tech entrepreneur status, but his super angel status. That is a new breed, and has been making a lot of news the past few months. The concept is so cutting edge even Paul Graham blogged about it only a few days back.
Chris Dixon is a super angel to watch.
Chris and Fred are on excellent personal terms. Tech is like politics in that both arenas have a thing for drama. And fights make for drama. And so there is talk of super angels and traditional VCs going at it. The truth is the entrepreneur will be best served in an environment where the angels and the super angels and the VCs are constantly talking to each other and building relationships. That would be the best investment environment in which to take a tech startup from birth, to early stage, to middle stage to late stage and possible exit.
So Fred and Chris getting along great is hopefully a trend, and not an anomaly.
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