Fred Wilson to share vision of future at LeWeb’13 Paris

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Fred Wilson, legendary New York-based venture capitalist and Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures, has joined the roster of forward-thinkers signed up to speak at LeWeb’13 Paris in December.

Wilson, an active venture capitalist since 1987, is credited with playing a pivotal role in the development of New York as a tech hub by backing a host of tech startups. In December, he will share his views on the future of the internet and explain how he picks the startups to back.

Commenting on his attendance at LeWeb’13 Paris, Fred Wilson said, “I am looking forward to connecting with the leading entrepreneurs at LeWeb’13 Paris, which is the premier Internet event in Europe.”

Fred Wilson has a stellar reputation in the tech sector. The technology entrepreneurs social networking site, TheFunded.com, voted him their favourite venture capitalist in 2007.

His investment track record includes early-stage backing of the likes of Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud, Geocities, Foursquare, del.icio.us, Zynga and Meetup.

In May 2013, Yahoo acquired blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Earlier this year, Twitter tweeted that it plans to go public and SoundCloud, the internet platform dedicated to the publishing, sharing and distribution of music tracks, which caused a huge stir at LeWeb Paris in December 2011, is backed to the tune of $10 million by Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures.

Union Square Ventures currently manages some $650 million of funds and earlier this month, Fred Wilson was among backers who invested $2.75 million of seed funding in startup Splice, the music editing, annotating and track sharing platform created by GroupMe Co-Founder Steve Martocci and Matt Aimonetti.

Fred Wilson’s AVC is one of the most widely-read VC blogs available, with his daily posts covering venture capital, tech, entrepreneurship and the internet.

“Fred has an outstanding reputation in the tech sector,” comments LeWeb Co-Founder and business angel Loïc Le Meur. “People often think of Silicon Valley when they talk about tech, but Fred has really played an important role in supporting New York-based tech startups. In December, LeWeb attendees are going to be able to hear him speak about the venture capitalist business, get an insight into what encourages him to invest in a company and discover his vision for the future.”