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Google Photos Magic

The new Google Photos is a much needed improvement over the prior version. My favorite feature is what I call “magic” but they call it something else. Every once in a while I will get a notification that Google has created a new enhanced version of a photo I took and when I click on it, the photo is much improved.

But yesterday, they took this magic to another level.

We arrived in Vienna late in the day, checked into our room, I opened the door to what looked like a balcony, it was, I stepped out and shot three pictures of our view. That was that.

A few minutes later I got a notification that Google had enhanced the photos and when I clicked on it, Google had stitched all three into this panorama.


Now there is nothing special about stitching three photos together to make a panorama. That technology has been around for years.

What is special is that a machine decided that my three photos were suitable for making a panorama and did it for me.

In case you are curious, here are the three photos I took.

shot 1shot 3shot 2

That green roofed building is the Opera House. We are going to see an Opera there tonight. It’s not our normal thing to go to Opera but we figured it would be a nice thing to do in Vienna.

Fun Friday: A Blast From The Past

Last week I came into the USV office after being away for most of the prior week and Lauren said “I’ve got some photos of you on my desk.” I wasn’t expecting any photos so I was curious. She handed me a manilla envelope and it was from Euclid Partners, the first venture capital firm I worked at. I guess they were cleaning up their files and found some old marketing materials and sent over the photos of me.

This is me in 1988 or 1989.

FW Euclid


I was 27 or 28 and the Gotham Gal and I were just married. I worked in Rockefeller Center (you can see some of the Rock Center buildings in the background). I wore a suit and tie to work every day. And the device behind me is the Information Appliance, built by Jef Raskin, who designed the original Macintosh before Steve Jobs pushed him out of Apple and took over the project. Euclid Partners was one of the VCs behind Jeff’s startup, Information Appliance, and I had one of them on my desk. I would have preferred if Euclid had sent me that computer. It would be a mighty fine addition to my collection of failed devices. But this picture isn’t too bad either.

Since it’s friday, let’s do a fun friday and post throwback photos of all of us in the comments. This should be a blast.

Greatest GIF Ever

I know this post will turn into a hate fest on the President in the comments. But I don’t care.

This is an awesome GIF.
karp obama

Embedding Getty Images

A few years ago the senior team at Getty Images asked me to attend a strategy session they were having. I came and talked about open platforms and how they create more reach, engagement, and ultimately value. They thanked me and asked me if there was an image in their library that I wanted a print of. I chose this image of Roy Hibbert and Steph Curry when they played against each other in the NCAA Midwest Finals in 2008.

roy steph

As an aside, the CEO of Getty, Jonathan Klein, who is a friend of mine, asked me “are you sure that’s the photo you want?” He mentioned that there are photos of Presidents, Generals, Movie Stars, and many major historical moments in their library. I told him I was sure. He got the photo signed by Roy and it hangs in my son’s bedroom. We love Roy and Steph. It’s a shared thing we have between us. This print remains my favorite gift I’ve ever gotten for a speaking gig.

Note that this photo is watermarked. I did a screenshot of the photo from Getty’s website. That’s what bloggers do when they want to showcase a photo they find on the web. But it is not what is ideal. What is ideal is to get some embed code from the website and post it legally and cleanly.

Well Getty Images has made exactly such a thing available for many of the photos in their library. Sadly not that one of Roy and Steph, yet.

But this one, from the same game, is now available for embedding.

All I did was find the image, click on the embed icon, grab the code, and place it here. Easy, simple, awesome.

Getty has done a big and important thing here. They have opened up their platform. This will lead to reach, engagement, and, I believe, more value for them in the future. Well done Getty.

Humans Of New York

I have a new favorite blog and I thought I’d share it with all of you.

I found it via the Gotham Gal’s blog (which in and of itself is kind of embarassing. We sleep together and I found this via her blog).

It’s called Humans Of New York. I follow it on Tumblr.

Every day I get two to five posts. Each post is a picture of a new yorker or two. And something that was said by the subject of the photo.

It’s like riding the subway, but even better. You get to see all kinds of people and learn a little bit about them.

Sometimes it is sad.

Sometimes it is funny.

Sometimes it is upsetting.

Sometimes it makes you smile.

But rarely does Humans Of New York fail to make me feel something.

And that is great art at work. And that is Tumblr at work. Tumblr is great art and so is Humans Of New York. I love both of them.

Happy July 4th Everyone

I realize not everyone who reads this lives in the US, but to all those who do, have a happy July 4th. This photo pretty much sums up how I'm going to spend my day today.


Fun Friday: Photos

Photosharing is one of the killer apps of the Internet.

Flickr, Facebook, and Instagram have all been built on this one simple, but killer, feature.

So I figured we'd have some fun today and take advantage of a cool Disqus feature at the same time.

I will start out by sharing a photo that I took that I am proud of.

And then all of you can share a photo with me and everyone else in the comments. For those who aren't Disqus regulars, you do that by clicking on this button in the comment box.


Afse computer lab
This is the computer lab at The Academy For Software Engingeering, which opened yesterday. I was there to welcome the students and I was just so inspired when I walked into this room that I took out my Android and snapped this photo and posted it to Instagram, Tumblr, and Foursquare. Now I am posting it here.

Fred’s Mountain

  View From Fred’s Mountain 
  Originally uploaded by fredwilson.

My friends Brad, Amy, Matt and Mariquita took a hike up Fred’s Mountain  (on the Wyoming/Idaho border near Grand Teton) yesterday and sent me this from their phone on the hike. That is a glorious view.

I wish I was there, but getting a photo like that "phone to phone" is kind of like being there for a moment.

It’s true that I’d like to fund teleportation (but not beta test it), but short of teleportation, mobile social media isn’t too bad to take you to another place for a moment.

The Meat Market Apple Store – A Large Glass Circular Stair

The new Apple store under construction at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 14th Street is starting to come together. I walked by it on the way to Chelsea Market to shop for dinner just now.

As I was walking past the sidewalk permits, something caught my eye and I stopped to shoot a photo of one of the permits with my blackberry curve. As I was taking the photo, the construction site boss came out and started glaring at me. He asked me, "What are you doing and who are you?" I told him I was Fred Wilson and I was taking a photo of the sidewalk permit. I mentioned that it is a public permit and that it was there to inform the public about what was going on there. He just stood there staring at me and I checked my photo to make sure I got what I wanted and then headed on.


The thing that caught my eye was the permit for a "large glass circular stair". The Apple store in Soho has the large glass stair front and center. The Apple store in midtown has the glass enclosure. So they are doing a large glass circular stair in the meat market district. Based on the progress I saw, we may see that stair before year end.

The “North” River

  The "North" River 
  Originally uploaded by fredwilson.

The Hudson River is also known as the North River (as opposed to the East River and the Delaware which was the South River). It runs 315 miles from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks and into the ocean at New York Harbor.

I’ve moved a lot in my 46 years, but one constant has been the Hudson River. I was born in a hospital that overlooked the Hudson in West Point NY. My bedroom in my teenage years (after we moved back to West Point) looked out over the Hudson and in the winter when the trees were bare, I could stare out the window and watch the boats go up and down the river.

Maybe that’s why I love riding up the Hudson River Park. I guess I just have a thing for the North River. And it shows no signs of abating.