Crowdfunding Brooklyn Castle: An Update

I woke up to this email:

Hi Fred,

This weekend our team traveled to Florida to compete in the National Grade Chess Championships.

We won!

Our sixth graders and our seventh graders each won the team championships after three grueling days of seven games each of which could last up to three hours.

Thank you for your support!

here is a link to a little video the kids made today…sorry to say i am better at chess that video production..if the kids look exhausted it is because we arrived back in NY at 1 am last night.



To everyone in the AVC community who contributed to the DonorsChoose that made this possible, thank you.

And do yourself a favor and click on that link from the email and watch the 30 second video. It made me happy and I think it will do the same for you.

#hacking education

Comments (Archived):

  1. Dave W Baldwin


  2. awaldstein

    Nice..Yup a smile it did create.Glad to have helped a little bit with this.

  3. Tom Labus

    Video says it all

    1. fredwilson

      sure does

  4. JimHirshfield

    Link not working on my mobile. 🙁

    1. leapy


      1. LE

        Didn’t work on mobile for me either because it requires you to be logged into facebook to view. On desktop it works even if not logged in.

  5. Russell

    They might not be great at video production, but using good email marketing to time the email to arrive at the top of your inbox when you wake up! Congrats to the kids!

    1. LE

      Would pay for them to schlep along a amateur videographer to document when they are on road trips. Something like that if done well would get a gair amount publicity and raise more money. Seems like there should be someone (like a film student) willing to do this just for food and lodging and demo reel value.

  6. CalebSimpson

    Congrats! Chess is intense! I photographed a chess tournament once, back when I was a freelance photographer.

  7. Riken S

    Great vision Fred. Good to see results of your vision.

  8. pointsnfigures

    Bully for them!

  9. William Mougayar

    They really set an example for others to follow. “The Yankees of chess”. 10 years winning streak. I watched both videos. Wow. Inspirational, to say the least.

  10. bsoist

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing that with us.

  11. anand

    Congrats! Great to see the community supporting this group. Reminds me of this book which I highly recommend

  12. Ana Milicevic

    I’m so proud of these kids.

  13. kirklove

    :24 mark. “Yeahhhh!” Love it. Way to go BC!Nice job Buster and the AVC community.

  14. K. Williams

    Exciting to hear about 318! Many of our PS 282 students have gone on to play for the 318 team. Congrats!PS/MS 282 is targeting the spring nationals but we did spend a small contingent to Orlando, bringing back 9th place for our 5th gradeteam.With Fred’s amazing support, we’re raising money for our travels to both states and nationals in the spring. If you’d like to support the 282 team, check out our donors choose campaign at

  15. Tereza

    What super-awesome kids. So, so happy for them and their accomplishment.Big smile.. .and a sniffle too. Every kid should experience that sense of awesomeness.

  16. falicon


  17. Richard


    1. ShanaC


      1. Richard

        See Dick Costello’s interview for reasons why mergers are so challenging. Short Answer: Mendacity

  18. JLM

    .It takes money to fund good works, one of the reasons the war on prosperity is so silly. This success was funded by success.The other interesting thing is that the “thank you” came in the form of a video validating the notion that video — instant gratification really — is the wave of future communication.Congratulations to all and a Merry Christmas to all.JLM.

    1. awaldstein

      So nicely said.I’ll bet you breakfast at Balthezar that indeed instant gratification video is not the future rich media language within a year.I’ll buy even if I loose.

      1. JLM

        .Hell, I’d never miss a breakfast at Balthazar with you. What a great chat we had last time but it’s my turn to buy.I think that you really haven’t been to NYC unless you grab a bite at B’zar. No?All the best.JLM.

  19. laurie kalmanson


  20. jason wright

    Brooklyn Castle, is that name inspired by the Dutch Defense?

  21. Kirsten Lambertsen

    What great kids. They’re really inspiring 🙂

  22. Toby Lewis

    Well done. Great to see.

  23. prakash b wadia

    congratulation and god bless to achive all the goal of yours