Gotham Gal Turns Fifteen

2003 was a fertile year for both of us as I started blogging in late September and Joanne picked it up on her birthday a few weeks later.

I’m not the only one in this family who blogs every day. It’s incredibly hard to do that. Trust me, I know.

And she has more range.

From her post today:

These past 15 years have been my thoughts on investing, tech companies, the state of the union, recipes, raising kids, restaurants, theater, design, books, travel, art, women entrepreneurs, trends and pretty much everything that rattles around my head.

I don’t think that is a comprehensive list. She covers a lot more range than that. And she edits herself a lot less than me too.

I am most jealous that her blog birthday is her real birthday.

So happy birthday to the Gotham Gal.


Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    That’s what you’d call a double birthday. I liked that she re-invented her career via her blog which became part of her journey.

    1. fredwilson

      It’s a great case study on how writing publicly can change your personal path

  2. awaldstein

    I am a fan of her blog and we connect on topics like wellness, food as a business, and retail as a platform which are three of my side hustles.I cherish the interaction.

  3. JimHirshfield

    Congratulations to her! Best to both of you on this happy occasion. I hope you have something special planned for this evening. Enjoy

  4. Yb927

    Learned a lot from the Gotham Girl’s writing about travel and food. A great hotel in Paris (Hotel Montlambert – remember that one, Fred?) a restaurant in the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo; a restaurant in Santa Monica, California, first time I heard of a Flat White; The Wolesley…and much more. So it’s also a great case study on how writing publicly to share can also change other people lives for the better. Happy Birthday Gotham Gal. (I’m planning to leave this post on her blog as well….). Thanks to both of you.

    1. Donna Brewington White

      I have learned tons about the city I have lived in almost my entire adult life from her posts while living here part-time. She and Fred do get around.

  5. jason wright

    “We choose to go to the Moon!”Is a daily blog an example of an antifragile system (Taleb), and therefore an antifragile person, getting stronger with each new post?

  6. kenberger

    Re-posting a piece of what I wrote on avc on its recent anniversary:Very notable is that around the same start time AVC started (late 2003 / early 2004), Gotham Gal also started her eponymous blog (the NY party was for her, too), which showed a ton about food, and NYC life. Following both blogs was a critical inspiration in my decision to move from SF->NYC in 2005. I loved the idea that maybe NYC could actually emerge with some tech chops, as there was very little there at the time. This blog showed there was at least 1 credible guy behind that effort (USV hadn’t started yet, and Flatiron was about over, so Fred really was kinda/sorta just a guy).Of equal inspiration (maybe more, actually), I saw a Gotham Gal post talking about taking the subway deep into Queens (Jackson Heights?) to eat some exotic and genuine Thai food. This inspired me to dream about all the adventure and exploration I could do re-discovering the amazing 5 boros (which I indeed did, buying a motorscooter for the purpose), most of which were too dangerous and unaccessible to me when I was growing up in NY.I cold emailed Fred who took a meeting w/ me on my 2004 NYC visit, and within months had made the move.Thanks fredwilson , Gotham Gal, and all of you here.

  7. JLM

    .Congratulations. Well played.The pen is mightier than the sword. [But, keep a sword handy for those untoward moments.]JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  8. Tom Labus

    Do you talk about what you’re writing for any day??

  9. Mac

    Congratulations on 15 years and for having the best name of any blogger on the blogosphere. Happy Birthday!

  10. Richard

    Maybe it’s just me, but I, out of respect, have never felt comfortable commenting on your wife’s blog. Definitely old school.

  11. ShanaC

    Happy Birthday gotham girl (and Fred, it is ok to censor topics less…You’re a person who has other interests!)

  12. jason wright

    i wonder if there are people now reading this blog who were not born when it started?

  13. LE

    Shortcut to marital happiness (from someone who has been with both good (now) and bad (before)). Try to find someone that let’s you be you not someone who just enjoys the same activities that you do but thinks you should think like they do and not yourself. [1] [2] Doesn’t matter if they like skiing or sports or whatever. That is honestly near meaningless and not ‘day to day’ living.[1] Of course there are a 100 other things that matter (that you will find out) but that is really where it begins and ends.[2] As with anything else though it’s up to you to give it enough analysis to make sure they are genuine in their agreement because people can and do change and the best predictor is if you can figure it out not from what they say but the way the are and have been (not easy honestly).