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Last November, Fred Wilson had the privilege of sharing a stage with John Doerr, the wealthiest venture capitalist in the world, a man Amazon’s Jeff Bezos once called the "center of gravity in the Internet." Next to this titan of Silicon Valley, Wilson, who co-founded the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures in 2004, was "a puppy," as the panel’s moderator put it.
But Wilson was there because, in addition to his having made some successful investments, he’s become a spokesperson for New York City’s digital entrepreneurs, who have no greater champion.