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9-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

A new era of auspicious harmony

9-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

On May 1st, Japan’s Heisei era will officially come to an end. Following months of deliberation from an honorific council of elders, the name of the new era was unveiled last week: Reiwa 令和. The two kanji characters for Reiwa are derived from the Man’yōshū, an eighth-century (Nara period) anthology...

8-Apr-2019 6:58 AM

20VC: NEA PARTNER, DAYNA GRAYSON ON SOURCING, PICKING, WINNING, GUT VS DATA IN INVESTMENT DECISION-MAKING & THE EVOLUTION OF ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPECTATIONS OF VENTURE

8-Apr-2019 6:58 AM

Dayna Grayson is a Partner @ NEA, one of the leading venture firms over the last 4 decades with a portfolio including the likes of Opendoor, Jet.com, Uber, WorkDay, Plaid, Box and many more incredible companies. As for Dayna, she has led the firm’s investments in the likes of Desktop Metal,...

8-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Scaling A Company While Controlling Costs

8-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Over the last decade, the costs of scaling a company in the bay area, NYC, and many other startup regions in the US has escalated sharply. We have encouraged our portfolio companies that are located in these high cost regions to build out secondary locations where they can hire high quality...

8-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

SaaStr Podcast #223: Intercom COO Karen Peacock on Scaling from $1MM to $500MM ARR: 5 Strategies to Drive Your Next Wave of Growth with Intercom

8-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Karen Peacock is COO of Intercom, one of the fastest growing SaaS businesses of all time. She has led businesses of all sizes through massive growth.  Listen to her top 5 lessons learned building and scaling SaaS businesses from $1M to $500M in ARR including expanding to serve upmarket customers,...

7-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

The Heartbeat (Continued)

7-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

I wrote a post last year called The Heartbeat in which I advocated for a cadence and a rhythm in an organization.I was reminded of that in this exchange on Twitter over the last 24 hours:Many of USV’s portfolio companies use an OKR process to create this rhythm in their teams. What I have learned...

7-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

a16z Podcast: Fintech for Startups and Incumbents

7-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

In this episode — which originally aired as a video on YouTube — a16z general partner Alex Rampell (and former fintech entrepreneur as the CEO and co-founder of TrialPay) talks with a16z operating partner Frank Chen about the quickly changing fintech landscape and, even more importantly, why the...

6-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Video Of The Week: AI and Society

6-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Kara Swisher interviewed Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, who run NYU’s AI Now Institute.It is an interesting and thought provoking discussion. I don’t personally love Kate and Meredith’s answers on how society should be thinking about these issues. They feel very “20th...

6-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

5 Interesting Learnings From Zoom. As It Gets Ready to IPO.

6-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Much has been written about Zoom’s impressive financials as it prepared to IPO, growing > 100% at $425m+ in ARR!But as part of our new 5 Interesting Learnings series, I thought it might be helpful to go beyond the top line growth and pick out 5 learnings of particular interest to SaaStr founders:It...

5-Apr-2019 8:03 AM

20VC: ONE QUESTION FOUNDERS MUST ASK THEMSELVES WHEN APPROACHING INVESTOR SELECTION, WHY SERIES B IS ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING PHASES & WHAT MAKES FOR A SUCCESSFUL CEO TRANSITION WITH JEFF RUSSAKOW, CEO @ BOOSTED

5-Apr-2019 8:03 AM

Jeff Russakow is the CEO @ Boosted, the startup producing vehicle grade electric skateboards rethinking how we travel. To date, they have raised $74m in funding from the likes of Khosla Ventures, iNovia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and our friends at Initialized. Prior to Boosted, Jeff was CEO @...

5-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Funding Friday: Code Society

5-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Code Society is like Schoolhouse Rock for Computer Science. They use hip hop music and videos to teach computer science concepts to diverse communities.They are doing a $40k project on Kickstarter (and are about half way there) to create content and applications. I backed it earlier this week and...

4-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Entrepreneurship For All in Longmont, Colorado

4-Apr-2019 12:00 AM

Amy and I recently decided to support Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) and their national expansion to Colorado through our Anchor Point Foundation.EforAll’s mission is to accelerate economic development and social impact through inclusive entrepreneurship in emerging communities. They are...